Lydia Strand

Director of Contemplative Programming

Lydia Strand is beginning her first year as the Director for Contemplative Programming with LDI. In this position, she will be strengthening and integrating the offering of training in contemplative spiritual practice, following especially the Wisdom teaching of Cynthia Bourgeault, and encouraging these practices more widely in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Lydia's roots are in upstate New York, where she attended college and explored interests in literature, intercultural studies, and theology. For the past two years, she worked as a Fellow at the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (Community Workers' Center) and at Episcopal City Mission through the Life Together Program, living in Fall River and Boston, MA. During these two years, she explored interactions between her work in workers' and immigrants' rights, her life in community, and her spirituality. She is looking forward to continuing to learn about this place where internal and external liberation meet contemplative practice.