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Dr. Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. He is former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, and has advised Prince Charles and met with...Read more

Ms. Mazher Ahmed was born in Hyderabad, raised and educated in Bombay, India and now lives in the United States. An architect by trade, she has helped design a mosque, a church and a Buddhist...Read more

The Rev. Dr. Shanta D. Premawardhana is President of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education in Chicago. Originally from Sri Lanka, he was most recently the director for the Program...Read more

Tahera Ahmad is a dynamic young female scholar, and a native of the Chicago land Muslim community. She was raised in Morton Grove, and graduated from Niles West High School where she played...Read more

Mrs. Joyce Allen had her first contact with CPWR in 1992 when she was asked by her Protestant Christian denomination, the United Church of Christ, to help promote the 1993 Parliament in Chicago....Read more

Rev. Andras Corban Arthen is the spiritual director of the EarthSpirit Community, a religious and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of Earth-centered spirituality,...Read more

Reverend Dr. Thomas A. Baima is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and provost of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, where he also teaches ecumenism, interreligious dialogue and...Read more

Ms. Omie Baldwin is a member of the Dine' Nation (also known as Navajos). She has been the organizer for the participation of the Americas Indigenous peoples in Parliament events since 1993....Read more

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati is a spiritual teacher, author, artist, and humanitarian and founder of Kali Natha Yoga. She has been honored with numerous awards for her compassionate work with the dying...Read more

Rabbi Herbert Bronstein is a lecturer and writer in the field of comparative religion. He is a member of the religion faculty of Lake Forest College and senior scholar of North Shore Congregation...Read more

Rev. Angie Buchanan is the senior minister of Earth Traditions, a Pagan church, and an instructor in its Pagan Ministry Training program. She is the spiritual director of Gaia’s Womb, a women’s...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson is Dean of Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Theology at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He serves on the executive board of The Society for...Read more

Mr. M. Blouke Carus is Chairman of Carus Corporation, Chairman of Carus Publishing Company, and Trustee of Hegeler Institute. Carus obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech. He has...Read more

In 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. privately recruited Lawrence Edward Carter as a 10th grader to come to Morehouse College. Twenty-one years later, Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter became the first Dean...Read more

Mrs. Helen Spector joined the Board of CPWR in 1990 to help plan the 1993 Parliament Centenary Celebration. As a professional facilitator and organization planning consultant, Mrs. Spector has...Read more

Lewis Cardinal has spent most of his professional life in public service. His long track record of public service includes his involvement with many, many, Human Rights and Social Advocacy Boards...Read more

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Kirit Daftary has been President of several religious and social groups including JAINA and has led the local Jain Center in North Texas. Currently, he is the President of Anuvibha of North...Read more

Rahul Deepankar is the President of the Indian Buddhist Association and of New Republic India International, and is a part of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest. In addition to obtaining his MD,...Read more

Dominican Sister of San Rafael, CA, has worked with the Council as a board member since the 1999 Parliament in South Africa. As a member of a Roman Catholic religious community, she dedicates her...Read more

Mr. Rohinton M. Rivetna is the founding trustee and past VP of the Council, was founding president of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA) and spearheaded the...Read more

Ms. Smita N. Shah serves as Chair to the Delhi Committee to the Chicago Sister Cities International Program, which promotes social and cultural exchanges between the cities. Ms. Shah is President...Read more

Nikhil Bumb is currently based in Washington, DC, where he is a social impact strategy consultant with FSG. He was raised in South Carolina and graduated in engineering from Princeton University,...Read more

Valerie Dana is an attorney, a business owner, and a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá-is in the United States. She served as general counsel for Latin America and Spain for...Read more

Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, a global network that bridges grassroots peacemakers and global players to work towards...Read more

Dr. Paul Eppinger is a graduate of William Jewell College, Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree, and San Francisco Theological Seminary where he...Read more

Akwesasne Mohawk, is an editor, columnist and author. He has attended the last two Parliament events where he spoke on aboriginal issues of North America. He is a former member of the Board of...Read more

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Mr. William Gifford was been a Board member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for many years. He was a tax director with Smart in Chicago. Additionally, Mr. Gifford was a CPA and past...Read more

Reverend Canon Dr. Gwynne Guibord serves as the Officer of Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles as well as the Consultant for Interfaith Relations for...Read more

Larry Greenfield is the executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, a regional judicatory of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A, and the theologian-in-residence for the...Read more

Manohar Singh Grewal was born in 1935 In India and immigrated to the United States in 1963. He obtained his ScD in material science from MIT and then worked for the Gillette Corporation from 1971...Read more

Gianfranco Grande was born and reared in Rome, Italy. He was educated at the Vatican Seminary and at the University of Rome. A journalist, preservationist, published author, and playwright, Dr....Read more

Imam Khalid Griggs is the Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem in North Carolina and Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. He is a member of the Board of Guidance...Read more

Dr. Balwant Singh Hansra was born and raised in the northern Indian state of Punjab. In 1959 he moved to the United States to continue his education. A teacher of chemistry and physical sciences,...Read more

Janaan Hashim is a founding partner of Amal Law Group, the nation’s first law firm founded by six Muslim women and practices criminal defense. She is also sits on the Board of Directors of both...Read more

Robert C. Henderson is an elected member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, the Baha'i Faith's senior national administrative institution. Dr....Read more

Ms. Asayo Horibe is the president of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest, an organization for all Buddhist groups in Chicago and the Midwest region. She is a long time member of the Heartland...Read more

Mr. Naresh Jain represents the Jain community at the national and international levels. He actively works with the religious and spiritual communities in New York and New Jersey to organize...Read more

Ginny K. Jolly is on the board of FATEH (Fellowship for Activists To Embrace Humanity) a nonprofit organization involved in service projects for the community. She has been instrumental in...Read more

Solomon H. Katz is director of the Krogman Center for Childhood Growth and Development at the University of Pennsylvania. His work in the field of science and religion spans over 40 years with...Read more

Dr. Irfan Khan is the founder and president of the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations. An Islamic scholar and author, he is the former Professor of Philosophy at Aligarh Muslim...Read more

Rabbi Peter Knobel is the Rabbi at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois where he has served since 1980, following eleven years at Temple Emanu-El in Waterford, Connecticut. He was...Read more

Leo D. Lefebure is the Matteo Ricci, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. He is the author of four books, including...Read more

Tom Lemberg is an attorney and author. He has been general counsel of several technology-oriented companies, including Lotus Development, Polaroid and UGS Software. At Lotus, he led the creation...Read more

Rev. Dr. Lesher has been active in the Parliament since its centennial gathering in Chicago in 1993, serving as an Ambassador for the Council in preparation for the 1999 Parliament in Cape Town,...Read more

Fr. Andrew E. Luczak is the pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Niles, Illinois. He works with the Archdiocesan Office for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Affairs in Buddhist-Catholic dialogue. He...Read more

Most Rev. Timothy Lyne was the Vicar for Senior Priests in Chicago. Ordained in 1943, he served at two parishes before working at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago from 1966 until 1990. Bishop Lyne...Read more

Mr. Rajinder Singh Mago is a member and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Sikh Religious Society in Palatine Illinois. He also is a co-founder and serves on the Board of Governors for the...Read more

Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, Ph.D. serves as the Herman Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies and the Director of the Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. The...Read more

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is an Imam in the Chicago Muslim community. He was the Chair of the Parliament Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2015. He is president of Sound Vision Foundation, which runs...Read more

Sr. Joan McGuire is a Dominican Sister, St. Catharine of Siena Congregation, Kentucky. Sister McGuire serves as the Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the...Read more

Board Chair, Dr. Robert P. Sellers, is Professor of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. His classes emphasize cross-cultural living, global Christianity, Two-Thirds World and...Read more

Sardar Kuldeep Singh, a recognized author, speaker and leader within North America on Sikh related topics, is a Clinical Chemist by training and an Administrator of Reynolds Clinic. He is the...Read more

Mary Nelson has spent the last 40 years working in faith-based community development on the west side of Chicago, seeking to carry out the asset based community development principles in concrete...Read more

Brian D. Birch is Director of the Religious Studies Program and Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont...Read more

Dr. Devendra Trivedi received his medical degree at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, India. He served in the public health department in Gujarat, India for 3 years. His residency in anatomic and...Read more

Imam A. Rashied Omar is Coordinator of the Kroc Institute’s Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (PRCP), University of Notre Dame. He is an Imam from South Africa and author of...Read more

Dr. Howard A. Sulkin is the President of Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. He is the former Board Chair of CPWR, was on the initial planning committee that planned the 1993...Read more

Dr. Stephen Perkins is senior vice president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based organization that promotes sustainable urban communities. He has organized multiple urban...Read more

Dr. Donald E. Wagner is Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago. He is the author of four books and has written widely on the influence of the...Read more

Dr. Mohammad A. Siddiqi is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Public
Relations at Western Illinois University (WIU) where he has taught for 29
years. At WIU he served as the...Read more

In Memoriam - October 1, 2011

Ms. Yael Wurmfeld served as Director of the international office (Office of Pioneering) of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'is of the U.S. for...Read more

Dr. Hema Pokharna is a researcher at the University of Chicago and the Director of Journeys of Life which promotes Health, Wholeness and Disease Prevention. Born and raised in India, she received...Read more

Rabbi Herman Schaalman, a refugee from Germany, has long been a leader in civic and interfaith affairs. He served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as the past...Read more

Crystal Silva-McCormick is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serves as Associate Pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian in Austin, Texas. She is a doctoral student in...Read more

Elizabeth Ursic is Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus at the American Academy of Religion. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Arizona State University, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an...Read more

Board Chair, Dr. Robert P. Sellers, is Professor of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. His classes emphasize cross-cultural living, global Christianity, Two-Thirds World and...Read more

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bob Thompson graduated from Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (Graduate Theological Union) and was ordained an American Baptist minister in 1973. He served...Read more

Veena Howard, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies, California State University at Fresno. She is a versatile and accomplished scholar and an...Read more

Kusumita P. Pedersen is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at St. Francis College, New York, and has has been part of the global interfaith movement for over thirty years. She was previously...Read more

Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian is the Founding Minister and Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) in San Jose, California, a ministry in the tradition of Kriya Yoga in...Read more

Dr. Joseph Prabhu is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at California State University, Los Angeles and a Martin Marty Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago. He is the co-editor of The...Read more

Dr. James L. Waits has served as a pastor, university administrator, executive of the principal association for theological education in North America, and president of the Fund for Theological...Read more

Swami Varadananda is a Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order, which has its headquarters at Belur Math in India. Swami Varadananda joined the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago in 1973, was...Read more