George Craig has been a Methodist Local Preacher since 1985. He has a degree in Politics from Nottingham University and spent 37 years as a civil servant in London and Cardiff, latterly as Senior Director, Social Affairs for the Welsh Assembly Government. He has spent his retirement trying to entertain his grandchildren, learning to play the mandolin and writing a book to help Christians survive Churches.
Rania Hafez is an academic and writer with a long career in further and higher education. She is a Fellow of the higher Education Academy and the Muslim Institute. Currently Rania is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Greenwich, and co-chair of the London Learning & Skills Research Network. In 2008 Rania founded ‘Muslim Women in Education’ a professional network for educationalists and researchers. In addition to her academic work Rania is a regular political and cultural commentator. Rania Hafez has published on the philosophy of education, educational leadership, cultural identity, and religion and education.
Dr Marika Rose
Marika Rose is Senior Lecturer in Philosophical Theology at the University of Winchester and a trustee of Greenbelt Festival. She is the author of A Theology of Failure: Žižek Against Christian Innocence, which explores what it means to be a Christian without disavowing the failures of Christianity.
She has also written about angels, cyborgs, sex work and magic.
Rachel is the President of the Girl’s Brigade, a Director at the Youth charity Youthscape and an Ambassador for Adoption and Fostering Charity Home For Good.
She is Student Outreach Lead at Preston Minster in the North West where she serves with her husband. They have two adopted children, amazing neighbours and a few fish.
Canon Patrick Thomas
Dr Patrick Thomas is
Vicar of Christ Church, Carmarthen and Canon Chancellor of St Davids
Cathedral. He is the author of several books in English and Welsh and an
honorary member of the Gorsedd of Bards.
Canon Angela Tilby
Angela Tilby is a writer and theological educator who has worked in broadcasting and in academia. She was Vice-Principal of Westcott House in Cambridge and then a parish priest in the centre of Cambridge. In Oxford she became a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral and was Adviser to the Diocese of Oxford on Ministerial Development.
She is a Canon Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedal and a Canon of Honour at Portsmouth Cathedral. She is interested in early Christianity, spirituality and church history and writes a regular column for the Church Times.
Fr Christopher Hancock
Christopher Hancock is a Catholic priest currently
working in the parish of Merthyr Tydfil, in the Archdiocese of Cardiff. He
belongs to a missionary order and from 2002, until his return to Wales in 2017, he worked in Cameroon. While there he was involved in inter-religious dialogue,
parish ministry and the training of priests.
Juanita Francis, Gospel singer and CEO and founder of Mechowlah Dance Company. Ministering on platforms such as Dancing with Authority hosted by The Chenaniah Praise Dancers, Juanita later transitioned from dancing to speaking and is Youth Minister at Ruach City Church in London.
Sarah Rowland Jones
Sarah was a British Diplomat before ordination in the Church in Wales in 1999, and curacy in Wrexham. She subsequently worked as Research Advisor to Archbishops of Cape Town. Returning to Wales in 2013, since May 2018 she has been Dean of St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, where she pursues interests in spirituality and public theology.
Rev Canon Dr Rachel Mann
Canon Rachel Mann is an Anglican parish priest, poet and scholar. Author of five books, she is formerly Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral and is currently a Visiting Fellow in English and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Alison Murdoch is a writer and social entrepreneur who has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1987. She was previously the Director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London and founding-director of international educational charity the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom. Alison is the co-author of the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life book and programme, and the author of the memoir Bed 12. Her radio work includes: Good Morning Sunday, The Moral Maze, the Chris Evans Show, Beyond Belief, Pause for Thought and the Jeremy Vine Show.
Rabbi Alex Chapper
Rabbi Alex Chapper has 20 years' experience in the rabbinate, and prior to becoming Community Rabbi at Borehamwood Shul was the rabbi of Ilford Federation Synagogue, Reading Hebrew Congregation and Hammersmith Synagogue.
Mary Stallard counts it as a privilege that she was amongst the first group of women to be ordained priest in the Church in Wales. Her interests include mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health and well-being. A teacher before ordination, she is enthusiastic about faith-development and education. Mary is married to Andrew Sully who is Ministry Area Leader in Llandudno, and they have two daughters Jo and Carys. Mary is Archdeacon of Bangor.
Revd Dr Karen Smith
Rev Dr Karen Smith is a Baptist minister who for more than twenty-five years lectured in Church History and Christian Spirituality at Cardiff University and the South Wales Baptist College. She now spends her time writing, travelling and lecturing internationally.
Guvna B is an award winning rap and grime artist, who speaks openly about his Christian faith. He wants to inspire young people to fulfil their potential and promotes positivity through his music.
Shaunaka Rishi Das
Shaunaka Rishi Das, the Director of The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.
Anna Magnusson is a writer, radio producer and award-winning broadcaster. She worked in BBC Scotland for nearly twenty years, and made radio programmes in Canada, Iceland, Israel, America and Australia. She’s the author of four books of non-fiction and lives in Glasgow.
Miriam Swaffield is the Global Student Mission Leader for Fusion Movement. She helps local churches engage with university students and helps students connect with faith. She has a Masters in theology, lives in Middlesbrough and speaks internationally.
Dr Ed Kessler, Founder Director of the Woolf Institute
Dr Edward Kessler, MBE is Founder Director of the Woolf Institute and a leading thinker in interfaith relations, primarily, Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. Kessler regularly appears in the media and is undertaking a two-year research project “Uncovering Fundamentalism(s)” investigating how and why fundamentalist beliefs and practices function as they do.
Much of his academic work focusses on the encounter between the Abrahamic faiths and he has written or edited 11 books and dozens of articles.
Zahid Hussain writes novels, screenplays, poetry, and non-fiction too. He is a former regional poetry performance champion with a deep love for spoken word. “I tell stories about the thriving South Asian communities in the UK. My debut novel, The Curry Mile, was set in Manchester…I think it portrays the life of S Asians in a different way to most.” Zahid believes we need more diverse books because too few stories echo with the young people he meets. “I was drawn to literature through visionary books: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, Dune by Frank Herbert, and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. These books were my doors. I’d like to open doors for others".
Catherine Butcher is a writer and editor, currently heading communications for HOPE, the UK missions charity supporting churches to make Jesus known with words and actions. Her most recent book is 40 Stories of HOPE, which was the 2018 Lent book for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. She co-authored The Servant Queen and the King She Serves with Mark Greene – The Queen wrote the foreword. She is a Reader in Chichester Diocese.
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow to a German Jewish refugee family. After reading English at Cambridge and teacher training at Goldsmiths, he studied for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College, London, and in Israel, following family tradition. He was appointed Rabbi of the New North London Masorti Synagogue in 1987 and Senior Rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues UK in 2008. He is a President of the Council of Christians and Jews and a member of the Council of Imams and Rabbis. He is a co-founder of Eco-Synagogue and deeply engaged in environmental issues. He is closely involved in supporting refugees. Further interests include pastoral work, hospice care, and literature, especially poetry. He teaches and speaks widely, including on Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day. His publications include The Eternal Journey: Meditations on the Jewish Year (2001); The Silence of Dark Water: An Inner Journey (2008); Walking with the Light (2013); My Dear Ones: One family and The Final Solution (2016) and most recently Things my dog has taught me – about being a better human.
Rev Dr Bert Tosh
Rev Dr Bert Tosh is an Irish Presbyterian minister who served in congregations in Belfast, Donegal and Londonderry before joining the BBC in Northern Ireland as a Religious Broadcasting Producer in 1984. He retired three years ago but continues to do some freelance production and broadcasting
His Grace Bishop Angaelos
His Grace Bishop Angaelos, is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, and is widely recognised for his extensive advocacy work.
Sarah Joseph is Editor & CEO of emel media.. A powerful and popular public speaker, she has lectured on Islam globally for over 20 years. arah was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004 for her services to interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women’s rights. She is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Jordanian Strategic Studies Centre.
Sarah’s Facebook page, which has a large global following, declares her passion “to get people to recognise their shared humanity, and our common responsibility to this Earth.”
Jasvir Singh OBE is Co-Chair of the Faiths Forum for London, one of the leading interfaith organisations in the UK, and the Chair of City Sikhs, a national representative body for British Sikhs. He is an Associate of St Paul's Institute, a think tank linked to St Paul's Cathedral. He is also a practising family law barrister with over 12 years of experience.