Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, author of numerous award-winning books and "almost-daily" e-mail meditations. As an actress, director, producer, popular preacher and retreat leader, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith.
Lama Surya Das is a lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order. He is the founder and spiritual director of the Dzogchen Foundation in Massachusetts and California. Read his Beliefnet columns here.
Dr. P. Jayaraman is executive director of Bhavan USA, an institute of Indian culture located in New York City.
Daisy Khan is the Executive Director of ASMA (American Society for Muslim Advancement) and wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, head of Masjid al-Farah in New York.
Rabbi Harold Kushner is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. He is the author of the international bestseller "When Bad Things Happen to Good People."
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the Founder and Chairman of The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith organization formed to improve the relationship between the Islamic World and United States and Imam of Masjid Al-Farah in New York. Read his Beliefnet columns here.
Sharon Salzberg is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts. Read her Beliefnet columns here.
The Rev. Buddy Stallings, Episcopal priest and transplanted Mississippian, is Rector of Church of the Ascension, Staten Island. He can be heard online as the voice of Barbara Crafton's audio meditations.
Walter Zimmerman is an accomplished sculptor and glass artist with works in private and public collections around the United States. He has recorded many full-length audio works for Books on Tape, including War and Peace, Moby Dick and Crime and Punishment.
The Litany for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina is based on prayers written by the Rev. Lloyd Prator, the Rev. William Stokes, the Rev. Wilma Jakobsen, and Martha Ainsworth.
The introductory music is from "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten" by Arvo Pärt, performed by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, from the Virgin Classics recording Arvo Pärt: Sanctuary.
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