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Spiritual and Religious:
What can Religious Traditions Learn from Spiritual Seekers?

  Serene Jones
 

Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York — the first woman to head the 176-year-old interdenominational seminary. Formerly a member of the Yale Divinity School faculty, she also currently holds the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and, during her tenure at Union, has formed both its Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization and its Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. The author of several books including Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety and Trauma and Grace, Jones is a leading theologian who regularly contributes to scholarly and public discussions on matters of faith, social justice, and public life.

   

  Nancy Tatom Ammerman
 

Nancy Tatom Ammerman holds a joint appointment in the Sociology Department and the School of Theology at Boston University. She is past president of both the Association for the Sociology of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Among the 11 books she has to her name is The Bible Believers, a seminal study of Christian fundamentalism published in 1987. Her most recent publication, released this year by Oxford University Press, is Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life — a book that has been called the ìmost in-depth mapping of religious/spiritual/secular sensibilitiesî yet to emerge in the world of religious studies and the soiciolofy of religion.

   

  Peter Phan
 

Peter Phan is the Ignacio Ellacuria Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. A native of Vietnam, the holder of three doctoral degrees, and the former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Phanís scholarship ranges from early Christian writers to the contemporary theology of death and from Orthodox Christian iconography to studies of global missionary work and religious inculturation. Among his many published works are: Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making and Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue both translated into multiple languages.

   

  Lauren Winner
 

Lauren Winner is an historian of American Christianity who teaches at Duke Divinity School. In addition to her work on eighteenth-century popular religious practice, which has won her prestigious fellowships at Princeton and Yale, she is among the most noted spiritual writers in contemporary America. In 2003, she released her widely acclaimed memoir, Girl Meets God, exploring her embrace, first, of Orthodox Judaism, then of Christianity. Over the past decade, she has also authored Mudhouse Sabbath; Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis; and Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity.