Jonathan Maresca is the mobilizing and administration assistant at Sojourners. He is passionate about contemplative prayer, community development, and social change – pursuing a world where we embody the radical teachings of the Sermon on the Mount to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
He holds a master’s degree in international development practice from the University of St. Andrews and is a graduate of the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration. Jonathan’s vocation has shifted from management consulting to the social sector through encounter. Whether celebrating alongside a Syrian refugee who had just received asylum approval, sheltering from the monsoon rains at a stranger’s home in Vietnam, or being rhythmically sung into being through Benedictine chanting of the Psalms, Jonathan’s pilgrimage has led him to the intersection of faith and social justice at Sojourners. As a Sojourners fellow, Jonathan hopes to cultivate systems of dignity and belonging for the flourishing of all.
Jonathan is sustained through the rich depth of the Christian tradition and the “thin places” he discovers along the way. Inspired by John O’Donohue, Rainer Maria Rilke, and contemplative liturgy, Jonathan recently discovered a love for writing blessings, which he believes name our deepest yearnings and bring us into a closer union with the Spirit within.
You may find Jonathan exploring medieval churches on a hike through northern Spain, following the joyful presence of Mr. Rogers, or generally making a fool out of himself in Washington D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood.