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Rev. Dr. Larry Ulrich is an interfaith environmental ethicist. He is a past Secretary of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, which self-identifies as the oldest urban interfaith organization in the United States and represents over five million believers. The Council Members represent eight faith traditions—Bahá’í, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. Dr. Ulrich is a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission, the Justice and Advocacy Commission, and the Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of Churches. He serves as one of seven Christians on the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, and he a member of the NCC Jewish-Christian Dialogue. An advisor to the Commissioner of the Environment in Chicago, he is an Interfaith Fellow of GreenFaith, a national foundation for interfaith environmental academic and advocacy engagement.
An experiential and academic educator in both medical and theological education, Dr. Ulrich is the first Protestant minister since the Reformation to serve as a Dean in a Roman Catholic Seminary, DeAndreis Institute of Theology. Professor of Medical Ethics at Rush Medical College, Rush University, and Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, he was Director of the Departments of Religion and Health at the Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Ulrich has been a Visiting Professor or Scholar at Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, All Hallows College (Dublin), The Sorbonne, Chaing Mai University (Thailand), and an Adjunct Professor at The Chicago Theological Seminary and Bethany Theological Seminary.
Dr. Eboo Patel is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), based in Chicago, Illinois. He received his PhD from Oxford University. IFYC works with colleges and universities across the country to make "interfaith cooperation a social norm." Pluralism Project funding helped support the second youth and interfaith conference in the spring of 2004.
Dr. Paul Numrich is Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Professor of World Religions and Interreligious Relations at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He became a Pluralism Project affiliate in 1998 while a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His first affiliate research project (1998-2001) focused on the landscape of Buddhism in Chicago; the second (2010) was on mosques in the same city.
The Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) National Conference, this year themed “Coming Together: Building a Just Economy,” took place from June 22- June 24, 2014 in Chicago Illinois. The conference was held at DePaul University’s Student Center. Over 500 people attended the conference, including members of interfaith groups and worker centers, students, pastors, congregation leaders, and worker justice activists. Multiple faith traditions were represented, including Christians from a variety of denominations, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists. Resources and translators were available in both...