Reverend Gary Kowalski is the minister emeritus of Burlington's First Unitarian Universalist Society, a graduate of Harvard College (B.A. 1977) and the Harvard Divinity School (M.Div. 1982) and the author of eight books on animals, history, science and spirituality. His work has appeared in periodicals like Tikkun and Yoga Journal, been translated into German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Czech, and been voted as a "Readers' Favorite" by the Quality Paperback Book Club. An Oklahoma native, he has made Burlington his home since 1989, where he has been active in Vermont's campaign for marriage equality, served on the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and worked on behalf of animals with the Green Mountain Animal Defenders. He is married to former Chittenden County Public Defender Dori Jones.