Rabbi Chava Bahle was raised Reform in a strongly Jewish-identified home and, in that tradition, she learned commitment to the prophetic vision of social justice and the place of intellect in Jewish engagement. Chava was ordained as a Maggid (Jewish inspirational preacher and storyteller) and believes that learning never ends. She has been deeply inspired by teachers from other traditions as well—Buddhist, Hindu and Christian teachings have touched her heart and soul, and are also part of the fabric of her rabbinate. Chava currently serves as pastor of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in northern Michigan.
Luther E. Smith, Jr. is professor emeritus of church and community at Candler School of Theology and ordained in the AME tradition. He is a champion of community and has lived that out as humanitarian and activist in groups such as Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty and L’Arche and his co-creation and work with the Interfaith Children’s Movement in Atlanta. Luther has spent the past 35 years at Candler shaping ecclesial and societal leaders, impressing upon them the need for justice and inclusivity and teaching them how to actively work toward transformation in the world around them. As an authority on Howard Thurman, he has authored Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet and co-edited papers and The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman: A Visionary for Our Times.