The Sanctuaries is a collaborative community where leadership is shared.
Rev. Erik, Lead Organizer
Rev. Erik W. Martínez Resly is an artist, community organizer, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. He grew up in Germany and studied at Brown University and Harvard Divinity School.
Arts Team Leaders
2017 Summer Interns
Chris Harris is currently a graduate student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and a graduate of Morehouse College. Chris is also a native of Clayton, North Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling and listening to music.
Ainae Nielsen was born and raised in Washington, DC. She is the owner of Rezerved Parking, an art and clothing company, and will be studying business marketing in the fall of 2017.
Anju Madhok is a student at Wellesley College studying Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, concentrating in Education. She cares about the intersection of education, music, and community building. She enjoys going for walks while listening to podcasts, making sandwiches at El Table Cooperative Cafe where she works, and producing and performing her own music.
Vy Vu is from Hanoi, Vietnam and studies English and Studio Art at The College of Wooster. She loves writing and making art, and is committed to working toward community empowerment.
Marisa Benson a passionate and adventurous young woman who is invested in artistic self expression. She is committed to community and personal growth as a path towards living more connected and meaningful lives.
The Celía Burke Award for Community Leadership
This award celebrates leaders who have made a lasting impact on The Sanctuaries through their commitment to its vision and care for its people. The award is named after Celía Burke, who discovered our community in 2013 in the midst of significant spiritual confusion and life transitions. She quickly became an active participant, workshop facilitator, Core Team member, and co-leader of the Performance Team, before leaving the District to study urban planning in 2016.
2016 Awardee: Celía Burke
2017 Awardee: Aden van Noppen
Casper ter Kuile
Aden Van Noppen