Anna Burnham

Anna is a first year Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and United Parish's seminarian for the year. She grew up surrounded by lots of cornfields in York, Pennsylvania and is the product of sixteen years of Catholic schooling. After graduating from Villanova University in 2014, Anna did a year of post-graduate service in Portland, Oregon with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC), a full-time, faith-based service organization. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Anna lived in intentional community with seven other volunteers, worked full-time in food justice organizing, and engaged daily with the JVC Northwest values of community, social & ecological justice, spirituality, and simple living. After serving as a Jesuit Volunteer, Anna spent a year on the road as the recruiter for JVC Northwest, traveling to college campuses around the country and spreading the word to students about a year of service. She then spent five months as a Democratic organizer in North Carolina for the 2016 presidential election, which solidified her notion of community organizing as an expression of spirituality and a connection to the divine. A lifelong politics nerd, Anna lived and worked in Washington, DC before coming to Harvard Divinity School.

Anna was drawn to United Parish for the community’s tradition-rooted, spirit-filled liturgy, innovative ways of viewing ministry, and welcoming atmosphere. She is excited to explore traditions different from her own and how they practice liturgy in inclusive, creative ways. At HDS, she plans to study women’s roles in religion, society, and politics through a social justice and community organizing lens. Anna loves cooking, bike commuting, British period pieces, plants, and talking to people (generally about anything).

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