Michael Nilon holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia where he studied the intersection of hospital chaplaincy and contemplative practices in medical settings. Michael was a co-organizer, with Alex Christie of the McIntire Department of Music, of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue (FID), “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Justice for the Incarcerated,” that took place at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation in October 2018. Michael received his B.A. in English from the University of Florida and his M.Div. from Harvard University. Supported by U.Va.’s Ph.D. Plus Program, Michael will design curricula for contemplative practices at Grace United Methodist in St. Augustine, Florida in summer 2019. He will also be employed as a chaplaincy resident in 2019-20 and will continue with his practical spiritual care training.