About the Author
Robert R. N. Ross currently teaches courses in the areas of philosophy and the study of religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and at Starr King School for the Ministry/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California; he also works with congregations in transition as an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Ross has been a teaching fellow at Harvard University, a philosophy professor at Skidmore College, a consulting engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (where he holds patents in the design of complex, heterogeneous computer networks), and a senior consultant at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he has worked with large-scale organizations and agencies in transition. Robert is an active surfer, kayaker, and leader of the Cajun-Zydeco band les cigognes. Deanne E. B. Ross is a civil rights attorney and a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Louisiana, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She served as trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, of the United States Department of Justice for over ten years, as Special Counsel to the State Legislature of Louisiana on voting and redistricting for three years, and, most recently, as Special Counsel to the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Deanne is also a working artist in fabric and paint media.