About the Contributors


Stephen Angell is the Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies at Earlham School of Religion, Richmond Indiana, and Associate Editor of Quaker Theology.

Stephanie Crumley-Effinger is a member of the faculty of Earlham School of Religion. Since 2000 she has taught one of ESR’s core ministry formation courses, Discernment of Calling and Gifts for Ministry, and directed the Supervised Ministry program, working with students on their internship year and teaching the seminar in which they reflect on their ministry experiences. From 1982-2000, Stephanie served in campus/Quaker ministry, first at Wilmington College of Ohio and then at Earlham College. Stephanie is a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting, and in 1982 was recorded by Indiana Yearly Meeting as a minister of the gospel. Her husband Michael, a skilled carpenter who specializes in custom-made cabinets and counter-tops, serves on the Ministry and Membership Committee at West Richmond and sings in the Meeting choir. They are the parents of three young adults –  Anna, formerly with AFSC’s Africa Programs and currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Uppsala studying International Politics with a concentration in Peace and Conflict; Max, an International Student Advisor at Earlham College, and Mary, a senior Psychology major at Earlham.

Chuck Fager, the Editor of Quaker Theology, recently retired after eleven years as Director of Quaker House in Fayetteville/ Fort Bragg North Carolina.

Thomas Hamm is archivist for the Friends Collection and professor of history at Earlham College. Among his books are God’s Government Begun: The Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform, 1842-1846 ; and the award-winning The Transfor-mation of American Quakerism.

Heidi Hart is a singer and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her publications include the memoir Grace Notes (University of Utah press, 2004) and the four-poet collection Edge by Edge (Toadlily Press, 2007). As a second-year doctoral student in German Studies at Duke University-UNC Chapel Hill, she focuses on intersections of music, literature, and violence. She has taught creative writing in schools and correctional facilities, at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and for the Duke study-abroad program in Berlin. Heidi currently serves as a poetry editor for Toadlily Press in New York and for the transatlantic German Studies journal andererseits. She is a member of Salt Lake Monthly Meeting in Utah and currently attends Durham Friends Meeting in North Carolina.

Anthony Manousos is retired editor of the Western Friend (formerly known as Friends Bulletin), is a peace activist, author and teacher who serves on the board of several Quaker and interfaith organizations. His books include Quakers and the Interfaith Movement; EarthLight: Spiritual Wisdom for an Ecological Age; Compassionate Listening: the Writings of Gene Hoffman ; and A Western Quaker Reader. He attends Orange Grove Meeting in Pasadena, CA, and lives with his wife Jill Shook, an activist and author of Making Housing Happen: Faith-based Affordable Housing Models.

Selena Middleton is a writer and educator with a Master of Teaching degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and a Master of Arts degree from York University, Toronto, Canada. She is a member of Toronto Monthly Meeting who writes on a variety of topics including conflict resolution and social justice issues in Education, 19th century literature and religion, and environmental issues in literature. She is also currently working on her first novel, Mouthful of Fire, which combines all these interests into a vision of a dystopian future.

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