Janet McGarry lives in San Francisco where she writes about environmental and agricultural issues. She studied at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies after a career as a lawyer.
Rory McEntee is a contemplative rooted in the tradition of interspirituality and new monasticism who works at an intersection of spirituality, education, and culture. As a close friend and mentee of the late Brother Wayne Teasdale, he was part of the founding of the interspiritual movement. He is currently the administrator for the Snowmass InterSpiritual Dialogue, founded in 1984 by Father Thomas Keating. Rory works and collaborates with spiritual leaders from many different traditions and is particularly interested in deep, contemplative formation processes for young people that can emerge from collaborative and intergenerational friendships among contemplatives. He is the coauthor of New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Life in the 21st Century (2015).
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the award-winning author of five novels, twenty-one books for children and the editor of two essay collections. Her essays, articles and short fiction have been published widely in numerous national and literary publications. She is also the Fiction Editor at Lilith Magazine. Visit Yona at her website.
P.K. McCary is an interfaith activist, storyteller, and writer. Her books include Black Bible Chronicles: from Genesis to the Promised Land (1993) and Rappin with Jesus: The Good News According to the Four Brothers (1993). PK, a much loved speaker, was included by Bill Moyers in a PBS series on storytelling in scripture. She has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and a playwright. PK founded and hosts Think Peace Radio, a web-based program. Long an ecumenical and interfaith activist in Houston, Texas, and globally, she has been a trustee and secretary of United Religion Initiative’s Global Council and remains active in URI Multi-Region. Her blog can be found at thepeacehour.blogspot.com.
Michael J. McCallion received his Ph.D. in sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit and his M.A. in liturgy/theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary where he holds the Fr. Cunningham Chair in Catholic Social Analysis. He is also director of the Institute for Research on the New Evangelization. He is primarily interested in the sociology of religion, spending whatever time he can studying the relationship between Christian service and local religious congregations as well as the relationship between Christian service and the New Evangelization. In all of his research, the relationship between youth and religion is a primary focus.
Marian Van Eyk McCain, a retired psychotherapist and wellness educator, is the author of eight books, including The Lilypad List: 7 steps to the simple life (Findhorn Press, 2004), and Downshifting Made Easy: How to plan for your planet-friendly future (Earth Books, 2010), both of which are about living simply and lightly on the planet. She also edited the anthology GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness (Earth Books, 2002) and has helped to produce a series of ebooks on green spirituality, which is one of her primary interests, along with wellness – both personal and planetary – the evolution of consciousness and conscious aging. Her latest book is Self-Therapy Made Easy (Psyche Books, 2012). Visit her on http://www.marianvaneykmccain.com
Dorothy J. Maver, Ph.D., is an educator and peacebuilder whose keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. Dot is president and CEO of the National Peace Academy in the USA, executive director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, coordinator of Push4Peace, and a founder and Governance Member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace. She formerly served as president and CEO of Peace Partnership International. Her career as an educator includes teaching at Norwich University, the oldest private military academy in the USA; appearing as a 2011 World Affairs Guest Lecturer at Iowa State University; co-authoring Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom (1992); and serving as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at conferences worldwide. From 2005-2007 Dot served as executive director of The Peace Alliance and Campaign for a US Department of Peace, and prior to that was the National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President in 2004. In the world of fast-pitch softball, Dr. Dot is known for her revolutionary fast-pitch hitting technique, The Maver Method: Secrets of Hitting Success.
Avon Mattison traces her commitment to peacebuilding to her childhood years during World War II, hearing her parents talk of war, and being utterly captured by the notion of spending her life promoting world peace. She is founder and president of Pathways to Peace (PTP), an international peacebuilding, education, and consulting nonprofit holding consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. PTP was instrumental in supporting efforts by Robert Muller and John McDonald to establish a UN International Day of Peace, celebrated today by more than 4000 NGOs around the world. PTP remains the Day of Peace’s strongest supporter. Avon serves on the advisory councils/boards of several international organizations, including the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations, the Center For Visionary Leadership, Ehama Institute, Foundation for the Healing Among Nations, Radio For Peace International, World Peace Prayer Society, the World Centers of Compassion for Children, and the World Fund for the Dignity of Children.
Sarah Masters is managing director of Hartley Film Foundation in Westport, Connecticut. Sarah oversees granting and fiscal sponsorship programs at the Foundation, attends pitching forums for documentary filmmakers seeking funding, serves on a jury at Full Frame Film Festival where Hartley sponsors the Full Frame Inspiration Award, and works with filmmakers on fundraising and outreach strategies. She also screens documentaries at national and international film festivals for potential candidates for the annual Elda and Irving Hartley Award.
Sarah comes to Hartley with a background in radio and television production and editorial oversight. Prior to joining Hartley Film Foundation, she helped launch and was editorial director of an international online news service for physicians.
Johnny Martin is a student at Arizona State University studying Religion, Public Life, & Conflict. He is the founder of Sun Devils Are Better Together (SunDABT), ASU’s premiere interfaith student organization, and is currently working as the Youth Director for the Arizona Interfaith Movement. Johnny has previously been a North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) Young Adult Scholar and a Better Together Coach with the national Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). He serves on the Leadership Council for the North American region of the global United Religions Initiative (URI) and as a Board Member of the Arizona Faith Network (AFN).
Katherine Marshall has worked for four decades in international development focusing on the world’s poorest countries. She is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and visiting professor in the School of Foreign Service. She spent 35 years at the World Bank, in many assignments focused on Africa, Latin America, and East Asia. From 2000 to 2006, she was counselor to the Bank’s president on ethics, values, and faith in development. She holds various board positions including the World Bank Community Connections Fund, AVINA Americas, the Opus Prize Foundation, and the Washington National Cathedral Foundation, and she served recently as a trustee of Princeton University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a visiting professor at the University of Cambodia. She is the author of several books and many articles, most recently Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, published by Routledge in 2013.
Matt Mardis-LeCroy became senior minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa in November of 2014. Plymouth is a progressive church of more than 3,000 members in the heart of the Midwest. He had served Plymouth in various pastoral roles since 2005. Before making the move to Iowa, Matt was pastor at The Community Church of Little Neck, New York.
An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Matt holds a Bachelor of Religion degree from Messiah College and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2013 he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary. Matt is married to Mary Beth Mardis-LeCroy, an ordained Presbyterian minister. They have one daughter, Ellie, one son, Wil, and two cats
Louise Mangan is passionate about grounding regenerative change in the wisdom of heart-mind practices that connect us with our inner teacher, with one another, and with the natural world. Centring Prayer is her regular personal practice. She received her BA from UBC, ministry foundations from Vancouver School of Theology, and MDIV from Toronto School of Theology. She trained as a Spiritual Director with Pacific Jubilee Associates.
Louise was actively involved in the founding executive of the InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver Society in 2004. She chaired the Building and Technical Committee, and served twice as Chair of the Board between 2005 and 2018. Louise represented the ISC in the collaborative development of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network and its Compassionate Cities Campaign. And she co-founded Women of Spirit and Faith Canada (later known as Women and Wisdom Canada), assisting regularly with Women and Wisdom programming.
In addition to her role with the Interspiritual Sustainability Council, Louise serves as a Director of the Multifaith Action Society, and as a co-founder of several multi-regional Cooperation Circles of the United Religions Initiative. She offers spiritual guidance and support to individuals and couples of various spiritual backgrounds. And she divides her personal time between enjoying her grandchildren and adult children in Vancouver, and enjoying her home on Salt Spring Island with her partner, friends, family and goofy dog.
Lia Mandelbaum is a participant in the interfaith Future50 cohort, profiled in the December 2014 TIO. She is a graduate student in social work at Cal State L.A., where she also received a Bachelor’s in social work. Over the past three years, Lia interned at a mental health care agency in South Central Los Angeles, at an LAUSD high school in downtown Los Angeles as a psychiatric social worker, and is presently interning with the Alzheimer’s Association.
Starting in 2008, she worked in development for Beit T’Shuvah, a non-profit residential treatment center and synagogue in L.A. Lia volunteers for JQ International, an LGBTQ Jewish movement, and sings in a Muslim-Jewish singing group called the Peace Choir. She has helped to produce various events for Craig N’ Co. and the Sinai Temple Community. She is an alumna of the Jeremiah Fellowship with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Lia has a blog with the Jewish Journal called “Sacred Intentions” and also enjoys public speaking and often shares her personal journey. She has become a leader in developing cultures of compassion as an organizer of “The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.”
Mark Mancao is communications manager for United Religions Initiative (URI). In that role he manages content at uri.org, its online community features, URI’s brand, the design of print and digital resources, community surveys, orientation/training resources, and other communications projects. With two graduate degrees in religion, he worked as director of JUSTPEACE Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation, a United Methodist start-up in Chicago and Washington DC. In 2006, Mark moved with his partner and two cats across the country to San Francisco, California, to serve as executive director of RockRose Institute. RockRose produced an international conference, “Facing Violence: Justice, Religion and Conflict Resolution-World Forum 2007,” while sharing offices with URI. After a successful World Forum, Mark moved down the hall and has been working with URI ever since.
Rabbi Allen S. Maller attended the University of California, Los Angeles from 1956 to 1960, majoring in physics. He studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem his junior year and while there decided to become a rabbi.
Rabbi Maller has published more than 200 articles in more than two dozen journals, magazines and websites as varied as Jewish Social Studies, US Catholic, Islamicity, and The Journal of Dharma. He is author of a book on Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and editor of the Tikun series of High Holiday Prayer Books.
Rabbi Maller taught in the theology department of Loyola Marymount University for three years. In 2006, after 39 years as Rabbi of Temple Akibain Culver City California, he retired.
Tom Mahon has written about technology as publicist, journalist, novelist, dramatist and activist.
Since the early 1990s, he has spoken and written widely on the need to reconnect technical capability with social responsibility. Speaking venues have included MIT, the International Solid State Circuits Conference, the United Religions Initiative, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, assemblies sponsored by the U.S. State Department, as well as to local congregations, senior centers, and middle school students. His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Electronic Engineering Times, National Catholic Reporter and Business 2.0.
In addition, the work has been covered in The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, CNN, CNET, Business Week and The San Jose Mercury, among others.
Mahon is the author of The Fandango Involvement (1980), the first novel set in Silicon Valley; and Charged Bodies: People, Power and Paradox in Silicon Valley (1985). He has also written and performed two one-man plays about humankind’s mixed history with our tools: “At Home in the Universe” and “Are We Having Fun Yet!”
Mahon holds an MBA in International Business and has had his own public relations consultancy since 1984 representing firms in electronic and genetic engineering. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife have three grown children.
Sally Mahé is the director of Organizational Development at United Religions Initiative, where she has been on the core staff since 1996. Her work is leading URI from vision to practice. She supports the international staff and regional development, and designs cross-cultural interfaith gatherings. Sally is co-author of Birth of a Global Community: Appreciative Inquiry in Action (2003) and A Greater Democracy Day by Day (2004). Sally holds an M.Ed. from Harvard and a MA in Theology from General Episcopal Seminary. Prior to URI, Sally developed a nationally recognized curriculum and trained teachers in the basic principles of democracy.
Dawn Anahid MacKeen is an award winning investigative journalist who spent nearly a decade on her grandfather's story. Previously she was a staff writer at Salon, Newsday, and Smart Money. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Southern California.
John R. Mabry, PhD teaches comparative theology, scripture, and pastoral ministry at the Chaplaincy Institute. Rev. Mabry is also the director of the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate program. He is a United Church of Christ pastor and the author of many textbooks on interfaith spiritual guidance, among many other subjects. Check out his website and get a FREE BOOK at www.johnrmabry.com/free