Stephanie Saldaña wrote a feasibility paper on the concept of the Abraham Path while completing her MA at the Harvard Divinity School even before the seminal walk from Urfa to Hebron in 2006. The Texas native now lives outside Jerusalem with her husband and three children. A consummate researcher and storyteller, and educator, Stephanie focuses on preserving intangible cultural heritage that is imperiled by war, oppression, natural disasters, and climate change. She listens to refugees and internally displaced people from Iraq, Syria, and Palestine, becoming a vehicle for the transmission of folk music, poetry, recipes, embroidery, and memory.
As an Abraham Path Fellow, Stephanie undertook years of cultural heritage research with Iraqi Christians and Yazidis in Erbil and Mosul, Iraq. That research is being compiled into her third book, Anwar’s Clementine: What Refugees Can Teach Us About Hope, Compassion, and Our Common Humanity. Her stories are also published at Mosaic Stories.
Stephanie was a Fulbright Scholar in Damascus and is a Journalist Fellow with the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at UCLA. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times.