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Posted on January 19, 2015 - By Byron Tyler Coles
As a Unitarian Universalist and a pagan, my faith is central to my work as an anti-racism activist. No matter the cause, ultimately my work towards a more just and loving world is unwaveringly centered in the humanity of all people.

An alumnus of Roanoke College, Tyler has devoted his time to creating a more radically inclusive society through his work concerning interfaith cooperation, advocating for the LGBTQ community, and leading conversations concerning race in the United States. His future plans are to become a college chaplain focusing on multicultural advocacy and interreligious engagement.

Posted on January 19, 2015 - By Rachel Foran
We need to shed light on the multiple ways in which we conflate particular religions with particular ethnicities, races, and cultures. It's important it is to be aware of diversity not only between religious traditions, but within them as well.

Rachel Foran is a second year Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) candidate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). There she studies at the intersections of race, class, and religion in relation to ethical questions around justice and equity in America. Upon graduating in May 2015, Rachel plans to pursue a career in prison reform and alternatives to incarceration. 

Posted on January 15, 2015 - By Adah Shair
Fighting wrong with a greater wrong, will only end up in an even greater wrong. Will this cycle ever end? Have we become hungry wolves just waiting for a chance to pounce on the other?

Adah Shair is a civil engineering student at University of North Florida, Jacksonville. She got involved with UNF Better Together and the UNF Interfaith Center in her junior year of college and has since been actively involved in interfaith work. Adah is a Better Together coach and serves as the vice president of UNF Better Together. She is originally from Kashmir, India and lived there for most of her life. Adah has a unique fondness for bridges, both literal and metaphorical. 

Posted on January 14, 2015 - By Dorie Goehring
I support freedom of expression, but I cannot, in good conscience, join the #IAmCharlieHebdo trend. I have to believe that discussions of these incidents can happen more carefully and critically, beginning with our own complacency in them.

Dorie Goehring is a second year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social ethics, anthropology, and comparative religion.

Posted on November 25, 2014 - By Jennifer Bailey
Hunger in the United States is an interfaith issue. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, or gender. It transcends geography, political affiliation, and age.

Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, community organizer, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. As Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network (FMN), Jennifer believes that people of faith can be game changers in the fight to build a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world. She comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience combatting intergenerational poverty in her hometown of Chicago, and her adopted home, Nashville, Tennessee.

Posted on November 18, 2014 - By Claire Curran
In New York City, we showed the world and its leaders that now is truly the time to take meaningful action on climate change. Through that moment of silence and resounding climate alarm we became united and hopeful.

Claire Curran is the Campaign Coordinator at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light where she leads the Policy Advocacy team and works with faith communities to take energizing and effective action on climate change. Claire graduated with a BA in Religious Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and was a summer 2010 IFYC Intern.  Claire has a strong background in organizing, having coordinated the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy's Clean Energy Campaign, and most recently, directed Environment California's Campaign Office in Los Angeles.

Posted on November 14, 2014 - By Jem Jebbia
Interfaith dialogue is important for my own faith formation—dialogue creates a space to ask deep questions that we all answer very differently, yet consider fundamental to our own faith understanding.

Jem Jebbia is a third year Master of Divinity student at the University of Chicago, studying Islam in America and interfaith engagement. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Religion, Business Administration, and East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Southern California. Jem currently works at the Spiritual Life office at the University of Chicago, where she convenes the Spiritual Life Council and serves as the Buddhist Adviser.​

Posted on October 16, 2014 - By Evan Young
In all our conversations we're beginning to build the social capital that will make us resilient, that will empower us to face future controversies together.

Evan Young is Campus Minister at United Campus Ministry Center for Spiritual Growth & Social Justice (UCM), an ecumenical and interfaith campus ministry serving Ohio University. He also serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens (UUFA). He served the Ohio-Meadville District of the Unitarian Universalist Association for two years as Young Adult and Campus Ministry Consultant, and he was instrumental in founding and chartering the Hattiesburg Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Posted on October 2, 2014 - By Ellie Anders
The interfaith world is in need of this mentorship, and Norther American Interfaith Network has the potential to provide it. Interfaith has a history that we need to learn and understand.

Ellie Anders founded an interfaith dialogue group at West Texas A&M, and from that experience grew a desire to work in higher education promoting the interfaith movement. Over the past year she completed her Masters in History, and a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Multicultural Initiative at Salt Lake Community College. She is currently working to build the interfaith movement at Salt Lake Community College while teaching an Essentials of College Study and Humanities courses.


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