Steve Doughty

is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The author of five books, he frequently leads retreats and conferences. He and his wife Jean recently retired to Greenville, South Carolina, where they enjoy hiking and being closer to their extended family.

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.

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.

Philip Huber

recently moved with his wife and four children to the Adirondacks of New York to become pastor of Inlet Community Church. He also maintains a full time retail career. Phil enjoys exploring his new surroundings hiking, running, geocaching, kayaking, and snowshoeing. Phil blogs at

Joel Kurz

is pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warrensburg, MO. The son of missionaries to the Philippines, he has been involved in Uganda for the past number of years through his membership on the board of God's Little Ones. His poems and essays have appeared in various journals.

Robert Corin Morris

is the founder and former executive director of Interweave, an ecumenical and interfaith learning center in Summit, NJ and a co-founder of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace, which facilitates interfaith dialogue and cooperation in facing social challenges. An Episcopal priest, trained spiritual director, and chaplain to clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, he is the author of three books, Wrestling with Grace, Suffering and the Courage of God: Exploring How Grace and Suffering Meet, and Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus' Words.

Roger Owens

is Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author of Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction.

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.

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.

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