Meet Our Staff

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Ian Mevorach

Co-Founder and Spiritual Leader
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Ian grew up on Long Island, NY, in an interfaith family (Jewish father, Catholic mother); as a child he learned the value of love and acceptance of persons of other faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.  His spiritual journey has led him into dialogue with many other faith traditions and philosophies besides Christianity, a dialogue which continues to strengthen and deepen his commitment and practice as a follower of Jesus.  Together with the whole Common Street community, Ian is seeking to discover a new model of ministry for the 21st century, which promises to be a time of great social transformation on many levels, including in regards to religion and spirituality.

Rev. Dr. Mevorach holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Middlebury College, an M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH), and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics and Constructive Theology from BUSTH.  His dissertation, in the field of ecological theology and ethics, explored the role of Christian-Muslim dialogue in responding to the ecological crisis. He represents the American Baptist Churches USA on the board of Creation Justice Ministries, a national, multi-denominational environmental justice coalition; also, he is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network.  He published a book chapter titled “Stewards of Creation: A Christian Calling for Today’s Ecological Crisis” in For Such a Time as This: Young Adults on the Future of the Church (Judson Press, 2014).  He also writes blogs occasionally for the Huffington Post.  His most recent publication is a book chapter in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology (2017). Rev. Mevorach is active in the movement for peace, justice, and the integrity of creation that includes people of conscience from all cultures, nations, faiths, and generations.

Please feel free to reach out to Ian by e-mail at ian@commonstreet.org or by phone at 508-655-9636.  His office hours are generally on weekday mornings from 9-11, or by appointment.

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Amy Mevorach

Co-Founder
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Amy Mevorach leads the women’s prayer circle, youth poetry workshops, and circles of peace at Common Street. She organized the First Fridays youth open mic series. Amy has contributed to the planting and growth of the Common Street community since its origins in June 2012, offering poetry, spiritual support, music, vision, and childcare.

Amy is a poet, playwright, and mother of four. Her spiritual practice is personal, and in its individuality, it is universal, in that it draws guidance from Christian texts, Native traditions, Sufi poetry, Chinese poetry, yoga, and nature.

“The universal source of power is a part of us, pouring through the crown to the heart of us…” (from Amy’s poem, “Eight”)

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Carol Knell

Center Administrator
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I am a Reiki Master/Practitioner, trained in the Usui System of Reiki Healing. I received my animal Reiki training with Kathleen Prasad of the Animal Reiki Source. Prior to opening The Relaxed Pet in 2014, I was employed at Harvard University for over 20 years. I received a B.A. from Framingham State University and a Master’s from the Extension School at Harvard University. As a lifelong animal lover, it has been a great joy to share my home with many pets. My family currently includes a ferret and a cat.

As the Administrator of Common Street Spiritual Center, Carol is the go to person to contact for program and event scheduling, building usage, rentals, and so forth.  She also manages our calendar, updates our website, and puts together our newsletter.  In general, her work helps our Spiritual Center to function as an organization.  Please reach out to her by email at admin@commonstreet.org or call 508-655-9636 if you have a question.  She’d be happy to speak with you. Her office hours are Tue, Wed, and Thu from 9-2pm.

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Carolyn Waters

Music Director
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Greetings, my name is Carolyn Waters.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I grew up seated in the choir loft of a church where music played an integral part of my spiritual exploration and development.  While it wasn’t until later that I found my true voice, I spent years surrounded by powerful voices that conveyed strength, history and a sense of community and purpose.
After many years of working in the non-profit/corporate world, performing musically on the side, I decided to change direction make music my main focus. Today, as a performing singer/songwriter, a large part of my personal mission is supporting and promoting positive social change, personal growth and healing thru music and creativity.  I believe music is a powerful tool which can be utilized to nurture, bring together and build community.  It is in this spirit that I serve in my role as Music Director at Common Street Spiritual Center.
Bring your voices, your song, your instruments, your ideas and your spirit and together we will build our musical fellowship. Connect with me any time at carolyn@commonstreet.org.
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Kristina Keefe-Perry

Minister for Earth Community
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My name is Kristina Keefe-Perry and I’m the mother of a kindergartner. I grew up in San Mateo County among Redwood and Coastal Live Oak trees. I have followed my passion and sense of call into many areas of work, weaving a tapestry of many strands. I’ve been trained as a cultural geographer / cartographer and worked significantly in sustainable agriculture around issues of equitable access to healthy food. As a permaculture designer, I find that sometimes the things that present themselves as challenges are as-yet-to-be innovations. I am currently a chaplaincy-track Masters of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology, a DONA-trained childbirth doula, facilitator, hospice volunteer, mediator in small claims court, master composter, lover of singing, and a soccer team-parent. I am an acknowledged Elder within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I’m incredibly honored to have the opportunity to serve as Common Street’s Minister for Earth Community – to be part of this Spiritual Center’s vibrant experiment on behalf of Earth and all creatures.