Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer, a cultural anthropologist, and a visiting scholar at Boston College. Her books include With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, the best-selling Composing a Life, and Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.
Andrew Harvey, author of Teachings of Rumi, has walked Sufi, Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist mystical paths and engaged in deep study in Asia and Europe with accomplished spiritual teachers. He has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and elsewhere. He is founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Activism and author of more than 30 books, including The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism; Radical Passion: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action; and Journey to Ladakh. He also co-edited Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Robert A. Jonas, M.T.S., Ed.D., is director of The Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton, MA. A theologian, retreat leader, musician, spiritual mentor, and retired psychotherapist, he is a Christian in the Carmelite tradition who also has received spiritual formation with Buddhist teachers. He is a member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and the Eckhart Society, is the author of three books and many articles, has played shakuhachi flute at Buddhist-Christian retreats with the Dalai Lama, and has recorded three CDs.
Rev. Darcy Laine is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who currently is parish minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin, Pennsylvania and quarter-time minister at Towanda Unitarian Universalist Fellowship there. She also has served as director of religious education for the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, California, and as minister of religious education for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, California. In 2014 she completed training in Spiritual Direction. She has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Indiana University and attended Starr Kind School for Ministry.
Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology, and a respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and environmentalism. She interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. She has written Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone) and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown). Her many other books include her memoir, Widening Circles, her translations of Rilke’s poetry, and World as Lover, World as Self.
Rev. Kerry Maloney has served Harvard Divinity School since 2004, first as the associate director of ministry studies and then as chaplain and director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. In the decade before her arrival at Harvard, she worked as Chaplain to the College at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she was responsible for the development of the campus’s multireligious life and for the extension of the college’s historic commitments to peace and justice as well as to public service. Prior to her work at Bates, she served for twelve years as chaplain at Boston College. She is an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ and a licensed social worker.
Dave Munro is past president of the board of trustees of the St. Lawrence District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Dave served as president of the First UU Society of Albany, where he and his wife, Eileen, have been members for more than 30 years. Dave retired after practicing law for more than 35 years, primarily in the areas of environment and energy. He also served as chaplain at Albany Medical Center and is now studying for the ministry at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author of over two dozen nonfiction books on religion and spirituality whose poems and short stories have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a Ph.D. in religion from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, he currently is co-director of One River Wisdom School, an educational program rooted in the Perennial Philosophy. He also writes the blog ReligionNext and a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler.”