Donald and Doris Liebert

Professors Emeritus of Sociology, Education

Place of service: Westminster House, Westminster Church, Homework Helpers and Westminster Presbytery Guatemala Partnership

Why I Serve

Doris: I serve because I’ve come to know the people at Westminster Presbyterian Church and they have opened their church doors to the community.

Donald: Service to neighborhoods, and churches, in need always seemed to be an effective way to teach sociology. Soon I realized that not only were my students learning in ways beyond the classroom, but that I was becoming aware of my faith and God’s kingdom work in ways I had not previously understood. I was learning from people at the margins of society in ways that I had never learned from the intellectual elite. Twenty five years of service in the West Central neighborhood has been sustained by the sheer joy of knowing these people and by the privilege of witnessing God’s long term work. The same thing happened when my academic interest in Central America flowered into a partnership between the the Ke’kchi Mayan people of Guatemala and the Presbyterians of the Inland Northwest. I keep at both of these areas of service in my retirement because they are important, and because they are pure joy.


How I Serve

Doris: I orient Westminster missioners, and I started Homework Helpers for Holmes Elementary 1st through 4th graders.

Donald: I worked with missioners who had graduated from Whitworth, and some who were still in college. I worked on the Westminster House board, and worked with the church pastor and session. I was a long term member of the Guatemala task force and led many trips to Guatemala.