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Marilyn Matevia recently completed a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory at Graduate Theological Union, where she was indulged – or at least tolerated – in her efforts to find rapprochement between environmental and animal ethics.  In her previous grad student life she studied comparative cognition, with a focus on the great apes.  These topics will show up here on the blog from time to time, but more often on her second – almost equally neglected – blog, Biocentered.  Marilyn also taught college psychology and statistics, and worked as a data analyst to support her grad school habit.  She is a “cradle Lutheran” and a political lefty, and started Left At The Altar back in April 2004 – out of frustration at the media’s apparent ignorance of the religious left.  She has a wonderful partner, a growing nonhuman family, and probably a touch of attention deficit disorder – so she’s likely to post on just about anything that tickles her fancy or ticks her off.  She now works as a web manager and science writer for a nonprofit animal welfare organization, and as part-time adjunct instructor at a local liberal arts college.  In addition to Left at the Altar and Biocentered, Marilyn co-founded (and blogs even less frequently for) The Moral Mindfield with colleagues in the Ethics and Social Theory program.

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!
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Obie Holmen permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:46 am

    Just found your blog after you retweeted one of my posts. I will sign up to be a follower on my RSS reader.

    • November 24, 2009 7:56 am

      Thanks! I’ve been enjoying yours, which I found while hunting coverage of the Churchwide Assembly. Hoping to ramp things up around here again, now that I’ve survived some gnarly exams. (For you non-Tweeters, here’s the post I retweeted.)

  2. Hassan Neun permalink
    May 16, 2012 5:58 pm

    Great information 🙂

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