Click on the contributor's name to read her, his or their work.

Guest Editor MARY KRANE DERR is a poet, nonfiction writer and longtime participant in interfaith dialogue and other nonviolence projects. Her writing has appeared in Utne Reader, the feminist spirituality magazines Mother's Underground and Daughters of Sarah, the interfaith periodicals Sacred Journey and The Roll, and the disability rights magazine Ragged Edge, among other publications. She is affiliated with the Christian tradition of her Roman Catholic and Protestant ancestors and has also "taken refuge" in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

TOM SENA lives and works in Washington, DC, where in 1990 he founded the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians. PLAGAL has over 800 members throughout the United States and in five foreign countries.

KATHRYN REED has a degree in anthropology but has never let that stop her from doing anything. Although she works in "the tiresome business world," she is a writer and visual artist in training who says she "one day hopes to produce a decent painting." No one owns her, with the possible exception of her dog and two cats.

GAYLE HOOVER THORNE describes herself as a 53 year-old sometime poet, singer-songwriter, self-taught guitarist, silversmith, and wordsmith. She is always the mother of two children--Marzieh, age nine, and Jamal, age six. She currently lives in Sacramento, California with her family, including her orange tabby Pretzel, who has his own children's book and poem. Gayle has been a member of the Baha'i Faith since 1965 and as a result has friends all over the globe. She happily converses with many via e-mail every day.

KARMA.LEKSHE TSOMO is instructor of Buddhism at Chaminade University, Honolulu, and a Degree Fellow at East-West Center. She holds M.A. degrees in Asian studies and Asian philosophy from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and is currently a doctoral candidate in comparative philosophy. After studying Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy in Dharamsala, India, for 15 years, she worked to establish seven Buddhist education programs for women in remote regions of the Indian Himalayas. In 1987, she helped found Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women. She has helped to coordinate five International Conferences on Buddhist Women. She travels and lectures extensively in Asia and in the West. She organized the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Hawai`i in 1994. Her publications include Sakyadhita: Daughters of the Buddha, (Snow Lion, 1989), Buddhism Through American Women's Eyes (Snow Lion, 1995); Sisters in Solitude: Two Traditions of Monastic Ethics for Women (State University of New York Press, 1996); Buddhist Women Across Cultures: Realizations (SUNY Press, 1999); and, with David W. Chappell, Living and Dying in Buddhist Cultures (forthcoming).

For over five years, MONNICA TERWILLIGER has helped women find alternatives to abortion, in her capacities as lead counselor, online counselor, and website developer for the Westside Crisis Pregnancy Center in Los Angeles. In 1996 she was designated as "Hometown Hero" in Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine for outreach work to local family planning clinics. She has been involved with women's issues for nine years, writing articles about gender, abortion, race, and mental illness. She has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including the Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders Association, the Brookline Women's Shelter, and Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Monnica has lectured on teen pregnancy and related issues and has been active in helping nonprofit organizations develop an Internet presence. Monnica operates an independent website where she offers advice about birth control and directs the International Pregnancy Help Center, an online crisis pregnancy help network. She has authored a booklet on sex education, "A Woman's Guide to Contraception and Responsible Sex," which is available through this website at Monnica graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, where she served as president of the student prolife organization. She currently works as a programmer-analyst at UCLA. She is married and has three young children. She also teaches aerobics at the UCLA University Village and is an active member of the Shepherd's Gate Foursquare Church. Future plans include graduate studies in psychology.

Writer and activist VASU MURTI was born and raised in Southern California, in a family of South Indian brahmins. He holds degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California. Vasu has written articles on a number of different topics, including the secular state, science versus religion, animal rights, nuclear power, handgun control, Buddhism, abortion, illegal immigration, and drug legalization. He is a contributor to Harmony Magazine, the independent voice of the consistent life ethic movement, including its religious Leftists. Vasu is a "card-carrying" member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Feminists For Life, Amnesty International, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This is his second contribution to Feminism and Nonviolence Studies Journal. His first, "Similar Principles: the Animal Rights Movement, Feminism, and Abortion Opponents," appeared in the Fall, 1995 issue. He can be reached at

JANET PODELL, a writer and editor, lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, Steve Anzovin, and their three children. She has contributed articles and interviews to The American Feminist, the magazine of the organization Feminists for Life of America, and is the editor of the reference book Abortion (H. W. Wilson, 1990). She is part of the bašal teshuvah movement of Jews who grew up in assimilated homes and took on religious observance in adulthood. She can be contacted at

JACOB NEUSNER, a rabbi without sectarian connections, is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies, University of South Florida and Professor of Religion, Bard College. He has published numerous works on Judaism and interfaith dialogue, including, with his son Noam Neusner, The Book of Jewish Wisdom: The Talmud of the Well-Considered Life (Continuum, 1996); The Classics of Judaism: A Textbook and Reader (Westminster John Knox, 1995); with Bruce Chilton, Judaism in the New Testament (Routledge, 1995); and, with Andrew Greeley, Common Ground: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together (Pilgrim, 1996).

The Los Angeles-based MUSLIM WOMEN'S LEAGUE USA "is a nonprofit Muslim American organization working to implement the values of Islam and thereby reclaim the status of women as free, equal and vital contributors to society." MWL's projects include: "cultivating and asserting the relationship of Muslim women with their Creator through spiritual retreats, study groups and dialogue; supporting and promoting the efforts of individuals and organizations working towards similar goals through conferences, symposia and other educational forums; informing the American public, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, of the perspectives of Muslim women and articulating our concerns to the media and relevant decision-making authorities; publishing articles, position papers, and other texts which express our understanding of Islam, with careful attention to alternative perspectives on issues of concern to Muslim women; networking with grass roots, civic, religious and other organizations; participating in global efforts to improve the lives of women." To learn more about the dynamic vision of Muslim feminists, please visit the MWL website at

FREDERICA MATHEWES-GREEN is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and on Odyssey Television Network's "News Odyssey." She writes a column for Christianity Today magazine. Her books are Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion (Conciliar, 1997) and Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy (HarperCollins, 1997). Active in prolife/prochoice dialogue since 1993, she is on the Steering Committee of the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice. To learn more about Frederica and her work visit her at http://

The Latin phrase for "peace of Christ" is the source of PAX CHRISTI USA's name. It is a section of the international Catholic peace organization founded in Europe in 1945 to reconcile France and Germany in the aftermath of World War II. The group defines its purpose as the creation of "a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation. Pax Christi USA commits itself to peace education and, with the help of its bishop members, promotes the gospel imperative of peacemaking as a priority in the Catholic church in the United States." To learn more, visit the organization's website at

RACHEL MACNAIR graduated from Earlham, a Quaker college, with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Among her many activisms, she has served as national president of Feminists for Life of America (1984-1994) and is vice-president of the Seamless Garment Network. She is founder of the Feminism and Nonviolence Studies Association, and editor-in-chief of Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Journal, formerly Studies in Prolife Feminism. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology in order to study the effect that committing violence, especially socially-sanctioned violence, has on the perpetrators.

JOAN BARANOW has published poems in Feminist Studies, Harmony, The Western Humanities Review, Cream City Review, and elsewhere. A native of Ohio, she lives with her family in Mill Valley, CA.

The brilliant scholar/activist MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE (1828-1898 CE) has largely been forgotten--even in the field of women's history, which she pioneered. Yet a century ago, around the time of the first Parliament of the World's Religions, she predicted the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine and anticipated many concerns of the contemporary women's spirituality movement. It is time to remember and learn from her again--as she remembered and learned from countless women before her, including the millions of women systematically executed as witches.

JEANNINE PARVATI BAKER is the founder of Hygieia College, a Mystery School in Womancraft which teaches fertility awareness, freebirth and mothering in the new millennium. She has had five pregnancies and six children. She is the grandmother of one child (and no aborted grandchildren). She speaks frequently at international conferences and homeschools her family on three continents. She is the cofounder, with her partner Frederick Baker, of Six Directions, a nonprofit and tax-exempt educational corporation devoted to optimal personal, family and planetary health. She is Vice-President of Around the Moon--Fertility Microscopes, Editorial Board Member for The Primal Journal, keynote speaker for and member of the Assocation for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health, as well as the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center. In 1993, Jeannine was nominated for Woman of the Year Award for Contributions to Medicine by Who's Who (Cambridge, England), which lists her numerous publications. She is the author of Conscious Conception (1986); Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal (1978); and Prenatal Yoga & Natural Birth (1974). These and other works by her are available through Freestone Publishing Company, Box 398, Monroe, UT 84754-0398 USA, (435) 527-3738,

These notes and links are current as of April, 1999.

Many thanks for the kind deeds which made this journal issue possible, especially those committed by:

Return to the Table of Contents
Previous Work
Next Work