Holy Names Sr. Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York. Author of Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions and Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self Understanding. Member of the Christian Scholars Group of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies and senior adviser to the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith.
Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theology at Boston College and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Author of `Love Your Enemies': Discipleship, Pacifism and Just War Theory; Sexual Ethics: A Feminist Biblical Perspective; and Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics.
Denise L. Carmody, Jesuit Community Professor at Santa Clara University. Author of 50 books, many of them with the late John Carmody. They were the first couple to receive the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology. Her most recent book is Organizing a Christian Mind: A Theology of Higher Education.
Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister, executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. Member and past prioress of the Benedictine sisters of Erie, past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She is an NCR columnist. Her 20 books include In Search of Belief, The Illuminated Life and The Story of Ruth.
Benedictine Sr. Mary Collins, prioress of Mount St. Scholastica, Benedictine Abbey in Atchison, Kan. She previously taught liturgical studies at The Catholic University of America. An author, editor and lecturer, she is past president of both the North American Academy of Liturgy and the North American Liturgical Conference. Collins was unable to attend the meeting but signed the manifesto.
Elizabeth A. Dreyer, associate professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. Author of Manifestations of Grace, Earth Crammed with Heaven, and A Retreat with Catherine of Siena
Maria Harris, Howard Chair in Religious Education at Andover Newton Theological School and the Tuohy Lectureship at John Carroll University in Cleveland. Her 13 books include Teaching and Religious Imagination; Dance of the Spirit: The Seven Steps of Women's Spirituality; Proclaim Jubilee!; and Jubilee Time: Celebrating Women, Spirit, and the Advent of Age.
Diana L. Hayes, associate professor of theology at Georgetown University. …