The Reverend John H. Finley IV, Associate Priest
A graduate of Groton School and Harvard College, the Rev. John H. Finley IV is the co-founder and head of Epiphany School, a tuition-free, independent Episcopal middle school for economically-disadvantaged children and children who have been abused and neglected (www.epiphanyschool.com). Fr. Finley has helped launch several other schools inspired by Epiphany’s example and has also been involved in other initiatives in education including the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, the Nativity Schools Educational Network, Codman Academy Public Charter School, Esperanza Academy in Lawrence (MA), Urban Achievers, and Boston Scholars.
He serves on several boards including the Harvard College Overseers’ Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, the Bethany House of Prayer in Belmont (MA), the Open Gate Foundation at Harvard, and Harvard’s Signet Society well as on the Advisory Board of Forward Movement Publications. He is also a trustee of the Stephen Phillips Scholarship Fund, which awards several million dollars a year in college scholarships. In his vocation as an Episcopal priest, he serves at St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester (MA), and he is also affiliated with the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill (MA). He lives in downtown Boston with his husband, Stan McGee.
The Reverend Arrington Chambliss, Associate Priest
Arrington is currently the director of Episcopal City Mission. Arrington was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Life Together. Ordained to Episcopal Priesthood in 2004, she served five years as Assistant/Associate Rector with the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, MA. Prior to ordination, she founded No Ordinary Time, an organization that worked primarily with young activists, artists and faith-based leaders to integrate faith, spirituality and reflective practice into their social justice work. Past work includes the National Community Service field for Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), a campus organizing project; and Project Leadership Education Employment Opportunities (LEEO), an organization aimed at channeling the leadership skills of gang-affiliated young men. She is particularly interested in the intersection between the inner work of contemplative prayer, reflection and healing and the outer work of nonviolent action, reconciliatory dialogue, and community organizing to bring about social change and with God’s help, grow the kingdom of God on earth.
Arrington was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her partner and seven-year old daughter.
Kana Dehara, Organist and Pianist
Born in Osaka, Japan, Kana started to play piano at the age of three. She enrolled at KC College in Japan as a classical performance major when she was eighteen years old. She graduated KC College at the top of her class in 2004. After she received substantial scholarship from Berklee College of Music, she was able to begin her studies in the Jazz field in September of 2005.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music as a “Dean’s List” student in December 2008, Kana’s professional career has been defined by performing and composing in musical styles such as Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae and World music.
Phoebe Whitwell, Office Administrator
Phoebe returns to St. Mary’s after having served as a Life Together Fellow in 2018-2019. Email Phoebe here.
Edmund Fosu, Sexton