Quaker author Cathy Whitmire has served for decades in many leadership roles in the Quaker community, including supervising community empowerment projects in New England for the American Friends Service Committee. She is an Alternatives to Violence trainer, and has nonviolent communication and mediation training.
Whitmire received a master of divinity degree in 1987 from Harvard Divinity School. She has served as a Protestant chaplain and pastoral counselor on a psychiatric unit of an inner-city hospital in Boston. She attended the Shalem Institute’s program in spiritual direction in 1997 and also writes, provides spiritual direction, and leads peace and nonviolence workshops and retreats.
The mother of a grown son and two stepsons, Whitmire lives with her husband, Tom Ewell, in a home overlooking Puget Sound in Washington.