Ronald A. Wells, professor emeritus of history at Calvin College, directs the Symposium on Faith and the Liberal Arts at Maryville College in Tennessee. He is a member at the Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) in Knoxville, Tennesse. His most recent book is Hope and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Next to Martin Luther King Jr., César Chávez was the most important Christian social activist in recent American history. His commitment to nonviolence lent moral credibility to his leadership of the farmworkers movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
Desmond Tutu makes headlines, and often changes hearts and minds. In the fall of 2005, the headlines were made in Belfast, where Tutu, former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, was filming Facing the Truth, three programs for the Northern Irish BBC that aired in Britain on three consecutive days in March of this year.