We are honored and blessed to receive a gift from the estate of JoAnne Conard. At the June council meeting, members voted to receive her bequest and shared memories and appreciations about JoAnne: her activism, her engagement, and her mentorship.
“I appreciated her love of learning. She was part of the Jesus Study Group and instrumental in The Lecture Series. Her love of learning infused all that she did,” reflected Pastor Catherine. “She attended Bible Study via Zoom during her last few months of life, which was really poignant.”
Stewardship & Finance Committee Member Kathy Williams had this reflection, “When I was at Pilgrim Congregational church and was mostly the only teacher in the Sunday school I attended a workshop that Joanne put on regarding teaching children’s Sunday school. She was at Broadview church at that time. I was feeling a little burned out before her workshop. It was terrific and I really learned a lot.”
JoAnne’s faith was core to her life. She believed in manifesting her faith in ways that were inclusionary and progressive. As an activist she was involved with the Seattle Church Council, Simon’s House, Faith Action Network, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Interfaith Network of Concern (for the Iraqi people), and Justice for Palestinians. JoAnne loved to travel and attended many social justice and work-related conferences with her colleagues and friends. She was a Director of Christian Education and servedin Hawai’i, California, Colorado, Ohio, and Washington.
We are grateful for JoAnne’s love of this church in her lifetime and in her bequest, which will continue her legacy of support for our church through the New
Initiatives Fund and our general endowment.