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.
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 n Trinidad.