This weekend, Interfaith America will host the Interfaith Leadership Summit, the largest gathering of students and educators committed to bridging differences and strengthening our nation’s social fabric.
The theme, “Many Plates Make a Feast,” was inspired by Danielle Allen’s assertion that rather than oneness, our nation should strive for wholeness. Wholeness underscores the sacred importance of everyone’s contributions to our diverse nation.
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This also includes the idea of a Potluck Nation, which focuses on everyone having something to offer no matter how simple or small, much like a potluck. In the Opening Plenary on Friday, August 4, Eboo Patel is in conversation with the following interfaith leaders who have centered their work around the simple concept of food to deepen and enrich the relationships within their diverse communities.
Learn more about the 2023 Summit and the leaders in conversation on Friday:
Rev. Eugene Cho
Rev. Eugene Cho is President/CEO of Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy organization urging U.S. decision makers to do all they can to pursue a world without hunger. Bread’s mission is to educate and equip people to advocate for policies and programs that can help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Eugene preaches and speaks about Bread’s mission to end hunger, justice, and leadership at the intersection of faith and public life. By weaving together scripture, personal stories, and accessible hunger data, he encourages pastors, leaders, missionaries, and justice workers from churches and nonprofits throughout the world in the pursuit of God’s kingdom here on earth.
Prior to becoming President/CEO of Bread for the World, Eugene pastored at a local church for nearly thirty years. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) — a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages), and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with small organizations in developing regions.
Eugene has been married to Minhee J. Cho for over 25 years, and they have three adult children. Eugene enjoys fishing, basketball, and table tennis.
Tif Ho (she, they) is the Executive Director of GO Humanity, a humanist organization that works with underserved communities to provide access to socioeconomic resources. Tif is also a Ph.D. candidate, through which she researches and writes on the underrepresentation of Asian American women in leadership and DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice). In both her work at GO Humanity and her academic research, she is passionate about connecting people and communities – and, about exploring the stories of immigrants and BIPOC individuals in ways that uplift and uphold dignity. In her free time, Tif enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing, and exploring. She’s constantly pursuing adventures in learning, creativity, culture, travel, and the great outdoors.
Sara Moncada, M.A., is a Native educator, dancer, filmmaker, author, and cultural arts advocate. She is CEO of The Cultural Conservancy, a native-led non-profit working in Indigenous land, rights and revitalization projects, is co-founder of Wise Women Circles, a women-owned media company, and is co-director of Sewam American Indian Dance, a Bay Area-based cultural arts and education organization. She presents internationally on traditional Native Foodways, arts and culture and is co-author of the book The Dance of Caring, a book exploring Native American Hoop Dance as a model for wellness. She is producer of the internationally successful documentary film, “NURSES: If Florence Could See Us Now” celebrating the strength, recognition, and wellbeing of nurses and caregivers worldwide; and is producer of The Cultural Conservancy’s The Native Seed Pod, a podcast series that explores and celebrates traditional seeds, Native Foodways and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
Ravi Singh and his wife, Jacquie, founded Khalsa Peace Corps, the umbrella nonprofit that includes the Share A Meal program, back in 2009. Driven by their belief that a full spiritual experience requires one to transform a higher conscience into action, they use their platform to encourage daily actions of service and sharing. Share A Meal’s mission is to build caring communities through mobile kitchens selflessly sharing meals and necessities with the underserved. Thanks to their intentional work and dedication, Share A Meal can serve more than 50,000 meals annually to those in need.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the weekend:
Friday, August 4
10:00 am–12:00 pm: Registration and check-in
11:30 am–1:15 pm: Opening Lunch & Plenary (program begins at 11:45)
1:30 pm–3:15 pm: Training Session 1
3:15 pm–3:45 pm: Break
3:45 pm–5:15 pm: Training Session 2
5:30 pm–8:00 pm: Dinner & Entertainment
Saturday, August 5
8:00 am–9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am–11:00 am: Saturday Symposia
11:00 am–11:15 am: Break
11:15 am–12:45 pm: Training Session 3
12:45 pm–2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm–3:30 pm: Training Session 4
3:30 pm–4:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm–Bedtime: Free Time & Dinner on your own
7:30 pm–9:00 pm Ice Cream Social & Open Mic
Sunday, August 6
8:30 am–9:30 am: Breakfast
9:30 am–11:00 am: Training Session 5
11:00 am–11:30 am: Break
11:30 am–1:00 pm: Closing