Consulting Council

The Rev'd Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author. She heads The Geranium Farm, an institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her Almost-Daily eMo, a meditation read online by tens of thousands worldwide via email and at the website. She has served a number of churches, including historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John's-in-the-Village in Greenwich Village, and St. Clement's in Manhattan's theatre district. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center and also served at St. James, the American church in Florence, Italy. A spiritual director, Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad.

Her many books include books of essays (The Sewing Room, Yes! We'll Gather at the River, Some Things You Just have to Live With), books of daily meditations (Let Us Bless the Lord (Vols 1-4), Meditations on the Psalms, Finding Time for Serenity, and several others; a book of poetry (Blessed Paradoxes), a book about the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing (Mass in Time of War) and, most recently, a book about how people of faith experience depression (Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet).

David P. Efroymson, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion (emeritus), LaSalle University


The Rev'd Ken Howard

Kenneth Wayne Howard is an author, an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Washington, and a thought leader in church planting and post-partisan Christian unity.  In 2010, Howard authored the book Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, the premise of which is to help congregations "transcend dead-end divisions and transform conflict into healthy diversity united by the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit"


The Rev'd Dr. Christopher M. Leighton

Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland since its inception in 1987. Dr. Leighton is a graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary and Columbia University where he did his doctorate in Philosophy and Education. He has studied at the Baltimore Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. In addition to his work at the ICJS, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University. After co-editing Talking About Genesis: A Resource Guide for the Bill Moyers series, he conducted a variety of educational programs which explored the challenges of reading and interpreting Genesis with public and independent high school students, individuals in retirement homes and a maximum security prison, as well as a diverse cross-section of churches and synagogues.

The Very Rev'd Tracey Lind

Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland OH, Lind came to Trinity in 2000 and led the development of Trinity Commons, an award-winning, environmentally sustainable campus that is home to Trinity Cathedral and the Diocese of Ohio. During her tenure, Trinity has experienced tremendous growth and development as a diocesan cathedral, a vibrant and inclusive community of faith, and a leading institution in the heart of the city.

As Dean of Trinity, Lind frequently speaks, teaches and preaches around the country, including at the Chautauqua Institution and various churches, dioceses, conferences, colleges, universities, seminaries and theological schools.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Lind holds a master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She has also held the seminary’s prestigious Maxwell Fellowship, received the Diocese of Newark’s Canterbury Scholar Award, participated in Leadership Cleveland, and was awarded a Clergy Renewal Grant from the Eli Lilly Endowment. In 2007, she was named Woman of Achievement by the YWCA Greater Cleveland, in 2009 she received the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award and in 2011, she was honored through the National Council of Church’s Circle of Names program.

In 2004, Lind’s first book of photographs and essays, Interrupted by God, was published by The Pilgrim Press. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York/New Jersey-area juried shows, in the NEO Show of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and in individual exhibits at the Chautauqua Institution, New Communities in Newark, Cleveland State University and number of Episcopal cathedrals.

The Rev. Brian C. Taylor

Rector of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, NM,  Taylor is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s program for Spiritual Directors, and is a faculty member for Clergy Reflection, Education, and Discernment Opportunity, a program for clergy renewal in the Episcopal Church. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Fr. Brian is co-founder of many organizations, including the parish’s Contemplative Center and the Justice Project, Via Media Rio Grande, and the Religious Affiliation for Inclusion and Non-Discrimination.

Taylor has written many articles and books.  His books include Becoming Human: Core Teachings of Jesus; Becoming Christ: Transformation Through Contemplation, and Spirituality for Everyday Living: An Adaptation of the Rule of St. Benedict.