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Amanda Quraishi is a Muslim-American writer, blogger, interfaith activist and tech professional living in Austin, Texas. In 2003 she founded Central Texas Muslimaat to address the unique needs of central Texas Muslim women. Amanda represented Austin’s Muslim community as the youngest board member in iACT/AAIM’s history. She currently works for Mobile Loaves & Fishes, serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Impact, and as a fellow at the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, AnaYelsi Sanchez came to the U.S as a young child, gaining firsthand insight into issues of economic inequality, immigration, sexism, and racism. International service trips led to a passion for justice, and laid the foundation for a career as an activist at Florida Abolitionist, an anti-human trafficking organization working to prevent and combat modern slavery in the U.S. by mobilizing prayer, awareness, outreach, legislative advocacy, and facilitating victim services.
Rev. Andre E. Johnson, PhD is the Dr. James L. Netters Professor of Rhetoric & Religion and African American Studies t Memphis Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor at Gifts of Life Ministries in Memphis, Tennessee. He is also the editor of the Rhetoric Race and Religion blog.
Arthur R. Kamm, PhD (Dr. Art Kamm) has devoted his career to the study of patient populations and the research and development of treatments to alleviate pain, suffering, improve quality of life, and save lives. His blog is dedicated to his study of many topics including, but not limited to, debt, deficits, economy, leadership, healthcare, climate, politics, hunger, intolerance, etc. The intent is to disseminate information and open dialogue based upon consideration of information rather than spin.
Robert James Scofield, "Be," is a San Francisco based activist working to combine spirituality with anti-racism and social justice. Be is the founder of God Bless the Whole World, a free online resource with hundreds of videos of leading visionaries related to social justice and spirituality. He writes for Tikkun magazine and his work has appeared on Alternet.org, IntegralWorld and FactNet.
Becky Garrison is a panelist for The Washington Post's On Faith column and contributes to a range of outlets including The Guardian, The Revealer, American Atheist magazine and Religion Dispatches. Her books include Jesus Died for This?: A Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ, Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church, and Ancient Future Disciples: Meeting Jesus in Mission-Shaped Ministries.
Bill Bradford is a former newspaper editor, reporter, and author. He is also a disability activist and the Senior Vice President of Little People of American, the world's largest support and advocacy organization for people with dwarfism. He is currently a master's student at Harvard Divinity School, studying literature, ethics and liberation theology in the context of disability and interfaith dialog.
Bucky Rogers is a third-year MDiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School and a candidate for UU ministry. He was a co-founder in 2006 of the Brown University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society. He is grateful to everyone who is camping out at Occupy Boston and at Occupy sites around the country.
Caryn D. Riswold, Ph.D., is associate professor of religion and chair of gender and women’s studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.  She is the author of several books, including Feminism and Christianity: Questions and Answers in the Third Wave (2009), and one of twenty leaders participating in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., this year.  You can follow her on Twitter @feminismxianity.
Chris Saxton is in his final year as an year MDiv student at Trinity College, Canada's oldest centre for theological study in the Anglican Church of Canada. Like the college he is liberal and catholic in his views, and also rather old coming to Divinity after a long career as a sommelier, and a wine educator. You can follow him on Twitter at @ckwsaxton
When Crystal S. Lewis isn't writing for TRL.org, she's engaging Christianity's tough questions on her blog: Diary of a Christian Universagnosticostal. Known for her candid (and often edgy) perspectives on theology, postmodernism, faith infused with reason, the future of Christianity, and “radical religious pluralism,” she describes herself as “incurably curious” and says skepticism is a calling, not a curse. Crystal lives in Washington, DC where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity.
Inspired by the life and writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, Daniel P. Horan, OFM, reflects on the possibility of understanding relationship of prayer as Dating God in the everyday and ordinary experiences of the twenty-first-century world. You can check out Dan’s Amazon.com Author Page here.
Rev. Daniel C. Storrs is a progressive Christian cleric active in ministry for over 13 years focusing on critical theology & human equality. He has a background in Charismatic Evangelical & Eastern Orthodox Churches and currently ministers within the North American Old Catholic Church. Daniel resides in Bloomington, IN with his spouse Andrew and their son. His personal blog can be found at thebodyismany.blogspot.com. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @rev_dcs
Rev. Darcy Baxter currently serves a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Hayward, CA, directing their family ministries program. A long-time reproductive justice activist, she is currently a member of the Center for American Progress' Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute and a Regional Organizer for the California Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. To learn more, visit www.darcybaxter.com
Darren Cardinal (a.k.a. Cadillac Louis) was born and raised in The Motor City. He self describes himself as "your average working class lefty chasing after the heart of his faith." Unashamed of his social and political activism Darren is a powerful straight ally for the LGBTQ community. When his not out fighting for the underdog, or being devoted to his beautiful wife and father to their new born daughter, he is in the midst of starting a progressive church, "Progress to the Cross".
David Sneed is a freelance business writer, author of Everyone Has A Boss, a retired Marine, and the owner of a successful Denver fence company.
Dawud Walid is the Exec. Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), and a board member of the Metropolitan Detroit Interfaith Workers’ Rights Committee. A decorated US Navy veteran, Dawud has presented about Islam/interfaith dialogue at over twenty institutions of higher learning, on panels with int'l leaders and academics, and in media outlets including Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC Radio, FOX, NPR, the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.
Rev. Erik Martinez Resly is planting minister of The Sanctuaries, a network of neighborhood faith communities serving the young, urban, and transient in Washington, DC. He grew up overseas and is ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Additionally, he co-edits the Journal of ComparativeTheology  and The Radical Spirit.
Hannah Hofheinz is a ThD candidate in Theology at Harvard Divinity School and contributor at www.theologysalon.org.
Imraan Siddiqi is a CAIR-Arizona Board Member, Editor of StopIslamophobiaNow.com, & an Entrepreneur.  He writes on the experiences of Muslim Americans as well as the subject of Islamophobia.  He has been published in outlets such as The Dallas Morning News, The Oregonian, Huffington Post, CounterPunch, SuhaibWebb.com, altMuslim, among many other media outlets.  You can follow him on Twitter @imraansiddiqi.
Jack Davidson is Associate Minister at the First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC in Redding, CT. He recently completed a MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and also earned a teaching license through Harvard's Program in Religious Studies and Education. You can often catch him in a canoe, barefoot and bearded with a musical instrument in hand. Yep, he's totally that guy.
Jake Blumgart is a freelance reporter-researcher living in Philadelphia. His work has been featured by Jacobin, AlterNet, American Prospect, Philadelphia City Paper, and The Stranger. Follow him on Twitter
Jay Youngdahl is a lawyer and writer who holds a JD from the University of Texas and MDiv from Harvard University. Currently he is a Fellow at the Initiative for Resonsible Investment at Harvard and writes the "Raising the Bar" column for the East Bay Express in Oakland, CA.
Jeff Fulmer is the author of the book "Hometown Prophet."
Joseph Laycock is a graduate of the Program in Religion and Secondary Education at Harvard Divinity School. After spending several years working in American high schools, he is now completing his doctorate in religion and society at Boston University.
Joseph Ward is the Director of Believe Out Loud, an online network that empowers Christians to work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality, and a writer on Religion and LGBT equality issues. Follow him on twitter @JosephWardIII.
Joshua Eaton is a writer on Buddhism, politics, and culture and a member of Occupy Boston. His full bio and more of his writings can be found at his website, http://www.JoshuaEaton.net.
Katelin Hansen (@strngefruit) is the editor of By Their Strange Fruit (BTSF), an online forum to facilitate justice and understanding across racial divides. BTSF explores how Christianity's often-bungled relationship with race and racism affects modern ministry and justice. Recognizing that racial brokenness hinders our witness to the world, BTSF strives to increase the visibly of healthy and holy racial discussion by approaching justice and reconciliation from a Christ-minded perspective.
Khurram Dara is the author of the forthcoming pamphlet, The Crescent Directive: An essay on improving the image of Islam in America.  Khurram is an American Muslim from Buffalo, NY and is currently a law student at Columbia University.  You can follow Khurram on Twitter @KhurramDara.
Lauren Gallant Cochran is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA) under the care of the Boston Presbytery. She is a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School and is currently serving as the Director of Christian Formation at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wisconsin.
Marty Troyer is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and a regular blogger for the Houston Chronicle where he blogs as The Peace Pastor. Visit us online at houstonmennonite.org. Follow Marty on Twitter @thepeacepastor, but not on your bike, cause that'd be creepy.
Matthew Remski is an authoryoga and ayurvedic therapist and educator, and co-founder of Yoga Community Toronto. With Scott Petrie he is co-creator of yoga 2.0, a writing and community-building project. yoga 2.0: shamanic echoesis now available for kindle and other e-readers. 
Micah Bales is a founding member of Capitol Hill Friends, a new Quaker church in Washington, DC. He coordinates outreach and web strategy for Earlham School of Religion, and publishes a personal blog, The Lamb's War.
Michael Stafford is a 2003 graduate of Duke University School of Law, a former Republican Party officer from Delaware, and the founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 pilot project, Republicans for Responsible Reform. His writing has been featured on national and local blogs such as FrumForum, The Cagle Post, and TommyWonk. He is the author of An Upward Calling: Politics for the Common Good published by AVT Books
Michael Stone is a Buddhist teacher, Yoga teacher, author, and psychotherapist. He is the Founder of Centre of Gravity, a community in downtown Toronto integrating Buddhist practice, Yoga and social action. He is a voice for a new generation of young people integrating spiritual practice with environmental and social issues. His most recent book is “Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga & Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life.”
Nat Katz is the Epps Fellow for Undergraduate Ministry at The Memorial Church of Harvard University. Katz completed his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School in May 2010 and is currently seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. An avid choral musician, cook and traveler, Katz has taken a keen interest in the ways that all forms of culture influence contemporary politics.
Phillip Clark is a paralegal student in Baltimore, Maryland and recent contributing author to “Hungering and Thirsting for Justice: Real-Life Stories by Young Adult Catholics.” He is a member of Call to Action (an organization which seeks genuine reform & renewal within the Catholic Church). Interests include politics, theology, civil rights, social justice, LGBT rights, international relations, and human rights. Blogs at Young Adult Catholics and The Open Tabernacle. Follow on Twitter @phillipwclark
Robert S. Harvey is currently a master’s student at Harvard Divinity School, where he addresses the intersection of religion, education, democracy, and civil rights. Robert is also a Baptist minister and has published a number of essays, articles, and social commentaries; he is currently completing a book entitled, 'Unconditional Love, Unconditional Inclusion: The Role of Christian Churches in the Social Development of Gays and Lesbians.'
Roger Canaff is a former longtime special victims prosecutor, now legal expert, consultant, anti-violence advocate, and author and public speaker. He is a practicing Catholic with Deist tendencies and a love of justice, light, and truth. Mr. Canaff lives and works in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Stephen Willis Dotson is a member of Goose Creek (Va.) Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He does youth ministry among Quakers in Philadelphia, is a volunteer videographer for the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), and serves on the boards of Friends Publishing Corporation and the Global Nonviolent Action Database project of Swarthmore College.
Steve Hochstadt teaches modern European and Russian history and the Holocaust at Illinois College. His research focuses on migration in Germany and on the Holocaust, with publications including the award-winning Mobility and Modernity: Migration in Germany 1820-1989, Sources of the Holocaust, Shanghai-Geschichten: Die j├╝dische Flucht nach China, and Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich. He writes a weekly column for the Jacksonville (IL) Journal-Courier.
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Professor of Theology, and President from 1998-2008, at Chicago Theological Seminary. She is the author or editor of 12 books, including two different translations of the Bible.  Her most recent edited book, Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian and Islamic Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War, was just published in January 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 
Tammy Waite is a freelance writer based in San Diego, CA. She currently works at the Rock Church in San Diego, the 5th fastest growing church in America. She was a Political Science Major at the University of Akron and did a political internship on Jimmy Carter's Presidential campaign in 1980.
Jesus junkie, husband, and father, Tom Altepeter is a former elementary school principal and present middle school assistant principal in Loveland, Colorado. He is passionate about God, family, intercultural responsiveness, and social justice. He blogs at Intercultural Responsiveness, Maranatha, and Tom's Posterous. You can follow him on Twitter @tomaltepeter.
Whittney Barth is a Master of Divinity candidate at the Harvard Divinity School, focusing on civic and ecological implications of religious pluralism in the United States. She is a graduate of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with experience in interfaith organizing on college campuses.
 
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