2017-2018 Site Placements
The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Milton Massachusetts is a vibrant and diverse family-sized congregation. Milton is a predominately white, middle-class town with significant African American, Haitian, and Asian populations. The parish is racially, economically and socially diverse. Church of our Saviour strongly values shared leadership. Sunday morning worship service is highly participatory with people from all ages engaging in the service. The congregation is in the process of learning how it can become more active and involved in social change within the Milton/Quincy/Boston area.
The Life Together Intern assists the Rector and congregational leadership in three primary areas: 1) assisting the congregation in community organizing and relationship building in the Milton/Quincy area, 2) assisting the further development of youth programs and 3) assisting the Rector in further developing visibility and communication, especially an online presence. The Intern has an opportunity to learn what ministry in a small parish is like. The Intern participates in a variety of ways during Sunday and Wednesday worship as a lay Eucharistic minister, preaching, reading, and planning liturgies.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation was founded to enhance housing, business, and leadership opportunities for the residents of Dorchester. Youth Force was founded in 2004 with the mission of developing teen leaders living in Dorchester, Roxbury and the surrounding neighborhoods of the city of Boston. The vast majority of teens involved in Youth Force are low-income people of color. The organizational culture of Youth Force is teen-led and focused on justice. Dorchester Bay Youth Force seeks to create a culture where teens feel welcomed, supported, and pushed to grow as leaders. Youth Force’s approach to social change is community organizing—defined as building relationships with people in your community in order to build power for the goal of creating concrete and long-lasting change.
The Life Together fellow works as the Youth Force Organizer. This role has two distinct components: 1) working with guidance counselors, teachers, parents, youth workers and others to recruit teens to join Youth Force, as well as 2) working directly with Youth Force’s current teen leaders to create change in their communities and develop new teen leaders. The core of this work is the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), a three-week training program in which teens are recruited and trained to be leaders. The Micah fellow assists with YLI recruitment, including developing and leading trainings and other logistical aspects of YLI. YLI grads automatically become Youth Force members who engage in Youth Force’s campaigns and who continue to develop as leaders after YLI is over.
Episcopal City Mission is a faith-based ministry that promotes social and economic justice working through congregations, community based organizations and people within the Diocese of Massachusetts, with special emphasis on the urban poor and oppressed. ECM has understood from its foundation that its mission is to work with and for those that are left at the margins of society. In the early 1800’s pious Episcopalians sought to reach out to those who were called “street people”, teaching Sunday School to poor children, working with troubled youth, single mothers, sailors, and others that did not feel, and may very well have not been, welcomed into the affluent environment and culture of the Episcopal church. More recently, the mission of ECM has taken the form of a commitment to address the root causes of poverty and oppression by working for structural transformation of society.
The role of ECM’s Public Policy Associate is to deepen and expand upon ECM’s commitment to support social structural change in our communities and across the state. The Public Policy Associate leads ECM’s engagement with statewide initiatives by collaborating with ECM’s public policy partners, including the Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition and grantees who are launching specific policy campaigns. Some examples of the fellow’s tasks include: planning and hosting policy-related events, rallies, legislative breakfasts/luncheons, or lobby days with the support of ECM staff; informing and encouraging action by ECM’s public policy network; convening meetings of ECM’s Public Policy Committee to discuss strategies for action and decisions about what campaigns to engage with; and coordinating one-on-one meetings with members of parishes to learn more about their work, and to find ways to connect this work back to ECM.
The Family Van is a mobile health clinic that works to improve health equity using their “Knowledgeable Neighbor” model of care. The “Knowledgeable Neighbor” model of care is a community-based approach that increases access to quality, affordable healthcare; promotes healthy behaviors; expands screening and early detection efforts; and facilitates strategies for appropriate management of existing chronic diseases. The neighborhoods served by the Family Van, including Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury, continue to have the highest rates of preventable diseases and chronic health conditions in Boston. The Family Van operates in a non-hierarchical environment and focuses on leveraging and building their team members’ strengths to achieve their shared goals. Trained staff members on the Family Van live in the communities that they serve and always strive to cultivate a friendly, nonjudgmental, and comfortable atmosphere that invites local residents to seek care.
The Outreach & Communications Coordinator works to raise awareness about our programs and services with external partners and in target communities. They work with our team and volunteers to do community outreach, both in the community and via social media; deliver workshops with staff; and collaborate with other organizations. The fellow executes communications strategies and projects, including creating content for programs for social media presence and overseeing our Twitter feed. They are trained to provide culturally appropriate health education, information, and outreach in community-based settings, assist community members with access to community resources, engage target populations in wellness activities as well as chronic disease self-management and provide outreach to potential and existing clients in the community and at events. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Outreach & Communications Coordinator will collaborate with a wide range of partners and manage volunteers to support the development of programmatic strategies.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Inc. is a Massachusetts charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to building simple, low-cost homes by forming partnerships with low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. We believe homeownership is a vital step to help families break the cycle of poverty and contributes to pride in families and communities. Families are selected based on their level of need, willingness to partner, and ability to repay a mortgage. They complete 300 hours of sweat equity by helping to construct their future home or working in other capacities alongside staff, volunteers, and sponsors. They also participate in homeowner education classes, such as financial management and estate planning. Qualified families purchase Habitat homes with no down payment and pay an interest free mortgage to Habitat, which enables them to afford owning their own home. Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and we are dedicated to ending poverty housing throughout the world as a matter of justice, mercy, compassion and humility.
The Family Services & Faith Relations Coordinator assists in all family services functions, including family selection, family education, and ongoing family support. Additionally, this position incorporates outreach to faith communities to build connections with Habitat. They work collaboratively with other Habitat departments and our many volunteers. Specific responsibilities include assisting with the family selection process, developing education and “sweat equity” programs, building connections with local faith communities, and coordinating resources.
Life Together, a strategic initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, seeks to cultivate the next generation of prayerful and prophetic leaders for the church and the world. We work with young adults aged 21-32 to develop the skills, community support, and spiritual depth and clarity to move toward the sources of their deepest love and deepest heartbreak – through contemplative prayer and prayerful action. We envision the church as a “School of Love,” where people learn to turn away from the “Empire Way” and toward the “Jesus Way.” Life Together is an innovation upon the Micah Project, founded in 1999 by a team of ministers from the Diocese who wanted to see young people more active in the church and justice work, and the Relational Evangelism Project (REP) of 2008-2011. A merger between REP and the Micah Project in 2010 led to a newly visioned program, the Life Together Community.
The Life Together Operations Associate position is currently an Emmaus Fellow role. The Operations Associate is a key member of the Life Together staff team, working for Life Together to expand the operations of the program in the key areas of recruitment, fund development, special events, and communications. In addition to expected Emmaus Fellowship components, the Operations Associate carries out specific projects including supporting LT’s recruitment and interview process for prospective fellows, supporting the Future Fellow Fundraising campaign, designing and carrying out LT’s social media strategy, designing and editing the monthly LT newsletter, and supporting the networking of alumni.
Rooted in the heart of the Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Boston, MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is a ministry of and with the homeless community. Through MANNA we seek not only to welcome men and women across differences of class, wealth, culture, race, and mental ability, but also to empower all people to claim their place as essential members of our community. We all have gifts to give and to receive. We need each other, and this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together.
The bulk of the Life Together fellow’s role is the simple (though not always easy) work of making themselves present and available to others as we work, pray and serve together both within the community and in the city at large. Depending on the day, this includes taking a leadership role in the Cathedral’s Sunday Morning homeless gatherings such as the Coffee Klatsch, and general worship; in various ways through our all day Monday programming (including the Monday Eucharist where our fellow will be called on regularly to preach), our writers’ group, and meditation on Tuesdays. This work of being with, of giving and receiving, listening, laughing --and sometimes, terribly, crying – with, has always been, and remains the first and most important work. We also hope, however, for someone who is willing and able to work with folks who have no experience of homelessness themselves, but who seek to join with the men and women of MANNA in order to effect change in our city for all people. As with all members of our staff, some administrative work will also be required.
MCAN has a 32 year history of faith and values-based grassroots organizing for systemic and social change. During this time, MCAN has either played a central role or been a strong ally on wins such as the creation of street outreach worker programs, significant youth jobs funding, CORI reform, varied education campaigns from diversifying staff to increasing ESOL funding to creating small innovative schools, and campaigns around healthcare that led to the creation of SCHIP and Mass Health. In 2014 MCAN led the effort to pass the highest state minimum wage law to $11 an hour, and sick time for all MA workers. We played a major role in building and leading the Raise Up MA coalition of community, labor, and faith based groups to run this campaign. Our current major statewide campaigns include major criminal justice reform with the Jobs Not Jails coalition, immigrant rights and immigration justice through our Sanctuary and Solidarity Network, and raising the minimum wage and winning paid family medical leave for all workers with Raise Up MA. Our leadership base is made up of diverse low and moderate-income faith leaders in 10 Massachusetts cities.
As the Fund Development Associate, the Life Together fellow is jointly responsible for four core areas of MCAN’s development strategy: grant writing, individual donor cultivation, event planning, and online fundraising. Some of the associated responsibilities include: site visits for grant purposes, writing and sharing organizational stories and vision, managing a database of current funders and prospective donors, potentially organizing and implementing fundraising trainings for staff, and supporting the planning and implementation of fundraising events, among others. The role of Fund Development Associate grants the LT fellow with valuable leadership skills and experience in non-profit development work, an invaluable skill in the non-profit world.
Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) is a democratic grassroots senior-run organization that is committed to empowering seniors and others to act collectively to promote the rights and well- being of all people, particularly vulnerable seniors. MSAC runs a unique leadership development program that provides members with tools and the ability to re-purpose their life skills for new roles as activists and community leaders. MSAC’s constituency includes low- and moderate-income seniors throughout Massachusetts. MSAC’s membership base is racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse (including Vietnamese, Chinese, Haitian, Cape Verdean, Spanish, and Russian). Members are elected to local and statewide leadership boards, which provide a formal governing structure for the organization. The staff of MSAC work to facilitate this process and to support the implementation of determined goals and strategies. While each staff person has specific areas of responsibility, we work together as a team to achieve organizational goals and provide mutual support.
The fellow serves as the Organizing Coordinator, providing support to members and staff. They support organizers to coordinate monthly chapter meetings, local campaigns, and action committees/strategy discussions with chapter leaders. They support member recruitment, community outreach, and help provide transportation for members as needed to support their full participation in MSAC-organizing and advocacy activities. The fellow develops the leadership skills of the membership base, manages MSAC’s various online platforms, and works closely with statewide staff and membership to ensure that organizing work is well-coordinated with other chapters across the state. The fellow can expect to spend half their time carrying out organizing activities in the community alongside with the close supervision of a seasoned organizer, and the other half providing technical, logistical, and communications support.
ProGente Connections was founded in 2014 as the MetroWest Mission Hub of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. It was the product of a unique five-year-old cross-cultural and ecumenical partnership between a joint Episcopal-Lutheran parish, a Brazilian Presbyterian Church (PCA), and several other entities. It seeks to open doors of opportunity to the area’s large linguistically, culturally, and economically isolated Brazilian community. The work is urgent, since inter-ethnic tension in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts has merited investigation by the Justice Department, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Anti-Defamation League. It has become more urgent in the last year. Português Plus is our flagship program with two sites in Framingham and Marlborough, Massachusetts. We educate 55 Brazilian-heritage students in Portuguese and Brazilian culture. Adult Portuguese is offered to our board and interested community members. In Spring 2017, we established an English as a Second Language (ESOL) program.
The Life Together fellow is integrated into the duties of our Program Director (supporting our direct service) in any of the areas of our programming in which they have expertise or interest. The fellow also has opportunities to co-lead an organizing team with the Program Director, to address an issue identified by the community gathered, in any one of our areas of programmatic emphasis. We have a variety of projects, and the fellow has opportunities to discern which would be to their interest and feasible. The fellow has the opportunity to learn to build community energy for joint effort in a non-partisan fashion in a highly complex environment. Because of the wide variety of people, backgrounds and political positions of our coalition members, liberal sentiments cannot be assumed, and conservative sentiments cannot be disparaged.
Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn) is a community, vibrant in Christian faith, that invites all people to discover their identity in Christ as well as to develop their gifts of love and service. We are a mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with support from the New England Synod of the ELCA, Lutheran and Episcopal congregations, and Episcopal City Mission. At this point our programming includes a simple Sunday Eucharist, a Tuesday prayer service during the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, and spiritual support to members and leaders of our partner organizations including the soup kitchen, CityLife/VidaUrbana, MassCOSH, and Casita El Salvador. As we have a strong partnership with the more established congregation of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, we are free to be creative as we learn how God is calling us to be the Church in this place. Our priority is to create spaces where people can have an encounter with Jesus. This certainly happens in the worship setting, but we see at least as much transformation through our community work. People who choose to pray with us are invited into deeper relationship through our discipleship ministries. Our model is informed by liberation theology and takes the Latin American experience seriously. We are still in the early phases of the long process of raising up leaders, but we are encouraged by the excitement that currently energizes our ministry.
Our fellow is primarily responsible for coordinating donations for the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen and managing communications between volunteers and potential donors. The fellow is also present at the soup kitchen in order to help us continue deepening our relationships with the community of guests and volunteers. A more ministry-oriented fellow is invited to coordinate the family and/or children’s activities that are part of our community events. The fellow also has the opportunity, if desired, to preach, plan, and lead worship, plan and lead Bible studies, and provide pastoral care. We hope our fellow will observe or participate in our discernment process around the future of our building as these are important skills for any organizational or ministry leader. Fellows not actively discerning a call to ministry are invited take an active role in the community center side of our ministry, including responsibility for coordinating the schedule of the building and providing policies and procedures to organizations that are new to our building. The fellow works on building community between the groups who use the space by facilitating monthly check-ins with the organizational leaders and planning quarterly events to which members of the various groups are encouraged to share food and build community.
Safe Havens is a multi-religious nonprofit that provides training, resources, and technical assistance to diverse faith leaders and faith communities to strengthen safe and effective responses to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse. Safe Havens also provides services to domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse service providers who are responding to the needs of clients who are faithful. Safe Havens has United Methodist roots and is currently interfaith and multi-religious. Most of the faith communities we work with are Christian, Jewish or Muslim, and we serve all faiths and denominations. Safe Havens works locally in the Greater Boston and New England areas as well as nationally. Safe Havens in strongly collaborative, always looking for ways to learn and to “do it better.” We encourage staff, fellows, and interns to take care of themselves and to remember that the work is “a marathon, not a sprint.”
The Life Together fellow will build capacity and strength effectiveness at Safe Havens through five specific project areas: 1) communications, 2) development and fundraising, 3) systems capacity building, 4) programming and volunteer management, and 5) event planning and other project areas as needed. The LT fellow will maintain and expand current communication systems and build outreach to additional target audiences; assist with annual development goals and update and maintain donor database; strengthen Safe Havens’ capacity to expand its effective use of systems/software; support outreach and volunteer engagement strategy that identifies, engages and sustains key volunteer constituencies for the Safe with Faith program; and support Safe Havens’ Impact Award event, trainings, and support the agency in additional ways as needed.
St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts launched its Helping Hand Food Pantry as a congregational all-volunteer ministry in the early 1980’s in the parish hall. Between 1980 and 2010, the ministry grew until it had a congregational oversight Board, a paid part-time Director and a budget for food from the Greater Boston Food Bank to distribute three days a week to up to 100 families. It is the only food pantry in North Cambridge. Our clients – we call them guests – come primarily from the housing projects immediately surrounding the Pantry, though some come from farther away. They are largely immigrants, many speaking Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Creole as their first language. A proportion of them are elderly or disabled and many are families – some of them single-parent families – with children. Some struggle with mental illness or a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness. Because we have operated in direct-service mode, the only members of our guest community who work in our organization are a handful of volunteers who become dedicated to the welfare of our guests and valued members of our team, and who, in some cases, have gone on to remunerative employment partly on the strength of skills they learned working at Helping Hand Food Pantry.
The Life Together fellow in 2017-2018 is helping the Episcopal congregation of St. James’s Cambridge review its approach to the problem of food insecurity, to decide whether to resume its three-day-a-week, direct-service food pantry when it moves into its new Parish House late in 2018, or to identify a different approach that would be a more productive and effective use of our resources, more inviting to community partners outside the congregation, and more empowering to those who experience food insecurity. The fellow is also gathering, forming and training a team of St. James’s members to identify the approach, set the goals for, and lead our next chapter of food ministry in the new parish house. The fellow also participates in the worship and fellowship life of the congregation and, with the supervising Rector, does regular weekly practical and spiritual reflection.
Throughout its more than 100 years of existence St. Mary’s has been a neighborhood church where most of its members live in the neighborhood. St. Mary’s is a community centered very much around food. We have Eucharist services twice a week and after each service we gather for a full meal and important time of fellowship. We also operate a food pantry out of our parish hall, and as many of our members put it, St. Mary’s is a place where you’ll never leave hungry. Our purpose is to engage in our faith in ways that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual hunger that exists in our neighborhood. Our current membership is largely Afro-Caribbean, and we celebrate a “family” approach to worship, ministry and life together. We are a community that celebrates its youth, engaging them in the steel band, youth programs, Church School, youth group and throughout our worship and service life. Situated in the heart of Upham’s Corner, we are in the midst of Dorchester’s most significant urban center with many local businesses, community organizations, schools and the Strand Theatre all two blocks away. It remains a residential neighborhood as well, with long-time and new homeowners sharing the neighborhood with renters and people in subsidized housing.
The St. Mary’s fellow supports our Food Pantry Ministry, deepens our connection with local youth, strengthens our outreach efforts, builds bridges throughout the community, and guides community discernment around community development and justice work. The fellow joins our worship community and helps us identify, raise up and form new leaders. There is also ample opportunity to take part in and assume leadership in our worship life as this fits the fellow’s skills and interests. This position is a great fit for any fellow interested in parish life and excited about supporting mission, outreach and justice work. A fellow excited about creating connections, community development, and promoting collaboration in an extremely diverse environment would also be a great fit at St. Mary’s.
St. Stephen's is an open and affirming Christian church worshiping in the Anglican tradition. Crossing lines of color, class, culture, and generation, we seek transformation of our lives and our community through Christ's Gospel of love, compassion, and justice. Our current mission priorities focus on nurturing and forming the congregation; showing Christ-like hospitality especially to children and youth, young adults and East African immigrants; and deepening community engagement. Lynn is a mill city with limited economic vitality in the 21st century. The English language congregation is about 50-50 white people and people of color; the East African (Kiswahili) congregation is 100% African. As people of faith, we believe that prayer is central to the work of social change and our common worship sustains us in all we do.
The Life Together fellow works with program-specific staff to strengthen existing programs and to create new initiatives that emerge from St Stephen's goal of being a congregation that shows Christ-like hospitality. The position includes pastoral, programmatic, and advocacy-oriented engagement in the parish and community. Responsibilities include the following: regularly participating in and assisting with Sunday worship and other liturgical gatherings (this includes occasional opportunities to preach); assisting with the Church School program and providing hospitality to parents and teachers; working with the high school youth groups; connecting with young adults in the community and fostering a space for them at the church; working to develop and facilitate adult formation programs; serving on the pastoral care and healing prayer teams; working on community organizing initiatives in collaboration with the Essex County Community Organization; and assisting with administrative tasks as needed.
The Crossing is a worshiping community rooted at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in downtown Boston, along with MANNA, the Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry, and the Sunday morning congregation. It started in 2006 when a small group of young adults –some churchy folks, some not – got together to pray, share stories, and dream of a new kind of church with porous edges, grounded spirituality, and a passionate yearning for God’s justice in the world. The Crossing seeks to cultivate radical welcome through liturgies, community building, and social justice. Currently in its tenth year, The Crossing has grown to approximately seventy people with an average weekly attendance of twenty-four. Its membership comes from a variety of religious backgrounds, and includes Roman Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Atheists, Unitarians, Pentecostals, Buddhists, Baptists and more.
The Minister of Connection facilitates the connectional ministries of The Crossing, focusing on broadening and deepening relationships within The Crossing and cultivating and nourishing the congregation’s relationships with local justice organizations, the wider church, and beyond. These ministries include cultivating community by co-facilitating Community Circle, engaging in one-to-one meetings, and coordinating our welcoming committee for new members; extending welcome by recruiting and developing leaders in The Crossing who are interested in social justice, organizing The Crossing’s participation at rallies, letter-writing campaigns, and other public action for justice, and making our witness public through active engagement of social media to tell the story of our vital community; and supporting the operations of The Crossing.
The Transformative Culture Project (previously Press Pass TV) uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. We educate, employ, and engage youth and adult artists to create a more equitable future. We are creating a community-based institution dedicated to holding space for cultural practitioners, youth, and artists to develop projects and research that conceive and create communities that more authentically honor the incredible spectrum of humanity. Young people emerge from Transformative Culture Project with the skills, experience, credentials, and connections needed to be successful in college and/or their careers. They feel connected to and invested in their community, and are resources for peers and other community members. We now serve over 500 youth per year through our Network(ED) programs in schools in Boston, Worcester, and Holyoke. Additionally, we employ 50 youth per year through the Beyond Creative program across the Commonwealth, with staggering youth development outcomes.
The Programs Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing our Beyond Creative program. Beyond Creative is a paid, part-time after school and full-time summer youth employment and development program. The Programs Coordinator trains youth to produce commercially viable, high-quality videos that open up pathways to careers and higher education. Students create videos, spoken word pieces, music, dance, and photography that express their passions and celebrate the richness of their communities, while learning the skills they need for employment. The Programs Coordinator will not do any legislative work; however, they will work directly with the youth and provide significant support in providing them with the holistic programming they need to succeed. We also look for ways for the Life Together fellow and others in the organization to have formal leadership roles by owning work that they can have the vision for, as well as representing the organization at coalition meetings or events.