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Lecturer: Rabbi Brian Walt

waltRabbi Walt is the founding executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, a synagogue in Philadelphia, PA. He is dedicated to the integration of spiritual life and social justice. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he was active in the struggle against Apartheid. He is a member of the board of the National Religious Campaign against Torture.

Rabbis for Human Rights-North America is an organization of rabbis from all the denominations of Judaism dedicated to supporting the work of their Israeli colleagues to promote the human rights for all in Israel and to working in North America to end U.S sponsored torture. For many years Rabbi Walt has promoted open discussion in the Jewish community of human rights issues faced by Palestinians living under Israeli control. He is a member of the board of the National Religious Campaign against Torture. He speaks nationally on issues of human rights and Judaism.
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Lecturer: Jean Porter

porter(B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1976; M.Div., Weston School of Theology, 1980; Ph.D. Yale, Department of Religious Studies, 1984)

Professor Porter's research interests lie primarily in the areas of foundational moral theology and the history of Christian moral thought, especially in the scholastic period. Her most recent publications include Natural and Divine Law: Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics (Ottawa: Novalis/Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), which offers an interpretation of the scholastic concept of natural law, and Nature as Reason: A Thomistic Theory of Natural Law (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), which develops a contemporary theological account of natural law. In addition, she is the author of two other books and over thirty scholarly articles in refereed journals or as chapters of books. In 1997, she received a prestigious Luce Fellowship in Theology, and in 2005 she served as the President of the Society of Christian Ethics. In addition, she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics, as well as the British journal Studies in Christian Ethics. She is currently working on a theory of positive law based on the theory of natural law developed in her most recent book.
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Lecturer: Abdulaziz Sachedina

sachedinaAbdulaziz Sachedina, Ph.D., is Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virgina, Charlottesville. Dr. Sachedina, who has studied in India, Iraq, Iran, and Canada, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic Law, Ethics, and Theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades. In the last ten years he has concentrated on social and political ethics, including Interfaith and Intrafaith Relations and Islamic Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Sachedina's publications include: Islamic Messianism (State University of New York, 1980); Human Rights and the Conflicts of Culture, co-authored (University of South Carolina, 1988); The Just Ruler in Shiite Islam (Oxford University Press, 1988); The Prolegomena to the Qur'an (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2002), Islamic Biomedical Ethics: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Reform through Human Rights: Islamic Political Theology (Oxford University Press, 2009), in addition to numerous articles in academic journals. He is an American citizen born in Tanzania.
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Faculty: Rachel Biale

Rachel Biale was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Jewish History from UCLA and her M.S.W. from Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law (Schocken, 1984) and two books for parents and children in a series titled "Let's Make a Book about It": My Pet Died and We Are Moving. She has lectured and taught courses on "Women, Gender and Family in Jewish Tradition" in the US, Europe and Israel. She also taught a seminar on "Social Justice in the Jewish Tradition" at the Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 2008.

She is the Bay Area Regional Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Rachel has worked in the Bay Area Jewish Community for 20 years, first as a clinician for Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay and then as Director of Community Education at the Osher Marin JCC, and is the Director of Bible by the Bay, a project of Lehrhaus Judaica. She has also had a private practice of parenting counseling by phone for 20 years.
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Faculty: Lee Bycel

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Faculty: Sr. Marianne Farina

Marianne is a Catholic religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. She is an assistant professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. With more than 20 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, Sister Marianne has worked in education and social development projects that promote social justice and interfaith dialogue. She has traveled to Africa and Indonesia as a delegate and teacher covering topics such as "Religion and Democracy," "Methods for Cross-Cultural Understanding," "Interfaith Dialogue," and "Human Rights." Her areas of expertise include Catholic Moral Theology, Philosophical Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, and Christian-Muslim Dialogue.
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Faculty: Margaret Holub

Margaret Holub is the rabbi of the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986 and is a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. She was the founding Chair of Honor the Image of God: Stop Torture Now, a campaign to organize the North American Jewish Community to resist U.S.-sponsored torture, and has been an active writer and organizer with Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. She recently spent a sabbatical in Cape Town, South Africa, working in several projects sponsored by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In the 1980s she was a member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker community and the Homeless Litigation Team.
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Faculty: Munir Jiwa

Munir Jiwa is the founding director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Anthropology from Columbia University and an M.T.S. in World Religions from Harvard Divinity School. His research interests include Islam and Muslims in the West, media, aesthetics, religious pluralism and identity. Since 1995 he has worked with Religions for Peace on interfaith programs in Bosnia, Japan, the Middle East, and West Africa. He also worked with the Ford Foundation-funded "Muslims in NYC Project" at Columbia University from 1998-2004. He is currently revising a manuscript for publication tentatively titled Imaging Islam, Mediating Muslims: Aesthetics, Politics and Religion.
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Faculty: Gabriella Lettini

Gabriella Lettini was born in Torino, Italy. She is a graduate of the Waldensian Theological Seminary in Rome, Italy, and has a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Lettini is currently Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Director of Studies in Public Ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry-Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Lettini coordinates the new Master of Arts in Religious Leadership for Social Change at Starr King. An ordained minister of the Waldensian Church in Italy, Lettini serves as President of the American Waldensian Society. She is also a member of the North Atlantic chapter of the European Society of Women in Theological Research. Lettini has published book chapters and articles on syncretism, theology, and culture(s), U.S. and global liberation theologies, feminist and womanist theologies and liturgies, women and religion, movies and religion, religion and politics, ethics, religious traditions, and the other. Her current research focuses on issues of poverty and homelessness and the relationship between white privilege and class privilege.
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Faculty: Dorothy Richman

Dorothy A. Richman is the Rabbi Martin Ballonoff Memorial Rabbi-in-Residence at Berkeley Hillel. Dorothy also serves as the Northern California Regional Chair of the Progressive Jewish Alliance.

In the years she worked as a congregational rabbi in San Francisco at Congregations Shaar Zahav and Beth Sholom, Dorothy designed and led several educational service trips to the developing world with the American Jewish World Service.
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Faculty: Khalid Siddiqi

Dr. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Siddiqi is lecturer of Islamic Studies and Arabic at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Islamic Studies, Chabot College, and Ohlone College. He is the director of the Islamic Education and Information Center. Dr. Siddiqi is also founder of the Islamic Law (Shari'a) Council. He continues to serve as Secretary for the Council. He earned his doctorate in Quranic Studies from the University of London. His thesis was a critical study of Imam Raghib Isfahani's manuscripts, Durratut-Ta'wil Wa-Ghurrat-ut-Tanzil Fil 'Ayaatil Mutashabihah Wal Mutakarrirah. Dr. Siddiqi is teacher and director of several educational programs in the East Bay and San Jose Area.
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Panelist: Deena Aranoff

Assistant Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies

Prof. Aranoff teaches courses on Jewish society and culture in the medieval and early-modern European context. Her interests include rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. She is particularly interested in linguistic speculation as a means by which Jewish scholars articulated cultural affinities and boundaries in ancient, medieval and modern times. She completed her Ph.D. in 2006 in the department of history at Columbia University with a dissertation titled, In Pursuit of the Holy Tongue: Jewish Conceptions of Hebrew in the Sixteenth Century.
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Panelist: Kique Bazan

Kique Bazan is co-founder and Vice President of International projects for the Not for Sale Campaign. He has over ten years of experience working in the non-profit sector with street children and victims of human trafficking. Kique is currently doing a Doctoral program (Ed.D.) at the University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership. Kique received his Master of Arts Degree in Theology from USF, and his Bachelor Degree in Education from the Catholic University in Peru. Kique also serves as associate director for University Ministry at the University of San Francisco. Before launching the Not For Sale Campaign, Kique worked for Sojourners Magazine.
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Panelist: Hatem Bazian

Hatem Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies and an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law. He teaches courses on Islamic law and society, Islam in America, religious studies, and Middle Eastern studies. In addition to Berkeley, Dr. Bazian is a visiting professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley and Zaytuna Institute. He received a M.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian's most recent book, Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness, is a reflection of his desire to contribute to a better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward Jerusalem and Palestine in general. As an activist, Dr. Bazian has played a significant role in many human and civil rights movements in the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally.
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Panelist: John Compaglia

John Compaglia is the Program Assistant to the Faith in Human Rights Program. He is currently a master's student at the Graduate Theological Union studying Islamic philosophy and mysticism, especially the work of Suhrawardi Moqtul. He did his B.A. at Humboldt State University where he studied World Religions with an emphasis on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. In 2003-2004, he participated in a eight month study abroad with Long Island University in which he studied religion and culture in Thailand, India, Romania, and Turkey. This set of experiences led to his interest in human rights as he witnessed and studied issues like the sex trade and sex slave industries in Thailand, the plight of the poor in India, and the situation of the gypsies in Romania. Through the Faith in Human Rights Program, John looks forward to continuing both his academic investigation and hands on work with human rights issues.
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Panelist: Menchem Creditor

Rabbi Menachem Creditor is founder of ShefaNetwork: The Conservative Movement Dreaming from Within, co-founder of KeshetRabbis: The Alliance of Gay-Friendly Conservative and Masorti Rabbis, and author of The Tisch, an electronic commentary on Jewish Spirituality. He is a popular speaker at synagogues, college campuses, and various Jewish communities around the country and in Israel on questions of Jewish Identity, Leadership, and Spirituality. As one half of Shirav, a Jewish folk-music group, he has spread passion, comfort, and joy to audiences around North America and Israel. His personal website can be found at Rabbi Creditor earned his master's in Jewish Education and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
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Panelist: Maha Elgenaidi

Maha is the Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Networks Group. Maha has spoken to hundreds of schools, churches, synagogues, police departments, corporations and other public agencies. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and is the author of seven training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as eight training modules for public institutions on "developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community". Maha is active with many state and federal government agencies and was a former commissioner on Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante's Commission for One California. She currently serves on the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission and is an Advisor to California's Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) for cultural diversity and hate crime prevention. Maha has been recognized with numerous civil rights awards, including the "Civil Rights Leadership Award" from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, and the "Citizen of the Year Award" from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the American University in Cairo. Maha is married and lives in Santa Clara, California.
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Panelist: Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon is a Graduate Theological Union doctoral candidate in Ethics and Social Theory, writing about torture in the post-9/11 United States. She's also a veteran of various movements for peace and social justice, including those in solidarity with the peoples of Central America and for women's liberation and racial justice in this country. In 1984 she spent six months in the war zones of Nicaragua, recording her time there in the book Letters from Nicaragua. Rebecca is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras organizing group and presently teaches Ethics at the University of San Francisco.
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Panelist: Marion Grau

Marion Grau, a native of Germany, is a graduate of the University of Tübingen and Drew University in New Jersey. She is Associate Professor of Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where she has taught since 2001.

She grew up working in the family bakery and questions of where "our daily bread" comes from, how it is produced and distributed, have been constant companions. As a German citizen, the knowledge of the Holocaust of the European Jews has informed her theological concerns and her thoughts on human rights.

She is the author of Of Divine Economy: Refinancing Redemption (T&T Clark/Continuum, 2004) and co-editor with Rosemary Radford Ruether of Interpreting the Postmodern: Responses to Radical Orthodoxy (T&T Clark/Continuum, 2006). She has written a number of essays on theology and economy, ecology, colonialism and mission. She is a member of the Episcopal Church.
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Panelist: Aysha Hidayatullah

Aysha Hidayatullah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently a doctoral dissertation fellow at the Jesuit University of San Francisco, where she is teaching a course on Islamic Feminist Ethics and completing work on a dissertation entitled "Women Deputies of Allah: Methods, Limits, and Possibilities of Feminist Theology in Islam," in which she examines an emerging body of Muslim feminist scholarship on the Qur'an in North America. Most recently before arriving at USF, she served as the Muslim Religious Advisor to the Office of the Dean of the Chapel & Religious Life at Emory University in Atlanta. She has spoken and written on a number of topics concerning gender and sexuality in Islam, including most recently, issues of masculinity in Islam.
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Panelist: Uwe Jacobs

Uwe Jacobs, Ph.D., has been working with Survivors International for the past 10 years, has provided services for well over 100 survivors of torture from many different countries, and has developed and implemented a variety of programs for survivors. He is both a clinical neuropsychologist and a psychotherapist. He is an expert on the psychological and neuropsychological assessment of asylum seekers and has written and published guidelines on this topic (see SI publications). Dr. Jacobs drafted the chapters on the psychological and neuropsychological sequelae of torture for the currently existing international guidelines for the examination of torture published by the UN High Commissioner (Istanbul Protocol) and for the handbook on assessment of asylum seekers by Physicians for Human Rights.

Prior to becoming Director of SI, Dr. Jacobs developed other programs for disadvantaged populations. He founded and directed the Homeless Assessment Program through the Wright Institute, Berkeley. He served as the psychological consultant in developing the Life After Exoneration Project (LAEP), a national program for wrongfully convicted ex-prisoners. He conducted workshops and needs assessments with exonerees in New York and Chicago. Dr. Jacobs has also published in the area of psychotherapy process research. Dr. Jacobs has served as an Adjunct Faculty at the Wright Institute, Berkeley since 1997 and maintains an independent practice in Berkeley.
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Panelist: Ameena Jandali

Ameena Jandali received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and B.A. in History from the University of Illinois. She currently works as Content Development Director at the Islamic Networks Group, where she is also a founding member, speaker, and trainer. She has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects, including at the Graduate Theological Union where she has spoken on American Muslims, Women in Islam, and the Prophet Muhammad. Her most recent presentations include a panel on Faith and the Environment at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple; a lecture on Women and Islam at UC Berkeley, two classes on Women in Religion at St. Mary's College; and and an overview about American Muslims and their Faith at the GTU. Ameena has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs and has been a frequent guest at conventions, seminars and other forums, speaking on a variety of topics. Ameena is an editor of ING training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims, as well as author and editor of training modules for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She is a member of the faculty at the Chaplaincy Institute, and has been team teaching a class on Islam at San Francisco City College since 2005. Ameena lives with her husband and four children near Berkeley.
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Panelist: Stephen Jenkins

Stephen Jenkins is Chair of Religious Studies at Humboldt State University. He received his doctorate in the Study of Religion from Harvard University in 1999 and has been engaged in a long-term research project on Buddhist concepts of compassion, their philosophical grounding, and their ethical implications. Most recently his work has been focused on compassionate violence in Indian Buddhist art and literature.
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Panelist: Leonard Joy

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Panelist: Colleen Knutsen

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Panelist: Kristi Laughlin

Lead Interfaith Organizer

Kristi has worked as an advocate of social and economic justice in the Bay Area for over twelve years. She spent seven years at the Volunteer Legal Services Program in San Francisco developing supportive services and vocational training programs for low-income women. She also worked on campaigns for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq with the human rights organization Global Exchange. Her passion for justice is deeply motivated by her religious faith, and she is interested in the role of faith in social movements. In May 2007 she finished her masters degree in theology at the Graduate Theological Union, having examined in her thesis the impact of faith and religious organizations in the campaigns of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farm worker community organization in Florida. She is a practicing Catholic, a lay associate of the RSCJ (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus), and a coordinator of a group called Interfaith Women for Peace in Berkeley. She is excited to be in a role that builds greater partnership between labor and faith communities.
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Panelist: Phillip Lawson

Rev. Phillip Lawson is the Interfaith Program Director for East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) and leads EBHO's interfaith initiative, the Interfaith Action in Housing Program. EBHO is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to working with communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to expand affordable housing opportunities through education and advocacy. Under Rev. Lawson's leadership, EBHO has significantly expanded their support of interfaith communities in their affordable housing efforts and expanded their capacity to address the housing crisis in the East Bay.

Rev. Lawson brings to EBHO a wealth of experience leading both interfaith and community-based collaborations in the East Bay. Before joining EBHO, Rev. Lawson was Pastor of Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond from 1992 to 2003. Rev. Lawson has been and continues to be active in the East Bay with groups, such as Richmond Vision 2000, Northern California Inter-Religious Conference, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and California Council of Churches.
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Panelist: Susan Manuso

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Panelist: Rita Maran

Rita Maran, Ph.D., is a university lecturer in "International Human Rights: Law and Politics." She is the author of Torture: The Role of Ideology in the French-Algerian War (Praeger, 1989), and of writings on torture, the UN, women's human rights, and the U.S. government's policy and practice on human rights. The Oxford University Press is publishing The Encyclopedia of Human Rights (5 volumes, June 2009) in which Dr. Maran has written the entry on "The Algerian War." As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Dr. Maran taught International Human Rights Law at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. She worked as a human rights analyst for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and in Kosovo. Dr. Maran is Advocacy Vice-President of the United Nations Association-USA of the East Bay, of the Northern California Division, and of the UNA-USA national sub-committee. She is a Vice-President of the International Human Rights Education Consortium; a member of the Board of Directors of the Kosovo Center for Human Rights; of the Berkeley-based Human Rights Advocates; and of the Amnesty-USA Human Rights Educators. Dr. Maran directs a Human Rights Education Project for Non-Governmental Organizations in several countries on behalf of The Fund for Peace, and represents human rights NGOs at United Nations world conferences.
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Panelist: Hilary Martin

John Hilary Martin is a Dominican, a Catholic priest, working in the Western U.S. Dominican Province. After doing philosophical and theological studies at St. Albert's College, he continued studies at the University of Oxford, England (doing an M. Litt.) working on the sources of St. Thomas and focusing on the search for consensus in the late 13th century. He returned to Berkeley in the 1960's to be met with the tumult of those years when understanding between authorities had all but broken down. Along with other Dominicans and colleagues he saw the importance of creating a venue like the Graduate Theological Union where an open discussion of various traditions would not only be possible, but would be encouraged. After a year as Acting Dean of the GTU he he returned in 1970 to graduate studies at UCLA, finishing his Ph.D. in 1978, working on consensus in the Church before the Reformation and in comparative religion. In 1982 he was encouraged by friends in Australia to teach there. While in Australia he became a regular visitor to Aboriginal communities in the North and found a remarkable people carrying forward very ancient traditions into what was, for them, a new world. He is a member of AIATSIS in Canberra. He now lives in Melbourne for one half of the academic year and spends the other half at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley.
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Panelist: William McKinney

Dr. McKinney is president and professor of American Religion at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley. He holds a B.A. from Colby College, 1968; a M.A. from Hartford Seminary Foundation, 1970; a M.Div. from Hartford Seminary Foundation, 1971; and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, 1979. As president and professor, William McKinney says that he is "committed to helping PSR draw on its historic commitments to social justice in moving into a more active and visible national leadership role in renewing and transforming the progressive Christian religious movement through scholarship and leadership resources." He believes that PSR can be a place where social gospel liberalism, neo-orthodox themes and liberation theologies come together in a constructive dialogue.

Asking, "How can we equip faith communities to play a vital role in public life?" Dr. McKinney's research and education focuses on leadership patterns in American Protestantism, congregational studies and issues in progressive Christianity. He is a sociologist and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His publications include American Mainline Religion: Its Changing Shape and Future (1987), The Responsibility People (1994), and Studying Congregations (1998).
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Panelist: Judge John T. Noonan, Jr.

John Noonan's work has been principally in the intellectual history of moral ideas in the West. Among his fourteen books are studies of usury (1956), contraception (1965), marriage and divorce (1970), abortion (1969 and 1979), bribery (1984), judicial ethics (1993), canon law (1997), legal ethics (1997), and religious liberty (1998). His most recent book is A Church That Can And Cannot Change (2005). He has also been the editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence, 1960-1969. He has been the Meador Lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School; the Litowitz Lecturer at Yale University; the Holmes Lecturer at Harvard Law School; and the Erasmus Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. He has also been a visiting professor of law at Boston College, Harvard, Notre Dame, Southern Methodist, Stanford and UCLA. He was consultant to the papal Commission on Problems of the Family and was the 1995 Aquinas Medalist of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. A member of the Special Staff of the National Security Council under President Eisenhower, he has been a Boston lawyer and the chairman of the Brookline, Massachusetts Redevelopment Authority. Beginning in 1967, he taught ethics, legal history, and jurisprudence at Berkeley where he is now Robbins Professor emeritus. He was appointed to the Ninth Circuit in 1985.
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Panelist: William O'Neill

William O'Neill, S.J. is a professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a visiting professor of ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology, "Hekima" in Nairobi. His writings address questions of human rights, ethics and hermeneutical theory, social reconciliation and conflict resolution, and refugee policy. He has worked with refugees in Tanzania and Malawi and done research on human rights in South Africa and Rwanda.

He received a Newcombe Fellowship, a Lilly Theological Research Grant, and held the Jesuit Chair at Georgetown University (2003-2004). He has served on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and serves on the Board of the Society of Christian Ethics and of the journal, Theological Studies.
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Panelist: Faheem Shuaibe

Imam Shuaibe has been the resident spiritual leader, and CEO of Masjidul Waritheen, Inc., in Oakland, California for over 25 years. Under his administration, many programs promoting the ongoing enhancement of the spiritual lives of the members of the community have been instituted. As Resident Imam, he also serves as Director of the Mohammed Schools of Oakland private schools -- Cora Z. Aleem Primary, Clara Mohammed Elementary, Clara Mohammed Middle, and W. D. Mohammed High. With his implementation of innovative administrative improvements and a constantly advancing teaching staff, the school's curriculum has been greatly enhanced with the students consistently scoring well above the national average on standardized tests.

Listed in the International Who's Who Among Intellectuals, and the National Who's Who Among Public Speaking Professionals, Imam Shuaibe is an author and an award-winning, nationally recognized, seasoned, platform speaker who has addressed hundreds of audiences for 20 plus years on topics of religion, world politics, human relationships, and societal evolution. He has addressed audiences for large and small companies and organizations, including The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, CA, Chiron Corporation of Emeryville, CA, Yale University's School of Law, Howard University, University of California, Berkeley's Department of Affirmative Action, Fordham University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Washington in St. Louis, Xavier University, and many religious organizations of various faiths.

Recently he has been interviewed and cited by the Muslim Journal, the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, USA Today and others. He and the Masjidul Waritheen and Clara Mohammed School were featured in a KPIX-TV weeklong special on Muslims, which was aired as a result of that increased appetite for understanding Al-Islam. Imam Shuaibe has been a part of several distinguished delegations that have taken him around the globe on various educational, religious, interfaith, and peace missions. He has traveled to Saudi Arabia once during the Gulf Crisis and also to Rome to participate in interfaith meetings between Muslims and Catholics hosted by the Focolare Movement.

Imam Shuaibe is recipient of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity's Notable Citizen award.
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Panelist: Racelle Weiman

Racelle Weiman, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Dialogue Institute at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies from UCLA and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University in the field of Interreligious Studies ("From Recognition to Reconciliation: The Catholic Church and the Jewish State"). She served on the committee for the historic papal visit to Israel of Pope John Paul II (2000) and the oversight team at the Oberammergau Passion Play (2000), Germany. Concurrently, she received accreditation in Mediation at the Truman Peace Institute at Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1993), developing a film "From Confrontation to Cooperation" between Israelis and Palestinians. Weiman pursued post doctoral work at the Fletchers' School of Diplomacy at Tufts University in ethnic conflict resolution (1995) focusing on religious elements in conflict, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University (1997). A member of the International Scholars' Abrahamic Trialogue, on a global scale since 1993, Dr. Weiman received the highest civilian award, the Order of Lakandula, from the Philippine Government (2005), and was honored by the Bulgarian Government (2002). Producer of several award winning documentary films, including a National Emmy finalist (CBS TV, 2004), she also is a senior research consultant for the BBC (1997 Prize). Prior to her current appointment, she served as founding Director of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio (2000-2006). She received national acclaim and awards for the creation and development of interactive multimedia museum exhibitions, including the permanent exhibit Mapping Our Tears on WWII testimonies (2004). She has written numerous textbooks and co-authored curriculum and teacher training, and appeared on radio, TV and in the print media worldwide. She has served as scholar-in-residence in over 40 locations internationally. She was on the faculty of the University of Haifa, Israel (1986-2000) where she taught and developed projects relating to Human Rights, Tolerance Education, Interfaith Dialogue, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.