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The Reverend Rita T. Powell, Chaplain

Rev. Powell is the newly-named chaplain for the Harvard Episcopal Community, assuming the role on July 1st, 2019. Rita earned her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she served as captain of the varsity softball team, and her M.Div from Yale Divinity School, where she was awarded the William Muehl Preaching Prize. She spent a long stretch living and working with the monastic community in Taizé, France, and also served as the Youth Missioner in the Diocese of South Dakota for several years before coming to Boston as the Associate Rector for Liturgy and Music at Trinity Church in Copley Square. She lives in Belmont with her husband and two children.

Hal Edmonson, Kellogg Fellow

Hal recently completed his M.Div across the way at Harvard Divinity School, and is excited to be sticking around the Harvard community as the Kellogg Fellow for the 2018-2019 year.  After finishing his B.A. at Carleton College, Hal taught for five years in rural Japan with the JET Program (while managing a crisis hotline for ex-pats on the side), and spent most of a year living out of a backpack while exploring modern monastic communities in Europe. After putting pause on his travels to study at HDS, most of his work concerned theology and medicine, and in particular improving the way we have conversations about end-of-life decision-making. He is an avid runner, cribbage fiend, and indulges an amateur interest in urban planning. He is a member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, where he is discerning a call to the priesthood.

The Board of the Episcopal Chaplaincy

The Board of the Episcopal Chaplaincy is made up of alumni and friends of the Chaplaincy. They manage its financial affairs and help direct its mission. This year’s board includes:

  • Ms. J. Carey Bloomfield, President
  • Prof. Richard Thomas, Vice-President
  • Mr. Jeremy Siegfried, Treasurer
  • Ms. Alice Kenney, Clerk
  • Prof. John A.E. Pottow
  • Ms. McKenzie Bok
  • Ms. Mary Beth Clack
  • Mr. Gifford Combs
  • The Very Rev. Amy McCreath
  • The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates (ex officio)