Rev. Alison Cornish
I am a Unitarian Universalist minister living in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. I spent the first half of my professional life working in historic preservation. After 20 years of work with museums, municipalities and nonprofit organizations, I enrolled in Andover Newton Theological School, responding to a felt sense of call directly from Earth to address what it is we are doing that is destroying the planet that we inhabit. After graduation and ordination, and while serving congregations on Long Island, I also began studies with the Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy; delved deeper into the work of eco-theologian Thomas Berry; and became a GreenFaith Fellow.
From 2013-2020, I lived in Philadelphia where I worked as a community minister, serving as Senior Director of Programs and Training at Partners for Sacred Places, Director of Congregational and Seminary Initiatives at Interfaith Philadelphia, and Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, and as Affiliated Community Minister at First Unitarian Church. In 2020, my husband Pat and I relocated to Massachusetts to be closer to family and friends, and to pursue new avenues of work related to care of Creation. I currently serve as a Program Consultant for The BTS Center in Portland, Maine.