Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group.
Gareth was born just outside Belfast in 1975, grew up during the northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in North Carolina. As a storyteller, retreat leader, and festival director, co-founder of the Wild Goose Festival, Movies & Meaning, and The Porch Magazine, Gareth writes and speaks about the power of stories to shape our lives for better or worse, connection to the earth, cinema and the power of dreams, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He's happy to be a work in progress, and you can find him at www.garethhiggins.net.
Heather Lynn Harris
Heather earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. She paints landscape, figure, and portrait, but her favorite is children’s picture book art. She enjoys creating art that engages and delights children through the telling of a story. She has three published picture books: The Swing, Clover and The Shooting Star, and Five Hungry Mice. She plans to continue to create pictures and stories for children as long as there are children who love stories and pictures.
See more of Heather's illustration work here.
The Book Designer
Tyler is a Portland-based writer, editor, and designer. His writing has been honorably noted twice by Best American Essays and anthologized by Orison Books. Follow him on Twitter @tylermccabe.