Blog Posts: speaker

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

Bishop Mary Ann McDonald Swenson is a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Having recently completed a 9-year term as vice moderator for the central committee of the World Council of Churches, Bishop Swenson has served as ecumenical officer for the...

John Ishvaradas Abdallah

​John Ishvaradas Abdallah (meaning “servant of God” in Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim traditions) is the preferred pen name of Syed Riyaz Mahdi. A speaker and writer and an independent activist Sufi, he is the author of A Sufi’s Ruminations On One World Under...

Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional scholar, lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired civil rights lawyer.  He is a founder and Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, past President of the ACLU of Southern California, a Past Chair of Bend...

Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson

A third-generation educator, F. Willis Johnson is a spiritual entrepreneur, elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and Chief Program Officer for Bridge Alliance. Johnson formerly served as senior minister of Wellspring Church in Ferguson,...

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson

Bishop Mary Ann McDonald Swenson is a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Having recently completed a 9-year term as vice...

John Ishvaradas Abdallah

​John Ishvaradas Abdallah (meaning “servant of God” in Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim traditions) is the preferred pen name of Syed...

Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional scholar, lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired civil rights lawyer.  He is a founder and...

Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional scholar, lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired civil rights lawyer.  He...

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Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva brings a wealth of cross-sector experience to his current position as Director of Engagement with...

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Chitra Golestani

Chitra Golestani

Dr. Chitra Golestani is the Associate Director of the Wilmette Institute, an Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for...

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Josué Emmanuel Muñoz

Josué Emmanuel Muñoz

Josué Emmanuel Muñoz (they/them) is a SoCal-based Latinxx transmedia storyteller and mindful media educator from West...

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endawnis Spears

endawnis Spears

endawnis Spears (Diné/ Ojibwe/ Chickasaw/ Choctaw) is the Co-Director of the Upstander Academy, and a founding member...

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Nancy Berlin

Nancy Berlin

Nancy Berlin has worked to combat poverty for over 40 years. She has worked in family shelters, on Los Angeles’s skid...

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