VIRGINIA GRAY HENRY-BLAKEMORE is the director of the interfaith publishing houses Fons Vitae and Quinta Essentia, a writer and video producer, U.S. director of photography and children's book publisher Dar Nun, and co-founder and trustee of the Islamic Texts Society of Cambridge, England. She is also a founding member of the Thomas Merton Center Foundation, coordinated the 1994 visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville, worked in Bosnian refugee camps in 1993, has organized a number of conferences focused on the work of Thomas Merton at Bellarmine University, and is a leader in the Interfaith Paths to Peace Institute and the Cathedral Heritage Foundation.
David L. Chappell is Rothbaum Professor of Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma. He is author of Inside Agitators: White Southerners in the Civil Rights Movement.Omid Safi is associate professor of Islamic studies at Colgate University and co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He is editor of Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism.