Gayle Boss

is a freelance writer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her book All Creation Waits: Advent, Animals, and the Mysteries of New Beginnings will be published in time for Advent 2016.

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.

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

Heidi Grogan

is an award-winning writer who works with Servants Anonymous Society, an agency supporting sexually exploited women. She is an adjunct instructor at Ambrose University College, teaching on the spiritual mystics and social justice. Heidi and her family live in Calgary at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.

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.

Christine Valters Paintner

is the online Abbess of, a global, virtual monastery nurturing contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of seven books on monasticism and the arts including The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom and her most recent book , The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within. Christine is a Benedictine oblate living out her commitment as a monk in the world in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John. Together they lead pilgrimages and live out the monastic way in the world.

Frank Rogers, Jr.

is the Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy at the Claremont School of Theology and co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion, as well as a spiritual director and Internal Family Systems practitioner. His research and teaching focus is on spiritual formation.

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.

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.


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