Cherry Hill Seminary Receives Major Gift
For Immediate Release
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2023;
Columbia, S.C.—Cherry Hill Seminary announces that it has received a major gift to from a longtime friend, donor, and emeritus faculty member.
Dr. Michael York, familiar to many in our Seminary family as well as the international Pagan studies community, made his contribution at the very end of 2022. He said this about his decision:
“The rebirth of paganism in the contemporary West–especially as earth-centric spirituality–is unquestionably vitally important for the ecological future of our host planet and also for a wider appreciation of our human species’ place in nature and our responsibility for the restoration and maintenance of environmental sanity. Consequently, I fully believe in the momentousness of Cherry Hill Seminary for both the promotion of pagan ministry and as a teaching institution to expand religious understanding for people in general. My wish is that CHS will gain accreditation, and to this hopeful end I have made my gift.”
Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Jeffrey Keefer, noted the significance of York’s gift as an incentive to increased philanthropy by Pagans. “Many of us have come to see Cherry Hill Seminary as an essential factor in the blossoming of our spirituality. Dr. York has a special understanding of our role, having founded the first Pagan studies program in the world (Bath Spa University), and having mentored and supported so many of our students over the years. We are proud to accept his gift as affirmation of our mission,” said Dr. Keefer.
Cherry Hill Seminary is the leading provider of education and practical training in leadership, ministry, and personal growth in Pagan and Nature-Based spiritualities for more than fifteen years. For more information contact CHS@cherryhillseminary.org, 803-862-9088.