Paul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies at Fairfield University and the founding director of its Center for Catholic Studies. He was the 2005 Fairfield University Teacher of the Year. Paul is the author (most recently) of The Wounded Angel: Fiction and the Religious Imagination and also authored The Liberaton of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church and Catholicism at the Crossroads. He was the President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is the 2020 recipient of the Monika Hellwig Award for contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition, given by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. He is currently at work on a history of Fairfield University serving as the Director of the Center for Catholic Studies.
He is host of the Voices of Others video series in which he visits with distinguished scholars, theologians and social activists to discuss issues surrounding the theme “Listening to the Voices of Others.”.
Jamie Manson is a columnist & books editor at the National Catholic Reporter. She is a three-time winner of the Religion News Writers Association's (RNA) award for Commentary of the Year. She garnered over a dozen Catholic Press Association awards for her work at NCR. She won the 2015 Wilbur Award for Best Online Religion News Story for her piece "Feminism in Faith" about St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson. Her activism on behalf of women and LGBTQ people earned her the Theresa Kane Award for Women of Vision and Courage from Women’s Ordination Worldwide in 2015.
She is editor of Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley (Orbis, 2015). She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics.
Jamie travels the country as a speaker, retreat leader and media commentator on issues related to women and LGBTQ Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church.
Tom Reese is a Jesuit priest and Senior Analyst at Religion News Service. He has been a columnist at NCR, National Catholic Reporter, Associate Editor and Editor in Chief at America magazine. He was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University where he wrote two books: Archbishop, A Flock of Shepherds, and Inside the Vatican, The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.
Tom worked as a lobbyist for tax reform in his earlier life. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of California Berkeley. He entered the Jesuits in 1962, and was ordained a priest in 1975 after receiving a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.