Julie Hicks Patrick is an associate professor of psychology at West Virginia University in Morgantown. She is working on a journal article that examines what adults pray and why.
Mary Elizabeth Perry is a certified spiritual director in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who teaches Lectio Divina and meditation as a form of prayer. She can discuss the mainline Protestant concept of meditation. She lives in Mobile, Ala.
Mark Shibley is a sociologist at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. He has studied spirituality in the Pacific Northwest, historically the region with the greatest number of religiously unaffiliated people in the United States, and contributed a chapter on the subject to Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone.
Patricia O’Connell Killen teaches American religious history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. She is the co-editor of Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. She is an expert on people in that region who claim no religious affiliation.
Robert Fuller is a professor of religious studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He is the author of Spiritual but Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America.
Catherine M. Roach is an associate professor women’s studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is an expert on the spiritual and religious idea of “Mother Nature.”
Stephen Matthew Feldman is a professor at the college of law at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He edited the book Law and Religion: A Critical Anthology (New York University Press, 2000).
James T. Richardson is director of the Judicial Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He wrote the essay “Public Policy Toward Minority Religions in the United States: A Model for Europe?” for the book Religion and Public Policy.
Michal R. Belknap is a professor of law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, Calif. He wrote the essay “Cults and the Law” for the book Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia (Garland Publishing, 1999).