Norm Faramelli

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Norm Faramelli

Norm Faramelli has, since 2000, been a Lecturer in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology, and since 2006, has also been Adjunct faculty in Christian Ethics at the Episcopal Divinity School.[1]


Faramelli holds a BS in Chemical Engineering (Bucknell University), a M. Div (Episcopal Divinity School) and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Religious Thought, specializing in the relationship of religion and technology. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Episcopal Divinity School.[2]


Norm has worked in petroleum engineering and also in transportation and environmental planning in both industry and government. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and has served numerous urban and suburban parishes in the New York, Philadelphia and Boston areas. He has also served as consultant to national denominations and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Norm has had a long relationship with Episcopal City Mission in their work in housing and public advocacy for economic justice. In addition, Norm has served as President of the Community Development Corporation in Waltham, MA and currently serves on the boards of Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice and also Refugee Immigration Ministry. He is also a member of the Society of Christian Ethics.[3]


Over the years, he has written extensively on religion and technology, eco-justice, and economic and racial justice, including TECHNETHICS: CHRISTIAN MISSION IN AN AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. (1971) and has also published over 100 articles. In the early 1970’s, he worked with national denominations in developing programs to address Eco-Justice–relating environmental and social/ economic issues. Most recently, he has contributed to publications of the Boston Theological Institute on the work of James Luther Adams and Walter Muelder, pioneers in the discipline of social ethics. Currently, he is working on a project on the works of his former BU colleague and environmental ethicist, the late James A. Nash.[4]

Religion & Socialism Commission

In 2000, the Democratic Socialists of America Religion & Socialism Commission consisted of[5];

Co-Chairs: Rod Ryon, Juanita Webster

Secretary: Maxine Phillips

Treasurer: John Cort

Executive Committee: Judith Deutsch, John Endler, Norm Faramelli, Mark Finkel, Andrew Hammer, Tharen Robson.

DSA summer member's meeting

The 2001 Boston DSA Summer members meeting, Saturday, August 18, discussed the future of Democratic Socialists of America, both nationally and locally, decide whether to endorse various candidates and referenda, and debate the “faith-based initiative” proposals of President Bush.

Afterwards a barbecue party was held in the in the Cambridge backyard of Executive Board member Allen Graubard.

Special Guests:

DSA Faith-based Initiatives forum

On August 18, 2001 the Boston Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America held a forum on the Bush Administration’s Faith-based Initiatives. The forum, moderated by Judith Deutsch (member of the Religious Socialism Commission), included The Rev. Alexander Hurt, pastor of Kingdom Church in Brockton, MA ; the Honorable Byron Rushing, Massachusetts Legislature; and the Rev. Norm Faramelli of Religious Socialism.[7]

Transport activism

Boston Democratic Socialists of America members Norm Faramelli, Juli O’Brien and John Kyper were among those attending the 2007 annual meeting of the Association for Public Transportation, and John Kyper "got himself elected to the APT Board". Among other priorities, members voted to support the proposed rail link between North and South Stations, and re-connection of Massachusetts’ older cities by rail transit....[8]

Left Forum 2005

The Challenge of the Rightist Values Agenda to Secular and Religious Socialists: Sponsor: Religion and Socialism Commission, Democratic Socialists America


  1. [ Boston University School of Theology academics, accessed Jan. 7 , 2010]
  2. [ Boston University School of Theology academics, accessed Jan. 7 , 2010]
  3. [ Boston University School of Theology academics, accessed Jan. 7 , 2010]
  4. [ Boston University School of Theology academics, accessed Jan. 7 , 2010]
  6. Yankee Radical, Aug, 2001
  7. Religious Socialism Autumn 2001, p 8
  8. TYR, September 2007