The Reverend Canon Steven C. Bonsey

The Rev. Canon Steven C. Bonsey has served as a parish priest, campus minister and cathedral canon. He was born on Molokai, Hawaii, graduated from Harvard College and received an M. Div. and S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School. He studies contemplative practice in Wisdom Schools with Cynthia Bourgeault and others and serves as Chaplain and Lead Trainer for the Leadership Development Initiative ( He offers training in contemplative spiritual practice, especially centering prayer, lectio divina and sacred chant.

Allen Bourque

Allen Bourque is a Christian contemplative with a primary practice of Centering Prayer. He is an advanced student of Cynthia Bourgeault, a member of the Board of Contemplative Outreach Boston and a participant in the Shalem Institute program on Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats. He has also been a student of Tai Chi and related Taoist internal arts for over 20 year and weaves together the strong body and awareness-based practices of Taoism with the profound heart-centered practices of Christianity. He leads Contemplative Movement programs throughout the Northeast.

Yani Burgos

Originally from the Bronx and after a lot of moving settling in New Jersey, my path has consistently been informed by a desire to see those around me thrive. That desire has extended into my work in social justice movements while attending Smith College, as well as working with a nonprofit in Costa Rica that focused on human rights for all. I enjoy reading, music and nature; the arts and all the moments art manifests itself in our daily lives; the various ways folks interact with faith and spirituality - institutionally, societally, and individually. I am a pop culture junkie and am a firm believer in justice. I believe because we are made in God's image, divinity and love can radiate from everything we do, so I am choosing to learn to live more mindfully and intentionally day by day.

The Reverend John de Beer

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The Reverend Tiffany Curtis

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Ditra Edwards

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Isaac Everett

Isaac Everett is the new director of the Boston-Cambridge Mission Hub for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He has written The Emergent Psalter (Church Publishing), a musical translation of the book of Psalms, and has contributed to Psalms for All Seasons (Brazos Press), Worship and Song for United Methodists (Abingdon Press), Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship (Church Publishing), Rising From the Ashes: Rethinking Church (Seabury Books), and Liturgy: the Journal of the Liturgical Conference. He is a founding member of an intentional community in Jamaica Plain, where he lives with his wife, and spends his spare time playing musical instruments, lifting heavy weights, and playing nerdy games.

Jerry Koch Gonzalez

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez is a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication and of Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance. Jerry's passion and what these approaches have in common is support for the notion that everyone’s needs matter; we can organize any institution based on the inclusion of all members in decision making; and we can do it effectively, efficiently and with the joy of shared meaning and purpose. Jerry is a long-time social change activist and has worked with United for Fair Economy, Class Action Network, Spirit in Action, National Coalition Building Institute and the Institute for Peaceable Communities. Jerry is a founding resident of the 21-year old Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst MA. Some of Jerry’s leadership commitments include: EO, The Sociocracy Consulting Group; Certified Trainer, New England NVC Senior Trainer; Class Action; Member, Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community.

Nicholas Hayes

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Duncan Hilton

Duncan Hilton was Director of Programming for the Diomass Leadership Development Initiative, a community organizing and leadership training program supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He has worked as a Teaching Fellow for Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School and Field Coordinator for the Promise Arizona campaign, which registered over 13,000 new voters in the state. In these positions he has been a trainer, facilitator, teacher, and designer of curricula. Duncan received an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School in 2008 and an A.B. from Harvard College in 2002. Before shifting his career focus to organizing, Duncan studied and worked in church ministry as a chaplain and youth minister. As a chaplain he worked at hospitals, detox centers, and hospices. Before studying for the ministry he lived and worked for two years at Camphill Ireland with people with intellectual disabilities.

The Reverend Edwin Johnson

Rev. Edwin Johnson, a self-proclaimed “smiling-dancing-Jesus-freak” is currently serving as the Priest-In-Charge of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester, the largest neighborhood of Boston. A product of our Diocese and its youth programs, Edwin attended Tufts University and directed a non-profit before heading off to Seminary in Berkeley California. Upon returning to the Diocese Edwin has immersed himself in urban parish ministry, social justice work, mission and faith formation for all ages. Edwin encountered Life Together for the first time while attending a training for site supervisors in 2010. Since then he has worked closely with several fellows while joining the Leadership Team and Life Together Faculty. He has become an important part of the Life Together family. Edwin is passionate about bringing together communities of people to “be church” in ways that enrich their lives and the lives of everyone around them through ministries of love and justice. This passion fuels him as he gives himself fully to his Parish St. Mary’s along a number of Diocesan and National Church responsibilities. In the midst of all this, Edwin finds plenty of time and energy for fun and fellowship. He’s a competitive weightlifter, a dance instructor/performer and is learning to enjoy nature thanks to his wife Susan. He and Susan welcomed their son Francisco into the world last year and are experiencing God’s love in incredible ways through him.

Hazel Johnson

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Cicia Lee

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Lori Lobenstine

Lori Lobenstine is a co-founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), a creativity lab for the nonprofit social justice sector. She is also an established consultant and experienced youth development and diversity trainer, including over 15 years experience as a certified trainer in the National BEST Youth Worker Training Initiative. Her recent writings include “Social / Justice / Practice: Exploring the Role of Artists in Creating a More Just and Social Public” (published by, and “[Spatial Justice: A Frame for Reclaiming our Rights to Be, Thrive, Express and Connect][1]”

Isaac Martinez

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Hannah McMeekin

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Sarah Moore

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Dani Moscovitch

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The Reverend Cristina Rathbone

Tina Rathbone serves as priest to the MANNA community through her position as Canon Missioner at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. She has worked with homeless men and women in the Downtown Boston area for eight years, and in partnership with this community has brought to life a thriving faith community of prayer, service and action in the world. Tina continues to learn and grow both as a priest and a human-being as a result of her work with the men and women of MANNA and is filled with gratitude that such work remains possible for her. Prior to being ordained an Episcopal priest in 2009, Tina was an award winning journalist and author of two books: On the Outside Looking In: A year in an Inner City High School (Grove Atlantic Press, 1998) and A World Apart: Women, Prisons and Life Behind Bars (Random House, 2005). She lives in Roslindale with her two teenaged boys, Jack and Lucas.

The Reverend Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is currently the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Welcoming Congregations for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She also serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Community Development Association the Women’s Donor Network, Auburn Theological Seminary, Interfaith Worker Justice, PICO and Sojourner’s. She is adjunct faculty at the New York Theological Seminary and Biola University, and has lectured at Fuller Seminary, University of Southern California and UCLA. Her first book, “Faith-Rooted Organizing” is being published by Intervarsity Press in January of 2014. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

Dr. Alexandra Piñeros Shields

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Lydia Strand

Lydia Strand is the Contemplative Program Director with the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI). In this position, she strengthens and integrates the offering of training in contemplative spiritual practice, following especially the Wisdom teaching of Cynthia Bourgeault, and encouraging these practices more widely in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Lydia's roots are in upstate New York and Honduras. In college, she explored interests in literature, intercultural studies, and theology. She has served as a Fellow in Life Together, living in Fall River and Boston, MA. During these two years, she explored interactions between her work in workers' and immigrants' rights, her life in community, and her spirituality. She is looking forward to continuing to learn about this place where internal and external liberation meet contemplative practice.

Renata Teodoro

Renata was born in Brazil and came to the US at the age of 6. She grew up in Massachusetts with her family until 2007 when there was a raid at her home. As a result of the raid her family was forced to sell their home and return to Brazil. Renata decided to stay and soon after she found the Student Immigrant Movement in Massachusetts. As a leader in SIM Renata helped with coordinating a local team, fundraising, and was part of a campaign to hold the Governor accountable for his promise on Instate Tuition. In 2009 SIM faced the enormous challenge of being cut from its parent organization. Renata decided to take responsibility for fundraising to hire new staff, help coordinate SIM leadership and campaigns, and represent SIM nationally with in the United We Dream network. Under Renata’s leadership SIM grew to become a stable youth led organization with full time staff and chapters across the state. Recently she was an integral part to a national action at the Mexican Border. She was one of the three leaders that partially reunited with their mom’s at the border to show family separation. This action was featured on the cover of the New York Times, CNN, and other media outlets. Currently Renata is the Lead Coordinator of SIM, helping to run the entire organization while attending the University of Massachusetts Boston for Public Policy and Law.

Mariama White-Hammond

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Seth Woody

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