Alexander Levering Kern
Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
Alexander Levering Kern is Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, the Boston area’s oldest interfaith social justice network. With CMM, Alex works as an interfaith educator and organizer in countering racism, antiSemitism, and Islamophobia, and mobilizing interfaith legislative action on poverty and homelessness, youth and domestic violence, immigrant and workers rights, climate action and genocide prevention. CMM has launched the RUAH Interfaith Program in Spirituality, Education and Dialogue, and is hub of the interfaith youth movement in greater Boston through the CMM Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), a peacemaking and leadership program for high school, college, and graduate students and younger religious leaders.
As an educator and ally of young people, Alex serves as Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University, where he directed the US-government funded BUILD Fellows Program in interfaith dialogue and leadership formation. Alex has served as adjunct faculty, speaker, or panelist at Harvard, Brandeis, Pendle Hill, Andover Newton Theological School, Hebrew College, and elsewhere, and as a consultant at the Harvard Pluralism Project.
As a writer, Alex edited the acclaimed anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations. His essays and poems have appeared in Georgetown Review, the Boston Theological Institute Bulletin, Meridian Anthology, The Wick (Harvard Divinity School), Spare Change News, anthologies from St. Anthony Messenger Press, Ibbetson Street, and elsewhere.
A graduate of Sidwell Friends School, Guilford College (in Religious Studies, History, and African-American Studies), Andover Newton Theological School (MDiv), and the Boston Theological Institute’s certificate program in ecumenical studies, Alex is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and has served as Quaker delegate at the World Council of Churches and Massachusetts Council of Churches. Active in global peace and justice effforts, Alex has traveled and worked in post-earthquake Haiti, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Brazil, and Honduras. In 2009, he traveled to Nigeria with a US State Department-funded delegation training leaders to address interethnic and interreligious conflict. Alex’s community work has been covered by the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Harvard Gazette, and other media. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife Rebecca Grunko and two young children, Elias and Ruthanna.