Kara Faris is the director of resource grants and consulting for the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis. She is the co-author of Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities.
Lucy Duncan is the director of friends relations for the American Friends Service Committee. In December 2018, she was arrested with other faith leaders during a protest along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Faith groups have played an important role in marijuana policy debates in the United States and around the world.
Alison Mather is the director of Quaker Action on Alcohol & Drugs, a British organization dedicated to addressing alcohol and drug abuse, as well as related policies, from within the Quaker tradition.
Eric E. Sterling is the executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, which advocates for drug policy reforms. From 2013 to 2017, he served on the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and helped author the state’s medical marijuana regulations. Sterling has written about Quaker teachings and drug law.
President Donald Trump has undone or renegotiated many of his predecessor’s environmentally friendly policies, removing climate change research from government websites and pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. Religiously inspired environmental activists have emerged as some of his loudest critics.
Emily Wirzba is a legislative representative on sustainable energy and the environment with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a nonpartisan, Quaker organization.
The Albuquerque Friends Meeting House is currently housing an undocumented immigrant. Quakers have no appointed clergy. Church member Rachel Brackbill can handle questions from the press.
Judith McDaniel teaches law and religion at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her interests include religion, law and gender.