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Rebecca T. Alpert is Professor of Religion at Temple University. She is a scholar activist whose classic book Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition (Columbia University Press, 1997) helped to define queer Judaism. Her areas of specialization are contemporary American religion, religion and sexuality, and religion and sport as evidenced by her recent book Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (Oxford University Press, 2011). She is an instructor in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s LGBT Mentorship Program for Religious and Theological Study. []

Rita Nakashima Brock is research professor and co-director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth, Texas. She is the author, with Rebecca Ann Parker, of Proverbs of Ashes (Beacon, 2001) and Saving Paradise (Beacon, 2008), and of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War (Beacon, 2012) with Gabrielle Lettini. Rita is the founding co-director of Faith Voices for the Common Good and co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War ( She was a core member of the Interfaith Tent at Occupy Oakland. []

Nathan P. Devir is Assistant Professor of Hebrew, Jewish studies, and comparative literary and cultural studies at the University of Utah. His doctoral research focused on the intersection between literary discourse, hermeneutics, and biblical exegesis in modern Judaic cultural production. His more current research, situated between ethnography and religious studies, involves discourse analyses of heritage narratives from “neo-Jewish” and “Lost Tribe” communities in India and sub-Saharan Africa. His research has been supported by the Council for American Overseas Research Centers, National Endowment for the Humanities, Lucius N. Littauer Fund, University of Leipzig’s Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur, and University of Utah Research Committee, among others. []

Kathleen Gallagher Elkins received her PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity from Drew University, with a concentration in women’s and gender studies, in the summer of 2013. Her research interests include feminist [End Page 185] hermeneutics, childhood studies, and post-Shoah interpretations of the Bible. Her dissertation, “Mother, Martyr: Reading Self-Sacrifice and Family in Early Christianity,” examined the texts and interpretations of several ancient representations of mothers and children in contexts of social-political violence. She served as the submissions editor for JFSR from 2008 to 2012 and is currently teaching in the Religion Department at Rutgers University. []

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo is Assistant Professor of Latina/o studies and religion at Williams College. []

Charon Hribar is currently a PhD candidate in religion and society with a concentration in Christian social ethics at Drew University. Charon is interested in exploring the capacity of Christian social ethics to reimagine a radical response to the growing disparity of wealth and poverty in the midst of a twenty-first-century global economic crisis. Her recent academic and movement-building research explores the use of Poverty Truth Commissions to confront the structural violence of poverty in the United States and around the world. Other research interests include social movement studies; examining the connections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in relation to liberation movements; and transformative pedagogy. Charon is currently a co-coordinator of the PREP (Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons) Program at Drew University and serves as the curriculum development coordinator for the Poverty Initiative’s Poverty Scholars Program at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. []

Mary E. Hunt is a Catholic feminist theologian. She is co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she writes, organizes, and teaches. She is coeditor, with Diann L. Neu, of New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views. And she blogs regularly for the FIR blog: []

Ally Kateusz researches women in early Christianity and late antiquity, and is interested in discourse analysis as a tool for social change. She is pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Missouri–Kansas...


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