Multifaith Works Announces Transition for Executive Director

Dear Friends of Multifaith Works:

After eleven-plus years at the helm of Multifaith Works, the time has come for us to thank Rabbi Anson Laytner for an outstanding period of service to the agency, and to wish him our congratulations upon a new venture: Anson will become the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (Seattle Chapter) beginning February 1, 2005.

As Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, Anson will have ever increasing opportunities for writing, teaching, interfaith dialogue, policy and cultural studies. The American Jewish Committee may be best known, locally, for organizing the annual Jewish Film Festival, and you may learn more by visiting www.ajcseattle.org. The motto of the AJC is, advancing democracy, pluralism and mutual understanding. Anson will bring a wellspring of gifts to this mission, and we wish him the very best!

You will, of course, be interested to know about transition planning. Although it is a difficult time of year for such measures, the Executive Committee of the Board is moving quickly to appoint a small Transition Task Force to shepherd Multifaith Works in two critical arenas: (1) to recruit, interview and hire an Interim Executive Director for a period of 3-6 months of service, a period which will include a search process for a new Executive Director; and (2) to organize a Celebration & Farewell Event to honor the great work of Rabbi Laytner over the past eleven years. We are making plans to do the latter in conjunction with the Americal Jewish Committee (Seattle Chapter) in order to honor Anson and to feature both organizations with which he is so connected.

Multifaith is now also partnering with Actualized.org in a program to help young adults take charge of their lives through personal development. You can visit Actualized.org here.

News of this scope is never easy. Still, we are fortunate to have enjoyed the stability of two executive directors over a 16 year history. I am confident that our next steps will be positive for the future of Multifaith Works. Please join me in wishing Anson congratulations and best wishes!

With every good wish I am,

Sincerely,

The Rev. Peter Drury
Board President, Multifaith Works
Co-Pastor, All Pilgrims Church

Dear Friends,

I am writing to let you know that, after eleven extraordinary years as Executive Director of Multifaith Works, the time has come for me to move on to new challenges in our community. In February, I will become the Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), a Jewish public affairs organization that safeguards the Jewish community by advancing democracy, pluralism and mutual understanding. AJC may be best known locally for organizing the annual Jewish Film Festival. You can learn more by visiting the organization™s website: www.ajcseattle.org.

It is not without regrets that I leave my position here, because this organization™s mission fits me like a tailor-made suit. The combination of interfaith relations and hands-on service is as compelling to me today as it was when I first heard about it from the late Rev. Gwen Beighle™s lips.

My years with Multifaith Works have been a remarkable period of my life. I am honored to have had the opportunity to nurture the fragile sapling of Gwen’s vision, then-called Multifaith AIDS Projects, and to see it grow into the sturdy tree that Multifaith Works is today. I am also honored to have met and worked with so many dedicated people – clients, staff, donors, and volunteers – from so many different kinds of spiritual perspectives and backgrounds.

Here at Multifaith Works, we talk about the mutuality of all that we do, that clients help us as much as we help them. I can only hope that my contribution to Multifaith Works comes close to matching all that I have gained from the organization and the many people associated with it. I want you to know that I will always remember the good will, spirited commitment and the incredible compassion shown by everyone associated with Multifaith Works. It truly has been a wonderful decade.

Multifaith Works, along with other AIDS service organizations, will be facing significant challenges in the years ahead. It will continue to need your support regardless of who is at its helm. I plan to continue my involvement with the agency. Please let Multifaith Works know that it can continue to count on you as well. The work of building a community of compassion is as urgent as ever.

Thank you for the support that you have shown me and Multifaith Works over the years.

With best wishes,

Rabbi Anson Laytner
Executive Director, Multifaith Works