Ezra E.H. Griffith is Deputy Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Department of African-American Studies, Yale University. He has broad consultation experience in mental health service systems and has published extensively in the areas of cultural and forensic psychiatry. A former president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, Dr Griffith chairs that society’s Ethics Committee, as well as the Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. He has had a sustained interest in psychiatry and religion for many years. He has been a student of the Barbados Spiritual Baptist Church for over two decades and has published several papers on that faith group and other religious matters.