Interfaith Leadership Council

Interfaith leaders with Governor croppedInterfaith leaders meet with Governor Inslee in February of 2016

Faith Action Network (FAN) envisions a powerful voice of the faithful building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. That work begins with the understanding that the religious landscape in Washington is shifting rapidly. Our communities and neighborhoods are reflecting a growing diversity of cultures and faiths. FAN’s mission to embrace this interfaith diversity not only differentiates us, it provides strong new possibilities. We are a single human family united in FAN’s work for justice.

FAN is pleased to announce that many prominent leaders of diverse faiths in Washington have accepted our invitation to participate on our Interfaith Leadership Council.

This group of leaders, representing the diverse spectrum of faiths that exists within Washington State is made up of the executive leaders, judicatory heads, and/or religious leaders of our region’s diverse faiths and will provide advice to FAN on current and emerging issues in all our communities.

Members of this Council could potentially be available on occasion for public roles—spokespersons on important issues in support of FAN’s work—at press conferences, public events, or legislative hearings. Each member will understand the important and necessary work of advocacy for economic and racial justice as a crucial response to human need. They will recommend issues, approaches, or actions and will be sustaining connections to people or resources within their communities. The Council will raise awareness in their respective religious communities about the work of FAN—and potentially help engage them more fully in FAN’s mission and work.

Here are the prominent faith leaders who are on FAN’s Interfaith Leaders Council:

Aneelah Afzali
Muslim Association of Puget Sound – American Muslim Empowerment Network

Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson
Senior Minister, Seattle’s First AME Church

Rabbi Jill Borodin
Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle

Arsalan Bukhari
Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Seattle chapter

Rev. Michael Denton
Conference Minister, Pacific Northwest Conference, United Church of Christ

Tom Ewell
Quaker, former Executive Director Maine Council of Churches

Cecile A. Hansen
Tribal Chair, Duwamish Tribe

Bishop Richard Jaech
Southwestern Washington Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Cecilia Kingman
President, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association-Pacific Northwest Chapter

Rev. Rich Lang
Seattle District Superintendent, Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, United Methodist Church

Rabbi Jason Levine
Temple Beth Am, Seattle

Abbot Genjo Marinello
Zen Temple Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji, Seattle

Rev. Eliana Maxim
Associate Executive Presbyter, Seattle Presbytery

Rev. Kari McFarland
Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Olympia

Rev. Sandy Messick
Regional Minister, Northwest Region Disciples of Christ

Rabbi Aaron Meyer
Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle

Rev. Marcia Patton
Executive Minister, Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches

Imam Jamal Rahman
Interfaith Community Sanctuary, Seattle

Michael Ramos
Executive Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle

Bishop Greg Rickel
Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

The Very Rev. Michael G. Ryan
St. James Cathedral, Seattle Catholic Archdiocese

Dr. Jasmit Singh
Khalsa Gurmat Center (Sikh Community), Renton

Jaswinder Singh
Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle, Bothell

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
Pacific Northwest Conference, United Methodist Church

The Rev. Dean Strong
Stated Clerk, Synod of Alaska-Northwest, Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Diocese of Olympia

Bishop Kirby Unti
Northwest Washington Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Bishop James Waggoner
Episcopal Diocese of Spokane

Rabbi Daniel Weiner
Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle

Rabbi Zari Weiss
Kol HaNeshamah, Seattle

Bishop Martin D. Wells
Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Michael Yoder
Executive Director, Associated Ministries

Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick
Temple Beth Am, Seattle

All FAN Governing Board members, though not listed here, are members of the Interfaith Leadership Council.