is to create a community-focused alternative to the for-profit housing market that is rooted in relationship and mutuality: co-housing communities in which people live like families, sharing meals, common spaces, and the rhythms of home care.
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 graduated in spring 2019 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 lives in an intentional community in Dorchester with other fellows. They love cooking, painting, spending time with their housemates, and doing the hard and rewarding work of building a thriving intentional community.
Saint Mary's House
Congregation: St Mary's Episcopal Church
Located in the heart of Dorchester by Ronan Park, the St Mary’s House is just under twenty minutes from St Mary’s Episcopal Church on foot. With six bedrooms, a beautiful porch, a spacious backyard, ample common space, and a sauna in the basement, the Saint Mary's House is well-equipped to house a vibrant community. The St Mary's House is also Creche's first partnership with a historically Black congregation, and we could not be more excited!
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 hold daily morning prayer in a room in the house they have converted into a permanent chapel.
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. Lovers of event-planning, hospitality, and welcoming those they meet, the Crossing House is discerning a call to the welcome and affirmation of others’ stories.
Each CRECHE community is formed in a year-long discernment process with a partner congregation. Our partner congregations are:
Grant funding and loans support the work of building intentional community, from operations funding to the recent purchase of a house in Dorchester where we will launch the St Mary’s community. We receive funding from: