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 brought him to serve the church most in need through lectures, conferences and retreats in impoverished countries throughout the world.

Leroy T. Howe

is a United Methodist minister, Professor emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and a frequent contributor to Weavings. His publications include ten books and over two hundred articles and reviews in academic and general audience publications, and weekly essays on his website, <a href=""

Marilyn McEntyre

is a Fellow of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College and adjunct professor of Medical Humanities at the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program. She leads retreats and adult education courses for churches. Marilyn’s books include Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, and Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out.

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, and Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus' Words.

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. Christine is a Benedictine oblate living out her commitment as a monk in the world in Galway, Ireland, with her husband John.

Elaine M. Prevallet, SL

is a Sister of Loretto and currently resides at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Kentucky, where she does some retreat work, spiritual direction, and a bit of writing and speaking, mostly about the impact of cosmology and evolution upon Christian spirituality.

David Rensberger

lives in the Atlanta area, where, besides occasional teaching in local seminaries, he works as an independent scholar, writer, and retreat leader. He and his wife belong to the Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship and to Oakhurst Baptist Church. He is also an Associate of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans.

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.


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