GTU Donor Spotlight: Mary Jo Potter

from Currents Fall 2014

Mary Jo Potter has served on the Graduate Theological Union’s board of trustees since 2008, and has been a faithful supporter of both the GTU Annual Fund and the GTU Endowment for more than a decade. She has more than 25 years of work experience in the healthcare, technology, and professional services industries. We recently asked Mary Jo to tell us a little bit more about herself, and why she donates both her time and money to the Graduate Theological Union.

Mary Jo was raised Roman Catholic in a small suburb northwest of Chicago. One of her neighbors was Jewish and was active in the local synagogue. Mary Jo forged a friendship with him, and they ended up teaching together. She visited his synagogue and taught New Testament to the congregation, while he taught the Hebrew Scriptures. Apparently, Mary Jo was engaged in interreligious dialogue long before her relationship with the GTU!

Mary Jo says she believes the GTU is more valuable now than ever. “The world is in great pain, and we cannot fundamentally find the commonalities in our journeys. We’ve lost track of the elements of life that bind us together.” She continues, “Our common values have been lost to the extremes, whether economically, politically, or socially. The GTU offers a platform for genuine, deep, interreligious dialogue that can make an impact on world peace.”


Please join Mary Jo Potter in supporting the GTU with a gift to the Annual Fund today. Your donation makes a difference!

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