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Leola Dyrud Furman 

Leola Furman is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA; Adjunct Faculty, College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota); and Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and principal investigator of the International Study of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice.

 

 
Edward R. Canda

Edward R. Canda is a Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. Program at the School of Social Welfare, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA and coordinator of the web-based Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Resource Centre (www.socwel.ku.edu/canda).
 
 
Perry W. Benson

Perry Benson is a Research Associate and statistician for the International Study of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice;  and a database manager and archivist at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, for the National Study of Health and Life Experiences of Women (NSHLEW): A 20-year National Study.
 
 
Mari-Anne Zahl

Mari-Anne Zahl (in memorium) was formerly an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Social Work and Health Science, Trondheim, Norway, and Principal Investigator of Norwegian Research, International Study of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice. Mari-Anne's efforts in spearheading and promoting the Spirituality and Social Work movement in Norway and Northern Europe were greatly admired and appreciated by family, by friends, and by colleagues from around the world.
 
 
Blair Stirling

Blair Stirling is a Doctoral candidate, Lecturer and Tutor in Social Work within the Department of Social Work and Community Development at the University of Otago, Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.
 
Cordelia Grimwood

Cordelia Grimwood is a Faculty Member in social work at the University of East London in Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom.