Steering Committee

2021 Honorary Chair

James P. Buchanan, Ph.D.

 

In recognition of his twenty years of outstanding contributions to interfaith relations in Cincinnati, James P. Buchanan, Ph.D., former director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University, has been named Honorary Chair of the 4th Annual Festival of Faiths.  Educated at Yale University and the University of Chicago and a recognized scholar in the fields of interfaith relations and environmental sustainability, Dr. Buchanan serves on many non-profit boards and advisory committees including:  RefugeeConnect, The Immigrant and Refugee Law Center, Compass (focused on Immigrants), The African Professional Network (APNET), The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit, EquaSion, The Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate, InterfaithCincy, A Blessing to One Another, Faith Communities Go Green and the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths. He has served on the Mayor’s Commission on Immigration and Mayor’s Steering Committee on the Green Cincinnati Plan.  “Dr. Buchanan personifies what the Festival of Faiths is all about — promoting learning, respect and collaboration among our community’s diverse religious traditions.  He has honored us with his years of commitment to the cause of interfaith relations, so it’s time we honored him for his service,” said Chip Harrod, Festival Director.

 

2021 Festival Co-Chairs

Penny Pensak
Penny Pensak
Afreen Asif
Afreen Asif
Jaipal Singh
Jaipal Singh
Bishop Marvin F. Thomas Sr.
Bishop Marvin F. Thomas Sr.

2021 Festival Steering Committee

Shakila Ahmad

Umama Alam

Arish Antia

P.O. Louis Arnold Sr.

Beth Benson

Rev. Paul Booth Jr

Dr. James Buchanan

Jan Armstrong Cobb

Jackie Congedo

Cynthia Cummins

Teresa Davis

Becca & Fred Desai

Rev. Norma Lynn Felts

Marie Gemelli-Carroll

Chip Harrod

Mike Hawkins

Adam Hayden

Hayley Huge

Rev. John Ivey

Miriam Jackobs

Becky Jones

Rabbi Meredith Kahan

Sandy Kaltman

Danya Karram

Aasees Kaur

Justin Kirschner

Jessica Lohrey

Bill Madges

Nazly Mamedova

Aruni Marapane

Karen Martin

Minda Matthews-Smith

Alycia Mcclurg

Mary Carol Melton

Rev. David Meredith

Sri Mirle

Maria Munir

Andrew Musgrave

Jheri Neri

Rev. Jim Newby

Sr. Christine Pratt

Terrie Puckett

Allison Reynolds-Berry

Lisa Rosner

Majid Samarghandi

Mary Beth Sandmann

Rick Schwen

Zeinab Schwen

Bruce Seidel

Jan Seidel

Rev. Connie Simon

Rev. Melanie Slane

Sharon Spiegel

Tony Stieritz

Tamie Sullivan

Joey Taylor

Rabbi Karen Thomashow

Deb Vance

Steve Vance

Priya Viswalingam

Sarah Weiss

Rabbi Gary Zola

Rev. Henry Zorn