Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, PhD, EdD , earned his first doctor's degree in science and education at Harvard University and his second in Islamic studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Following a twenty-five-year career with the New York City school system, Dr. Ibrahim became a science advisor at UNESCO. In that capacity, he organized and headed the first junior college in the Islamic Republic of Maldives. Shaykh Ibrahim has been part of the adjunct faculty in the School of English, Philosophy, Humanities, and Religious Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 2003. His written works include Islam and Muslims: Twenty-Five Questions and Answers (a widely distributed information booklet written in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy); Islam and Muslims: Fifty Questions and Answers; Ramadan: A Primer ; and Prayer in Islam: A Guide for Beginning Muslims, an Introduction for Non-Muslims.
Rev. Carlos Alejandro, MS, MDiv, BCC, is the clinical pastoral education supervisor at New York's Calvary Hospital and is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He has extensive experience in pastoral care and in clinical pastoral supervision in both traditional and challenging venues. The founding director of North General Hospital's Department of Pastoral Care and Education, Rev. Alejandro also created and led Harlem's Outreach Program for Emergencies (the HOPE team), a faith-based critical incident stress management (CISM) team. He went on to develop the first clinical pastoral education (CPE) supervisory training program in Puerto Rico, which is based in three hospitals and one major university. A board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, he served as a corrections chaplain at Rikers Island Central Punitive Segregation Unit and at the Manhattan Detention Center, known as "the Tombs." A former journalist, Rev. Alejandro received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a master of divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary. An ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he lectures on Afro-Caribbean spirituality and pastoral care, spirituality and trauma, and cultural issues in end-of-life care.
Rev. Msgr. Richard Arnhols, MDiv , is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey. He is also vicar for pastoral life for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, overseeing more than fifteen departments geared to pastoral service, and is a member of the College of Consultors and Presbyteral Council. He is a regular contributor to the "Seeing and Believing" column of The Catholic Advocate , the official biweekly periodical of the archdiocese. As former pastor of the inner-city St. Patrick's Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he wrote the foreword to the recently released T he Grand Old Man of the Port: Dean Martin Gessner, the American Catholic Church, and Parish Life in the Nineteenth Century , written by Carl Ganz Jr.
Rev. Earl D. Trent Jr., MDiv, DMin, is the fourth pastor in the one-hundred- year history of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He also currently serves as chairman of the board of Church World Service (CWS), a US-based global relief, sustainable development, and refugee assistance agency, and is active in both the American Baptist USA and the Progressive National Baptist Conventions. In a model of cooperative neighborhood improvement, Dr. Trent led the church in revitalizing the LeDroit Park Civic Association, resulting in a multimillion-dollar fifty-home renovation and rebuild investment by Howard University, Verizon, and Fannie Mae in the LeDroit Park neighborhood. He has served on many boards with special commitments to economic reform, including justice for black farmers, workers' rights, women ex-offenders, and the battle against sickle cell disease. Author of A Challenge to the Black Church as well as many journal articles, he is married to Dr. Janice Ray Trent, the owner of Hearing Healthcare Services in Bowie, Maryland. They are the parents of three adult daughters.