Janet Johnson Anderson

is a freelance writer, poet, author, and artist. She is an advocate for the special needs community as well as women suffering from exploitation. Her interests include spiritual formation, movies, travel, and music. She is a member of Trinity UMC in Huntsville, Alabama, where she teaches contemplative prayer.

Mark S. Burrows

teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany. A widely published author whose writings explore matters of spirituality, poetry, and mysticism, he is also well known as a speaker and retreat leader across the US as well as in Britain, Germany, and Australia. He translated a collection of Rainer Maria Rilke's poems, Prayers of a Young Poet, and published a collection of poems entitled Psalms by the German-Iranian poet, SAID. Mark's website is SoulInSIght.

Gerrit Scott Dawson

is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been writing regularly for Weavings since 1989. His latest book project is called The Blessing Life: Living the Love of the Triune God. He is married and the father of four children.

Kathleen Fischer

has been a teacher, counselor, and spiritual director in Seattle, WA for more than thirty years and is currently engaged in consulting, writing, and habitat restoration. She is the author of Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just, as well as numerous other award-winning articles and books on spirituality and faith.

Mary L. Fraser

directs The Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling for the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church, providing counseling and consultative services for ministerial professionals. Dr. Fraser served as a parish pastor and has worked as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor for twenty-nine years. She is the mother of two college students, Laurel and Liam.

Linda Douty Mischke

is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and teacher who lives in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the author of numerous books, including Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul and Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God.

Peggy Noll

is an Anglican laywoman married to an Anglican priest. A former English teacher retreat leader, and missionary to Uganda, she and her husband have five adult children and six grandchildren. Freelance writing, family and friends, and intercessory prayer play important roles in her life.

Luci Shaw

is a poet, essayist, and teacher. Author of over thirty books of prose and poetry, she is Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Besides Weavings, her writing has appeared in Image, Books & Culture, The Christian Century and others. Her most recent books are What the Light Was Like, Breath for the Bones: Essays on Art, Imagination and Spirit and Harvesting Fog. Her latest, Views from a Steep Slope, is a book of essays on aging.

Bonnie Thurston

lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia. She is an author or editor of eighteen theological books, most recently Maverick Mark: The Untamed First Gospel and O Taste and See: A Biblical Reflection on Experiencing God. Bonnie’s most recent collections of poetry are Practicing Silence: New And Selected Poems and A Place to Pay Attention.

John van de Laar

is a Methodist minister, songwriter, musician, and the founder of Sacredise, a training and publishing ministry that explores the connections between worship, justice & transformation ( He is the author of The Hour That Changes Everything and Learning to Belong. John is married to Debbie (also an minister) and they have two sons.

Wendy M. Wright

is Professor of Theology at Creighton University and holds the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities. Wright is the author of fifteen books, the most recent of which is The Lady of the Angels and Her City: A Marian Pilgrimage. She and her husband, Roger Bergman, are the parents of three and grandparents of three.

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