Meet the Alt*Div crew of '16-17
Our inaugural group are already powerful as soulful community builders in their respective communities—whether through movement, improv, music, counseling, learning, or more.
Stephanie Ryan Johnstone
Composer, Sex Educator,
Queer Rights Lover-Fighter
Movement teacher, exploring what it means to be human through dance, yoga, and play. Student of children.
Tender-hearted organizer, activist, dreamer, and schemer, fighting for collective liberation and revolutionary grace.
Soulful improviser & script-flipper, dabbling filmmaker, writer, host.
Exploring existential dread by way of climate activism, cycling, and dad jokes.
Carrying forward the hopes and struggles of her ancestors.
Learner, Writer, Healer, Organizer.
Social psychologist turned community builder using art and play to connect strangers in novel ways.
Scribe, Storyteller, Bridge, Mirror. Co-Creating Love, Beauty and Play.
Designer, Director, and Producer, interested in the tactile and the ephemeral.
Sarah Jane Bradley
Co-founder, creative director, and steward of the Open Master's. Plays with design, words, songs, cities.
Thinking of joining?
If you're building a world in which:
"Community ministry" can look like many things...
The thread that seems to run through everything you do is a quest for human connection and belonging. You have worked hard to create ways for this to happen, and you are yearning to find ways to support your own learning and growth on this journey. Perhaps you have thought about actually going to divinity school, formal ministry, or counseling, but you are not sure these are the right paths for you.
Spiritual pluralism is a core value...
Many don't identify with just one spiritual home. Whether raised in multiple faiths, distanced from their own tradition, or drawn to the cracks between affiliations; alt*divvers view such non-traditional identities as a strength, not an add-on.
Pursuit of justice = spiritual leadership...
We live in a world built on intersecting systems of oppression. In order to build cultures of courage, care, and wholeness, we must see the direct relationship between spiritual formation and the pursuit of justice.
Practical learning is in the books and on the ground...
There are artists, entrepreneurs, and movement builders who are already doing work in the world. They are seeking to integrate that work fully into their learning journey, instead of adding isolated "coursework" on top.