Sonya Davis: Sonya is a Masters of Divinity Student at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. She also works as the Ecumenical Graduate Assistant in the Office of Ecumenical and Liturgical Dialogue. Sonya comes from the United Methodist tradition, but enjoys learning about all faiths and religions. Sonya loves hearing the stories of others and how it has influenced their perspective on the world. She is passionate about recognizing how she can use her voice to create a more equal and just society.
Dr. Edward Donaldson, III: Edward is the Director of Liturgy and Worship for the School of Theology and Ministry of Seattle University where he serves as core faculty, teaching in multiple degree programs. Currently serving as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Family Worship Center Int’l he is the Presiding Prelate of Freedom Assemblies Worldwide. His scholarship focuses on Intersectional Theology. He is the current President of the United Ecumenical College of Bishops while concurrently serving the College of Affirming Bishops. As a member of the College of Affirming Bishops he sits on the Theological Education Council of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Dr. Donalson is also the Bishop of Operations for the P.U.R.E. Ministries International Fellowship Churches and serves both on the King County Juvenile Justice Steering Committee and The City of Kent Community Police Diversity Taskforce.
Wanda Gregory PhD: Wanda teaches at University of Washington on the Bothell campus in the areas of interactive media design along with game and media studies. She has worked for a variety of game companies including Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro and Microsoft Xbox. Wanda has a M.B.A from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, a M.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and a PhD from University College Dublin. She serves on a number of advisory boards for non-profits and tech/game startup companies. Her passion focuses on the mentoring and teaching of students in the field of technology and design.
Leticia Guardiola-Saenz: Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz is associate professor of New Testament at the School of Theology and Ministry of the University of Seattle. It is originally from Reynosa, Mexico. She has taught Bible in different academic programs and theological schools in the US and Mexico, as well as in various faith communities of the Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic and Episcopal churches, among others. She enjoys teaching Contemporary hermeneutics, New Testament Spirituality, Women in the Scriptures, and courses on contextual readings of the New Testament, among others. Her academic work focuses mainly on the Gospels, the figure of Jesus, and contextual and decolonial readings of the Bible.
Jayme Jacobson: Jayme is an artist and designer. She currently works as an instructional designer at the Center for Digital Learning & Innovation at Seattle University where she has collaborated with Michael Trice on a number of projects. She dreams of living in Greece.
Karsten Kohout: Karsten is a sophomore at Seattle University pursuing a major in Humanities who works as a undergraduate employee doing interview editing for the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. Karsten's background in DJing, music production, and radio at 102.1 KXSU paired with his passion for philosophical discussions has allowed him to clearly discern what the most vital sections of interviews are and edit them into engaging subsections for easy consumption. He is devoted to developing the online content profile of the STM and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing team and staff.
Schyuler Lujan: Schyuler Elise is pursuing her MA in Couples and Family Therapy at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. As a woman of Chamorro heritage, she hopes to enhance the field of marriage and family therapy with cultural perspectives from the indigenous peoples of Oceania. Her areas of interest include understanding the effects of cultural disruption within indigenous family systems and utilizing indigenous cultural values as sources of resilience and healing.
Linzi Stahlecker: Linzi Stahlecker is an MDiv. student at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, she is pursuing a theological education after almost two decades as a corporate executive. A wife, and a mother to three grade-school age children, Linzi is an active member of her Episcopalian parish, serving as Eucharistic Minister and community organizer. Linzi has been living in Seattle since 2001 having relocated from London, England.
Brigid: Brigid is in 6th grade and serves as the captain of her crossing guard cohort at school. She is a member of an interfaith youth group in her community and loves astronomy and rabbits. When she isn’t playing tenor saxophone and violin she enjoys playing with her dog and reading.
Michael Trice: Michael serves as the Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and as Associate Dean at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry; he also serves as Secretary for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. His background is in public theology, pluralism, comparative religious discourse, moral theology and law. Michael serves on national and international advisory boards, is an active writer and podcaster, and is dedicated to amplifying the strengths of the transformative human stories that shape our lives and our communities.
Steve Wilhelm: Steve is a former journalist who now works primarily in support of the Buddhist community. He serves as editor of Northwest Dharma News, a quarterly publication of Northwest Dharma Association. He has edited several Buddhist books, including most recently “The Four Noble Truths,” being released by Wisdom Publications this year. He also writes for Tricycle, a New York-based Buddhist quarterly. Steve serves on the board of Tibetan Nuns Project, a Seattle non-profit that supports 700 refugee Tibetan nuns at nunneries in Northern India. He also teaches insight meditation, and leads Eastside Insight Meditation, just east of Seattle.