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Christel J. Manning

Christel J. Manning is a professor of religious studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. She is the author of Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children.

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Shauna Lee Lange

Shauna Lee Lange is an artist, illustrator and designer who is also a liturgical arts adviser to churches and other sacred spaces. She has identified trends in North American contemporary sacred arts that include a return to organic materials, a focus on mysticism and exoticism and a preference for minimalism. She is based in Connecticut.

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David Gelernter

David Gelernter is a professor of computer science at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. where he studies, among other things, artificial intelligence. He is also the author of Judaism: A Way of Being (2009) and can discuss Judaism and artificial intelligence.

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William Pfohl

The Rev. William Pfohl is senior pastor of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Ridgefield, Conn. He is the chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry  for the church’s New York Conference, which announced in March 2016 that, in defiance of church rules, it would not consider an ordination candidate’s sexual orientation.

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Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman is the executive director of the Yale Humanist Community at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. He is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground With the Religious.

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Elizabeth Dreyer

Elizabeth Dreyer is a professor of religious studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. She is the editor of a series of books, Called to Holiness: Spirituality for Catholic Women.

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Tisa Wenger

Yale Divinity School professor Tisa Wenger researches the cultural history of the categories of religion and secularism, the politics of religious freedom and the intersections of race and religion in American history.

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John Grim

John Grim is a senior lecturer and senior research scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Grim earned his doctorate in the history of religions and is a co-author of Ecology and Religion.

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Sufia Uddin

Sufia Uddin is an associate professor of religion at Connecticut College where she is also director of the global Islamic studies program. She is an expert on Islam in Southeast Asia, especially Bangladesh, with a focus on women’s issues.

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