L. Roger Owens is Co-Pastor, with his wife Ginger Thomas, of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina. Roger holds a Ph.D. in theology from Duke University, where he also received his M.Div. Prior to coming to Duke Memorial in 2008, Roger served a church for three years in rural North Carolina. He has taught and lectured in the areas of practical theology, leadership, and spirituality. He serves on the faculty of The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, an ecumenical two-year spiritual formation program for clergy and laity. He is the author of The Shape of Participation: A Theology of Church Practices (Cascade Press, 2010), was called “this decades best work in ecclesiology” in The Christian Century. He is also co-editor of Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Life (University Press of Kentucky, 2009). His writing has appeared in several publications including The Christian Century, Currents in Theology and Mission, and The Journal of Religious Ethics. He is currently working on his next book, Give Me a Word: The Art of Receiving Spiritual Direction, which will be published by Paraclete Press. Roger and Ginger are the parents of Simeon, Silas, and Mary Clare.