Virginia Gray Henry-Blakemore is the director of the interfaith publishing houses Fons Vitae and Quinta Essentia, a contributing editor for Parabola magazine, a founding member of the Thomas Merton Foundation, et al. She is both a writer and film producer– among recent films are Beads of Faith: The Universal Use of the Rosary and Death and Transformation: The Personal Reflections of Huston Smith, Autumn 2006 (co-produced with Elena Lloyd-Sidle). BA, Sarah Lawrence College (Joseph Campbell was her don, 1965), studied at the American and al-Azhar Universities in Cairo (1969-79), MA in education (1981), research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University 1983-1990, currently preparing her PhD at the Faculty of Divinity at Canterbury, Kent.
“My interest in serving on the CIR board began in the early 1990s, when I was invited to join the Board of what was then the Cathedral Heritage Foundation because of my familiarity and love of the great faith traditions. Over the years, because of my wide variety of contacts (nationally and internationally), I have been able to help bring many great speakers to Louisville. While teaching and working at Bellarmine University in the field of academic development, I was able to visit Tibet with Bob Thurman, which led to my running the Year of Tibet for Kentucky and its school children. I was also instrumental in bringing the Dalai Lama to speak at the Center for Performing Arts, and participated with him on other occasions. One of the interfaith series our publishing house Fons Vitae has been able to contribute concerns Thomas Merton’s interest in Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, Judaism, Protestantism, Sufism, Confucianism, Indigenous Wisdom, and the Eastern Church.”