Jennifer is living in the rectory at #97 Deerfield Ave. where her office is situated- feel free to ring the doorbell between 8am and 9pm or call her cell #401-484-3766 (anytime for emergencies). Her usual day off will be Fridays.
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer M. Phillips, an Episcopal priest, came as rector to St. John’s, Westwood, after eleven years as Rector of St. Augustine’s Church, Kingston, Rhode Island, and 3 as rector of Rector to St. Francis Church, Rio Rancho, NM. Her previous ministries include Rector of Trinity Church, St. Louis, Rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Boston, hospital chaplaincy (including Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and gave a decade of front-lines AIDS ministry and education. She has M.Div. and D.Min degrees from Andover-Newton Theological School; she also studied at King’s College, London, and Wellesley College.
Jennifer has authored a variety of publications. She has published poetry in many poetry journals. Her articles on social justice, AIDS, and liturgics have appeared in Christianity and Crisis, The Witness, Episcopal Life, The Living Church, and Anglican Theological Review. She is the author of the books Simple Prayers for Complicated Lives, and Prayers for Penitents from Church Publishing Inc., and Preaching Creation, from Cowley Publications, and is a major contributor to collections of prayers and liturgies now in use in the Episcopal Church: Enriching Our Worship 2, 3,4 and 5, and Gleanings: Essays on Expansive Language with Prayers for Various Occasions, and her latest book is Ambassadors for God: Envisioning Reconciliation Rites for the 21st century, a set of essays, from Church Publishing.
Her great love is parish ministry and – to use a lovely if old-fashioned term – the care (and feeding) of souls, and the gathering and formation of community. She likes to paint with pastels, cook curries, garden, read science just for fun, watch old Star Trek episodes, and enjoy time with friends - many up and down the East Coast. She has served for 25 years on a series of Institutional Review Boards that approve and monitor human subjects research in medical and academic settings.