Hearing Room 3  |  4:45pm–6:00pm

Faith in America is a fraught subject. Society is polarized, and our faith affects and is affected by that polarization. This panel seeks to explore what faith and inclusion in particular communities of faith means for the faithful, and how that enrollment plays out in America today.

REV. DEBORAH L. JOHNSON is the founding minister and president of Inner Light Ministries. She is focused on coalition building, conflict resolution, public policy development, and cultural sensitivity awareness.

FR. AIDAN MCALEENAN is pastor of St. Columba Catholic Church of the Oakland Diocese. He previously worked in homeless housing in San Francisco, where he also opened the city’s first AIDS hospice, before attending St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park.

RASHID PATCH has served as Imam at San Francisco Muslim Community Center, and prisons around Northern California. He is a lecturer and teacher on Sufism, Islam, and History of religions at numerous colleges and universities

REV. BRIAN K. WOODSON, SR. (moderator) is a pastor and community activist. He is the President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (I.M.A.), Director of the Emerging Leaders Program of the Leadership Institute at Allen Temple, and a member of the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy.