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The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM) Honors Two Extraordinary People Dedicated to Theological Education in Bloomfield, Connecticut

Connecticut-based nonprofit organization, Society for the Increase of the Ministry honored two of its dedicated members in Bloomfield with a special event and awards.

West Hartford, CT, June 11, 2010 --( The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM) was proud to honor Mary Stoughton and The Rev. Canon Jervis Zimmerman on June 1, 2010 in Bloomfield, Connecticut, at the Seabury Retirement Community. Both individuals have dedicated decades of service to SIM and to the support of theological education.

Mary Stoughton devoted 35 years to SIM on the Scholarship Committee, some of which she served as chairperson, before retiring after this past “Decision Day”, the date when the committee makes its allocations. Stoughton was excited to be honored, stating, “It’s so inspiring to get news from SIM. So much publicity from the Church these days is so daunting. SIM brings such happy news!”

The Reverend Canon Jervis Zimmerman was also honored for serving as SIM’s Executive Director from 1983 to 1991 and for being an ambassador for SIM’s ministry since his retirement. The words of Canon Zimmerman inspired his guests:

“...the basic task of theological education today is much as it was 150 years ago. The Bible must be opened and its rich and varied texts explored. The history of the church through the ages must be taught. The great theological issues and questions must be confronted. If a student has a vocation to the ordained ministry, he or she must learn how to preach the gospel effectively, how to administer the sacraments rightly and how to be a good pastoral caregiver. Time has not altered these tasks of theological education.”

Approximately forty people attended the Bloomfield reception. The guests of honor were presented with beautiful glass paperweights inscribed with the SIM seal. Special speakers for the event were the Rev. David Cobb, Chair, SIM Scholarship Committee; the Rev. Canon Dr. Richard Tombaugh, Chair, SIM Board of Directors; Ms. Beatrice Dwyer, seminarian, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and recipient of the 2010-2011 Vance Family Scholarship; and Thomas Moore III, SIM Executive Director. The speakers discussed the issues of the current financial conditions of seminaries, today’s environment of seminarian indebtedness versus a time when financing theological education was only a minor consideration, and the importance of SIM and its ministry of investing in future ordained leaders to serve The Episcopal Church.

It was a wonderful celebration for two of SIM’s most dedicated supporters.

To learn more about SIM and its mission please visit

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Society for the Increase of the Ministry
Cindy Clark
(860) 233-1732

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