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Aaron Matthew Weldon lives with his wife, Lindsay, and son, Elijah, in Washington, DC, where he is a PhD student in Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America.  He received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, focusing on Anabaptist theology.  Aaron and Lindsay were received into the Catholic Church in 2009 at Boston College.  His primary research interests are the relationship of the Church to “the world,” vicarious suffering, theological language, and the nature-grace debates.  Aaron likes exploring the city, particularly if it involves partaking of the city’s beer offerings. On fall Saturdays, he enjoys cheering for the Texas Aggies.

Brett Salkeld is a doctoral student in Theology at Regis College, Toronto. He is married with two wonderful children (so far). Outside of theology, his interests include the Toronto Blue Jays, rock’n’roll music and cookware with a lifetime warranty. Brett is the author of two books, the award-winning How Far Can We Go? A Catholic Guide to Sex and Dating (Novalis, 2009; co-author actually) and Can Catholics and Evangelicals Agree about Purgatory and the Last Judgment? (Paulist Press, 2011). The second is a version of his Master’s thesis. From these titles, the careful observer will discern his interests in sex and ecumenism. The link? Where is the Church’s credibility at stake? Brett is writing his doctoral dissertation on the question of Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist as a topic of ecumenical dialogue.

David Cruz-Uribe, SFO is a professor of Mathematics at Trinity College, happily married for 24+ years with three teenage sons.  He is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and an anti-death penalty activist.  He frequently described himself to his confessor as a “wretched sinner” since he is a) a sinner, and b) not very good at it.  On the American political spectrum and in the Catholic Church he tends to break either left or right, depending.  He is interested in the philosophy of Slavoj Zizek, anarchism and the personalism of the Catholic Worker movement.

Julia Smucker is a Mennonite who has come into full communion with the Catholic Church, or a Catholic profoundly and gratefully shaped by her Mennonite heritage (depending on who she’s talking to), and is a correspondent for the ecumenical group Bridgefolk.  She holds an MA in Systematics from Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota, where her classmates dubbed her the Anti-Dichotomy Queen.  She is also a roaming freelance translator and a full-time thinker.

Mark DeFrancisis, a regular commenter here at Vox Nova, earned a BA in philosophy from the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College. He’s done extensive graduate studies in philosophy, English and education at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, PA. Mark has worked in Catholic education and youth and young adult ministry. He is a classical music junkie (Bach, Mozart, Bruckner and Mahler are among his favorite composers) and die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

Matt Talbot, a regular commenter at Vox Nova, blogs over at The Hopeful Populist and lives in Berkeley, California. He describes himself as an ordinary sinner who believes “a saint is a sinner who keeps trying.”

Jeannine M. Pitas is a teacher, writer, academic researcher and Spanish-English translator currently living in Toronto, where she recently completed a PhD at University of Toronto’s Centre for Comparative Literature.

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