Editor and guide, Chris Highland, is a teacher and writer in Western North Carolina. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Chris has degrees in Religion and Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has taught and given presentations in many congregations, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Dominican University of California, The Chaplaincy Institute, Cherry Hill Seminary, College of Marin and the Reuter Center at UNCA.
He has published six Nature meditation books, and has blogs presenting his eclectic essays and photographs. His autobio book, Life After Faith, relates the stories, experiences and thoughts that brought him out of his early Evangelical and Pentecostal beliefs and led him to let go of his faith and ordination in the Presbyterian Church where he was a minister for fourteen years. Other recent books include My Address is a River, a novella and Nature is Enough, an essay collection.
For over twenty years, Chris was an interfaith chaplain with exceptional people on the edges of communities. For two years he was the director of the winter shelter program for “residentially challenged” people in Marin County and for six years he managed cooperative homes for independent seniors. In 2016 he left California and became a Humanist celebrant. His wife Carol is a progressive protestant minister and former director of a large interfaith council.
About the photo: “The Reverend” Chris, taken during the ten years he was a Parish Associate in a Presbyterian Church