9-11 Ten Year Anniversary An Interfaith Response in New York
Robert Chase is the Executive Director of Intersections International and works globally in the field of cross-cultural dialogue. Prior to Intersections, he served as Executive Director of the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc.—the UCC’s historic media justice agency—and Director of Communications for the UCC serving its over 1.2 million constituency.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Chase spent over a decade traveling across rural China, townships of South Africa, favelas in Brazil and the United States interfacing with diverse populations highlighted in his more than 100 documentaries. He has produced and directed such award-winning social justice documentaries as Troubled Waters; Strong Roots, Fragile Farms; LPFM: The People’s Voice; andCall Me Malcolm among others. A published author and playwright, he is also a nationally recognized speaker on topics of faith, cross-cultural dialogue and reconciliation, and has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, and Associated Press.
Nurah W. Amat’ullah (Rosalie P. Jeter) currently serves as a manuscript librarian in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a New York Public Library Research Center. Ms. Amat’ullah is a member of working committee for the USA group in the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue between the Chicago based Council for the Parliament of World Religions and the Protestant Academies of Germany. She is also an executive committee member of the Consultation for Inter-faith Education.
Ms. Amat’ullah was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She immigrated to the United States in 1987. As the founder and executive director of the Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development, she developed a number of faith-based community development initiatives and has participated in a number of multi-faith and religious NGO efforts. In the last 5 years, Ms. Amat’ullah as dedicated much of her time to her vocation in the arena of ecclesiastic work/pastoral care. She has developed and directed social services projects aimed at easing the human suffering of a large new immigrant population in the southwest Bronx.
Ms. Amat’ullah earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, along with a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Archival Management from Long Island University in 1996. She recently earned a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Seminary.
Rabbi Justus N. Baird has served as the Director of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City since 2007. He oversees the seminary's multifaith programming which strives to prepare religious leaders for a religiously diverse world.
Rabbi Baird was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion where he studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He received a B.S. from Rice University and holds a certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Harvard Business School. He brings an entrepreneurial approach to his work; before entering rabbinical school he co-founded Questia.com, a successful and far-reaching academic online library.
He has taught, preached in, and consulted with seminaries, churches, synagogues, mosques, and interfaith organizations. He teaches the Multifaith Seminar in the Multifaith Doctor of Ministry Program (a partnership between Auburn and New York Theological Seminary).
Raised in Texas, Rabbi Baird lives in Princeton, NJ, with his wife Rabbi Julie Roth (Director of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University) and their two sons and daughter.
Selected recent writing by Justus Baird:
Bin Laden Dilemma: Imam, Rabbi and Minister Struggle Over Sermonizing, the Celebrations, and the Burial, Huffington Post
What if Jews Knew that Americans Loved Them? Huffington Post
Hey, that's Sacred Ground: Let's Talk About Where to Build that Mosque, Huffington Post
Jewish Education Begins at Home, The Forward
Case for Multifaith Education (originally published by Alban Institute)
Bringing Honor to God by Extending Equal Rights to Gays and Lesbians, Religion Dispatches
Waging Holy Peace, Patheos.com