Bates College has welcomed the following people as volunteer “Spiritual Advisors.” They serve particular religious communities on our campus. If you are looking to connect with someone from a particular religious tradition, this is a good place to start. If you do not find someone from your religious tradition, please contact the Multifaith Chaplains for assistance.
Rev. Annie Baker-Streevy is the Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewiston and is excited to be in ministry for her third year! She earned her Masters of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Originally from Worcester, MA, Annie felt the call to ordained ministry when she was 14 years old. She is passionate about urban ministry, social justice, community building, and her sweet pup, Thor. Annie is thrilled to be the Associate Chaplain for Stillpoint at Bates, a progressive and inclusive space for students to explore the Christian faith through home-cooked meals and spiritual art practices. She lives in Lewiston, across the street from Bates, with her husband (John) and lovable pup (Thor).
Rabbi Sruli is a native New Yorker who recently moved to Maine to become the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom in Auburn. He is a very musical Rabbi and plays the clarinet, accordion, drums and banjo (some simultaneously) as well as some wackier instruments. He and his wife, Lisa, have been featured on TV and have performed all over the world and at colleges all over the country. Rabbi Sruli is looking forward to working together with the Bates Hillel and he is always up for a good discussion on everything from Philosophy to Papa Pear. He hopes to welcome students to many special events throughout the year that combine scholarship, music, food, and, of course, Shabbat and Holiday celebrations.
Deacon candidate Frank became involved with college ministry while earning his Master of Pastoral Theology degree from Saint Joseph’s College, where he received the Spirit of Mercy Award and the Xavieran Award for Service. He and his wife Barbara have served in a broad array of church ministries and community service as they lived around the USA and Canada during his career as a naval officer and after settling down in Maine. Ecumenical and multifaith engagement are both essential and mutually enriching and, Frank believes, can be an effective model for collaboration in the public sphere as well, especially in seeking solutions to problems of poverty, violence, and injustice. Volunteering with interfaith groups such as Habitat for Humanity has taken him to New York, Appalachia, Guatemala, and Haiti. Frank enjoys sailing, outdoor activities, listening to many kinds of music, and is especially active in environmental stewardship, writing and working with Catholic Charities Maine in Parish Social Ministry.
Rev. Sarah Gillespie is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and board-certified healthcare chaplain. She works at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and tends to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families from a wide spectrum of faiths, including the non-religious. She grew up in New Jersey has lived, studied, and worked in DC, Boston, and western NY before finally planting roots in Lewiston (just down the street from Bates). She lives with her spouse, Adam, and their growing toddler, Luke. You’ll see them walking around the puddle or sometimes grabbing a meal at Commons. She looks forward to engaging UU students and spiritual seekers in conversations around religion, reason, meaning-making and the theology of baseball.
Heiku Jaime McLeod is a priest and teacher at Treetop Zen Center in Oakland, Maine, and the guiding teacher of Great Falls Zen, a Treetop-affiliated Dharma outreach in the Lewiston-Auburn area. She received Dharma Transmission from Peter Seishin Wohl in 2016. Heiku is a proponent of socially engaged Buddhism and believes there is no practice without compassionate activity in the world, growing out of a direct experience of connection with the Earth and all beings. Her mode of practice is fervently non-monastic, and she strives to help students find opportunities for renunciation in the realm of work, love, and home. She makes her living as a journalist, editor, and public relations specialist. She lives in Lewiston with her wife, Melissa, their son, Silas, and a house full of pets. In her free time, she enjoys camping, nature walks, swimming, science fiction, mythology, and crafting.