Bill Buick, 1941-2020

We are sad to report the passing of our friend and former President of New Church Challenge, William Buick.

Bill moved on from this life on February 21, 2020, at his home in Bryn Athyn, surrounded by his wife and family. Much like his usual demeanor, Bill had a quiet and graceful struggle against cancer, since his diagnosis in late 2018.

After serving as President  from 2009-2018, Bill stepped down from the role when he began his treatment. He never wanted to burden his friends and he continued to serve as an active supporter of New Church Challenge, despite his health.

Bill was recognized at our last annual meeting for his many years of service and he was given a new dogwood tree for his yard which was planted last spring.  Bill will not see that tree blossom this year, but we hope he is enjoying the heavenly blossoms with his keen spiritual senses.

Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful in a few things;
I will appoint thee over many. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:21

Bill Buick Tree #3

Scholarship Announced

Scholarship at Bryn Athyn College

New Church Challenge is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for New Church teachers interested in enrolling in the Bryn Athyn College’s Master of
Science in Special Education program. We are offering a $1,000 tuition grant to each qualified applicant who desires to better support students with learning differences in their classrooms. Through usage of our Differentiation Fund, we are delighted to further our mission and support New Church communities in this tangible way.  The requirements and application form are available here:


Family Grants Fund

The Family Grants Fund is available to provide material support to New Church families with specific needs.  New Church Challenge would welcome the opportunity to serve more families in more societies and groups in North America through the resources of the Family Grant program. More information and the application can be found here:  Family Grants

New Church Challenge Presents: Dr. Kelly Ballard

Please join us on May 1, 2018 at 7:30PM at Pendleton Hall Auditorium at Bryn Athyn College.

Dr. Kelly Ballard, the Head of the new Master of Science in Education, Literacy Focus at Bryn Athyn College, will talk to us about the new program and what it means for the future of New Church Education.  Her talk will be proceeded by the brief New Church Challenge Business meeting.

If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in on the Bryn Athyn College YouTube channel for a live-stream of the event.

Nominees for the Board of Directors

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our previously announced nominee for the board, Annika Barber, cannot now stand for election. The nominating committee presents the names of Wystan Simons and Leona Fitch as well as the Rev. Kurt Asplundh, who will stand for another term on the Board.

One of the vacancies on the board is that left by James Cole, who served as a board member from 2016 to the beginning of 2019, when he was appointed to the office of President by the Board after Bill Buick stepped down in September 2018. The nominating committee offers the name of James Cole for affirmation by the membership as President of New Church Challenge.

Please come to the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30PM at Pendleton Hall Auditorium at Bryn Athyn College. You can also tune in to see a live stream of the proceedings at

Mental Illness Support

  • Purpose: To support families and friends of people with mental illness
  • When: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm 
  • Where: Bryn Athyn Cathedral
  • Why: This group will be a space for people to safely share the experience of living with and loving someone who is suffering from mental illness (depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, etc.) It will not be a treatment or therapy program, or medical consultation. Hopefully the members will share thoughts, feelings and experiences toward strengthening and healing the pain of being a support person for the mentally ill.
  • Who Leads: This group is led by Christopher Glenn. Christopher has spent over 37 years working in and creating various therapeutic environments to treat psychiatric disorders. His goal is not only to improve the life of family and friends, but to strengthen their ability to alleviate the suffering associated with mental illness.
  • Contact: If you are interested in getting involved with this group, please contact the Small Group Leader Chris Glenn (, or Small Group Coordinator Bronwen Henry (215-530-2036,
  • NOTE: This is not for individuals suffering from a mental illness, but instead will focus on providing strength and comfort to the caregivers.