Phase II of the North American Thebaid has Officially Launched!

After our successful first season of travel and photography to several monasteries, and presentations at Orthodox parishes across five states, we’re officially announcing Phase II of the North American Thebaid Photographic Pilgrimage

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Support the North American Thebaid at our GoFundMe page…

Phase I fundraising was a solid success. Raising 92% of our initial goal, it enabled travel and photography to begin in Summer 2016, with photographs made at five monasteries across three states, and a return visit to Ellwood City for some strong images (such as above) at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration.

Having tested and proven our plans, we are moving into the main stretch of the Thebaid Pilgrimage: 2017 will see the bulk of the travel and the longest legs of the journey, literally to the four corners of North America.

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Crowdfunding Campaign Extended

Plus New, Improved Thebaid Video

With many thanks to our growing community of supporters, we’re extending the crowdfunding campaign through September 11.

IMG_0363 (1)As a reminder, supporters earn valuable perks, including signed books, fine-art prints and more, for contributing to the Thebaid Project.

Did you know that we offer discounts for multiple copies if you pre-order the Thebaid Book in either the Founding Subscribers’ Limited Edition in bonded leather, or the First Edition in cloth bound/hardcover? Explore the substantial savings for two or more copies on our crowdfunding page.

We’re especially proud of the museum quality specifications for the finished book:

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NEW, BONUS PERK for Crowdfunding Supporters

We’re off to a great start with our crowdfunding campaign for the North American Thebaid Project, currently at 20% of our goal and climbing. So, to thank our growing community of supporters, we’re adding a Special Bonus Perk for all supporters at the $25 level and above.

PursuingLightCoverIn addition to the existing rewards, all current and future supporters at $25 and up will also receive the eBook edition of my 2014 book, Pursuing the Light – Forty Years of Photography.

This coffee-table fine-art  book features a career-spanning retrospective of my landscape photographs over the last four decades, many of which have been selected for juried exhibits and won awards at shows from the Southeast to the Midwest. The eBook features the complete collection of over fifty photographs from the hardcover edition, plus the preface. You can view the book preview and explore many of the images here. And if you haven’t already, we invite you to head over to our crowdfunding site and support the Thebaid Project.

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Tech Issue Solved

remote-monitoring-and-supportThe wonderful Tech Support folks at Indiegogo helped me find a workaround for my tech issue on the Thebaid Crowdfunding Site, so I’ve turned off all the klaxons and alarms here at the command center.

You should not experience any problems when viewing the site or using its various functions (including donations, etc.). I still have a small visibility issue at my end, but there is no operational problem with the Indiegogo site, for which I am very thankful.

As always, thank you all for your support and prayers!

Known Tech Issue on Indiegogo Site

Video not appearing on Indiegogo — All other functions are unaffected and operating fine.

This morning, when working on updates on our Indiegogo crowdfunding site, I discovered that our video, the lead introductory component for the crowdfunding page, was not showing.

This is likely due to some unexpected maintenance at Indiegogo, but I wanted to post about it so any visitors and supporters would not be concerned. I have submitted a service ticket with the Indiegogo Support Team, and expect a quick solution.

In the meantime, you can view the video immediately below, on our Video page, or on YouTube. It is also able to be viewed in our “Gallery” tab on the Indiegogo site.

As always, thank you for your interest in the North American Thebaid Project. We appreciate your prayers and support!

Week 2: Building Momentum

Many thanks to all our Thebaid Project supporters so far, who have propelled the crowdfunding total to $2,700 — almost 20% of our goal!

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Help support the North American Thebaid Project via our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Even more impressive is our overall fundraising total from all methods (crowdfunding, PayPal, check/cash), which is above $6000 from nearly two dozen supporters/families. This is a great blessing and encouragement, for which we are very grateful.

Likewise these comments and endorsements:

“The reason why we supported you was because we believe that healthy monasticism is the key to a vibrant church. We hope your work will be a spark which continues to bring monasticism to the consciousness of all Orthodox and the wider world. Bless you in your journey and your work.” ~ Anonymous Supporter, New Jersey

“What a wonderful project! We look forward to following your journeys and praying for you. This will be such a gift to so many.” ~ Grace Cosby

“This sounds so exciting, and I can’t wait to see the finished product!” ~ Cynthia Damaskos, Orthodox Speakers Bureau

Special thanks to Alexis and Mickey for hosting a wonderful reception and fundraiser here in Cincinnati last Sunday (July 24). Over twenty guests and many new supporters helped celebrate the Thebaid Project launch. Special appreciation to Charlene, Patricia and Steve for helping with desserts, drinks and setup/cleanup.

Watch for more Thebaid Project updates coming soon, and please help us reach our crowdfunding goal, and remember to follow us and share on Facebook.

Asking your prayers and support…

Week 1: Crowdfunding Recap & Thank You

St Gregory Palamas - 75Thank you to all supporters of the North American Thebaid Project so far, especially to you who contributed during the first week of the Crowdfunding campaign.

The Week 1 numbers are very encouraging. As of mid-day July 18:

  • Our Facebook Launch Announcement reached over 1,400 views, with 64 Facebook shares by supporters and over 100 likes… and counting!
  • 924 views on the official website since our July 12 crowdfunding launch; over 3200 total!
  • $1,200 (8% of our goal) raised through our Indiegogo Crowdfunding portal alone;
  • $2,900 total raised (so far) from twelve gifts across all methods (Crowdfunding, PayPal, In-Person/Cash/Check), for an average of almost $250 per contribution;
  • Great response to the Thebaid feature article by Pravoslavie/Orthodox Christianity last week, with over 300 (so far) clicking through to the Thebaid.org site;
  • Strong response to the Thebaid Project Announcement over at Byzantine TX blog, with nearly 200 clicking through to Thebaid.org.

Also, I’m very thankful for the opportunity to give talks and introduce the Thebaid Project both at my home parish, Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit in Cincinnati, and at my “home-away-from-home”, St Symeon’s Orthodox Church in Birmingham AL. Had some good conversations about the Thebaid Project and Orthodox monasticism in North America, and look forward to more parish talks and visits as the Project continues.

How You Can Help:
  • Make a contribution through our Indiegogo Crowdfunding Page; there are rewards for different levels of support starting at only $10 and $25. At $50 and up you will receive the First Edition of the book upon its publication in 2018. At $275 and up you will receive the Deluxe Limited Edition (leather-bound).
  • Donate via PayPal (from the Thebaid website); you can make a one-time donation, or a recurring, monthly commitment. (You’ll also receive the same “perks” just as via the crowdfunding campaign, but your donations will not count towards the posted crowdfunding totals.)
  • Tell your friends, family and church: share by email, Facebook, and other social media using the links provided.
  • Schedule for me to speak at your church and give a brief presentation on the North American Thebaid.

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THEBAID CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES!

THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN HAS LAUNCHED! 

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Ring the bells!

Please head over to our Indiegogo Crowdfunding Page and explore the many rewards for supporting the North American Thebaid Project and helping us reach our initial fundraising goal.

Sign up for email updates (at right) and watch for Project news. This initial crowdfunding effort will enable travel and photography to begin in September-October 2016 (God willing!), and is essential to the successful launch of the Thebaid Project.

We offer rewards (“perks”) starting at $10 and $25 on up for all levels of backers. Starting at the $50 level, Thebaid supporters will receive copies of the First Edition of the finished book, scheduled to be published in 2018, after the travel and photography has concluded. Detailed info on all the perks is below the “Continue Reading” jump…

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