- Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer
Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer, MA, is a social justice educator & writer, and founder/CEO of Bridgebuilder Consulting, bridging divisions to build better organizations. Anna cultivates unlikely comrades through trainings, keynotes, courses, scholarly writing, and popular press, towards innovation at corporations, schools, churches, nonprofits, and publications. Former board member for the bell hooks Institute at Berea College, KY and OUT There Adventures, her own work has been published through Ms. Magazine, American Camp Association, USA Today, Sojourners, Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center), Religion News Service, and Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal. In 2017 she hit the road on a yearlong global consulting tour, “Tour d’Justice.”
Czarnik-Neimeyer has founded innovative startup communities including Pride@Church ally trainings, and #WriteHereWriteNow author groups. She is an Editor at the justice+faith publication Religious Response. She was the April 2017 inaugural Visiting Scholar in Residence at the bell hooks Institute in at Berea College, KY as well as March 2017 International Visiting Faculty in Residence at Lincoln Community International Baccalaureate School in Accra, Ghana. Czarnik-Neimeyer’s blog “A Place on Earth” discusses worldmaking AKA “how can we use innovation/reflection/humor to make this world better and more just?” Presenting frequently at both the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), Czarnik-Neimeyer was named NWSA’s 2016 WCC Emerging Leader.
Anna is from the Midwestern United States, but finds homes and loved ones around the world, especially in Washington state and New York City.
- Axel Marc Oaks Takács
Axel is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Divinity School writing his dissertation in the field of comparative theology. His areas of focus are classical and post-classical Islamic thought, with an emphasis in mystical theology and poetics, Christian theology and spirituality, and contemporary Roman Catholic thought. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interreligious Studies.
- Carmine Pernini
Rev. Carmine Pernini currently serves Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rahway which is a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America where he serves on the Anti-Racism team. He is also a coordinator for the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, a steering committee member of the New Jersey Clergy Coalition for Justice and the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, and part of the Faith in New Jersey Clergy Caucus. Rev. Pernini attended Monmouth University, NJ where he studied performing arts with a concentration in Jazz Double Bass. From here, he went on to graduate school to study classical Double Bass at the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT. Rev. Pernini received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where he is currently completing a Master of Sacred Theology from the same institution. Rev. Pernini’s wife, Kathryn Irwin, is pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Nutley, NJ, and they have three children under 5.
- Catherine Keller
Catherine Keller is Professor of Constructive Theology at the Theological School of Drew University. In her teaching, lecturing and writing, she develops the relational potential of a theology of becoming.
- Christopher Michael Luna
Christopher is a Doctoral student at Duke University, where he research artificial intelligence religions in the culture of Silicon Valley.
- Dong Hyeon Jeong
Dong Hyeon Jeong is a PhD Candidate in New Testament Studies at Drew University.
- James W. Perkinson
Jim Perkinson is a long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions, is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion, and has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture.
- Jessica Davis
Jessica Davis is a Christian Educator and Chaplain for Decolonize Lutheranism. She lives in the Philadelphia area, and her primary areas of focus are the theology of trauma and developmental incarnation across the life span.
- Katarzyna Misiak
Katarzyna Misiak is a Polish translator and student of Buddhist teacher Lee Ray. She lives in Warsaw, Poland.
- Kate Mroz
Kate Mroz currently lives in Boston, MA. She is a PhD candidate in the Theology Department at Boston College. Her interests are feminist theology, theological anthropology, and Muslim-Christian dialogue.
- Keith Ray
Keith D. Ray II is the Senior Pastor of Clemson United Methodist Church. He has been a pastor for over 25 years and previously served as Associate University Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion at Furman University. Keith is a graduate of Marshall University (B.A. in Economics), Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M.Div.), and Northern Seminary (D.Min. in Worship Studies). He has done additional graduate work in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. Keith has taught in the field of worship and liturgy at three theological schools and directed numerous doctoral students in developing theses in worship studies. The Louisville Institute, funded through the Lilly Endowment, has recently named Pastor Keith a recipient of a Pastoral Study Program grant in 2015-2016.
- Lisa Gasson-Gardner
Lisa Gasson-Gardner is a doctoral student in theological and philosophical studies at Drew University. Her interests include evangelical Christianity and politics, continental philosophy, and the doctrine of revelation. It all works together, she promises.
- Mobashra Tazamal
Mobashra Tazamal is a Senior Research Fellow at The Bridge Initiative. She received her Masters in Islamic Societies and Cultures from SOAS, University of London. Her work and commentary on U.S. politics and anti-Muslim sentiment has been published on Middle East Eye, al-Araby al-Jadeed, The Tempest, and The Muslim Internationalist.
- Nazir Harb Michel
Nazir Harb Michel has a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a second Masters in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. He is a Princeton University Public Policy Fellow, a Liechtenstein Institute Politics, Religion, and Diplomacy Fellow, a Truman Scholar, and holds a Ph.D from Georgetown University’s Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He is currently a Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative on the study of Islamophobia.
- Peter McLellan
Peter McLellan is a teacher, writer, and thinker seeking justice yesterday. He is a PhD candidate at Drew University, teaches at Seton Hall University, and has published articles in the journal Biblical Interpretation.
- Sarah Emanuel
Sarah Emanuel will graduate with her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies from the Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University in May 2017. Her research foci include: New Testament/Early Christianity, Early Judaism, Biblical Narrative/Storytelling, and the Bible and Theory. Sarah currently teaches in the Religious Studies Program at New York University and in the Religion Department at Seton Hall University. She also leads a Rosh Hodesh group through Moving Traditions, which focuses on the impact of gender and gender theory on Jewish teens. When Sarah is not teaching, she is working on her book manuscript, which is tentatively titled: Roasting Rome: Humor, Resistance, and Jewish Cultural Persistence in the Book of Revelation. Sarah looks forward to beginning a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Oberlin College in Fall 2017.
- Shelley Dennis
Shelley Dennis is a doctoral candidate in theological and philosophical studies in religion at Drew University.
- Vincent D. Cervantes
Vincent D. Cervantes is a queer Chicano theologian, speaker, and writer. He has been an international voice speaking on issues that impact LGBT, queer, Latin@/Chican@ communities. His story as an ex-gay survivor has been shared among Details Magazine, The Tyra Banks Show, and others. He has authored several publications and presents on the intersections of theology, race, and sexuality. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.