Esther Generation, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based 501c(3) non-profit organized in January, 2014 which uses music and fashion to unite women to run neighborhood, regional and national campaigns to benefit social justice and humanitarian causes.
We are interlocking small groups of women, called Esther Circles who meet monthly and embark on a defined social justice or humanitarian campaign for an 8 month campaign season. In addition to the Esther Circles, we are networks of supporting congregations and organizations that participate in the campaigns. All participants in the campaign recognize each other by a fashion item designed for the campaign. Each campaign is launched with an inspiring ecumenical night of worship which unveils the issue being addressed.
This year, Esther Generation will launch its very first social justice campaign in the Greater Boston area on Ethical Consumption. During our Fast for Justice campaign, women across this entire region will meet in small groups to examine their own consumer behavior and how it impacts people here in Boston as well as in faraway remote places. Congregations and other organizations will also participate in the awareness and education campaign on ethical consumption. We will build our communities in the process by participating in various activities during the campaign, ethical shopping meet-ups, and by wearing identifying scarves.
This Fast for Justice Campaign will involve three focus areas:
(1) Just Economy - including issues of grossly underpaid or slave labor, unbalanced economic systems, exploitation of immigrants and the working poor among us
(2) Environmental Respect - including issues on the modern day ills of overconsumption and overstimulation which result in disrespect towards other people, animals and God's creation around us
(3) Human Dignity - including issues of human trafficking, sexual victimization and other modern day ills which have created systemic shame within us
The kick-off of this year's campaign is on October 8th, 2016 at the Ellsworth Theater at Pine Manor College. Tickets are now available. Don't miss it!
Here's a further introduction by our Founder and Steering Committee Leader, Alicia Fenton Greenaway:
Our Steering Committee:
Alicia Fenton Greenaway, Esquire, Founder and Steering Committee Member
Alicia Fenton Greenaway is a commercial real estate finance attorney and partner in one of Boston's larger law firms and has practiced law for almost 25 years. She is from a large ministering family of over 6 generations of pastors and ministry leaders and quite naturally has a heart for ministry and justice. She began her career as an associate at a major law firm at a young age and has steadily practiced law and served in ministry since then. Alicia has served as keynote speaker for a number of church conferences, universities and organizations and has served on many boards and committees. An accomplished worship leader and songwriter, Alicia also enjoys reading, gardening, sailing and spending time with her husband and three adolescent daughters. Alicia graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Temple University School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
Alycia Wood, Steering Committee Member
Alycia Wood graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in Criminal Justice and from Marygrove College with a Master’s in Social Justice. She also graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and spent two years as a Fellow with Ravi Zacherias International Ministries (RZIM) in New England. Alycia’s speaking background is quite diverse. From universities (such as MIT, UCONN, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University), to retreats, from conferences to men’s and women’s prisons, Alycia has addressed major issues surrounding faith to diverse audiences. Additionally, she has traveled to countries such as Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, volunteering at soup kitchens and orphanages as her passions for “showing Christ” extends beyond her local environment. Alycia is currently a speaker with RZIM. In her spare time, Alycia enjoys music and is a lover of all things football and hockey.
Deborah Bondzie, Esquire, Steering Committee Member
Deborah Bondzie (f/k/a Deborah Durant) is an attorney who enjoys bringing faith, passion and excellence to every aspect of her life. A christian leader on her college campus, co-founder of the Christian Fellowship at her law school, and now a board and staff member of Esther Generation, Deborah is no stranger to faith-infused active citizenship and civic engagement. One of her long term goals is to strengthen the bonds between faith in Christ and the legal profession through the formation of the Massachusetts Legal Christian Association- to empower christian legal professionals to move throughout their careers in Christ-centered and excellent ways. Deborah lives with her wonderful husband Philip in Whitman, MA, where they enjoy playing golf, meeting their neighbors and actively working with local churches.
Funmi Aguocha, Steering Committee Member
Funmi Aguocha works with the Department of Mental Health in Massachusetts with 15 years of experience in mental health services. She is an Associate Pastor of Worship at City on a Hill Center Boston; she is a versatile and gifted worship leader. Funmi is a passionate sound preacher of the word of God and has served as keynote speaker in church conferences. Funmi also serves as a bible study leader/mentor with Straight Ahead Ministries. Funmi is very passionate about mentoring, empowerment and purposeful living. Funmi enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her husband and her lovely daughter. She has BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Boston and MS in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University.
Randie Reilly, MBA Steering Committee Member
Randie Reilly is a principal at Merzad Consulting based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing, sales, management and operations. After working with large corporations and small businesses, she realized she had a passion to use her skills as a problem solver, strategic thinker and synthesizer of information to help small business leaders and nonprofit organizations reach their goals. She is currently on the Board of Directors of DC Design House, a design charity benefiting Children’s National Health System and has organized and planned numerous events. Randie enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She has a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Statement of Beliefs
Esther Generation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-denominational ecumenical organization. For a statement of our core beliefs, click Here.
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