4/7/2010 10:00 AM
DifferentVoice.com officially got its start way back on June 21st of 2000. Yep, that's right. We predated just about every single website for progressive Christians out there. This was the logo that was thrown together by Tim—who had the dream of creating a website for progressive Christians—for the original website. (Yeah, a career for Tim in graphic design is probably less than likely!)
The original website featured about 25 articles and blog posts altogether, mostly on topics related to youth ministry. For a variety of reasons, the site languished and was eventually removed. But the dream remained.
Flash forward to 2008, when Different Voice, LLC was recreated. There were still almost no websites for progressive Christian educators, though a few general websites for spiritual progressives had finally sprouted here and there. Facebook was just starting to become a place where progressive Christians got connected to one another. We started Different Voice together to offer resources, information and training to clergy and laity, volunteers and professional educators.
Today's email is number 350, give or take a few. That's a lot of blog posts, books reviewed, links shared, connections made, and ideas sparked. We're proud of what we've created together, and we hope you've found our emails and website useful.
Now, though, Different Voice will be morphing again. At the end of this week, Sally will be leaving Different Voice to focus on other interests and projects (which she'll tell you about tomorrow). Tim plans to keep the website going, but with some differences and new directions (which he'll tell you about on Friday). All existing content on the website will remain there, archived for you and the whole world to use, and new content will continue to be added.
We are grateful to our subscribers for the feedback we've received in the past 18 months. We have enjoyed hearing how our writing has blessed you and your ministries. Hearing how you have used and shared our articles and resources has brought smiles to our faces. During the past year and a half, we have made new friends and had opportunities to share our skills, knowledge, and interests with others.
Simply put, we're different people because of the opportunity we've had to share our voice with you and to hear your unique voice as well. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the privilege of coming into your inbox at about 7 AM CST every weekday!
Tim Gossett, Blogger-in-Chief &
Sally Hoelscher, Creator of Joyful Content
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