Marilyn Matevia works for a church organization in northeast Ohio, and is beginning the process of candidacy for ordination in the ELCA.  She completed a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory at Graduate Theological Union, focusing on environmental and animal ethics.  In her previous grad school life she studied comparative cognition and animal behavior.  These topics will show up here on the blog from time to time, but more often on her second – equally neglected – blog, Biocentered.  She enjoys teaching college and seminary ethics classes whenever someone hires her.  She has a wonderful spouse, and a large nonhuman family.

Though she often forgets to check it for weeks at a time, this blog’s email address is: leftatthealtar at gmail dot com


Sometime co-blogger abc41 is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.  In the process she has worked in (and is now retired from) nonprofit administration in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington State, New Jersey, and California.  Along the way she acquired a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is a mother, life partner, home manager, needleworker, and devoted amateur (in its true meaning as “lover of”) in theology.  Her theological deficiencies should not be held against Vanderbilt; they did their best with what they had to work with.  She is privileged and humbled to be invited to contribute to LATA from time to time.


Cristina White retired from right livelihood in the non-profit world to write full-time, and recently published essays in “The Spirit of Corvallis” and Orion Magazine. Other published credits include “The Healing Environment” (authored under the name Cristina Ismael) and a children’s play, “The Enchanted Journey.” She has deep roots in theatre and the healing arts, earned a master’s degree in psychology at Sonoma State University, and taught T’ai Chi for several years. She is an avid line dancer, an occasional stand up comic, and a perennial student of Buddhism. She has the good fortune to have shared home and hearth with an ulta-supportive partner for over 32 years.
Cristina has been a fan of LATA since its inception. The invitation to become a regular contributor is a distinct honor and privilege.
Note from Marilyn: Cristina now maintains her own blog, Zen Crunch (go subscribe!), but still drops by these parts fairly often, and for that we are grateful!

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