The Author: Sylvia A. Sweeney is Dean and President of Bloy House, The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont in the Diocese
of Los Angeles, California. A central theme of her teaching and writing is the development of a twenty-first-century baptismal
ecclesiology as an essential common ground for conversation and cooperation between scholars and lay and ordained ministers.
Her doctorate is in Liturgical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and she is a graduate of Seabury-Western
Theological Seminary. She formerly served congregations in Montana, Idaho, and California, and was Ministry Development Officer
for the Episcopal Diocese of California. She has written and collaborated on numerous publications and discussion guides published
and used within the Episcopal Church.