May 13, 2017
Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is an author, podcaster, and speaker focused on the science behind spiritual experiences. Cofounder of The Liturgists and host of a weekly question-and-answer podcast called Ask Science Mike. His first book Finding God in the Waves was published in September 2016. http://mikemchargue.com
March 25, 2017
Rachel Held Evans is a best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include Faith Unraveled, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Searching for Sunday. With millions of visits each year, her blog has become a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture. Rachel has been featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Oprah.com. She also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. http://rachelheldevans.com.
February 4, 2017
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. He was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America in 2005. McLaren was also the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, MD, which he left in 2006 to pursue writing and speaking full-time.
January 14, 2017
Reba Riley is the author Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing, a book Elizabeth Gilbert calls, “Eat Pray Love’s gutsy, wise, funny little sister”. A former Fortune 500 sales and marketing manager, Reba now blogs for Patheos.com and travels widely speaking about transformation, courage, health and healing. Reba is a survivor of a decade of chronic illness, an advocate for the undiagnosed patient, and a champion for the power of spiritual healing.
November 10, 2016
Fr. JAMES MARTIN, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air, FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, and PBS’s NewsHour to Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.
October 21-23, 2016
Amy-Jill Levine is a Professor of New TestamentStudies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion and the author of several books including, Short Stories by Jesus, The Misunderstood Jew and The Jewish Annotated New Testament.
A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” Levine “combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating antisemitic, sexist, and homophobictheologies.”She is a member of an Orthodox Jewish synagogue.
September 24, 2016
Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. Stevenson is the bestselling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
May 14, 2016
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Peter Enns is an American biblical scholar, theologian, and writer. He has written widely on hermeneutics, the relationship between science and religion, Christianity and evolution, and Old Testament interpretation. Outside of his academic work Enns is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Patheos.
April 9, 2016
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Roland Merullo is an acclaimed novelist, essayist and memoirist, including Revere Beach Boulevard, In Revere in Those Days, A Little Love Story, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, Dinner with Buddha and American Savior. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
March 12, 2016
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Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and New York Times bestselling memoirist, and professor of literature at Syracuse University. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed, bestselling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Her latest book, The Art of Memoir, is a master class on the fastest growing literary genre. It debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was blanketed in stellar reviews. In 2015 Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters. Karr made her debut as a songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell. She is an in-demand speaker on her career, writing, alcoholism, mental health, faith and spirituality, Catholicism
and sexual abuse.
February 20, 2016
Martin Laird, O.S.A. is Associate Professor of Theology at Villanova University. An Augustinian priest and a highly experienced retreat leader throughout the United States and Great Britain, he is the author of the classic guidebook to contemplative prayer,Into the Silent Land, and its companion volume, A Sunlit Absence.
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