Mary Doria Russell is a novelist whose 1997 book The Sparrow is about first contact with intelligent aliens and the Jesuit priest who is part of an expedition to their planet. The book and its sequel, Children of God, deals with how the contact changes theology. She lives near Cleveland.
Bradley Onishi is an assistant professor of religion at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. who studies Christian mysticism, atheism, and religions and dying.
Steve Pinkerton is a lecturer in the English department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is a scholar of 20th-century literature, especially how blasphemy has impacted modernist writers. He is the author of Blasphemous Modernism: The 20th-Century Word Made Flesh. He also wrote an article for The Conversation titled “Blasphemy isn’t just a problem […]
Peter W. Williams is professor emeritus of religion at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of Religion, Art and Money: Episcopalians and American Culture from the Civil War to the Great Depression, a look at how Episcopalians influenced the visual arts during that time.
The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is an organization committed to promoting sustainability and a healthy relationship with the environment. It is a mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Charity and is based in Tiffin, Ohio.
Valerie Bridgeman is a poet, dancer, and performer, and she serves as a visiting associate professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She also founded the WomanPreach! ministry. She contributed a “preaching reflection” about the death of Michael Brown to Odyssey Networks.
Michael L. Butterworth is director of the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity During the War on Terror. He has studied Major League Baseball’s “Faith Nights” and written about them.
Thomas White is president of Cedarville University, a Christian school in Cedarville, Ohio.
FutureChurch is an organization that advocates for the ordination of women within the Catholic Church. The group is based in Lakewood, Ohio. Deborah Rose-Milavec is its executive director.