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Dr. Gail StearnsGail J. Stearns is The Irvin C. and Edy Chapman Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University.

Dr. Stearns is an accomplished author and teacher. Her latest book, Liberating Mindfulness: From Billion-Dollar Industry to Engaged Spirituality, is out now from Orbis Press. With Professor Julye Bidmead, Dr. Stearns is editor of Invest Your Humanity: Celebrating Marvin Meyer (Wipf & Stock 2015) in honor of Meyer, the renowned Gnostic Gospel Scholar. She is also the author of Writing Pauline: Wisdom From a Long Life (Hamilton Books, 2005) and Open Your Eyes: Toward Living More Deeply in the Present (Wipf & Stock, 2011). An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Gail also holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Washington State University, with emphasis in gender theory. She is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace Studies, and has previously taught university courses on world religions, ethics, spirituality and gender.

Dr. Stearns works with students, faculty and staff at Chapman University. Through Chapman’s beautiful Wallace All Faiths Chapel, she brings together persons and organizations from many faiths throughout Orange County. She fosters interfaith celebrations and gatherings, as well as academic conversations in the areas of faith and religion. These include such topics as the scientific and religious study of Consciousness, and conversations in Religion and Economics.

Gail is available for preaching, speaking, and retreats on interfaith cooperation, or on spirituality and mindfulness.

Dr. Stearns most recent work is as a teacher of Mindfulness, a meditation that cultivates present awareness, helps to reduce anxiety, and fosters compassion. She offers mindfulness meditation introductions at Chapman University and in the community. 

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Check out iTunesU Mindfulness Meditation With Sound Healing by Chapman University for guided meditation that introduces the practice of mindfulness, by Dr. Gail Stearns and Sound Alchemist Jody Theissen