Isaac (he/him) is a passionate believer in intentional community; he co-founded one such community with five collaborators in 2011 and has lived there with his partner ever since, and was a part of the founding team that conceived and created CRECHE. Before joining the CRECHE staff, Isaac served as the Minister of Liturgical Arts at The Crossing, a Boston-based church plant, and had a ten-year career as a session musician in New York City prior to that.
Isaac has professional certificates in nonprofit management and fundraising from Boston University, a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a dual degree in Mathematics and Music Composition from NYU.
As a musician, author, and liturgist, he has written The Emergent Psalter, a contemporary setting of the psalms, and released Rotation and Transmission, two electronic pop albums inspired by liturgical texts.
Isaac spends his spare time making music, coaching weightlifters, and playing nerdy board games.
Community Organizer for Neighborhood Engagement
Sky (they/them) is thrilled to be CRECHE’s first ever Life Together Fellow. Sky recently graduated from Yale College, where they studied Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality, and wrote their thesis on trans community building at Yale over the past 15 years.
Sky’s interest in community goes back to their days as a camper and camp counselor in Vermont. They brought a passion for community building to Yale where they helped to create and served on the board of the student organization Trans@Yale. Sky also worked to strengthen Yale’s community through their jobs as a Communication and Consent Educator and as a Peer Liaison for Yale’s Office of LGBTQ Resources. As a junior Sky captained the Yale Women’s Rugby team.
As a Life Together Fellow, Sky will be living in intentional community this year with eight other fellows. They are excited to cook and paint with their housemates and to take up yoga and martial arts, and to do the hard work of building a thriving, intentional community.
Neighborhood: Newton Centre
Congregation: All four CRECHE congregations and
CRECHE House is a five-bedroom community located eight minutes from the Newton Centre stop on the D line. This is a queer-focused house with a deep sense of mutual love and support and communal decision-making.
Congregation: Emmanuel Church
Emmanuel House is a historic “Tudorbethan” single-family home in Allston, just two minutes from the Packards Corner stop on the B line. Emmanuel House is committed to cultivating community space for contemplative repose, urban agriculture, and arts events. The house currently maintains a community garden in their yard where neighborhood members are invited to harvest from and relax. They are currently in the process of turning a room in the house into a permanent chapel space.
Neighborhood: North Cambridge
Congregation: The Crossing
Crossing House, nestled in residential North Cambridge, is a twelve minute walk from Davis Square and a fifteen minute walk from Alewife. The newest of CRECHE’s houses, the Crossing House is discerning a call to the welcome and affirmation of others’ stories.
Our partner congregations are:
Other intentional communities we love and support include:
Agape Community (Ware) – homesteading community with a focus on eco-justice.
Arlington Friends House – Rooted in Quaker practice with a nightly meal.
Beacon Hill Friends House – Large community focused on personal growth.
Cambridge Zen Center (Central Sq.) – Group meditation, chant, public classes.
The Canopy (Dorchester) – co-housing and co-parenting for families.
Haley House (South End) – mission focus on poverty, long and short-term options.
Lucy Stone House (Roxbury) – Unitarian House with focus on sustainability, spiritual practice, and social change.
Margaret Moseley House (Roxbury) – affiliated with Lucy Stone.
PIKA (Kendall Sq.) – MIT experiment in communal living, focus on arts.
Seventy-Seven (Jamaica Plain) – affiliated with The Crossing.
Seedpod (Fields Corner) – secular co-housing focused on community engagement.
Society of St John the Evangelist (Harvard Sq.) – Monastic community.
Society of St Margaret (Duxbury) – Monastic community.