Meet Dana

The author of For Sabbath’s Sake, J. Dana Trent. Photo credit: Jim Harris

To schedule an speaking event or workshop, contact Dana.

I’m Dana. I write, teach, and navigate the joys (and challenges) of sabbath-keeping in a 24-7 world.

I also explore the ways in which interfaith conversation enriches and deepens our individual and communal faith experiences.

In 2013, I published Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monka spiritual memoir written to answer these burning questions:

  • Can a Christian and a Hindu, both ordained in their respective religious traditions, have a successful interfaith marriage?
  • What are the most challenging aspects of this kind of partnership?
  • Does interfaith marriage have its advantages over traditional marriage or partnerships?
Dana and her husband, Fred. Photo credit: Jim Harris

Meet Dana

I was raised in rural Indiana and North Carolina. I wanted to be a writer the moment I learned how to hold those fat preschool pencils. I studied French and history at Salem College, and, in a circuitous path, was ordained in the Baptist tradition at age 21 before landing at Duke University Divinity School, where I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and certificate in Baptist Studies in 2006.

Since Duke, I’ve served as a hospital chaplain, worked in higher education administration, nonprofit fundraising, and grant writing. In 2011, I took the plunge to become a full-time writer, author, speaker, teacher, and grant writer. I am an adjunct faculty member at Wake Tech Community College, where I teach World Religion and Critical Thinking.

My writing and teacher life is punctuated with travel to share Saffron Cross and the upcoming For Sabbath’s Sake (Upper Room Books, October 1, 2017).  My workshops include sabbath-keeping in the 24-7 age, writing as a spiritual practice, and fostering interfaith conversation.

I’m a die-hard Young and the Restless fan of 24 years (and counting). Fred and I are fur-parents to a 16-year-old orange tabby named Truffy. When we can pry ourselves from our WMD (wireless mobile devices), we love to camp and experiment with vegetarian recipes.

Meet Fred

Photo credit: Jim Harris

Fred Eaker is a devout Hindu who formerly lived as a monk in rural North Carolina and Northern California. He is a practitioner of Gaudiya Vaisnavism under the guidance of Swami B.V. Tripurari.

Before becoming a monk, Fred graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Information Systems and Operations Management. He now works for N.C. State University’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs as the Assistant Director of Technology Services. Fred is a graduate student at N.C. State, where he is pursuing a Master’s of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Gandhian Ethics.

Fred loves to cook, garden, travel, and help keep Dana focused (cue The Young and the Restless episodes).


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Photo Credit

All professional photos on this site were taken by  Jim Harris or Franklin Golden. Please contact Dana for permission to reproduce.