The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is a collaborative partnership between clergy, trained lay-leaders and community organizers, and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts whose purpose is to strategically develop leaders who are agents of justice and transformation for the mission of God in the world. LDI teaches adapted practices of community organizing to empower individuals and congregations as leaders, both through trainings and ongoing coaching relationships.
A primary partner of Life Together, the Leadership Development Initiative provides extensive training and coaching in leadership arts and community organizing to Life Together Fellows.
The Leading Change Network (LCN) is a new initiative based out of Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and centered on the community organizing methodology and practices developed by Marshall Ganz (LCP's faculty director). Leading Change seeks to teach leadership development through the lens of organizing; build the leadership capacity of "change constituencies" through developing a connected global community of practitioners; and create research projects that inform and improve the practice of organizing.
As one of Life Together’s primary partners, Leading Change provides leadership training in the methodologies of community organizing and public narrative to Life Together Fellows.
Episcopal City Mission (ECM) is a faith-based ministry which promotes social and economic justice by working through congregations, community-based organizations, and people within the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, with special emphasis on the urban poor and oppressed. To further its mission, ECM works for lasting structural change through support for community organizing, mission-related investments in affordable housing, community economic development, and public policy advocacy.
Episcopal City Mission is also a primary partner of Life Together, providing leadership training for Fellows, grant assistance to fellowship sites, and a wealth of connections to the community of people working for justice and equity in Greater Boston.
Trinity Wall Street is a congregation in New York whose Trinity Grants Program supports a vast array of Episcopal and Anglican missional projects in both the United States and the larger world. Within the Episcopal Church, Trinity is particularly committed to supporting programs that develop leadership and spirituality among young adults, and to equipping a rising generation of church leaders for mission in the twenty-first century.
Trinity Wall Street is a major partner of Life Together, providing financial resources for the training and support of our Relational Evangelist Fellows.
Bethany House of Prayer is a ministry of hospitality and prayer shared with the Sisters of St. Anne-Bethany, a religious order of The Episcopal Church. Bethany House colleagues offer retreats, spiritual direction, refreshment days, and facilitation for individuals and groups seeking to explore and deepen their relationship with God.
As a partner of Life Together, Bethany House provides spiritual formation for Life Together Fellows, leading retreats and refreshment days.
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) is a monastic community of The Episcopal Church rooted in Boston’s historic Harvard Square district. The brothers of SSJE share a ministry of prayer and hospitality, through inviting visitors into their prayer of the Daily Office and celebration of the Holy Eucharist, leading retreats and pilgrimages, and offering spiritual direction.
As partners of Life Together, the brothers of SSJE work with Fellows to explore spiritual formation—leading retreats, providing hospitality, and partnering to explore new liturgical possibilities.
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (DioMass) comprises 188 Episcopal parishes in the Metro Boston Area and greater Eastern Massachusetts. Throughout its long history, the Diocese has sought both to maintain the existing Episcopal communities which it stewards and to explore diverse new frontiers of ministry. Accordingly, the Diocese of Massachusetts has been a national faith leader in advocating full inclusion in church and society for women, LGBT people, and people of color; greater social and economic justice; and greater empowerment of young people, which it holds up as the future trustees and leaders of God's mission in the world.
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is the larger regional Episcopal community to which Life Together belongs, and a founding partner of the Fellowship Program. It offers significant financial, organizational, and spiritual support to the Life Together community.