Annual Giving Spring 2021
Dear Sophia Community,
Loving, heartfelt greetings to all dear friends in our Sophia community,
At this time of Pentecost, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who responded to our appeal last year to help support the Sophia Foundation’s presence in the world. Your generosity has allowed our endeavors to continue, especially in the face of dealing with the largest global transition that probably any of us have experienced in our lifetimes.
As we have now endured a world health crisis for over a year, and face growing acts of hatred, the treachery of deceit, and the enormity of suffering in the world, we fervently need the support of the spiritual world for strength and fortitude to serve the ideals of love and wisdom in our daily lives.
We can think of Valentin Tomberg, who, in his life, endured the Bolshevik Revolution, wherein he witnessed his mother being shot; the First World War; the 1918-20 Spanish Flu, wherein 500 million people were infected (one third of the world’s population), and at least 50 million people died; the Great Depression; the rise and fall of Nazi Germany; the Second World War; the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West; and the advent of nuclear weapons. His moral fiber and spiritual strength were molded through these monumental experiences.
In The East European Conception of Suffering, Valentin Tomberg writes:
Suffering is never merely a “personal problem” for one individual; it is the concern of all humankind. . . By going through the school of suffering, there develops in the soul a new, higher faculty. The suffering today laden upon spirit-seeking peoples is a path upon which is awakened a new faculty to be developed—namely, the soul’s capacityforhaving experiences in the life body. And this event will return to human beings the consciousness of things of highest moral significance in the form of experience, things which in tradition have grown ever paler and could eventually disappear entirely from the consciousness of men. . . All suffering can be experienced as the breath of Christ’s spirit in human souls.
“Give us this day our daily bread,” — the breath of Christ’s spirit in our souls.
We ask for your continued support in our endeavor to help bring the wisdom and love of Christ and Sophia into our world in the face of the great trials humanity is now encountering.
With much love and gratitude to all of you who have been part of our programs and activities at any time over the past 25 years,
Robert Powell and Karen Rivers
We express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous support. Please offer a gift to our Annual Giving Campaign so that we may continue to expand our work in the world.
In Christ and Sophia,
The Sophia Foundation Board of Trustees
Robert Powell (Founder)
Karen Rivers (Founder & Board Chair)
Michael Choy (Board Treasurer)
Steven Lambeth (Board Secretary)
Audrey Wiebe (Trustee)
Phillip Malone (Trustee)
Joel Park (Trustee)
Cecille Greenleaf (Trustee)
Kim Marie (Administrator)
* Please note our current contact information is
Address: 4500 19th Street, #369, Boulder, CO 80304
In addition to cash donations, the Sophia Foundation also accepts the following, which allows tax advantages to the donor:
- Appreciated assets, such as stocks and bonds
- Required Minimum Distributions from Retirement Accounts
- Tangible assets, such as cars, motorcycles, boats, and real estate.
Please contact our office if you’d like to contribute in any of these ways.
DONATE EASILY ONLINE WITH PayPal:
When you click the button above, you’ll be taken to a screen that allows for you to enter an amount, and also select to “Make this a Monthly Donation” if you wish. This makes it easy to offer an ongoing contribution to the work of the Sophia Foundation, and you can choose any amount to fit your budget. The monthly cost of a dinner out goes a long way toward supporting our mission.
You are also welcome to mail your donation to:
4500 19th Street #369
Boulder, CO 80304