Rev. Claire Frances
Board Member, Co–Founder
Rev. Claire is an interfaith minister and entrepreneur. She makes her home in beautiful Charlottesville, VA. Claire offers her experience in marketing, social media and event planning to our endeavor.
Claire grew up in an Interfaith household in New York City which led her to a lifelong interest in spirituality and culture. She has an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
In 2004 Rev. Claire completed her studies at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Her studies at One Spirit provided a firm knowledge base in ancient and contemporary faith traditions and spiritual paths, and their practices as well as ongoing experience of practical ministry.
After seminary graduation and ordination in 2004 she took Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training and worked as a volunteer chaplain at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.
In 2004 Rev. Claire created SacredGroundCeremonies.com, a ceremonies ministry. Rev. Claire and her team at SacredGroundCeremonies.com, perform more than 80 ceremonies of all kinds (weddings, baby blessings, blessing way, vow renewal and others) each year.
In recent years Rev. Claire has been on the planning team for the annual Big I Conference which brings together scholars, clergy, and the spiritually independent to explore the theology, evolution, and practices of human spirituality.
Rev. Claire is a co-founder of the Community of Charlottesville (VA) Wedding and Event Professionals Association.
For more information on Rev. Claire and her ministry please visit her website: www.sacredgroundceremonies.com
Executive Director, Co–Founder
Frank is the retired Bureau Chief of Public Health Preparedness for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, and former Director of Interfaith Relations at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.
Frank holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Goodman Theatre of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Arts in U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.
Frank is a founding director of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network. Frank is a frequent lecturer at the University of Texas School of Public Health, presenting on Public Health Preparedness, and the challenges and opportunities of working with ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse populations.
Frank’s most recent publication is, “Working with U.S. Faith Communities During Crises, Disasters, and Public Health Emergencies, ” and the “Religious Literacy Primer for Crises, Disasters, and Public Health Emergencies,” University of Southern California, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, March 2014.
Rev. Dr. Gordon Peerman
Director, One River Wisdom School
Gordon Peerman, an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville, TN, has taught Buddhist Christian Dialogue at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Health. He leads One River Wisdom School Nashville, which meets weekly at Second Presbyterian Church. Gordon is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering.
For more information on Rev. Dr. Gordon Peerman or One River Wisdom School Nashville please visit oneriverwisdomnashville.org.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Senior Advisor, Co–Founder
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award–winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School. Rami was initiated into the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism by Swami Swahananda in 2011.
A congregational rabbi for 20 years and a Professor of Religious Studies for 10, Rabbi Rami writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly podcast, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com).
Among Rami’s many books are: The Sacred Art of Loving–kindness, The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature, Recovery: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, and Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent.
Visit Rabbi Rami at his website: www.rabbirami.com, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director – Holy Rascals Media
A documentary filmmaker exploring consciousness and progressive change, Cathy has produced a number of cable television shows, several movies (Lost Love, Just One Step, and Kiss of God) and directs the growing body of Holy Rascal videos.
Jeanette Banashak, PhD, EdD.
Jeanette Banashak received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned her PhD in Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Jeanette is a spiritual guide and supervisor working in both English and Spanish, and co–founded The Spiritual Guidance Training Institute with Janice L. Lundy.
Janice L. Lundy, D.Min.
Janice Lundy received her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Jan has published over 900 articles and several books including Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be, Portable Peace: A Weekly Guidebook, and My Deepest Me: A 30-Day Guided Journey. Jan co–founded The Spiritual Guidance Training Institute with Jeanette Banashak.
One River Foundation
Dr. Ed Bastian
Rabbi Alexis Berk
Rabbi Ellen Bernstein
Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
Sr. Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Fr. Matthew Fox
Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW
Sheikh Kabir Helminski
Sheikha Camille Helminski
Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP
Rev. Dan Rosemergy
Fr. John Runkle