The Rev. Vern Barnet, DMn, is minister emeritus at the Center for Religious Experience and Study, an interfaith institute in Kansas City. His many teaching assignments include Assistant Professor, Religious Pluralism, at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; the international faculty of the pilot “Interfaith Academies” partnered with Harvard University’s Pluralism Project; and Souljourners at the Sophia Retreat Center of the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St Scholastica. His many publications include the ground-breaking 740-page Essential Guide to Religious Traditions and Spirituality for Health Care Providers and a prosimentrum including 154 sonnets, Thanks for Noticing" The Interpretation of Desire. For 18 years, he wrote the weekly "Faith and Beliefs" column for The Kansas City Star.