About Us

Joe Byrne is a long-time peace and justice activist. Originally from Chicago, he moved to the East Coast in 1987 to join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community in Washington, DC. Joe has worked for peace, for Central American solidarity, for gay rights, and for the abolition of the death penalty. He writes poetry and fiction. Joe also sings, drums and plays the dulcimer. He believes that “beauty will save the world” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky).

Joe earned a B.A. in English from Loyola University Chicago. He also has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland. Joe has taught a variety of subjects in higher education, primarily in film and English literature.



Emily Parr is a proud mother of two, a little boy and a baby girl. Born in rural Southeastern Oregon, Emily grew up in a ranching community. She has lived and traveled in Africa, South and Central America, and New Mexico. She is a teacher and passionate about creating opportunities for students to learn outside classroom walls. She loves to cook, garden, sew and knit.

Emily earned a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies and Philosophy from Le Moyne College. She also has an M.A. in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland. Emily has taught in a range of settings, from urban high schools to rural non profits and a Native American and Hispanic serving college.


Tucker Brown, married to Emily and the father of their children, loves to work with his hands. He grew up in the DC area and spent many years living elsewhere before returning “home” to Baltimore in 2007 to attend graduate school. By training he is a therapist and Zen Buddhist priest. He loves being muddy and digging in the earth, writing, singing silly songs to his children, and making things out of wood, clay, and paint.

Tucker earned a B.A. in Philosophy and German from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. He also did post-graduate work at the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts. Tucker has worked primarily in higher education, engaging with students through teaching, campus ministry, service learning, immersion experiences and clinical counseling.

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Auggie, short for Augustus, is 19 months old (as of May 2016). He loves bugs, the moon, and being outside. His favorite expressions are, currently, “Mow Tractor,” “Please, Your Welcome,” and ”Up with Daddy.” Auggie likes to play with animals and collect rocks, sticks and flowers. He’s infatuated with Raffi and loves his baby sister.


Evie, short for Genevieve, was born on May 1st, 2016. She snuggles, coos, nurses and loves to bounce. She’s happiest when being held and loves the outdoors.


Nuncles is a Chihuahua-Jack Russel mix. Unusually agile, he climbs trees in pursuit of squirrels and cats. He likes to sunbathe. He abhors the cold. He loves laps and belly rubs.

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Pema is a Chow-Schipperke mix. She prefers to roam freely, scout and play outside. Strong and independently willed, she occasionally comes when called.


Liz, Carol and Ardeth are community emeriti. Mentors, elders and wisdom circle.




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