Authors

An Invisible Monk

is a pseudonym for an American writer on Christian spirituality. He invites you to imagine anything about him that you like, but requests that you respect his anonymity.

Nass Cannon

is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama and former Chief of Staff at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. When not at work, he can usually be found sitting in the same rocking chair he was rocked to sleep in as a child. Nass has given presentations at the meetings of the International Thomas Merton Society and The Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland and published in their respective journals.

Paul Dekar

is professor emeritus of evangelism and mission at Memphis Theological Seminary. A lecturer and author of several books, he also mentors doctor-in-ministry students. Paul participates in the work of the Academy through several associations and is active with the Religious Society of Friends. He volunteers with Dundas Community Services and Quaker Service Canada. Paul and his wife, Nancy, look after two granddaughters after school.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes

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. He previously served in Montana and New Hampshire. Steve writes a daily reflection called Unfolding Light, as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources www.unfoldinglight.net.

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.

Claire McKeever-Burgett

is Program Interpretation Manager for Upper Room Ministries in Nashville, TN, helping to tell The Upper Room's stories in compelling ways. She is an ordained Alliance of Baptist pastor and writes often at pastorpoet.com. In addition to writing, Claire spends her free time dancing, singing, reading, and walking with her husband, Adam, and their beloved dogs, Roxy and Bella.

Jonathan Montaldo

is the General Editor (with Gray Henry) of the Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series. He is a former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and has edited numerous volumes of Merton’s writing including The Intimate Merton (with Patrick Hart), Dialogues with Silence, A Year with Thomas Merton, and Choosing to Love the World. He created the ten-booklet series for small group dialogue Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton. He has recorded five audio books of Merton’s work, The Intimate Merton, No Man Is An Island, Contemplative Prayer, and, most recently, New Seeds of Contemplation and Thoughts in Solitude.

Brother Paul Quenon, O.S.C.O.

was a novice in 1958-61 during Thomas Merton’s day as Novice Master. He has written on Merton in issues of Parabola. Paul’s latest books of poetry are ,em>Unquiet Vigil, and Bells of the Hours. He hosts a monthly Merton Group at Gethsemani Abbey for men and women who come for discussion and Vespers. He is on the Board of the International Thomas Merton Society, and sometimes discusses Merton’s poetry with retreatants from nearby Bethany Spring Retreat House.

Brad Sartor

is a United Methodist pastor in Mississippi. He and his wife and two young children recently spent four years living near the backwaters of Enid reservoir on what remains of Brad’s family's old farm. Over those pastures and wooded hills and along a shaded, sandy bottom creek, Brad walked and wrote poetry and other reflective pieces. Living and pastoring now in New Albany, MS, he continues to write while also studying spiritual theology in his spare time.

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.

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