Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian.

A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a faculty member of  The Living School, which is part of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and he co-leads the Common Good Messaging Team, which is part of Vote Common Good. He is also an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he has developed an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Wild Goose Festival, the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group, and Progressive Christianity. His most recent joint project is an illustrated children’s book (for all ages) called Cory and the Seventh Story and his upcoming writing projects include The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey (Fall 2019) Faith After Doubt (Spring 2021), and Do I Stay Christian? (Spring 2022).
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal).


Fall 2019 Release: The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey
New Children’s Book: Cory and the Seventh Story (available now!)
2016 book: The Great Spiritual Migration

Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson is the Global Ambassador of Leadership Roundtable.

Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) and the founding executive director of Leadership Roundtable and partner for global and national initiatives.

Kerry has served as a trustee on the national boards of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; Education for Parish Service Foundation; the Gregorian University Foundation; the National Catholic AIDS Network; the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA); the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University; Busted Halo: Paulist Young Adult Ministries; America Media; Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities; FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities); and the National Pastoral Life Center. From 1995 to 2010 she served on the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She currently serves on the core group of the Initiative of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University and the advisory boards of the Get in Touch Foundation, an international breast health advocacy organization, and Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world. Additionally, Kerry is a member of the Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of Hartford and is a trustee of Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.

She is the prize winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities first published by FADICA in 1998 and now in its 8th edition. She has been an advisor to grant making foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990. › who-we-are › staff › kerry-robinson

Climate Change Panel

Sr. Joan Brown

Joan Brown is a Franciscan Sister from the Rochester, Minnesota community, living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she serves as the Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light (NM IPL).  NM IPL is a member affiliate of the national organization of Interfaith Power and Light, a national faith-based organization working in more than 40 states to address climate justice.   Originally from a small family farm in Kansas that still operates, her life has always revolved around love of and care for creation and social justice. Her BA is from St. Mary College, Leavenworth, KS and she holds a Master’s Degree in Religion Philosophy and Cosmology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

She believes that climate change is the greatest ethical, spiritual, and moral concern of our time intersecting with so many other concerns like poverty, racial justice, immigration, refugees, health and inter-generational justice. Climate justice work has been a focus for decades and led her to participate through Franciscans International as an NGO in several UN COP meetings including Paris in 2015. She was one of twelve recipients of the 2015 Whitehouse Champions of Change award for faith leaders working on climate change. Gardening, writing, baking (and sharing food), camping, and contemplating and being with all the kin in the natural world bring joy, grounding and beauty. She shares community with a Mercy sister, a political asylum refugee from the Angola, and many extended members including ducks and chickens.

Patrick Carolan

Patrick Carolan is a faith justice organizer, activist and writer and storyteller.. He served as the executive director of the Franciscan Action Network and co-founded the Global Catholic Climate Movement. He was honored by the White House in 2015 for his work on climate justice. Patrick writes for a number of Catholic and secular journals.

Daniel J. Misleh

Since 1982, Dan Misleh has been involved in the social mission of the Church beginning with two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Alaska through today.

As founding executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant—a partnership of 20 national Catholic organizations including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—he has helped engage the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people, and the exercise of prudence with the goal of more fully implementing the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 2001 statement on climate change and Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Dan has spoken to dozens of local, regional and national Catholic groups on the Catholic approach to climate change and Laudato Si’. He has written numerous articles for a variety of organizations, publications and online journals including: Catholic Health World, Today’s Parish Minister, Catholic Digest, US Catholic, Journal of Religion and Sociology, Catholic Charities USA and Monday Developments. He has appeared on TV and radio and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the UK’s Guardian and other news outlets.

Prior to his work at Catholic Climate Covenant, Dan served the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops first as a policy advisor and then as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (1995-2006).

He has trained Catholic leaders around the country in the principles of Catholic social teaching, parish social ministry, community organizing, and the Catholic approach to issues such as agriculture, environment, criminal justice and the death penalty. 

Dan graduated with a degree in business management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a master’s degree in theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California.  Dan is the 2015 recipient of the Harry A. Fagan Award by the Roundtable Association of Social Action Directors for his “unique contributions made to the achievement of the Catholic vision of social justice in the national or international community.”  Dan and his wife Susan live in Cheverly, Maryland and have three children.