The Rev. Ruth H. Bersin, M.A.R., M.Div., D. Min, Ph.D. is an Episcopal Priest with experience as a teacher and in the business world.
has extensive experience in immigration issues.
She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1975 and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with extensive experience in marketing and fund raising.
She is currently the Executive Director of Refugee Immigration Ministry in Boston.
She was Executive Director for English Life Line from 1989-1992 and served as a Civilian clergy person on the Yokosuka Navy Base at that time.
Dr. Bersin is a clinical member of American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
has training as a chaplain in a reform school, in a medical center and she
received a trauma certificate from the Trauma Center in Brookline.
In addition, she received specialized training for police chaplaincy in 1996 following her work as Team Leader for the National Organization of Victim Assistance in response to the Oklahoma City bombing.
has provided training for volunteer chaplains for detention centers across the country.
In collaboration with the Massachusetts Office for Refugees
and Immigrants she
organized a conference for Refugee Service Providers.
She is serving on the National Association for Refugee Service Professionals and on the National Advisory Committee for Episcopal Migration Ministries.
has written on Spirituality in the Recovery Process after Traumatic Experience and has given papers on the subject to numerous conferences including the Episcopal East Coast Military Chaplains Conference
, Association of Trauma Stress Specialists
, and American Association of Pastoral Counselors
has published an article: "Healing Traumatic Memories: A Spiritual Journey.
in Theological Literacy for the 21st Century , Eerdmans, 2002 and "Life Beyond the Gates.
in The Antoich Agenda, Andover Newton Theological School and The Boston Theological Institute, New Delhi
dissertation topic: "Community-based Resettlement: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Asylees Rebuild Their Lives with the Help of Congregations and Community."