RCTA Board of Reference

Awet Andemicael

Active as a performer, writer, consultant, and educator, Awet Andemicael works primarily in the areas of music and theology, and is Associate Dean of Marquand Chapel and Lecturer in Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music. As a concert and operatic soprano, she has sung at festivals and concert venues across North America, Europe, and Japan. She has received music awards from numerous organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Oratorio Society of New York. Her current theological work focuses on the intersection of divine glory and human transformation in the social and political thought of Irenaeus of Lyon. She has also written and served as a consultant on music and theology, refugee studies, and interfaith engagement. Her most recent publication is a chapter in Theology, Music, and Modernity: Struggles for Freedom, edited by Jeremy Begbie, Daniel K. L. Chua, and Markus Rathey (Oxford University Press, 2021). Learn more about her music and academic careers.

Maggi Dawn

Musician, writer, and theologian, Maggi Dawn is Principal of St Mary’s College and Professor of Theology at Durham University. The author of five books including The Accidental Pilgrim: Modern Journeys on Ancient Pathways––which is part memoir, part history of pilgrimage––her academic research focuses on the role of voice and form in the creation of theological meaning, and the role of the arts in theology and liturgy. Learn more.

Makoto Fujimura

A leading contemporary artist, Makoto Fujimura is also a recognized cultural influencer. He is the founder of the International Arts Movement (IAM) and is the Founder of Culture Care Creative Inc., which includes Kintsugi Academy. His process driven, refractive “slow art” has appeared in galleries, museums, and collections around the world, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Tikotin Museum in Israel, and the Waterfall Mansion Gallery in New York. From 2003-2009 Fujimura was a Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts, and the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 “Religion and the Arts” award recipient, and served from 2015 to 2019 as Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Seminary. Learn more.

Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.

Poet and translator of Persian and Tibetan literature, Liz Gray’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, and Poetry International, among others. She is the author of the long poem Salient (New Directions, 2020) and a book-length sequence of poems, Series | India (Four Way Books 2015). She has served as a Guest Editor and as a Board member for numerous literary journals and organizations. Learn more.

Micheal O’Siadhail

Micheal O’Siadhail is a poet. His latest book The Five Quintets (Baylor University Press in 2018) won the Conference on Christianity and Literature 2019 book of the year award. Among his other books are Collected Poems (Bloodaxe 2013, Baylor University Press 2018), and One Crimson Thread (Bloodaxe 2015, Baylor University Press 2017). He also published a book of essays Say but the Word: Poetry as Vision and Voice (Hinds Books 2015). Among his other awards are the Irish American Cultural Institute Prize for poetry (1982) and the Martin Toonder prize for literature (1998). He lives in New York. Learn more.

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale, Nicholas Wolterstoff is the author of numerous publications including Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic (Eerdmans 1987), Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art (OUP 2015), and his most recent book In This World of Wonders: Memoir of a Life in Learning (Eerdmans 2019). Past President of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division), Wolterstorff has given numerous named lectures (Oxford: Wilde Lectures; St Andrews: Gifford Lectures; Princeton: Stone Lectures; Yale: Taylor Lectures). He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA. Learn more.

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