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Barbara Austin is a member of St. Joseph Monastery, Benedictine Sisters, Tulsa, Oklahoma Spiritual Director at the St. Joseph Monastery. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and National Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Board. She was Former Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters from 1995-2007. She received her Master’s degree in Religious Studies from St. Meinrad School of Theology. “I am very impressed with his writings, not only with his understanding of Muslim, the…

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Catherine B. Eustis is a teacher of English as a Second Language. She received her degree in Journalism from Loyola University. She worked for several years the Times Picayune in New Orleans. She was the chairman of the Foreign Relations Association of New Orleans. Eustis is a founding member of Atlas Foundation, a non-profit interfaith organization. “I think Hocaefendi’s inspiration for education, for interfaith dialog, and also for service to our fellow human beings, is the beautiful part of Hizmet,…

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James VanderWeele is Minister of Community Church Unitarian Universalist, New Orleans. He is a board member of the interfaith community organization Congregations Acting Together. He has received an award that recognizes his outstanding ministerial service and his involvement in interfaith social activist networks. He is interested in the restructuring of our police and courts to provide an increased sense of public safety. “I come from the position where it’s important in this world for people to understand that there are…

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Gareth Young
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Gareth Young is an author, radio show host, blogger, and speaker. He is also a successful businessman and an Account Executive at Alpharesults, LLC. He has served as president of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. He got M.A. in Mathematics from University of Oxford. Young has written a number of books, including two novels. “Hizmet works very, very well with the local community. It involves everybody who’s of compatible mind. The interfaith activities that Hizmet puts on in town,…

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Joseph R. Bankoff is Chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in Georgia Tech University. He received his J.D. from University of Illinois. He was recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America.” He served as the President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. His experience includes law and policy, economic development, and fiscal planning. “Never have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gülen, but I have read through parts of the materials, certainly some of…

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Richard Penaskovic is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Auburn University. He received his Ph.D. in Theology from University of Munich. He has taught over 50 courses in religious studies during his 40 years in academia. Prof. Penaskovic authored “Critical Thinking and the Academic Study of Religion.” His articles appeared in high prestige journals like “Theological Studies,” “Augustinian Studies.” “I think the Hizmet Movement is akin to a Buddhist movement started by Mr. Ikita, the Soka Gakkai Society, or value…

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Carole Hayes
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Oct
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Carole Hayes is an attorney at Hayes Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a graduate of George Mason University. She received J.D. from Memphis State University School of Law. She has more than 25 years experience in Personal Injury Law, Workers’ Compensation, and Social Security Disability. “I think once you get familiar with the Movement, it opens your mind and allows you to be more accepting of other people’s beliefs. The Movement is not about converting people to…

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Jan Swanson
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Oct
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Jan Swanson is Program Director of World Pilgrims at Interfaith Community Initiatives. She is a leader in the Atlanta ecumenical and interfaith community. She is a founding board member of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. She has co-led ten World Pilgrimages to places of spiritual significance for groups of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. “They’re volunteer service people who are interested in really connecting with humans. It doesn’t matter whether the human is a Jew or a Christian or a…

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Charlotte Connah is the chair of the Baptist-Muslim Interfaith Taskforce for the Cooperative Baptists Fellowship of Georgia. She received her Master`s degree in Educational Administration & Supervision from Georgia State University. She designed and fundraised for The Interfaith Prayer Garden at Mercer University. She is a student in the McAfee Schools of Theology at Mercer University. “I’m also very impressed with Mr. Gülen’s position on the melding of both science and religion, whatever your religion or faith practices may be,…

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Rev. Elwood McDowell is a pastor at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Tucson, Arizona. He has M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate Institute. He was Consultant Core Trainer at the National Drug Education Center at the University of Oklahoma. He was the Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was also therapist at Cottonwood de Tucson treatment center for ten years. “My overall opinion is that the Hizmet Movement has just been a tremendous force for…

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