A widely published author, columnist and noted international
lecturer, Joan D. Chittister, OSB, is executive director of
A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality
located in Erie, Pennsylvania. A member and past prioress of
sisters of Erie, she is past president of the conference of American
Benedictine Prioresses. The most recent of her 26 books are
New Designs: An Anthology of Spiritual Vision; Scarred
by Struggle, Transformed by Hope; and Widsom Distilled
from the Daily.
She has been a leading voice on Benedictine spirituality and
for over 25 years.
For more information please go to: https://www.benetvision.org
David Dark has published articles and reviews in Prism magazine
and Books & Culture. His book Everyday Apocalypse: The
Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, the Simpsons and other Pop Culture
Icons was published in 2002 by Brazos Press. Dark teaches
English at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville.
For more information please go to:
David Dark Bio and David
Linda Douty currently serves as a book reviewer, teacher,
retreat leader and individual spiritual director, sharing her
personal experiences as well as knowledge gained at the The Academy
for Spiritual Formation, Bethel Bible Series, SMU's Perkins
School of Theology and the Shalom Institute of Spiritual Guidance.
Douty is a regular presenter at the Center for Spiritual Growth
in Memphis, Tennessee.
For more information please go to: Linda
Douty Bio and Samaritan
Counseling Center of the Mid-South.
Father Freeman is a monk of the Monastery of Christ the King,
Cockfosters, London. From the International Centre of the Christian
Meditation Community in London, he now serves a worldwide network
of 27 meditation centres and more than a thousand weekly meditation
groups in 50 countries. He travels regularly in North and South
America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is involved in contemplative
inter-religious dialogue and led The Way of Peace dialogue with
the Dalai Lama. His six books include Light Within, Selfless
Self, and Jesus: The Teacher Within.
For more information please go to: Medio
Media and World Community
for Christian Meditation.
Named by Memphis Magazine as one of the city's
most significant leaders, Rabbi Greenstein became Temple Israel's
eighth Senior Rabbi on September 1, 2000, after serving Temple
as Assistant and Associate Rabbi since 1991. Former President
of Memphis Ministers Association, he is a board member of the
National Civil Rights Museum and faculty member of Memphis Theological
For more information please go to:
Micah Greenstein Bio and Temple
Israel, Memphis, TN.
The Reverend Canon Kolb has served parishes in Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, New York, and Mississippi. In total, Bill has been in parish ministry for over 30 years.
For more information please go to: William
Renée Miller is an Episcopal priest who splits her time between her
home in the Arizona desert and her condo in downtown Memphis. She currently
serves as an associate rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN, contributes
regularly to explorefaith.org, and serves as a team leader for CREDO (Clergy
Reflection, Education, Discernment,Opportunity).
For more information please go to: Renée
Mark W. Muesse is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College
in Memphis, Tennessee. A native of Waco, Texas, Muesse received his B.A. summa
cum laude in English from Baylor University. He completed his graduate work
at Harvard University, where he received a Masters of Theological Studies from
the Divinity School and the A.M. and Ph.D. in The Study of Religion from the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Muesse is also the author of several
books including Redeeming
Men: Religion and Masculinities.
For more information please go to: Mark
Kathleen Norris is a recipient of grants from the Guggenheim and
Bush Foundations. Her personal narratives, essays, and poetry
have been published in a wide range of anthologies, magazines
and journals, including The New Yorker and The New
York Times Magazine. She has published five books of poetry,
including Little Girls in Church, How I Came to Drink
My Grandmother's Piano, and The Year of Common Things,
and is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister
Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, and Amazing
Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith.
For more information please go to: http://www.barclayagency.com/norris.html.
Parker Palmer is known for his work in education, spirituality
and social change in institutions including schools, community
organizations, primary, secondary and higher education, and business
and corporations. He is author of six books, including Let
Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation (2000)
, and The Active Life: Wisdom for Work Creativity and Caring
For more information please go to: Parker
Lee Ramsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor and
is currently an associate professor of pastoral care and pastoral
theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. He holds advanced degrees
from Candler School of Theology and Vanderbilt University and
is the author of Care-full Preaching: From Sermon to Caring
For more information please go to: Lee
As Contributing Editor in Religion for Publishers Weekly,
the international journal of the book industry, Phyllis Tickle
is frequently quoted in sources like Newsweek, Time,
Life, The New York Times, USA Today,
CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, BBC, VOA,
etc., Tickle is an authority on religion in America and a much
sought-after lecturer on the subject. She is also author of some
two dozen books, most of them about religion and spirituality,
including The Divine Hours, a three-volume contemporary
manual of prayer, God-Talk in America, and The Shaping
of a Life - A Spiritual Landscape, a memoir of a life of prayer.
For more information please go to: Phyllis
Tickle Bio and Phyliss
The Most Reverend Rowan Douglas Williams was selected
to be the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury after serving as Bishop
of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. Archbishop Williams has also
served as a Dean of Clare College and Lecturer in Divinity at
Cambridge University and as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity
at Oxford University. He has published collections of articles,
sermons and poetry and written or edited more than twenty books
on the history of theology and spirituality, most recently Loves
Redeeming Work: The Anglican Quest for Holiness (Co-edited
with Geoffrey Rowell and Kenneth Stevenson), Lost Icons: Reflections
on Cultural Bereavement and a volume of reflections called
Writing in the Dust,about his personal experience of September
For more information please go to: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org.
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