The Final Frontier

Jonathan F. Cooper has been Communications Manager for NAES since June of 2017. As a function of that role, Jonathan also serves as editor for The Commons, the NAES blog. Prior to joining NAES, Jonathan was Communications Manager and Music Associate at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, OH. He holds degrees from Baldwin Wallace College and the University of Cincinnati. Read More »

The Little Way

These last few weeks in most of our communities will stretch us in two directions: we will be weary, worn, and tired, but simultaneously inspired,... Read More »

Sacred Flames

A few nights ago, I entered Belmont Chapel at St. Mark's School in Southborough to light candles for an evening chapel service. A group of theater students were in the chapel rehearsing a performance that they were going to be giving that night. One of the theater students — a tall, wiry kid with the energy of a thousand suns — immediately dropped character and asked if he could help. Read More »

Restoring the Covenant

I was privileged recently to hear Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speak at Trinity School here in New York. The former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Sacks is a major thought-leader who speaks and writes about religion, ethics, and society. Read More »

What’s Next?

Last month, I announced to my school community that I would retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Articulating this long-anticipated intention in... Read More »