My spiritual journey has been pretty central to my life since I was very young. I am a member of a Quaker
Meeting (congregation), Beacon Hill Friends Meeting
in Boston. A fledgling Quaker worship group, JP Quakers
, has been meeting monthly for several years. Look for upcoming news on our second annual Teen Peace Essay Contest this spring! Judaism has been a grounding anchor for me as well - check out Nehar Shalom
(River of Peace) Community Synagogue in JP.
Other Joys: Postpartum nurse (and Birth Sister (community doula) at heart!), JP Gender Role Free English Country Dancing
, commuting by bicycle, cross country skiing
My paternal great grandparents and my mother are Hungarian immigrants to this country. As a Birth Sister and now as a nurse, II work closely with immigrant families from around the world who have settled in Boston. I am grieved by the legacies of colonialism and today's trade policies which have devastated economies in the global South. Desperate policy and violence drive families to leave and seek new lives in the US - but for most, a visa is impossible to get. This situation is convenient for employers - desperation & the lack of choices fuels the influx of undocumented migrants, who are then easily exploited out of fear of immigration authorities - underpaid (or unpaid), and often working long hours in unsafe conditions. So much of our comforts depend on their work, and our country closes its eyes to the gifts that they - like my great-grandparents - bring to this soil. I try to do whatever writing and organizing I can do in my free time.