Get to know our new Social Justice Summer Internship Program Director!
Q: What past experiences, personal or professional, connect to the work and values of City Mission Boston?
Rev. Melissa: As a life-long activist and current pastor of an emerging ministry, my work to co-create community connects me to the work of City Mission Boston. I share a passion for City Mission Boston's guiding principle of "uniting communities and transforming individuals" in my ministry on the margins and my consulting work with communities seeking to welcome and celebrate those on the margins. I strive to co-create community where all people feel celebrated, cared for, and energized to do the work required of putting faith into action.
Q: What is your new role at City Mission Boston, and what inspired you to join the team?
Rev. Melissa: I will be the Social Justice Summer Internship Program Director, and I was inspired to join the team because this is the type of program I wish I participated in when I was in high school. I love that City Mission has a program that engages young people in such a meaningful way, and I am excited to be part of the journey of those who will participate.
Q: Tell us what motivates you to do what you do, and how do you plan to contribute to the mission of City Mission Boston?
Rev. Melissa: I believe that we are all interconnected, and that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. As a person with a marginalized identity I know what it feels like to be denied dignity and respect, and as a person with privilege I know the power it can hold. I want to help co-create community where all people have opportunities to flourish. I plan to contribute to the mission of City Mission Boston by encouraging and empowering young people on their social justice advocacy journeys; connecting with individuals and building community.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not working at City Mission?
Rev. Melissa: When not working at City Mission I enjoy triathlon training, hiking, spending time with my partner and friends, playing with my niblings (children of my sibling), and dismantling the white supremacist, capitalist, cis-hetero-patriarchy.