REV. JESSICA STEWARD [She/Her]
Abbess, A Mighty Kindness | Prioress, House of Belonging | Circle Facilitator | Scamp
The idea for A Mighty Kindness came to Reverend Jessica Steward during her final year at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine—a non-traditional interfaith school located in Portland, Maine. She envisioned a new kind of spiritual community—a new kind of spiritual “meetinghouse,” if you will— to support other non-traditional spiritualists like herself. Her dream is to be in community with others to unlearn, unravel, and release the stringent dogma of old world religious traditions in order to get to the shared philosophies, meaning, and wisdom underneath. This work is done through a lens of modern knowledge and understanding in order to create a kinder, more engaged, and more caring community. The modest goal? To use our collective kindness and understanding to help reshape the future of our planet.
Ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2016, Rev. Steward considers herself “spiritual but not religious” and a Scamp through and through. Although her family enjoyed traditionally Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter while growing up, it was Jessica’s mother—a covert animist pagan—who first encouraged Jessica’s curiosity when it came to God, spirituality, and religion. At her mother’s urging, Jessica began to study, explore, and understand the world’s religions and ancient wisdom traditions through a socio-political, scientific, and historical lens. Her goal today is to make spirituality accessible, informed, intersectional, and relational. Her hope is that we can transform the way we relate to one another and our planet without losing the feeling of numinous wonder when exploring the Great Mystery alone or with others.
Rev. Steward currently lives in North Andover, Massachusetts in a former parsonage with her husband, Brendan, and their Toy Fox Terriers, Smidgen T. Spryfox, and his (biological) mother, Jumpin’ Jitterbug Jones, on the unceded land that was stewarded by at least four different indigenous nations: Pawtucket, Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett), Pennacook, and Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy).