Steering Committee

  • The Reverend Dr. Joanna Adams, Presbyterian Church (USA) (retired)
  • Imam Plemon T. El Amin, Imam Emeritus, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
  • Tony Banout, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Interfaith Youth Core
  • Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Senior Rabbi, The Temple
  • Bill Bolling, Founder, The Atlanta Community Food Bank and Chair, Food Well Alliance
  • Richard Brown
  • Ethel Ware Carter, Director of Programs Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
  • The Reverend Dr. William Clarkson IV, Executive Coaching Practice Leader, Carney Sandoe & Associates
  • Michael Coles, Chairman, Brand Bank Holding Company and Brand Bank
  • Dr. Elizabeth Corrie, Associate Professor, Candler School of Theology
  • The Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Providence Missionary Baptist Church
  • The Reverend Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II, Associate Professor, Candler School of Theology
  • Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Professor, Emory University and Chautauqua Institution
  • Mary Ellen Giess, Chief of Staff and Lead Strategist, Interfaith Youth Core
  • Louise R. Glenn, Trustee, The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
  • Thomas K. Glenn II, Chair, The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
  • Scotty Greene, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
  • Deacon Bob Hauert, Pastoral Associate, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
  • *Dr. Ben Johnson, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Derreck Kayongo, CEO, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Soumaya Khalifa, Founder, Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta and CEO, Khalifa Consulting
  • Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus, Associate Rabbi, The Temple
  • The Reverend Jill Morehouse Lum, Relationships Manager, Fearless Dialogues
  • Megan McCamey, Social Impact Advisor, CARE, Dentons, GreenPrint Corporation and others.
  • Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core
  • Alicia Philipp, President, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • The Reverend Angela Harrington Rice, Board Chair, Interfaith Community Initiatives
  • The Reverend Natosha Reid Rice, Associate General Counsel, Habitat for Humanity International & Associate Pastor, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Deborah Richardson, Executive Vice President, The National Center For Civil and Human Rights
  • A.J. Robinson, President, Central Atlanta Progress
  • Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Emeritus, The Temple
  • The Reverend Dr. George B. Wirth, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta (retired)
  • The Reverend Dr. Deanna Womack, Candler School of Theology
  • Gareth J. Young, Author, Blogger and Speaker
  • *Deceased
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In 1957, eighty white ministers in Atlanta publicly endorsed what has been referred to as the Ministers Manifesto denouncing racial segregation. The statement was published in the Atlanta papers and subsequently the New York Times. We feel it is time to publish a similar document and start a movement for interfaith cooperation.

For more than a year, religious and thought leaders in Atlanta have met to denounce bigotry and enhance interfaith cooperation. Atlanta has a history of taking stands for human rights. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and Atlanta Constitution Editor Ralph McGill are among the giants on whose shoulders we now stand.

We now ask you to join with us and stand against religious bigotry, violence and hate in Atlanta and around the world.

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