We are honored and delighted to introduce our newest team member, Margaret Wakeley, who will be S&P's Creative Director. You can read her bio below to see why we are so happy to have her with us.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Co-Founders and Co-Directors
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat have been covering contemporary culture and the spiritual renaissance for nearly five decades. They are the authors of the national bestseller Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life, a collection of more than 650 examples of spiritual perspectives on everyday experience, which is also the basis of a 26-part DVD series. In that book, the Brussats introduced the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy — 37 essential spiritual practices of the world's religions and spiritual paths.
Their book Spiritual Rx: Prescriptions for Living a Meaningful Life recommends resources and exercises for exploring those practices. The content on Spirituality & Practice, compiled from years of the Brussats' work, is also organized around the practices.
To read more about Frederic and Mary Ann work over the years, click here.
Patricia Campbell Carlson
Program Director and Senior Editor
Patricia happened upon the book The World's Great Religions, a compilation from Life magazine, at age seven and found great solace in its tone of universal respect. Then a friend gave her a Bible from which, independent of formal religion, she took to heart an abiding sense of divine Presence. From these roots sprang a lifelong interfaith journey.
A graduate of Whitworth University, Patricia went on to study counseling in Cornell University’s EARS program and healing arts at the Fingerlakes School of Massage. She co-ran a youth program in Belfast, Northern Ireland; edited Sojourners magazine with a community devoted to social renewal; and served as the voice behind Cornell’s “Dear Uncle Ezra” column, a forerunner in online counseling. As Executive Director of Gratefulness.org, she carried forward the legacy of Br. David Steindl-Rast, a revered Benedictine author and teacher. She now delights in furthering S&P’s dynamic mission.
After graduating with a degree in psychology from Tufts University, Margaret found herself immersed in her other areas of interest: music and acting. She worked as a vocalist, recording artist, and voice-over actor, performing throughout the United States and Europe. As she started a family, her music shifted from venues around the world to benefits for local organizations. She expanded her community service in many volunteer capacities in schools, hospice services, and fundraising performances.
For more than a decade she served as Program and Community Development Coordinator for A Network for Grateful Living, and helped Br. David Steindl-Rast with his engagements, archives, and publishing. Her range of skills in customer service, posting website content, developing promotional materials, designing website graphics, and more drew us to invite her to be S&P’s Creative Director.
Sue Tracey is the Office Manager with us at Spirituality & Practice. She comes to us with more than 20 years of office experience, from the local school district and a law firm. She enjoys walking, listening to music, entertaining, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mike Wu and Bandwidth Productions
Mike Wu is the founder of Bandwidth Productions, Inc. a full service web design and development company founded in 2001 and located in New York City. Prior to starting Bandwidth, Mike managed websites for companies like NBC, Disney, and the National Hockey League. More about Bandwidth Productions can be found at their website.
Mike and his designers and programmers created Spirituality & Practice's web presence in 2006, and they have provided ongoing maintenance and enhancements to that site. They completely rebuilt and redesigned the website for its relaunch in May 2015. They are an international team with Mike in New York City, Jesse in Arizona, and Akeem and Javon in Trinidad.
The Practicing Democracy Fellows
Habīb Todd Boerger is a Fellow with The Practicing Democracy Project, a collaboration of The Center for Spirituality & Practice and the Fetzer Institute. Habīb holds a Master's of Divinity from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism where he is also faculty. Additionally, Habīb has a master's degree from Texas State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. Habīb is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Claremont School of Theology where he is studying spiritual formation in Christianity and Islam. He is also pursuing a Certificate of Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School. Habīb's Ph.D. studies focus on neuroscientific understandings of spiritual practice and cross-religious commonalities. He is passionate about promoting a position of religious pluralism and building interfaith bridges.
Julie Davis is a fellow with the Practicing Democracy Project, a collaboration of The Center for Spirituality & Practice and the Fetzer Institute. Julie holds an M.A. and C.Phil. in English and American Literatures and Cultures from Brown University and a B.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Julie is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Claremont School of Theology with a focus on Interfaith Chaplaincy. Her interest in chaplaincy grows out of her 17 years as an educator, teaching English but, at heart, most excited by the opportunity to guide students toward a sense of identity and purpose. Julie is passionate about the intersection of spiritual practices and social change.
Kristin Ritzau, PhD is a Fellow with The Practicing Democracy Project, a collaboration between The Center for Spirituality and Practice and the Fetzer Institute. She is also an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University, spiritual director, and author of A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey Through Self-Care. She received her PhD from Claremont School of Theology. Her dissertation explored women in US agriculture, examining their relationship with spirituality and the land. Her master’s degree is from Fuller Theological Seminary where she first learned the importance of spiritual formation and community engagement. Her passion is to educate on the importance of spiritual practice and reconciliation in our neighborhoods and ecosystems. She is excited to build curriculum and create workshops for The Practicing Democracy Project. She lives on an urban homestead in Los Angeles with her family.