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Barry Andrews is a leading authority on the Transcendentalist movement. His books include Emerson as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion and Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion, both published by Skinner House Books.

Amy Dahlberg-Chu is a member of First Parish Unitarian-Universalist in Arlington, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard in 1995, and an M.A. in American History from Brandeis University in 2007. She has worked as an editor for several publications.

Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Lecturer in Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and a UUHHS board member.

Jim Nugent (Southern Illinois University, 1968), managing editor, is a Unitarian Universalist layperson, UUHHS board member, and retired communications and media specialist living in Matteson, Illinois.

Kathleen Parker is a UUHHS board member, editor of the Journal Of Unitarian Universalist History, and college teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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J.D. Bowers (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2003), is an Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University where he teaches the history of religion, genocide and human rights, and the US in the World. He is the author of Joseph Priestley and English Unitarianism in America (Penn State, 2007) and numerous other articles and encyclopedia entries and serves on the editorial board of Pennsylvania History. In 2008 he delivered the inaugural Conrad Wright Lecture, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society. He is currently working on a history of the influence of religion on the conception and development of American human rights policy.

Joan Goodwin (B.A. Barnard College, 1947), is the author of The Remarkable Mrs. Ripley: The Life of Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley (1998) and Giving Birth to Ourselves, A History of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (1999). She served on the board of the UUHS and chaired the board of the UU Women's Heritage Society.

Andrew Hill (Univ. of Manchester, 1968) was minister of the Unitarian church in Edinburgh, Scotland for a number of years. He contributed articles to the New Dictionary of National Biography and is the author of The Unitarian Path (1994) and Celebrating Life: a Book of Special Services (1993). He is compiling a bibliography of British Unitarian history and preparing a book on Unitarian General Baptists.

Peter Hughes (D.Min, Meadville/Lombard, 1986), editor emeritus, is a Unitarian Universalist minister, retired from parish ministry due to disability, and now researches and writes about early New England Universalist history. Several of his articles--on the origin of New England Universalism, the Restorationist controversy, and local church history--are published in the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History and the Unitarian Universalist Christian. He has prepared numerous short biographies in the course of research for a book on Adin Ballou.

Jone Johnson Lewis (M.Div, Meadville/Lombard, 1991), a Unitarian Universalist minister and Ethical Culture Society leader, created and maintains lists of famous UUs and UU women on the web. She brought a technical understanding of web design and experience linking websites to the dictionary.

Spencer Lavan (Ph.D, McGill University, 1970), a Unitarian Universalist minister and retired dean of Meadville/Lombard Theological School, is a distinguished historian of liberal religious movements in Asia. He wrote Unitarians and India (1977) and co-edited Alone Together: Studies in the History of Liberal Religion (1978). He is a contributor to American National Biography.

Alice Blair Wesley (B.A. Univ. of Louisville, 1960; ISP, 1977), a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and an experienced editor, is the author of several articles published in various UU journals, such as UUMA Essays, Kairos, and the UU Christian, a book, and the pamphlet "Our Unitarian Universalist Faith: Frequently Asked Questions." She established and supported the existence of First Days Record, a monthly publication of writings by selected ministers. She was the Minns 2000-2001 lecturer.

Barbara Jean Walsh is a writer and editor who assisted with the conversion of DUUB databases into web format files.

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