Participating Faith Leaders

(If you're a faith leader and you'd like to inquire about joining,
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Chaplain Col. Dawud Agbere

MUSLIM CHAPLAIN

 

A native of Ghana, West Africa, Chaplain (Colonel) Dawud Agbere is the Senior Command Chaplain at the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. Chaplain Agbere holds degrees in Education and Islamic Studies from the International University of Africa, and in Political Science and Arabic from the University of Ghana. He holds a Master of Arts in Religious Practice from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, and Masters of Military Art and Science and in National Security Studies from the US Army Command and General Staff and National War Colleges, respectively. He has six children with Meimunatu, his wife of 24 years.  
 

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Rev. Sarah Condon

EPISCOPAL PRIEST

 

The Rev. Sarah Condon is a priest in the Episcopal Church. She currently serves as Chaplain to the Episcopal Church at Rice University and is a contributor and podcast host for Mockingbird Ministries. She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband Josh (also a priest) and two children (Neil, 11/Annie, 7).

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Rev. Dr. Danielle Tumminio Hansen

EPISCOPAL PRIEST

 

The Rev. Dr. Danielle Tumminio Hansen is an Episcopal priest and professor at Emory University. She is the author of several books on the intersection of faith and contemporary life, including Conceiving Family and God and Harry Potter at Yale. In the classroom, she teaches students about trauma, pastoral care, and chaplaincy.

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Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm

JEWISH RABBI

 

Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm is Chief Executive of the Bnai Zion Foundation, Co-founder and President of SoulShop Studios, and host of the weekly podcast Good Faith Effort on the Bible's enduring influence in Western society. He earned his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity from Princeton University.

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Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski

JEWISH RABBI

Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski, raised and educated in Australia, has served as a guidance counselor and personal mentor to hundreds of students during his seven-year tenure at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J. Rabbi Serebryanski is known for his sensitivity and depth of caring, qualities he utilizes in bringing the richness of our tradition to Jews of all backgrounds in a warm, tolerant, and friendly manner.

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Rivkah Slonim

JEWISH EDUCATOR

 

Rivkah Slonim is the Associate Director at the Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University. An internationally known teacher, lecturer, and activist, she travels widely, addressing the intersection of traditional Jewish observance and contemporary life, with a special focus on Jewish women in Jewish law and life. Slonim is the editor of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology (Jason Aronson 1996, Urim 2006) and Bread and Fire; Jewish Women find God in the Everyday ( Urim 2008). Slonim and her husband are the grateful and proud parents of nine children.

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Swami Tyagananda

HINDU MONK

Swami Tyagananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order since 1976, and gives lectures and classes as the head of the Vedanta Society in Boston, and the Hindu Chaplain at Harvard and MIT. He has written, translated and edited twelve books, including Monasticism: Ideals and Traditions (1991), The Essence of the Gita (2000), Interpreting Ramakrishna (2011), Walking the Walk: A Manual of Karma Yoga (2013), Knowing the Knower: A Manual of Jnana Yoga (2017), and his latest Looking Deeply: Vivekacūḍāmaṇi (2021). He has presented papers at academic conferences and lectured at the invitation of colleges and religious groups in North America.

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Vineet Chander

HINDU CHAPLAIN

 

Vineet Chander is the Assistant Dean for Hindu Life and Hindu Chaplain at Princeton University. He has also served as an adjunct professor, attorney, and communications consultant. His areas of specialty include Bhakti theology, models of pastoral counseling, and the Hindu-American diaspora community. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, and he is co-author of Hindu Chaplaincy (Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2017) and co-editor of Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019). A second-generation Hindu, Vineet lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

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Rabbi Diana Fersko

JEWISH RABBI

 

Rabbi Fersko is the Senior Rabbi at The Village Temple in downtown Manhattan. Before joining The Village Temple, Rabbi Fersko served at New York City’s Stephen Wise Free Synagogue as Associate Rabbi. She is the former National Vice President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and was selected for the inaugural cohort of Shalom Hartman Institute’s Created Equal Fellowship. Rabbi Fersko received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion where she also earned a master’s degree in Hebrew literature. She is known for her commentary on current events, antisemitism, and all things Jewish. Her book, You Can Talk about Antisemitism, is forthcoming from Seal Press/Hachette.

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Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer

MUSLIM CHAPLAIN

 

Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer is the Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University and an Associate Chaplain for the Center of Global & Spiritual Life at NYU. In addition, he is currently writing his doctoral thesis at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. Sheikh Faiyaz attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, after his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook University in Political Science and Religious Studies. He has had his research published by academic journals. He takes part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the greater New York area to increase dialogue with various faith leaders.

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Father Jonathan Meyer

CATHOLIC PRIEST

 

Father Jonathan Meyer was ordained a priest in 2003 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  After his ordination he served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese.  He has also served at several parishes.  In his spare time, he has coached track and cross country at public schools for the past 11 years.  He maintains a presence on the internet with weekly homilies and other teachings.  He has written and published two children’s plays and recently wrote a chapter for Dynamic Catholic’s book, Beautiful Hope.

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Chaplain Col. Khallid Shabazz

MUSLIM CHAPLAIN

 

Chaplain Shabazz is the Command Chaplain for US Army Central Command. He has served as an Army officer for 28 years. He has 20 years of experience working with adult learners, including active duty soldiers, their spouses and family, and Department of Defense civilians. He was the first Muslim chaplain in the U.S. military to reach the rank of colonel, and has garnered a following on TikTok posting motivational and inspirational content. Chaplain Shabazz is currently a fellow at the University of Texas studying senior level strategy.

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Father Thomas Soroka

ORTHODOX PRIEST

 

 Father Thomas Soroka is the Rector of St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh (McKees Rocks), Pennsylvania, and descends from a long line of Orthodox priests and church musicians. A native of Pittsburgh, he holds degrees from Duquesne University, and attended St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood NY. He oversees the work of the Departments of the Orthodox Church in America and he serves on the Diocesan Council of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. He is a frequent speaker in parishes on various topics including church growth and leadership, and also directs the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh. Father Thomas hosts the weekly live call-in show “Ancient Faith Today” on Ancient Faith Radio and produces several other popular podcasts. He and his wife, Joni, have three daughters.