MARCELLE MARTIN, Core Teacher
Marcelle is the author of Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey (Inner Light Books, 2016) and a member of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting (PA). She has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States, with a call to help nurture the spiritual vitality and radical faithfulness of Friends and Quakerism today. She was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill for four years, and was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program, The Way of Ministry. She is the author of the Pendle Hill pamphlets Invitation to a Deeper Communion and Holding One Another in the Light. In 2013 she was the Mullen Writing Fellow at Earlham School of Religion while working on her book. On her blog, A Whole Heart, she writes about spirituality today, taking inspiration from the past to help us find the courage to become all God has created us to be in our day. Visit her website at awholeheart.com.
HILARY BURGIN, Core Teacher
Hilary works for Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) as the Boston City Coordinator and for New England Yearly Meeting as the Young Adult Engagement Coordinator. In this work, Hilary has the opportunity to suppoirt young adults engaged in the never-ending questions of living an integrated life. Additionally, she works with Quaker meetings on welcoming and outreach. Hilary grew up in Acton (MA) Friends Meeting and in New England Yearly Meeting, attended Oberlin College, and became a Bostonian in the fall of 2010.
ELDER/MENTORS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Xinef Afriam (first residency)
Xinef is a motivational speaker, performing artist, educator, author, and activist from Amherst, MA. He is the arts and inspirations minister, choir director, and soon-to-be Pastor of his family’s church, Hope Community Church, one of only two historic black churches in the Amherst, Massachusetts area. In the Quaker community he speaks and leads workshops, as well as serving as a resource person for the NEYM high school aged youth group. He currently works as the assistant director of a local social justice based elementary after-school program and is working towards furthering his career as a public speaker, life coach, and minister.