During the fundraiser InterPlay Seattle Giving Wings Member, Patricia Tyllia shared this story about why she is committed to giving to InterPlay.
“A free will donation is one that comes voluntarily from the heart. As a kid growing up my family donated to the Catholic Church because that what members in good standing did. As an adult, I kept giving and going because it was the thing to do. My neighbors gave so I gave.
In my forties the lack of inclusive language and feminine pronouns in the liturgy started making me cry. I left the church and felt free, free. I didn’t donate to any church.
Then my husband died and I was alone and lonely. A friend brought me to Seattle First Baptist for a class on what archetypal symbols were. After the class I heard the men in the church choir singing with so much tenderness in their voices I just sat down and cried. I so longed for a good man’s tenderness.
Timidly I began attending services. Retired ministers in the congregation would stop by and see how I was doing, introduce me to the people I sat with. I kept going to the church. After five years the church was voting on the yearly budget. The entire congregation was voting. This never happened in the Catholic Church. Wow! For the first time in my life, I wanted to be part of deciding where the money went. To vote, I had to formally join so I did with glee. After the budget discussion I wanted to donate my share, take care of my responsibilities. I wrote out a check.
When I turned sixty, I found InterPlay at the Women’s Convocation where Betsy was dancing and Krista taught a class. They and their dances said sheer delight was to be honored in our bodies. I fell in love with InterPlay. I signed up for every class I could get not caring if it was for leadership or just learning the forms, I had to be around people who practiced InterPlay.
Five years later I was sitting at my table writing my donation check to SFB. I began fantasizing about a church where my body could dance down the aisle, could swing its hips, and sway its arms because the body was part of the sacred.
Wait a minute. I did have such a place. It was InterPlay where they not only welcomed my body and its movements but they actually believed in the physicality of grace. That was my body church. My heart just filled with gratitude. Quick as that, I made out my check for InterPlay and ran to the fundraiser going on and gave my check to Theron. I felt good. I was doing my job. I was taking care of my beloved InterPlay. Now that’ a free will donation!” Patricia Tyllia
And here are some more fun photos from the event. It was a beautiful evening celebrating our community!