James H. Albins, Manager of Program Development, Mary Baker Eddy Library
Michael J. Baime, Director, The Penn Program for Stress Management, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Tarif Bakdash, AMIDEAST Centre, Damascus, Syria
Peter L. Benson, President, Search Institute
Jack Berry, The Marriage Assessment, Treatment and Enrichment Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
Mirabai Bush, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Arthur Caplan, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Ronald A. Chez, Deputy Director, Samueli Institute for Information Biology
Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli, Islamic Society of Central Jersey
Philip Clayton, Theology and Philosophy, Claremont School of Theology and
Claremont Graduate University
John DiIulio, Founder, Center for Research on
Religion & Urban Civil Society; Director, Robert A. Fox Leadership
Program, University of Pennsylvania
George F. R. Ellis, Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town
Michael Edwards, Director of the
Governance & Civil Society unit of the Peace and Justice Program, Ford
M. Jamie Ferreira, Philosophy of Religion, University of Virginia
Chris Feudtner, MPH Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - North
Theodore Friend, Former President, Swarthmore College
Greg Fricchione, Director, Psychiatry Division, Massachusetts General Hospital
Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Director of Religious Studies Program and Associate Professor, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Dan Gottlieb, Host of "Voices in the Family", 91FM WHYY public radio
William Grassie, Executive Director, Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science
Fr. Lyndon Harris, Formerly St. Paul's
Chapel at "Ground Zero," presently, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New
Philip Hefner, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
David Hufford, Medical Humanities,
Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center; Hershey, PA
Charles "Raz" Ingrasci, President & CEO, Hoffman Institute
Timothy P. Jackson, Christian Ethics, Emory University
Vincent Jeffries, Sociology, California State University Northridge
Byron Johnson, Director, Center for
Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society
Wayne B. Jonas, Director, Samueli Institute for Information Biology
Solomon Katz, University of Pennsylvania, Metanexus Institute
Ursula King, Theology, University of Bristol
Harold Koenig, Director, Center for the
Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health, Duke University Medical Center
Thomas Lewis, Psychiatry, University of
California San Francisco School of Medicine
Michael McCullough, Psychology, University of Miami
Paul Mojzes, Religious Studies, Rosemont College
Robert Pollack, Director, Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Columbia University
Stephen G. Post, Director, Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, Case Western Reserve University
Allen M. Omoto, Behavioral Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
Varadaraja V. Raman, Professor Emeritus, Physics and Humanities, Rochester Institute of Technology
Orien Reid, National Alzheimer's Association,
former news reporter at WCAU-TV, Philadelphia
Eugene Rivers, National TenPoint Leadership Foundation
Holmes Rolston III, Philosophy, Colorado State University
Chaplain (Major) Bill Sager, Chaplain Ethicist, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Jeffrey Schloss, Biology, Westmont College
Arthur Schwartz, Vice President for Research and Programs in the Human Sciences, John Templeton Foundation.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, The Institute for Jewish Studies in the C.I.S.
Esther M. Sternberg, National Institute of Mental Health and National Institutes of Health
Rabbi Ira Stone, Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel, Philadelphia, PA
James Towey, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, White House
Lynn Underwood, Vice President for Health
Research, Fetzer Institute
David Sloan Wilson, Biology, Harpur
College, Binghamtom University
Albins, James H.
As Manager of Program Development at The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, James Albins is responsible for developing and implementing educational, general public, and research programming at the Library. He brings to his work a distinguished career in university and non-profit organizations. Serving most recently as Associate Vice President of Research for Drexel University, Albins was critical in directing and obtaining the federal component of the strategy that tripled research funding for the University in three years and facilitated the successful bankruptcy workout of the MCP Hahnemann Medical School. Prior to his work at Drexel, Albins worked with Louisiana State University to obtain federal funding for research grants, helping maintain the University's status as one of the top 150 Research Universities in the U.S. Throughout the 1980s, Albins worked extensively with the World Trade Center of New Orleans, Louisiana, organizing and leading trade missions to Asia, Latin America and Europe, as well as researching, writing, and presenting the organization's positions on trade policy to the Louisiana legislature and U.S. Congress.
Baime, Michael J.
Michael J. Baime, MD, is director of the Penn Program for Stress Management at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques since 1983. He teaches mindfulness-based stress management and communication techniques to faculty and students at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine.
Tarif Bakdash, M.D., was born in Damascus, Syria to a Jordanian Mother and Syrian Father. His parents always tried to give him a better life, through loving, working, and education. While living in Lebanon, his mother opened a letter bomb, which left her with severe facial deformities and visual deficits. She also lost fingers from her right hand. He remembers the visits to the hospital, and the suffering of a family that had nothing to do with politics. The family then returned to Syria, where he finished high school and completed medical school at the age of 23. After immigrating to the States, he finished training in pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital and studied in Pediatric Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing his studies at Baylor, he studied neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In Chicago, he trained in movement disorders. Dr. Bakdash rounded out his academic experiences with two Fellowships at Harvard Medical School in epilepsy and sleep medicine. Dr. Bakdash worked as an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at Case Western Reserve University. Despite a stellar career in the United States, Dr. Bakdash felt that he needed to return to Syria, where his parents remained. He now runs a small clinic, and teaches at the AMIDEAST Centre, which is an American educational center, and hopes, soon to teach at Damascus University.
Dr. Peter Benson is president of Search Institute, Minneapolis, a national non-profit research organization dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of children and adolescents. In such a role since 1985, he oversees the work of 70 social scientists, educators, and writers. As lecturer, author, researcher, and consultant, his work focuses on strengthening communities, social institutions, and public policy on behalf of America's youth. He sits on many national boards, including America's Promise, the Center for the Victims of Torture, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Youth, Education and Family Institute at the National League of Cities. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Denver, is an adjunct professor in the Department of Education Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, and serves as the first Visiting Scholar at The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City. In 1991, he received the William James Award for career contributions to the psychology of religion from the American Psychological Association. In 2002, he was named International Fellow in Applied Developmental Science by Tufts University for "career achievements in positive youth development." He is the author of twelve books on children, adolescents, and the community forces that shape their lives.
Jack W. Berry, Ph.D. is Director of Research for the Marriage Assessment, Treatment, and Enrichment Center in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His academic specialty areas are in personality and individual differences, evolutionary psychology, the psychology of religion, and objective psychological measurement. His most recent research includes studies of the disposition to forgive and its relationship to physical and mental health; empathy and forgiveness in newlywed couples; the psychophysiology of forgiveness; forgiveness in the workplace; forgiveness and cortisol stress responses in happy and unhappy relationships; interpersonal guilt and responses to terrorism; guilt, empathy, and submissiveness in depression; and personality and personality disorders among chimpanzees (conducted in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute). Supported by a grant from the Fetzer Institute, Dr. Berry is currently conducting research on the classical moral virtues and altruism considered from an evolutionary perspective. Prior to his appointment at VCU, Dr. Berry was a research methodologist at the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and a faculty member of the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, where he taught graduate courses in research methods, statistics, and psychometrics. Dr. Berry has also been a research associate at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics, Detoxification and Aftercare Project in San Francisco and at Walden House Drug Treatment Facility, San Francisco.
Mirabai Bush is the Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She has a unique background of organizational management, teaching, and spiritual practice. A founding board member of the Seva Foundation, an international public health organization, she directed the Seva Guatemala Project, which supports sustainable agriculture and integrated community development. Also at Seva, she co-developed Sustaining Compassion, Sustaining the Earth, a series of retreats and events for grassroots environmental activists on the interconnection of spirit and action. She is co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service, published by Random House.
Mirabai has organized, facilitated, and taught workshops, weekends, and courses on spirit and action for more than 20 years at institutions including Omega Institute, Naropa Institute, Findhorne, Zen Mountain Monastery, University of Massachusetts, San Francisco Zen Center, Buddhist Study Center at Barre, MA, Insight Meditation Society, and the Lama Foundation. She has a special interest in the uncovering and recovery of women's spiritual wisdom to inform work for social change. She has taught women's groups with Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Margo Adler, Starhawk, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Vicky Noble, and other leaders.
Her spiritual studies include meditation study at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India, with Shri S.N. Goenka and Anagarika Munindra; bhakti yoga with Hindu teacher Neemkaroli Baba; and studies with Tibetan lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and others. She also did five years of intensive practice in Iyengar yoga and five years of Aikido with Kanai Sensei. Her earlier religious study included 20 years of Catholic schooling, ending with Georgetown University graduate study in medieval literature. She holds an ABD in American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Before entering the foundation world, Mirabai was the first professional woman to work on the Saturn-Apollo moonflight at Cape Canaveral and later co-founded and directed Illuminations, Inc., from 1973 to 1985 in Cambridge, MA. Her innovative business approaches, based on mindfulness practice, were reported in Newsweek, Inc., Fortune, and the Boston Business Journal. She has also worked on educational programs with inner-city youth of color.
Mirabai has trekked, traveled, and lived in many countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Morocco, Ireland, England, Scotland, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Italy, Pakistan, and the Caribbean. She is an organic gardener in Western Massachusetts and the mother of one adult son, Owen.
Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., is currently, the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to Penn in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987. Born in Boston, Caplan did his undergraduate work at Brandeis University, and did his graduate work at Columbia University where he received a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science in 1979.
He has served on a number of national and international committees including as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses, the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy, the American Chemistry Council and the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects. He is a member of Dupont's biotechnology advisory panel and has consulted with many corporations and consumer organizations.
Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association, Person of the Year-2001 from USA Today, and one of the fifty most influential people in American Health Care by Modern Health Care magazine. He holds six honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Caplan is the author or editor of twenty-five books and over 500 papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and health policy. He writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com. He is a frequent guest and commentator on National Public Radio, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and many other media outlets. His books include: Who Owns Life? (2002); Finding Common Ground: Ethics and Assisted Suicide (2001); Ethics and Organ Transplants, (1999); Am I My Brother's Keeper? (1998); Due Consideration: Controversy in an Age of Medical Miracles, (1997); Prescribing Our Future: Ethical Challenges in Genetic Counseling, (1993); If I Were a Rich Man Could I Buy a Pancreas and Other Essays on Medical Ethics, (1992); and When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust (1992).
Chebli, Imam Ahmad Hamad
Imam Ahmad Hamad Chebli was born in 1948 in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. In his youth, he was sent to a religious boarding school in Beirut, where he came under the tutelage of mentor and life-long role model Hassan Khaled. Khaled taught him the value of interfaith understanding and the precepts of nonviolence. He continued his studies in Islamic theology at the world's oldest university, Al-Azar University in Cairo, Egypt. Upon the invitation of the Muslim World League, Chebli came to the United States in 1982 to serve in a mosque in New Orleans. In June of 1986, he was invited to serve as the imam (religious director) of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ). In this capacity, he oversees all religious activities of the ISCJ and travels widely; visiting universities, colleges, schools and places of worship to speak about Islam. He never misses an opportunity for worship, in his own mosque, when invited to others, or as a participant at interfaith services. He was invited to speak and offer prayers on the floor of Congress at an interfaith service during Gov. Christie Todd Whitman's second-term inauguration. On the one-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, under the direction of Imam Chebli, ISCJ hosted an interfaith service that brought together 3,000 individuals in remembrance. In addition to his many engagements and duties, Imam Chebli also hosts a weekly radio show Reading from the Koran, at 7:05 PM each Saturday on WING-AM 1300. Chebli is married and the father of six children, all of whom are active with ISCJ.
Chez, Ronald A.
Ronald A. Chez, M.D. is the founding Deputy Director of the Samueli Institute. Dr. Chez's position with the Institute crowns a remarkable career as a practitioner, researcher, author, professor, educator and administrator in some of the nation's most prestigious medical institutions.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Ron received his MD degree from Cornell University Medical College and went on to complete both a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA and a Fellowship in Biophysics at Harvard Medical School.
He was a Professor and an Associate Dean at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to serve within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including Chief of the Pregnancy Research Intramural Branch and Clinical Director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Chez also held medical school Professorships at George Washington University, Georgetown University and Howard University during his tenure at the NIH. At the Pennsylvania State University of Medicine and the New Jersey Medical School, he held the position of Chair and Vice Chair of their Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments respectively.
After relocating from the Northeast, he continued as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at its College of Public Health. During a 1996 sabbatical with the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine, he explored an interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and began to focus his writing and lecturing on CAM topics.
Ron is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Subspecialty. He has published over 500 basic and clinical science and medical education research articles and public and physician audiovisual learning aids in the areas of the doctor-patient relationship, maternal and fetal physiology, clinical obstetrics, nutrition and biophysics.
Philip Clayton is currently the Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at the Claremont Graduate University. Clayton is author of The Problem of God in Modern Thought; God and Contemporary Science; and Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion, along with a number of edited volumes. His specializations are in philosophical theology, the interface between science and religion, and the history of modern metaphysics; he also publishes in the philosophy of science, systematic theology, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion. He won the Templeton Prize for Outstanding Books in Science and Religion and the first annual Templeton Grant for Research and Writing on the Constructive Interaction of the Sciences and Religion. He has been guest professor at the Divinity School, Harvard University, Humboldt Professor at the University of Munich, and Senior Fulbright Professor, again at the University of Munich. For the last three years, Clayton has also been principal investigator of the "Science and the Spiritual Quest" project (SSQ) at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California.
John J. DiIulio, Jr., Ph.D., is Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society and professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he founded the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (CRRUCS), and serves as Director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program. During his leave from Penn in academic year 2000-2001, he served as Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Professor DiIulio is Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute (1995-present), where he founded The Jeremiah Project, and at the Brookings Institution (1989-present), where he directed the Center for Public Management (1993-1996). He serves as board member and Senior Counsel at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV). From 1986 to 1999, he was professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, and founded the Woodrow Wilson School's Center of Domestic and Comparative Policy Studies. He is author, co-author, or editor of a dozen books, the most recent of which include American Government: Institutions and Policies (with James Q. Wilson, Houghton-Mifflin, eighth edition, 2001); What's God Got to Do with the American Experiment? (with E.J. Dionne, Brookings, 2000); and Medicaid and Devolution (with Frank Thompson, Brookings, 1998).
Professor DiIulio received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he also served as a Head Resident Tutor (1983-1986). He is winner of the David N. Kershaw Award of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Leonard D. White Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He has served as chairman of the APSA's standing committee on professional ethics.
Michael A. Edwards is the director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Unit in New York. He has worked in international development for the last 20 years, including periods spent traveling in Latin America, Southern Africa and South Asia. After a series of senior management positions with Oxfam and Save the Children, he moved to Washington DC to work as Senior Civil Society Specialist in the NGO Unit of the World Bank. His writings have helped to shape a more critical appreciation of the global role of civil society, and to break down barriers between researchers and activists across the world. Edwards was educated in England at Oxford University. He is the author of Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century (2002).
George F. R. Ellis, FRAS, is professor of applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town. After completing his Ph.D. at Cambridge University with Dennis Sciama as supervisor, he lectured at Cambridge and has been visiting professor at Texas University, the University of Chicago, Hamburg University, Boston University, the University of Alberta, and Queen Mary College (London University). He has written many papers on relativity theory and cosmology, and inter alia co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space Time with Stephen Hawking, The Density of Matter in the Universe with Peter Coles, and Dynamical Systems in Cosmology with John Wainwright as well as Before the Beginning. He has also written on science policy and developmental issues, science education, and science and religion issues, and was co-author with Nancey Murphy of On the Moral Nature of the Universe. He is past president of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation and of the Royal Society of South Africa. He has been awarded various prizes and honorary degrees and was awarded the Star of South Africa Medal by President Nelson Mandela in 1999. His most recent book is The Far-Future Universe: Eschatology from a Cosmic Perspective.
Ferreira, M. Jamie
M. Jamie Ferreira received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She has taught at Yale University and the University of Virginia where she is currently professor of philosophy of religion. Her most recent book is Love's Grateful Striving: A Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love (Oxford University Press, 2001). Other books include: Transforming Vision: Imagination and Will in Kierkegaardian Faith (1991); Scepticism and Reasonable Doubt: The British Naturalist Tradition (Wilkins, Hume, Reid, and Newman) (l986); Doubt and Religious Commitment: The Role of the Will in Newman's Thought (1980). She has been Visiting Professor at The Soeren Kierkegaard Research Center in Copenhagen and at Philipps-Universitaet in Marburg. She belongs to the American Academy of Religion and the American Philosophical Association, and is past-president of both the Society for Philosophy of Religion, and the Kierkegaard Society.
Chris Feudtner, MD, Ph.D., is a pediatrician and assistant professor at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he focuses on ways to improve the quality of life for children with complex chronic conditions and for their families, including needs for palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement care. He has recently published a book on the history of diabetes, Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness (University of North Carolina Press, 2003). Drawing on a remarkable body of letters exchanged between patients or their parents and Dr. Elliot P. Joslin and the staff of physicians at his famed Boston clinic, Bittersweet examines the experience of living with diabetes across the twentieth century, highlighting changes in treatment and their profound effects on patients' lives, and ultimately using the tale of diabetes in the post-insulin era to explore the larger questions of how medicine changes our lives. He has also published a number of articles on various topics in medical ethics, and written essays that have appeared in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Theodore Friend, Ph.D., a historian, novelist, and teacher, is a former President of Swarthmore College. As President Emeritus of Eisenhower Fellowships, he continued as a trustee of its national and international board, which is based in Philadelphia. He also chairs the review panel (PA, NJ, DE) for the scholarships administered by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Harvard University Press is publishing in June 2003, Dr. Friend's Indonesian Destinies, the first full-scale history of Indonesia as a nation state. In the spring semester of 2004 he will serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Gregory Fricchione, M.D., has been at Harvard Medical School (HMS) since 1993 when he was appointed an associate professor of psychiatry. Fricchione received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at New York University-Bellevue and Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospitals. He also did his residency in psychiatry and was Chief Resident at New York University and Bellevue Hospital. He was a Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry from 1982 to 1983. He is board certified in psychiatry and has added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry.
His hospital appointments have included the State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Science Center as Director of the Psychiatry Consultation Division from 1983 to 1993. In 1987-88 he was in New Zealand as a Visiting Senior Lecturer and psychiatric consultant at Auckland Hospital. From 1993 to 2000, he worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital as Director of the Medical Psychiatry Service. From 1998 to 2000 he also served as Director of Research at the Mind/Body Medical Institute. He joined the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, while on leave of absence from HMS. While there he worked with Mrs. Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter on public mental health issues and policy. In July 2002 he returned to HMS and to Massachusetts General Hospital as Associate Chief of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine.
Dr. Fricchione has been an active medical school teacher and researcher and has published over seventy journal articles. He has made contributions to the treatment of patients with catatonia and to the management of cardiac patients who suffer from co-morbid psychiatric conditions. He is a co-author of two upcoming books, one on catatonia and the other on the connection between depression and heart disease. He has been involved in basic research on neuroimmune mechanisms underlying diseases that connect mind and body. Recently he has been studying the important role brain evolution may play in the human spiritual imperative. He has also been serving as a research consultant in the area of human development for the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.
Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D, holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. from Yale Divinity School, a Ph.D from Temple University (Jewish-Christian Relations), and Rabbinic Ordination (1982) from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is the author of Parenting as a Spiritual Journey (HarperCollins, 1996; Jewish Lights, 1998) and many articles and book chapters in the field of interfaith dialogue, practical theology, and contemporary Jewish thought. Nancy worked for four years at the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia as the Rabbinic Director of the Jewish Identity Program. She is the immediate past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and serves on the board of the Metanexus Institute.
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D., host of Voices in the Family on WHYY-FM since 1985, is a family therapist with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Sciences at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, as wells as a faculty member at the Family Institute of Philadelphia, where he supervises advanced clinical students. He previously served as director of a drug clinic for the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, was the area supervisor for an alcoholism program run by the West Philadelphia Mental Health Consortium, and was a clinical psychologist at Mercy-Douglass Hospital in Philadelphia.
Gottlieb is praised by both listeners and colleagues in the mental health community for his ability to create a safe and dignified setting in which people can share their stories, while making difficult issues understandable to a wide range of listeners. "Empathy is my strong suit," says Gottlieb, who is a quadiplegic as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident 13 years ago. "I have become intimate with both physical and emotional paralysis, so when somebody walks into my office and feels paralyzed, I understand."
He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology at Temple University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Heed University. He has conducted numerous professional workshops on family therapy and is a frequent speaker at meetings and conferences. Gottlieb is the author of Family Matters: Healing in the Heart of the Family (Dutton). The paperback version, Voices in the Family, is published by Signet. He writes a twice-monthly column, "On Healing," for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
William "Billy" Grassie, Ph.D. is founder and executive director, Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science <www.metanexus.net>. Grassie also serves as executive editor of the Institute's online magazine and discussion forum with over 40,000 weekly page views and over 6000 regular subscribers in 57 different countries. He has taught in a variety of positions at Temple University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Grassie received his doctorate in religion from Temple University in 1994 and his BA from Middlebury College in 1979. Prior to graduate school, Grassie worked for ten years in religiously-based social service and advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C; Jerusalem, Israel; Berlin, Germany; and Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of a number of academic awards and grants from the American Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton Foundation. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
The Reverend Lyndon F. Harris was the priest in charge of the relief ministries at Ground Zero offered through Saint Paul's Chapel after the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. Father Harris joined the staff of Trinity Church/ Saint Paul's Chapel in April 2001 in order to develop at Saint Paul's Chapel a "laboratory for urban evangelism and alternative worship." However, from September 15, 2001 to June 2, 2002, Saint Paul's Chapel was converted into a multi-faith relief center for those working in the World Trade Center site. Saint Paul's offered food, massage therapy, counseling, and chiropractic and podiatric care around the clock. By the end of the operation, over one half million meals were served. For the work at Saint Paul's Chapel, Father Harris has appeared on most major news networks, as well as in magazines and newspapers. Father Harris now serves as Consultant in Urban Ministries and Re-imagining the City at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Harris is one of the leaders of the 9-12 Community, a multi-faith civic organization seeking to help rebuild lives and to help re-imagine New York City in the wake of 9/11. Father Harris is privileged to travel around the country speaking about "Spirituality and Healing at Ground Zero" and "A New Church for the 21st Century."
Harris is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC (BA 1983), and The School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee (M. Div. 1990). Currently, Father Harris is a Th. D. candidate (ABD) in systematic theology at The General Theological Seminary. Harris is a fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation, and has been honored to receive several awards including the Dean's Medal for Exemplary Service from General Seminary, and Distinguished Alumnus Awards from Wofford College and the School of Theology at the University of the South. Father Harris lives in Manhattan with his wife Kirsten, and their daughter Gaia.
Philip Hefner is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has spent his entire career teaching in Lutheran seminaries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and since 1967 in Hyde Park, Chicago (where he retired in 2001). He has attempted to balance a concern for the theology of the Christian tradition, and of Lutheranism, with attention to contemporary culture, particularly the arts and the natural sciences. His first serious attention to religion-and-science issues began in the 1962 (having just received a Ph.D.), when he was invited to lecture on this topic at the college that was the predecessor of the present State University of New York at Oneonta. This led to more study, the establishment of a faculty dialogue group at Wittenberg University (Ohio), where he was teaching, and in 1967 to a 35 year-long association with Ralph Wendell Burhoe, the founder of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, co-founder of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, and recipient of the 1980 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (he was the first American to receive this prize). Hefner is amazed at how things have developed since then. In the 1960s, religion-and-science was Hefner's "hobby," and it was received as such by his peers. The field had never been his sole vocation, but it could have easily become that. Hefner is now the editor-in-chief of Zygon (with Karl Peters).
Hefner's bibliography of published writings includes 6 books and more than 150 scholarly articles, about half of which deal with religion and the natural sciences, while the other half deal with traditional historical and theological issues. Among his books are his dissertation, Faith and the Vitalities of History: A Theological Study Based on the Thought of Albrecht Ritschl (Harper and Row, 1966); The Promise of Teilhard (Lippincott, 1970); (with Robert Benne), Defining America: A Christian Critique of the American Dream (Fortress Press, 1974); The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, Religion (Fortress Press, 1993); Natur-Weltbild-Religion (Institut Technik-Theologie-Naturwissenschaften; Verlag Evangelischer Presseverband fuer Bayern, 1995); and Technology and Human Becoming (Fortress Press, 2003). He also translated and edited a volume of Ritschl's shorter writings, Three Essays by Albrecht Ritschl (Fortress Press, 1972). He contributed two essays ("Creation" and "Church") to the two-volume work, Christian Dogmatics (eds., Carl Braaten and Robert Jenson; Fortress Press, 1984) His 2002 Rockwell lectures, delivered at Rice University, on the theme of the "Created Co-Creator," will be published by Trinity International Press.
Hefner has held several dozen visiting teaching and lecturing appointments at seminaries, colleges, and universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He also represented his church on a number of ecumenical commissions, including, most recently, the dialogue commission between the Lutheran World Federation and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and as a member of the USA Lutheran-Reformed Coordinating Committee.
David Hufford, Ph.D. is professor of Medical Humanities, with joint appointments in Behavioral Science and Family Medicine, at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he is also director of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine. At the University of Pennsylvania he is adjunct professor of Religious Studies and a faculty member of the Master in Bioethics Program. Dr. Hufford has taught about religion, spirituality and health at the College of Medicine since 1974. He won a Templeton Foundation Faith & Medicine Award in 1995, the first year of that program to support religion and health courses in medical schools, and he has taught that course to fourth-year medical students since that time. At Penn he has taught courses in spiritual belief and in alternative medicine since 1979, and currently leads an initiative to develop a Center for Spirituality, Religion and Health at Penn, connecting the School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Hufford serves on the Metanexus Institute of Religion and Science board of directors and is a member of the Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Program board. His book The Terror That Comes in the Night, which considers beliefs about spiritual evil that are found all over the world within the context of scientific research on sleep paralysis, was recently translated into Japanese.
Ingrasci, Charles "Raz"
Raz Ingrasci, President and CEO of the Hoffman Institute, is an executive and educator with thirty years' experience in designing, developing and teaching transformational educational programs.
The Hoffman Institute serves some 1,000 people annually with the Hoffman Quadrinity Process, an eight-day residential program. Mr. Ingrasci and the Institute are committed to teaching people how to access their spirituality, find forgiveness and heal their suffering. The strong results of this work have been documented in a soon-to-be-published three-year research study by the University of California.
Mr. Ingrasci has held key executive and training positions in various national seminar companies and has brought transformational learning programs to European and Latin American countries, India and the former USSR. He holds directorships on the Boards of the Hoffman Institute Foundation, the Hoffman Institute International (chair) and the Order of St. John (Dania) in the Americas (chair). He is also a founding fellow of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute.
Mr. Ingrasci received a BA in theater from U.C. Berkeley in 1970. He studied personally with Dr. Buckminster Fuller, Swami Muktananda, H.H. the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa, Dr. Donella Meadows, Dr. Heinz von Foerster and Dr. Fernando Flores and collaborated with the Institute's founder, Bob Hoffman, from 1989 until his death in 1997.
He lives with his wife, Liza, and their two children in San Anselmo, California.
Jackson, Timothy P.
Timothy P. Jackson is associate professor of Christian Ethics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Emory. In addition to Emory, Professor Jackson has held teaching posts at Rhodes College, Yale University, Stanford University, and the University of Notre Dame. He has been a Visiting Fellow at The Center of Theological Inquiry, The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, and The Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Jackson received his B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale. He is the author of The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice (Princeton, 2003), Love Disconsoled: Meditations on Christian Charity (Cambridge, 1999), and numerous scholarly articles. Jackson's current research project is entitled, "Souls and Selves: Sanctity and Dignity in Medical Ethics."
Vincent Jeffries is professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1968 from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work in recent years has consisted in developing a theoretical tradition in the social sciences derived from Pitirim A. Sorokin's idea of integralism. Such a tradition combines faith, reason, and empiricism in a harmonious system of truth and knowledge. It involves incorporating religious ideas at all levels of the scientific continuum from research to fundamental assumptions. A focus on the concept of virtue is central to integralism, since it provides for uniting religious and social science traditions of thought with empirical research. Jeffries writings have dealt with topics such as the epistemology and ontology of integralism, integralism and the writings of Pitirim A. Sorokin and St. Thomas Aquinas, validating an operational measure of the virtues, the content and nature of virtuous and attractive love, virtue and the altruistic personality, the scientific study of morality, the virtues and marital conflict, and the integral perspective in family studies. He has published articles on integralism and/or the virtues in American Sociologist, Catholic Social Science Review, Family Perspective, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, Journal for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Studies (in Russian), and Sociology and Social Research. He is currently conducting a study of marriages of twenty-five years or more duration to investigate the influence of the virtues in long-term marriages. This research is funded by the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, as part of the Fetzer Institute's initiative on Scientific Research on Altruistic Love and Compassionate Love.
Byron Johnson is director of the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, both at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Senior Fellow in the Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute. Before coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Johnson directed the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at Vanderbilt University, and remains a Senior Scholar in the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.
Professor Johnson's research focuses on quantifying the effectiveness of faith-based organizations to confront various social problems. His research also examines the dynamics of domestic violence with a view to developing coordinated community responses that will reduce this form of violent behavior. Recent publications include two monographs on domestic violence, and two studies on the efficacy of the "faith factor" in reducing crime and drug use among at-risk youth in urban communities. Along with other research intermediaries, Johnson and CRRUCS colleagues are launching a groundbreaking study of faith-based mentoring to Philadelphia's most disadvantaged and at-risk population - the children of prisoners. Johnson is also completing a five-year evaluation and recidivism study of a faith-based prison in Texas. Recent journal publications have appeared in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and The Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
Jonas, Wayne B.
Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., is the founding Director of the Samueli Institute for Information Biology (SIIB). Wayne has a long and distinguished career as a student, practitioner, and researcher of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) practices. His broad and authoritative knowledge of CAM topics have led to positions as an organization administrator, international conference chairman, speaker and panel moderator, and peer reviewer and author of books and articles on CAM topics. In addition to his position as Director of the Samueli Institute, he is currently an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland, where he co-founded a CAM curriculum.
Wayne served as Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1995 until 1998 and prior to that was Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C. There he taught research methodology and conducted laboratory research in immunology and toxicology. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, he was formerly Commander and Clinic Director of the 130th General Hospital in Dexheim, Germany. He also worked for two years as a consultant in health promotion policy for the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army.
A graduate of Davidson College and Bowman Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina, Dr. Jonas completed both his Internship and Residency at DeWitt Army Hospital and a Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. In addition to his conventional medical education, he is trained in homeopathy, bioenergy therapy, diet and nutritional therapy, mind/body methods, spiritual healing, electro-acupuncture diagnostics, and clinical pastoral education. He has conducted research, as well as written about a variety of research approaches, including clinical trials, laboratory methods, outcomes research, practice-based research, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis. His current research interests include projects on information biology, toxicology, stroke, cancer, the biological effects of low-level exposures (BELLE) and homeopathy, spiritual and "energy" healing, placebo, and the effects of research methodology on outcomes.
He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice, the American Board of Homeotherapeutics, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Solomon Katz is director of the Krogman Center for Childhood Growth and Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Katz is also a leading expert on the anthropology of food. His work in the field of science and religion spans 30 years with leadership in the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), in which he served as president from 1981 to 1984, and as associate editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Katz is president of the Metanexus Institute Board of Directors and also serves on the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and serves on several committees including 'The Dialogue Between Science and Religion.' He is editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Food published by Scribners.
Ursula King, Ph.D., RSA, is Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol where she held the Chair in Theology and Religious Studies from 1989-2001, after teaching for many years at the University of Leeds, in London, and in India. She was Visiting Professor in Feminist Theology at the University of Oslo (1998-2001) and, during the fall semester of 1999, she held the Charles Brueggeman Chair in Ecumenical Theology and Interreligious Dialogue at Xavier University, Cincinnati. She is currently also an Associate Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol and a Professorial Research Fellow of the Centre for Gender and Religions Research at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
She has published numerous books and articles, especially on the French thinker Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and has contributed to many broadcasts and TV programs. Among her recent publications are Christian Mystics (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2001), the edited volumes Spirituality and Society in the New Millennium (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2001) and Faith and Praxis in a Postmodern Age (London: Cassell 1998), the 1996 Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxford: Christ in All Things — Exploring Spirituality with Teilhard de Chardin (London: SCM Press and Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1997) and Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1996). Her current research is concerned with aspects of contemporary spirituality, and with comparative gender perspectives in different world religions. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Edinburgh University (1996), Oslo University (2000) and the University of Dayton, Ohio (2003). Her lecture is part of her ongoing research on Teilhard de Chardin's understanding of the phenomenon of love in cosmic and human evolution.
Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc. Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at UC San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University. He is board certified in geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine, and is on the faculty at Duke as an associate professor of psychiatry and medicine. Dr. Koenig is director and founder of Duke's Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 140 scientific peer-reviewed articles, 35 book chapters and 14 books. He is editor the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and is founder and editor-in-chief of Research News in Science and Theology, the monthly international newspaper of the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Koenig is the recipient of research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to study depression in older persons with medical illness, as well as grants to study the relationship between religion and health. His latest books include The Healing Power of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 1999), and Religion and Health: A Century of Research Reviewed (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Dr. Thomas Lewis is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF). He was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1964. Dr. Lewis attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and English. He attended medical school at UCSF, where he also received his psychiatric training. After completing his residency, Dr. Lewis served as associate director of the Affective Disorders Program. He left UCSF in 1996 and currently divides his time between writing and private practice psychiatry. He continues to teach at the medical school on development, psychopharmacology, and psychobiology. He lives in Sausalito, California. Dr. Lewis is the co-author of the book A General Theory of Love.
Michael E. McCullough, Ph.D. is associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Florida in 1990 and was awarded his Ph.D. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995. His scholarly work focuses on religion, spirituality, and the virtues, how these aspects of people's lives unfold, and how they are linked to health and wellbeing. In 2000 he was awarded the Margaret Gorman Early Career Award from Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association, and in 2001 received third prize in the American Psychological Association/John Templeton Foundation award program for research in Positive Psychology. Dr. McCullough has written over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has also authored or edited four books, including Forgiveness: Theory Research and Practice (Guilford Press, 2000), Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford Press, 2001) and an upcoming volume on the psychology of gratitude (Oxford Press).
Paul Mojzes has traveled the world promoting inter-religious dialogue, particularly in regions where religious differences are related to inter-group conflict. He is Professor of Religious Studies at Rosemont College, where he began teaching in 1970. Mojzes was born in Osijek, Yugoslavia, and became a U.S. citizen in 1965. He attended Florida Southern College, receiving his B.A. with a major in religious studies and a minor in social science. He went on to attend Boston University School of Theology where he received a Ph.D. in church history. He is proficient in eight languages and has delivered over 300 lectures across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mojzes is currently the co-editor of Religion in Eastern Europe and a member of the editorial board of Dialogue and Alliance. He has edited over 12 books and journals, contributed chapters in over 15 books, has written and translated over 75 journal articles, and reviewed over 30 books. He is also the author of several books, including: Church and State in Postwar Eastern Europe (1987), Yugoslavian Inferno: Ethnoreligious Warfare in the Balkans (1994), and he coauthored The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue (2000).
Allen M. Omoto, associate professor of psychology, Claremont Graduate University, received his BA from Kalamazoo College in 1982 and his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Kansas (1988-2000) and served as the director of the Social Psychology Program there. Professor Omoto is a social psychologist whose research interests include the social and psychological aspects of volunteerism, interpersonal relationships, HIV disease, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues. He has an ongoing program of research on volunteerism and helping relationships, including a multi-year study that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and a project funded by the Fetzer Institute. He also has extensive public policy experience, including helping found and administer a community-based AIDS organization and working in the US Congress as the American Psychological Association's inaugural William A. Bailey AIDS Policy Congressional Fellow. At CGU, he supervises student research and teaches courses in social psychology, including "Overview to Social Psychology," "Psychology and Social Policy," "Interpersonal Relationship Processes," and "Sexuality and Gender." He is strongly committed to conducting research that can make a difference in people's lives and to contributing to solutions to pressing social problems.
Pollack, Robert E.
Robert E. Pollack, Ph.D., is currently professor of biological sciences, lecturer in psychiatry at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia University. Dr. Pollack graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in physics, and received a Ph.D. in biology from Brandeis University. He has been a professor of biological sciences at Columbia since 1978, and was dean of Columbia College from 1982-1989. He received the Alexander Hamilton Medal from Columbia University, and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently serves on advisory boards of the John Templeton Foundation, California Newsreels, The Fred Friendly Seminars, the Program in Religion and Ecology of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, and as a Senior Consultant for the Director, Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also currently a director of AMBI, Inc., and NaPro, Inc.; and author of The Missing Moment: how the unconscious shapes modern science, (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) and The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith: meaning, order and free will in modern medical science (Columbia University Press, 2000).
Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., is professor and associate director for educational programs, Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine, at Case Western Reserve University, where he has taught since 1988. He is also president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which studies phenomena such as altruism, compassion, and service <www.unlimitedloveinstitute.org>. The Institute began in 2001 with a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Post received his Ph.D. in religious ethics and moral philosophy from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1983), where he was an elected university fellow and a research fellow in the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion. His Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of self-denial in relation to other-regarding love was completed in 1983 with award of distinction under the supervision of James M. Gustafson and Robin W. Lovin. Post was one of several faculty-elected student fellows in the Divinity School's Nuveen Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion (renamed the Martin Marty Center) and a co-preceptor in the social issues in medicine course at the University's Pritzker School of Medicine. He served as chair of the American Academy of Religion's Section in Religion and Ethics in Healthcare, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He is an elected Senior Fellow of the Hastings Center.
He is editor-in-chief of the definitive reference work in the field bioethics, the third edition of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan Reference, 2003), and served earlier as associate editor for the second edition of this work. His many peer-reviewed publications span a wide variety of issues, and have appeared in leading venues such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, the Hastings Center Report, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and the Journal of Religious Ethics.
Much of Dr. Post's focus has been on the theory and practice of care giving and compassion in the context of family care giving for people with dementia and other cognitive disabilities. He is now an elected member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer's Disease International, serves on the National Ethics Advisory Board for the Alzheimer's Association, and was recognized for "distinguished service" by the Association's National Board for educational efforts in bringing ethical issues to Association Chapters and families throughout the United States (1998). Dr. Post has led educational forums in more than 80 Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association across the United States, and has also worked extensively throughout Canada and in Europe. For service on its Ethics Committee (2001), he was presented with the "special recognition" award by the American Geriatrics Society. His book entitled The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, second edition) is widely influential. He has edited a variety of books pertaining to dementia on topics such as genetic testing and anti-aging technologies. He is an Editor for the four-volume Encyclopedia of Aging (Macmillan Reference, 2002). Post has received RO1 funding from the NIH Human Genome Research Institute and from the National Institute on Aging.
In addition to working with Alzheimer's families, Post participated with Professor Don S. Browning of the University of Chicago in The Religion, Culture, and Family Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment, and published a monograph with the project series addressing marriage, parenthood, and filial duties, entitled More Lasting Unions. He also co-edited a volume with the project.
Post's work on love, altruism, and compassion spans the contexts of scientific research (neurology, evolutionary psychology, healthcare, pedagogy, and human development), philosophy, religion, ethics, and the professions. He has written several books on this topic, most recently co-editing a book entitled Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (Oxford University Press, 2002). The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love was established in July 2001 to conduct and fund high-level empirical research on topics such as unselfish love, compassion, care, kindness, and altruism, as well as to encourage scientifically informed reflection from the humanities. Post's most recent book is Unlimited Love: Altruism, Compassion, and Service (Templeton Press, 2003).
Although his formal training is in religious and philosophical ethics, Post has taken an expanding integrative path that began with interdisciplinary humanities, moved even further into the domain of biotechnology, and now culminates in the establishment of a research institute on love at the interface of science, religion, and practice. He has been an active lay leader in the Episcopal Church for 20 years, and is a husband and the father of two children.
Raman, Varadaraja V.
Varadaraja V. Raman received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Calcutta before doing his doctoral work on the foundations of quantum mechanics at the University of Paris where he worked under Louis de Broglie. He has taught in a number of institutions, including the Saha Institute for Nuclear Physics in Calcutta, the Université d'Alger in Algiers and the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, from where, after serving as professor of physics and humanities, he has retired as Emeritus Professor. He was associated with the UNESCO as an educational expert. Dr. Raman has also devoted several years to the study and elucidation of Hindu culture and religion. He is an associate editor in the eighteen volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism project. Dr. Raman has authored scores of papers on the historical, social, and philosophical aspects of physics/science, as well as on India's heritage, and has authored eight books including Scientific Perspectives, Glimpses of Ancient Science and Scientists, Nuggets from the Gita, and Varieties of Science History. During the past decade Dr. Raman has been contributing to science-religion dialogues in various forums.
Orien Reid has won the respect of business and local radio and television viewers for 26 years in broadcasting as a television and radio consumer reporter. She has an extensive background in communications, public affairs, special events and community relations. She recently formed a media consulting business, Consumer Connection whose client list has included the Private Industry Council of Philadelphia, the "Electric Choice" program. She is consumer spokesperson for Wakefern Food Corporation, which is the parent company of Shop Rite Supermarkets, and a spokesperson for Anthony Home Improvements, a Philadelphia institution for almost 50 years.
Orien began her broadcasting career at KYW Newsradio in 1972. She joined KYW-TV in 1973 and for several years gained the respect of Philadelphians with her investigative and service news reports on radio and television. She was the first broadcaster in the country to begin a monthly supermarket pricing survey monitoring food prices during the intense inflationary period of 1973-1974. In 1979, she joined WCAU-TV where her investigative reports included specials on the personal care home industry, wreck chasing methods used by local auto body shops, risks in casino valet parking, home security fraud, taxicab overcharges, home and auto repair fraud, fortune teller swindles, and investigations of the poultry and seafood industry. Orien was also known for her service news reports, which included a sensitive examination of issues affecting baby-boomers in the sandwich generation responsible for caring for elderly parents and young children. She also developed the Greater Philadelphia area's first weekly food pricing survey called "The Market Basket Report" which was very popular with television viewers and well respected by those in the food industry.
Orien has also gained respect for her volunteer work with the Alzheimer's Association. In 1991, she organized the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania's first Memory Walk, which raised $120,000. As Chair of the 1997 Memory Walk for the Greater Philadelphia region she helped to raise $436,000. This total was 74% higher than the prior year. From 1999-2002, Orien served as chairwoman of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association, headquartered in Chicago. She is the first woman to chair one of the largest voluntary health associations in the United States. At the 18th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International, in October, 2002 Orien was elected vice chair of the international organization.
Orien earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark College and a Masters Degree from the Atlanta University School of Social Work in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduation she worked for two years in a child guidance clinic where she received training as both an adolescent and adult group psychotherapist. She also spent two years as a social worker for the Follow Through Program for the School District of Philadelphia.
Orien resides with her husband, Charlie Nix in Laverock, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her other civic activities include member, Abington Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary Board, Advisory Board Member of the Salem Baptist Church Adult Citizens; Charter Member, Montgomery County of Pennsylvania Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Member of Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The Reverend Eugene F. Rivers, III is a product of the streets of inner-city Philadelphia. Born in Boston, but raised in Philadelphia, he returned to his birthplace to combat the desolation and poverty confronting the Black and Latino population of Boston. Joining with other Harvard, MIT, and Boston-based university students, Reverend Rivers focused his efforts on a sixty-two block area of North Dorchester known as Four Corners.
In response to the culture of violence, drugs, and poverty in inner-city Boston, the Reverend has developed several programs and ministries. Among them are: the Seymour Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, and Azusa Christian Community, the Dorchester Uhuru Project, and TenPoint Coalition.
With his wife, Jacqueline, the Reverend has created a nonprofit organization to bring his years of nationally-recognized church-anchored, street-level work with some of America's most at-risk children to the national stage. The National TenPoint Leadership Foundation's primary mission is to help provide African-American Christian Churches with the strategic vision, programmatic structure, and financial resources necessary to save our inner-city youth.
Rolston III, Holmes
Dr. Holmes Rolston, III, University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Colorado State University, is widely recognized as the father of environmental ethics as a modern academic discipline. He has devoted his career to the development of a philosophical interpretation of the natural world and is regarded as one of the world's leading scholars on the philosophical, scientific, and religious conceptions of nature. His body of work and his role as a founder of the journal Environmental Ethics have been instrumental in establishing, shaping, and defining the modern discipline of environmental philosophy. He studied physics as an undergraduate at Davidson College, then entered theological seminary and completed a Ph.D. in theology at Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1958. He then worked for some years as a Presbyterian pastor before taking a master's degree in philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. An academic appointment in philosophy followed at Colorado State University, where he became a full professor in 1976. Amongst his many publications are Philosophy Gone Wild (Prometheus Books, 1986), Environmental Ethics (Temple University Press, 1988), and Conserving Natural Value (Columbia University Press, 1994). Rolston has also written in philosophy of science and religion more generally, including his 1987 book Science and Religion: A Critical Survey. Rolston is one of the founders of the journal Environmental Ethics, where he is currently an associate editor, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including Environmental Values. He is the winner of the 2003 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities.
Chaplain (Major) Bill Sager completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1985. In 1992, he entered active duty as an U.S. Army chaplain. Prior to his assignment as a Chaplain Ethicist at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC, he served as a chaplain in Beaumont, TX, Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Eustis, VA, Cp Hovey, South Korea, and Ft. Campbell, KY. In 2002, Sager completed a Master of Arts at Murray State University in Murray, KY. He has trained and done presentations in suicide awareness and prevention, stress debriefing, marriage counseling, life-styles training, and team building. Sager published "Domestic Violence Response: Leadership Handbook" in the Family Advocacy Series in 2000.
Professor Jeffrey Schloss studied biology and philosophy as an undergraduate, pursued post-baccalaureate study in field biology at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan, and received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Washington University. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Wheaton College, and Jaguar Creek Tropical Research Center. He is currently professor of biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and director of biological programs for the Christian Environmental Association, an organization exploring educational, research, and public service programs that integrate scientific and religious approaches to creation care. He has been a Danforth Fellow, an AAAS Fellow in Science Communication, a Discovery Institute Fellow, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Itinerant Researchers of Fluid Wave Dynamics. His twofold research interests include ecophysiological strategies of poikilohydric organisms and evolutionary theories of altruistic morality. His fieldwork has taken him to a variety of montane, boreal, neotropical, and Pacific Island environments. His most recent project, a collaborative volume, is Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Dr. Arthur Schwartz is Vice President for Research and Programs in the Human Sciences at the John Templeton Foundation. He has been at the Foundation since 1995 and previously directed the Foundation's grant award programs in the area of character development. He is responsible for developing new core research programs for the Foundation; two of his more recent initiatives include the Spiritual Transformation Research Program and a landmark national study to examine longitudinally the religiosity, spirituality, and search for meaning and purpose among college students.
Previous to joining the Foundation, Dr. Schwartz taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also served for several years as director of dropout prevention programs for the School District of Philadelphia. Dr. Schwartz was recognized in 1990 for his successful efforts to reduce school dropouts at White House ceremony hosted by President George Bush. Since 1992, Dr. Schwartz has concentrated his research on adolescent moral and spiritual development. His current research explores the nature, identification, and measurement of spiritual giftedness.
Dr. Schwartz received his doctorate in moral education from Harvard University. He received an honorary law degree from the College of the Ozarks where he delivered that institution's 1999 commencement address. He is married with two children, loves coaching little league, enjoys musical theatre, and is an avid reader of abolition history.
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the greatest rabbis of both this century and the last. Teacher, mystic, scientist, and social critic, he has been hailed by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar."
Rabbi Steinsaltz is best known for his interpretation, commentaries, and translations of the Babylonian Talmud. Under the aegis of the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications, he has published to date 58 books on the Talmud, Jewish mysticism, religious thought, sociology, historical biography, and philosophy. These books have been translated into many languages. His commentary on Pirkei Avot, the Chapters of the Fathers, was translated into Chinese and published in 1996. Thirty volumes of Rabbi Steinsaltz's Hebrew edition of the Talmud have been published; two million books are in print. The Rabbi expects to complete the project over the next decade, with a total of 42 volumes in Hebrew. The Rabbi's Talmudic translation and commentaries have been translated into English and published by Random House, to great critical acclaim.
Rabbi Steinsaltz's other pioneering efforts include the establishment of a network of educational institutions and outreach programs in the United States, Israel, the former Soviet Union, Great Britain, and Australia. In Russia this has included the founding of the Jewish University of Moscow and the Jewish University of St. Petersburg. These educational centers provide Hebrew language instruction and classes on Jewish life, history, and philosophy to thousands of Russian Jews each year. The Jewish University is the first degree-granting institution of Jewish studies ever established in the former Soviet Union. He has also established a publishing house in Moscow and Lamed, the national Jewish teachers' organization of the former Soviet Union. Rabbi Steinsaltz serves as the region's Duchovny Ravin, an historic Russian title, which indicates that he is the spiritual mentor of Russian Jewry. In this capacity, he travels to Russia and the Republics once each month from his home in Jerusalem.
Known throughout the world as an extraordinary teacher, Rabbi Steinsaltz has been a resident scholar at major academic institutions in Europe and the United States, among them Yale University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and as Senior Scholar at a Xerox Dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington, D.C. He has been featured on Good Morning America and National Public Radio, as well as in People, Newsweek, and many other publications and media and is the recipient of the Israel Prize and of the French Order of Arts and Literature. He has also been nominated to become a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Rabbi Steinsaltz's activities in the United States are supported by the Aleph Society (Aleph Society, 25 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10036), headquartered in New York City.
Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., is Director of Integrative Neural Immune Program and Chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior; Medical Officer; Senior Scientist, National Institute of Mental Health and National Institutes of Health; and Adjunct Research Professor, American University. Prior to coming to NIH, she trained in rheumatology at McGill University, practiced medicine in Montreal, and continued her research career and teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. The winner of the Public Health Service Superior Service Award and recent President of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation, Dr. Sternberg has written over one hundred scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters on the subject of brain-immune connections, including articles in Scientific American and Nature Medicine. She has also co-directed an exhibition on Emotions and Disease at the National Library of Medicine and lectures nationally and internationally on emotions, health, and disease. She is author of The Balance Within: The science connecting health and emotions (W. H. Freeman 2000).
Ira F. Stone has been Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in center city Philadelphia since 1988. Before coming to Philadelphia he served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, Washington for nine years. Rabbi Stone is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies. He attended the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and graduated from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1979 with a Masters of Hebrew Literature and was ordained as a rabbi at that time. Prior to attending rabbinical school, Rabbi Stone worked for the Jewish Family Service of Long Island as a street outreach worker and before that was director of programming for brain injured children at the YM-YWHA of Greater Flushing.
In addition to his work in the pulpit, Rabbi Stone has written articles on theology and rabbinics for various journals including Conservative Judaism, Jewish Education News, Judaism, Wellspring Journal, Middlebury College Magazine and Kerem. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals as well. His first book: Seeking the Path to Life: Theological Meditations on God and the Nature of People, Love, Life and Death, was published in September, 1992, by Jewish Lights Publishing. His second book, Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud, was published by the Jewish Publication Society in March of 1998. He has recently served as the Conservative Movement's Community Scholar-in-Residence in metropolitan Detroit.
Locally, Rabbi Stone has been involved in numerous community organizations, both civic and religious. He serves as chairman of the Interfaith Committee for the Board of Rabbis and has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis. He is chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Rabbinical Assembly and has served on the Board of the Jewish Family and Children's Service. Rabbi Stone has been asked to speak and teach at almost every major Jewish organization in the City.
In the larger community, Rabbi Stone has been invited to give Invocations at most of the major Universities in the city and has spoken at such prestigious events as Liberty Day at Independence Hall on the 4th of July. Rabbi Stone is a regular reader at the yearly Blooms Day Reading of Ulysses, sponsored by the Rosenbach Museum.
Rabbi Stone serves as Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is married to Annie. They are the parents of Tamar, Yoshi and Shuli.
James Towey is the director of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Prior to this, he founded and acted as president of Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization with offices in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, Florida. The organization helps individuals and families to plan and receive the care they want if they ever get seriously ill. More than one million Americans have copies of the organization's Five Wishes Living Will, which Towey created. Five Wishes has been featured twice on the NBC Today Show, as well as in Time, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Aging with Dignity has established a network of more than 3,000 organizations in all 50 states that are distributing Five Wishes.
Towey founded Aging with Dignity in 1996 after his experiences at Mother Teresa's homes for the dying inspired him to promote better care for people facing the end of life. Towey, who is an attorney, was legal counsel for 12 years to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and he lived for one year as a full-time volunteer in her home for people with AIDS in Washington, D.C. Before meeting Mother Teresa, Towey worked in public service, leading the State of Florida's health and social services agency, the largest in the United States, and serving in the cabinet of Governor Lawton Chiles. Earlier, he worked in Washington as legislative director and legal counsel for Senator Mark O. Hatfield.
These important responsibilities are, however, secondary to Mr. Towey's first love — his family. Jim and his wife, Mary, have four children. With his mother and his wife's parents involved in their home life, the Toweys experience first hand how the right to age with dignity unites one generation to the next.
Lynn G. Underwood, Ph.D., is vice president of the Fetzer Institute, a non profit private foundation, where she develops collaborative research projects with other organizations and does program planning, development, review, and evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Queens University School of Medicine in the United Kingdom following medical studies at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, and spent ten years in cancer epidemiology, doing work in pathogenesis, prevention, and early detection. Subsequent work in the field of study design led to teaching clinical trials at Case Western Medical School in the Department of Epidemiology. In addition to journal publications, she has edited Measuring Stress, a text intended as a tool to help in study designs examining the interface between stress and health, Social Support Measurement and Interventions, and Altruism and Altruistic Love with Oxford University Press. She has led the development and co-sponsorship of various research agenda development workshops with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These have included one on the bio-behavioral aspects of pain with 10 NIH Institutes, one on spirituality and aging with the National Institute on Aging, and two on End of Life issues with multiple NIH institutes. She recently developed a Joint Request for Applications for research funding with the National Institute on Alcoholism. She also develops Fetzer-sponsored research funding initiatives, which include a cross cultural study of quality of life with the World Health Organization, and a recent initiative on Scientific Research on Altruistic and Compassionate Love, which has funded over 25 projects in this area to date. Current personal research interests include the role of various dimensions of religiousness and spirituality in living with disability, research on the quality of compassionate love, and measurement of various spiritual and religious variables, all areas in which she has published articles. She is on a number of advisory boards, including that of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within the NIH. She was co-author of the collaborative volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Sloan Wilson, David
David Sloan Wilson, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Harpur College of Arts & Sciences, Binghamton University. He describes himself as an evolutionary biologist with a wide range of interests, including natural selection as a hierarchical process, the nature of intraspecific variation, the evolution of ecological communities and human evolutionary biology. His graduate students work on a wide variety of projects, some closely allied to his own and others more independent. He also works with his graduate students on a wide range of organisms including fish, insects, plants and humans. He co-authored the book, Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior in 1988. In 1998, he wrote two articles entitled, "Adaptive Individual Differences Within Single Populations" and "Hunting, Sharing and Multilevel Selection: The Tolerated Theft Model Revisited". He also coauthored "Optimal Foraging Theory, Specialization and a Solution to Liem's Paradox" for American Naturalist in 1998. His latest book Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society was published last year by the University of Chicago Press.