Jason DeRose loves helping people tell stories. He's the Western Bureau Chief and senior editor at NPR News, where he oversees coverage of the West Coast, religion, LGBTQ+ rights, and Native & Indigenous issues. When not making audio stories, he loves listening to them. Currently, his favorite podcasts are In The Dark and Fresh Air. Jason is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, California where he has served on the church council as well as the congregation's internship committee. He went to St. Olaf College where he majored in English and religion but really put his heart into working at the late, great public radio station WCAL. Jason accidentally went to divinity school at the University of Chicago, but he got over it eventually. A class he took at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism on religion reporting changed his life. When not working, he gardens, does yoga, reads novels, cooks for his husband, and dotes on his dog. He fantasizes about moving to Palm Springs.
Hal Taussig retired professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in New York after 17 years. He authored and edited the award-winning A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, and a United Methodist pastor. The most recent of his 15 published books are After Jesus Before Christianity: A Historical Exploration of the First Two Centuries of Jesus Movements. His mediography includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Daily Show, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, National Public Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Radio, The History Channel, and The Washington Post. His pastoral focus has been on new kinds of congregations, while reframing life together through the new kinds of worship and celebration, bringing the multi-racial community together, and spirituality reimagined. His 40 years of local church ministry addresses such new congregation life in his book, A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots.
Bishop Brenda Bos is the adoptive mother of a special-needs child and has found herself shaking her fist toward heaven on more than one occasion. She discovered there are many resources for child-rearing legal aid and self-care, but few people offer support for the spiritual life of a caregiver. Brenda has spent a great deal of time writing and reflecting on the great toll caregiving has taken on her soul (and mind and body) and speaks from experience about the ways God can meet us in the darkest of times. As a pastor and theologian, Brenda brings Biblical insights and honest conversation to the topic. Before becoming a pastor, Brenda worked in network television for over 18 years, so she knows how to tell a good story and care for the emotional as well as intellectual requirements of teaching and preaching.
Peggy has spent a lifetime drawing and painting, thus she has learned to really SEE the world of nature that continually fascinates and enchants her. Drawing and Watercolor artistry is in her blood! Peggy grew up joining her mom on frequent trips to the countryside so she could paint watercolor landscapes. And, Peggy's grandfather, Charles E. Burchfield, is renowned for his large expressive watercolors, owned by most major art museums in America. From her close and intimate contact with him during her childhood, she learned a profound love of the natural world. While she is a retired RN by profession, Peggy has always expressed herself through her art and her crafts. In her 50's, with her spouse, she circled the United States 4 times in her RV. She discovered so many new and unique types of botanical specimens, from the exquisite beauty of a cotton plant to the graceful form of a milkweed seed pod. She began to draw and learn more about all she encountered, eventually filling seven 100+ page blank journals. She often added notes on location or weather, thus was born a method of nature journaling which morphed into the weekly 11x14 Nature Notes she posted while living at Holden. These were eventually collected into a book, The Holden Journals, which are available in the Holden Store.
Sister Jessica Zimmerle is the Program & Outreach Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light. She provides strategic guidance to religious communities working toward environmental justice and organizes people of faith to advocate for strong environmental policies on climate change, fossil fuels, chemical safety, salmon/orca recovery, and more. Sr. Jessica has a Masters of Arts from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University. She is approved for ordination as a Minister of Word and Service in the ELCA Lutheran Church and is an invested sister in the Deaconess Community of the ELCA. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys crafting, playing board games, and spending time in creation!
Keah Calluccie (she/her) is the Multifaith Program Manager at Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light. As the staff lead for the Greening Congregations and Colleague Connections programs, Keah is broadening the Earth Ministry/WAIPL community by supporting existing member congregations, conducting outreach to spiritual communities not yet involved, and creating new workshop curricula. In this position, she seeks to enable others to tell their stories as well as provide houses of worship with education on topics of environmental justice and stewardship. The bulk of Keah’s career has been in museums and higher education, with a focus in the field of cultural astronomy. She received her MA in International Studies: Comparative religion from the University of Washington with a focus on cultural astronomy in Jewish and early Christian communities of the Near East and Mediterranean after getting her BA in Classics from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. When not diving into environmental justice or the mystery of the skies, Keah enjoys learning Portuguese, attempting to make kombucha, and creating candles.
With her two doctorates (in choral conducting, and in worship), Joy loves to be involved in worship with the gift of music. She has been professor and choral conductor at Concordia University of Edmonton (retiring in 2021 after 21 years), and is now the music director at Christ Church (Anglican) in Edmonton as well as founder of Sanctuary Sounds (a business all about church music!). Joy conducts choirs, is guest conductor and workshop leader in the areas of church music and church topics (such as Psalms, and Canticles!), and is curator for the church music series, "Sounds of the Sanctuary" for Cypress Publishing. She has started a monthly practice group for Music that Makes Community, that focuses on liturgical music; and she enjoys collaborations of various kinds with the music at The Kings University in Edmonton. Joy is an alto as a singer, and currently plays piano, organ, and a variety of percussion instruments - and in the past enjoyed learning clarinet, cello, and harp.