Honna Eichler is Managing Director for State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. She also does grant writing for a local non-profit in Chicago, IL. Honna graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in 2010. She worked as a Program Associate for the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions before the 2009 Melbourne Parliament.
Benjamin Barer is the Managing Editor for State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. He has spent his young life studying Judaism and Jewish texts in exclusively Jewish environments. He is looking to take that intimate knowledge of the tradition and share it with wider communities, touching on the pressing issues facing the Jewish world, and the world as a whole. Towards that end, he has started work as a research assistant splitting time between CIRCLE — the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education, jointly hosted by Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College — and the Center for Global Judaism, at Hebrew College. Text study is the epicenter of his connection to Judaism, and he is keenly interested in widening the scope of that passion to include other scriptures. Benjamin blogs regularly at whatibelievein.wordpress.com
The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies serves as a parent publication to this online community, and its staff envisioned State of Formation and have worked to build the community since its inception.
Chris Stedman is the Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™. Chris received an MA in Religion at the Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, for which he was awarded the Billings Prize for Most Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. A columnist for Huffington Post, where his work is among the most commented on in the site's history, he is the author of Faithiest: How and Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious and the founder of the blog NonProphet Status.
Ian Burzynski is the Emeritus Assistant Director of Operations for State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™. He is a secular advocate for interfaith and intercultural engagement, and has worked with Pathways for Mutual Respect and the Cordoba Initiative. Ian received his bachelor’s degree in International Management at McGill University and participated in the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. He currently works as Program Coordinator for Distressed Children & Infants International, a child rights and healthcare organization.