Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat have been covering contemporary culture and the spiritual renaissance for four decades. They are the authors of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life, a collection of more than 650 examples of spiritual perspectives on everyday experience, which is the basis of a 26-part DVD series. In that book, they introduced the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy — 37 spiritual practices that are common in the world’s religions. Their book Spiritual Rx: Prescriptions for Living a Meaningful Life recommends resources and exercises for exploring those practices. They are also the authors of two gift paperbacks, 100 Ways to Keep Your Soul Alive and its sequel 100 More Ways to Keep Your Soul Alive.
In 1972, the Brussats founded CIStems, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in New York. They offered reviews and discussion guides on contemporary books, films, music and television through newsletters, magazines, and television programs. Bill Moyers called their magazine Values & Visions “the most original and refreshing guide to what’s truly valuable in American society.”
In 2006, the Brussats consolidated all their work on SpiritualityandPractice.com, which has more than 24,000 pages of content. Each year they identify spiritual themes in more than 300 books, 50 audios, and 300 films. They frequently write and speak about how to incorporate spiritual practices into daily life, drawing upon the riches of all the world’s religions. In 2015, the Brussats moved their work and extensive library of spiritual resources to Claremont, California. They have set up The Center for Spirituality & Practice affiliated with the Claremont School of Theology, which is United Methodist in origin and affiliation and ecumenical and interreligious in spirit.
Frederic is a United Church of Christ clergyman with a journalism ministry, and Mary Ann is an interfaith minister, ordained by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. They are also initiates of the Mevlevi Sufi Order that traces its inspiration to Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. They live at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California, with their cats.