The Society of Albert the Great

A few years ago, I began to wonder whether a vision of education—not my vision, I received it from others (to whom I am deeply grateful)—might be ready to transform the lives of young people throughout the world.

I spoke of my hopes to my family and friends, and soon realized that I benefited greatly from sharing my hopes with them; I saw a need and an opportunity to gather with others to pursue the cause of educational transformation.

So was born the idea of The Society of Albert the Great. There are five founding members; we are a New Hampshire charitable corporation; we have applied for Federal tax-exempt status. But these are relatively unimportant details. More important is our vision, which is the purpose of our Society and can be expressed briefly (as it is in our founding documents):

The mission of the corporation shall be to pray for educational institutions which will respond to the kind of vision provided by Plato in the Republic, by John Henry Cardinal Newman in The Idea of a University, by Donald Cowan in Unbinding Prometheus, and by Pope John Paul II in Ex corde ecclesiae; to support such educational institutions, and to found such educational institutions, as need and opportunity indicate; and to further the cause of education by deepening and broadening educational vision wherever we have opportunity.

Notice that there are four texts mentioned in our mission statement. We do not believe these four books are infallible, nor do we always agree with them in everything they say. But these four books, given to us by four bold, gracious, and thoughtful people, inspire us to believe that we can help others to learn, to grow, to teach, and to build.

If you want to join us in this work, please send us your name and contact information at 105 Pahray Lane, Manchester, NH 03109. Annual dues are $25, payable to The Society of Albert the Great. We will use all the resources at our disposal in the service of our vision.

Copies of the founding documents (Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws) are available for you to read. We also have adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy.

The five founding members would love to share their thoughts with you, and to hear yours. There are wonderful possibilities before us.

Karl Cooper

President, The Society of Albert the Great

October 8, 2011

Our third annual meeting will take place on November 17, 2013, at the Bedford Town Hall in Bedford, New Hampshire. We will meet from 2 PM until 3:30 PM, and then head to the house of one of our officers for an informal pot-luck lunch.