Gordon Graham is Associate Priest at St Vincent's Chapel, Director of the Festival of Sacred Arts, and Luce Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary. His books include Philosophy of the Arts (3rd edition 2005), The Re-enchantment of the World: art versus religion (2007) and Philosophy, Art and Religion: understanding faith and creativity (2017). In 2016 he directed the Princeton Film Festival on 'Faith, Hope and Violence'. He is the author of two verse anthems set to music by the composer Paul Mealor.
Barnaby Miln is Property Convener of St Vincent's Chapel, and Venue Manager for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a regular music reviewer, covering many concerts in Edinburgh each year. A seedsman and agricultural plant breeder by profession, he has long and extensive experience in promoting and organizing major events -- the AIDS ribbon and World AIDS Day (1986/7), the first Fairtrade Fortnight (1997) and the Jubilee 2000 Human Chain for the meeting of G7 leaders in Birmingham (1998). As a magistrate, he was the first openly gay member of the British judiciary. Formerly a member of the Church of England General Synod, he is currently a member of the Scottish Episcopal General Synod.
David Fergusson OBE DD FBA FRSE is Professor of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, Principal of New College, and a minister of the Church of Scotland. Having served as a parish minister in Lanark and Cumbernauld, he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in 1986. In 1990 he became Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen, returning to Edinburgh in 2000. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (elected 2013), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He delivered the Cunningham Lectures in Edinburgh in 1996, the Bampton Lectures in Oxford in 2001, the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow in 2008 and the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011.In November 2015, he was installed as a personal chaplain to the Queen, and was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours.
Basia Mindewicz was born in Warsaw in 1978. An icon painter and contemporary artist, she was trained in Poland at a College dedicated to iconography, studying ancient techniques of egg tempera and gold gilding. For many years she worked mainly in a very traditional style, but on coming to Edinburgh, where she founded the Edinburgh School of Icon Painting, she started exploring other ‘’languages’’, searching for more personal and contemporary ways of depicting reality and uncovering the truth about who we are, and what we need to become whole as human beings. Icon painting as a spiritual practice grows in silence and stillness.
Anna Makać was born in Gdynia (Poland) in 1966. She studied Painting Restoration at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland), and received a Master's Degree in Fine Arts in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded a ‘distinction’ by the Polish Ministry of Culture for her master’s degree project- the restoration of an 18th century icon. In 1993 she was awarded another ‘distinction’ for her series of illustrations for children’s Bible. more