is a columnist for The New York Times, commentator for the PBS NewsHour, and commentator for National Public Radio. He is the author of four books including The Road to Character (2015). He has also been a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic.
Sherman A. Jackson
is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His research interests begin in classical Islamic Studies, including law, theology and intellectual history, and extend to placing this legacy in conversation with the realities of modern Islam in the West, especially Muslim communities in America.
M. Zuhdi Jasser
is a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a co-founder of the Center for Islamic Pluralism.
is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, England, where she held the Chair in Theology and Religious Studies from 1989 to 2002, after teaching for many years at the University of Leeds, in London and in India. She is the founder and former director of the Centre for Comparative Studies in Religion and Gender, University of Bristol.
was the Secretary-General of the Bahá’í International Community, an international non-governmental organization representing the members of the Bahá’í faith to the world, from 1994 to 2013. Prior to that he practiced law in France and Africa for 23 years. He is a direct descendent of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and a more distant relative of the 16th, Abraham Lincoln.
is president of the Association of Evangelical Theological Education in Latin America and coordinates the theological courses of the A/G Brazilian Extension School. Although he holds a degree in business administration, he has been involved with theological education for over 33 years and also speaks on Christian leadership throughout Brazil.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, and has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than 25 books. His central message of appreciation and respect of all faiths, with an emphasis that recognizing the values of each is the only path to effectively combat the global rise of violence and terrorism, sets him apart as one of the world’s most respected intellectuals and admired religious leaders.
is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division; and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering incorporates her Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), and Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009).
is an astronomer, author and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy and has worked with several major national observatories. She is also interested in national science policy and public science outreach, and has held leadership roles in several scientific societies. She frequently gives talks to schools, congregations and public audiences on the excitement of astronomy and scientific discovery.