July 4-9

Christine Hall

person smilingChris is a Quaker, educator, retreat leader, and spiritual director/companion. She founded and facilitates Way of the Spirit—an ecumenical program for prayer and learning from the wisdom of the Quaker tradition. She also served eight years as adjunct faculty in Seattle University’s multi-denominational School of Theology and Ministry. Like the Hebrew ideal of Jubilee, Way of the Spirit explores the spiritual “reset” of forgiveness. For over a decade, program participants have experienced how forgiveness sets them free to bring wholeheartedness and fresh energy to their unique faithfulness. Chris’s gentle, contemplative approach encourages personal reflection, inner awareness, and deep respect for diverse experiences of the Divine. She’s a long-time member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), with Roman Catholic roots and a hospitable spirit. She is called to tend others’ inner lives in the Holy and strengthen contemporary expressions of everyday ministry. Chris and her family volunteered a year in a Honduran community for orphaned and abandoned children with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters). She lives on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Washington, USA, with her adult son and husband of 38 years.

R.J. Rongcal

person smiling R.J. is a certified mindfulness teacher and founder of Mindful Moments, LLC, where he teaches classes on mindfulness and meditation. Since 2011, he has completed a number of silent meditation retreats, the longest ones being 45-days, 28-days, and a 14-day solitary retreat. He is passionate about supporting others in accessing their own internal resources of awareness, resilience, compassion, and inherent wellness. He believes that the practice of mindfulness - or being attentive to our present moment experience with clarity, kindness, and nonjudgement - is both a skill that can be cultivated and a liberative “doorway” to experiencing more peace and living a fuller, more connected life. R.J. has also been an elementary school teacher for 12 years. He first began teaching mindfulness in 2014 for other teachers seeking to relieve stress. More recently, he took a break from classroom teaching to deepen his own meditation practice. In 2019, he moved to Gampo Abbey, a remote Buddhist monastery where he was ordained as a monk as part of a 9-month monastic residency. R.J. lives in Seattle with his fiance, Jamie, and their dog, Bean. He is a student of Buddhist teachers Pema Chödrön and Vince Horn.

Amy Reumann

person smiling Amy Reumann serves as Senior Director for Witness in Society for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Washington DC. She leads the church’s advocacy in federal public policy, through the state public policy network, at the United Nations, and through the Corporate Social Responsibility program. She is an ELCA pastor who has served congregations in New Jersey and Wisconsin and as Assistant to the Bishop for urban ministry in Milwaukee Wi. She previously led Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania, equipping advocates in seven synods to address food security and justice issues through education, organizing, and policy change. Amy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Muhlenberg College, with a major in Religion and International Affairs. She earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Theologisches Seminar in Leipzig, Germany, and an STM in Spiritual Direction at the General Theological Seminary, New York City. She completed a GreenFaith Fellowship in religious-environmental leadership and serves on the board of Bread for the World. She enjoys teaching how advocacy with and on behalf of our neighbor and creation is part of our Lutheran heritage and equipping Lutherans to be vocal in the public square. Amy is a Master Gardener and serves as a volunteer manager at the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming in Silver Spring Md. Amy loves to garden, quilt, hike, and read mysteries.

Andrea Sorum

person smilingAndrea is the Campus Ministry Musician at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, where she enjoys working with students and community members of diverse ethnic, racial, and spiritual/religious backgrounds. She leads music for daily chapel, Wednesday evening communion services and leads a bi-weekly meditation for mindfulness. Andrea is in demand as a song-leader for worship services, events, and rallies and also writes music for these settings, including an expansive-language communion liturgy, hymns, and community songs. She also writes and performs original Americana music. You can listen to her songs wherever you like to stream or download directly from her website - www.MothertreeMusic.net. Find her on socials @andreamothertree. You can find her in person most days in the Mississippi River Gorge hiking with her dog, Luna, or at home serving up love for her wonderful kids - William (11) and Wesley (9).

DANIEL CASTILLO

person smilingDaniel Castillo is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland, where he also contributes to the Environmental Studies and Peace & Justice Studies programs. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 2014. While at Notre Dame, Dan's research was funded through the National Science Foundation, allowing him to explore aspects of the planetary eco-social emergency from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dan's teaching and research focus on the intersection of liberation theology, environmental ethics, and the theological interpretation of scripture. He has published essays in these areas in journals such as Theological Studies, Political Theology, and Scriptura. Dan recently published his first book entitled An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology (Orbis Books), which explores the relationship between salvation, liberation, and care for creation. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Erika and their two children Frances and Martin.

PAUL GRIFFITH

person smiling Paul Griffith is a lifelong religious educator with a particular focus on social & ecological justice. Paul is a Colombian-American who was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, and remains a practicing “Vatican II Catholic” with a commitment to interfaith and ecumenical dialogue. He has formulated and directed numerous retreats, workshops, and spiritual formation classes for both adolescents and adults, and his day-to-day ministry has been faith formation in the classroom for the last 25 years. He earned his M.A. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and currently teaches theology at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. Paul is also a professional photographer, an avid mountaineer, skier, musician, and traveler. He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Kamala, and his kids, Landon (13) and Lily (10).