Roberta Bondi

is a writer, speaker, teacher, retreat leader, and Professor Emerita of Church History at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. The author of nine books, she is a longtime faculty member of The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation. Roberta is a weaver and spinner who is interested in women’s work with fiber through the ages. She is married to Richard Bondi, a pastoral counselor, and they have two children and two grandchildren. The Bondis live in the North Georgia mountains and have a beloved bichon frisé named Curly.

Anne Broyles

Anne Broyles is a children's author and retired United Methodist minister who lives with her husband, Larry Peacock, in Portland, Oregon. She has been on the advisory board of Weavings since before its first issue, and deeply appreciated the people and spirit in which the journal was birthed. You can find out more about Anne's writing at

Elizabeth Canham

is a priest in the Episcopal Church who leads retreats and workshops internationally. Through Hospites Mundi, a pilgrimage ministry, she invites others to join her on sacred journeys. She has published seven books, including A Table of Delight, and Finding Your Voice in the Psalms.

Deborah Smith Douglas

has degrees in literature and law, training in spiritual direction, and is a member of the Episcopal Church. A Camaldolese Benedictine oblate, she has led retreats in the United States and Britain. A frequent contributor to Weavings, she is the author of The Praying Life: Seeking God in All Things and, with her husband David Douglas, co-author of Pilgrims in the Kingdom: Travels in Christian Britain.

Michael Downey

has served as professor of theology and spirituality at universities and seminaries in the US. His abiding theological concern for those who are wounded and marginalized has also brought him to serve the church impoverished countries throughout the world.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes

is a poet, songwriter and ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving in Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Beth. Steve writes a daily reflection called Unfolding Light, as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources

Pamela C. Hawkins

is a pastor and writer living and serving in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently Associate Pastor at Belmont United Methodist Church, and previously was Managing Editor for Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life. Pam is the published author of four books and several prayers and articles. She is especially together in ministries of spiritual formation, reconciliation, and prayer.

E. Glenn Hinson

is Professor Emeritus of Spirituality and Church History, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. A prolific author, he has contributed numerous articles to Weavings and has served on its Advisory Board from the beginning. His most recent books include Love at the Heart of Things: A Biography of Douglas V. Steere and Spiritual Preparation for Christian Leadership. His inspirational autobiography is A Miracle of Grace.

Kimberlee Conway Ireton

lives in Seattle with her husband and four young children, including one-year-old twins, whose birth precipitated the dark night of the soul she writes about in thisissue. The family worships at Bethany Presbyterian Church, where Kimberlee is an elder, leads worship, and preaches on occasion. She is the author of The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year. She is the author of The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year.

Don E. Saliers

is a professor of worship and theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. A member of the Weavings advisory board, he is a contributing editor of Worship and is the author of Worship and Spirituality.

Johnny Sears

is the director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation® and a Baptist layperson who holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Louisville. Johnny has served as a retreat leader and spiritual director for various groups, including the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Becky and their two sons.

J. Barrie Shepherd

is Minister Emeritus of The First Presbyterian Church in New York City and has preached and lectured extensively across the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa. Shepherd’s poetry has appeared frequently in Weavings, The Christian Century, and The New Republic.

Marjorie J. Thompson

is a writer, teacher, and retreat leader in Christian spiritual formation. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA, she has worked with a broad range of churches ecumenically. Among her several books are Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life (Westminster/John Knox Press) and several titles for Companions in Christ (Upper Room Books), the acclaimed small group resource for which she served as chief architect. Marjorie also serves as a CCR prepared facilitator of Circle of Trust retreats, as developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) .

Melissa Tidwell

former editor of Alive Now magazine, is the author of Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation. She recently completed a seminary degree she began nearly twenty years ago and is seeking a pastoral call in the Presbyterian Church.


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