National Interfaith and Government Forum
Press Conference on Marrakesh Declaration on Religious Freedom (April 14, 2016)
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Press Conference Speakers
- ISNA President Azhar Azeez
- Cardinal McCarrick (Archdiocese of Washington)
On January 2, 2001, Cardinal McCarrick was installed as Archbishop of Washington, a position he held until May 16, 2006. Just seven weeks after his installation, on February 21, 2001, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II. He took possession of his titular church, Ss. Nereus and Achilleus, on June 28, 2001. As Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal McCarrick served as chancellor of The Catholic University of America and president of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and placed an emphasis on education, vocations and meeting the needs of new immigrants, particularly in the Latino community.
- Rabbi Jonah Presner (Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)
Rabbi Jonah Presner is a serves as Director of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and also as the director of Just Congregations, a social action program developed by the Union of Reform Judaism to train Jewish congregations across the country in IAF-based organizing. Just Congregations provides the “language and organizing out of their faith tradition,” as “the language of Christianity, in particular, can make Jews uncomfortable and hesitant to participate.
- Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi (Fiqh Council Chairman)
Muzammil Siddiqi received his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia and later went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. Currently, Dr. Siddiqui works as an Educator and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County where he has served since 1981. Dr. Siddiqi also serves as a member of the ISNA Majlis Ash-Shura and the Fiqh Council of North America. He has served as chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Dr. Siddiqi served as the President of ISNA from 1996 - 2000.
- Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley (National Council of Churches Chairman)
Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley is general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), the pastoral and administrative leader of the 1.3-million-member denomination and over 5200 congregations. He currently serves as chair of the National Council of Churches Governing Board and carries a number of responsibilities with the Baptist World Alliance. Prior to being called as General Secretary, Dr. Medley served as executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, national director of the Neighborhood Action Program of American Baptist National Ministries, and as a pastor.
- Dr. Jim Winkler (National Council of Churches Secretary General)
Dr. Jim Winkler is the President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. As President and General Secretary, he speaks for the Council, works with staff, board members, Christian and interfaith leaders and is responsible for providing leadership and management of daily affairs and operations. Prior to his work with the National Council of Churches, he served as General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
- Dr. Nancy Fuchs Kremer (Reconstructions Judaism)
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D., has been involved with interfaith dialogue for nearly four decades. She attended some of the earliest initiatives to include Muslims. Previously, Kreimer served as director of the Kaplan Institute for Adult Jewish Studies and as rabbinic director of the Jewish Identity Program of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Philadelphia. She is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association; she also was a member of the RRA Ethics and Executive Committees and a board member of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life.
- Richard Cizik (New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good President)
Richard Cizik is the President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based organization committed to an agenda that fosters values consistent with an open and free society. He served for ten years as Vice President for Governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, the top staff position of the organization, a post he left in 2008 after enduring years of political opposition from the Religious Right.
- Imam Mohamed Magid (All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center Imam)
Imam Magid is the Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is the chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC). Imam Magid served as the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also the Vice Chairman of Muflehun, a think tank, which focuses on confronting violent extremist thought through research-driven preventative programs within a religious paradigm.
- Rabbi Jack Moline (Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance)
Rabbi Jack Moline serves as Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance. He is a former director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and prior to that appointment served as rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia since 1987 and Director of Public Policy for the Rabbinical Assembly since 2009. In 2008, he was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the top pulpit rabbis in America (#3 in a list of 25) and in 2010 and 2011 as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America.
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