I had a marvelous and truthful conversation with Kevin Singer. Hope you will enjoy this episode. Kevin Singer is husband to Brittany of seven years and father to four children (5, 4, 2, and 2 months). He is co-founder of Neighborly Faith, an initiative which asks, "What would it would for people of other religions to see evangelical Christians as the most hospitable and loving members of their society?" He is a PhD student at North Carolina State University, where he works with the IDEALS project, a national study of college students' experiences with religious diversity. In addition to his doctoral work, Kevin teaches world religion and philosophy courses for two Chicagoland-area community colleges.
Xiaotian (Dennis) Wu, a 4th-year PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College under Professor Ryan Halter. I do work in surgical image guidance, specifically working with an ENT surgeon on medical device design and studying tissue deformations during surgery to better provide navigation for the surgeons.
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I had the privilege to have a conversation with Sunayana Kachroo Bhide, a poetess, dialogue and story writer in addition to many other hats she wears.
She was born and brought up in Kashmir, she has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Pune University. She moved to USA in 2000 for work and been here ever since. Currently lives in Boston area.
Her first poem was published at the age of 15, She continued writing and exploring different forms of poetic expressions like Kavita, English Poems, Nazms and Dohe. Her love of music triggered her interest in poetry.
Songs by Sunayana:
This week, I am delighted to introduce you to Paresh Motiwala,
Paresh is a Boston resident for 22 years now. He works as a DBA Manager at Nuance Communications. He is more popularly known for his work as a Public Speaking Coach for children and beauty pageant contestants. He occasionally sings for non-profit organizations and moonlights as a photographer. He has also been to Jordan on an interfaith mission and instantly loved by lovely children there. Paresh is married to Bhavana Motiwala for 31 years and she runs a daycare. They have two children, (soon to be Dr. and) Mrs. Henal Fernandes-Motiwala and a son, Punit Motiwala who's a sophomore in UML. Bhavana and Paresh together run Circles of Growth Corp where they live out their dreams of running Day Care services and a Speech & Debate club.
Latif Rasheed has been working is a licensed Psychotherapist who has been working in the field of Mental Health for the past 23 years, and in the area of Emergency Mental Health for nearly 17 years most recently. He attended graduate school at the University of the District of Columbia obtaining a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1995.
Latif has been trained and certified in a number of therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to: EMDR, TFT-dx, Medical Qi-Gong, VKD, TIR, and Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym). Latif was also certified as a Work-place Stress Prevention Facilitator by Yale University’s School of Medicine in Sept. 2006 and was later certified as a mediator in the same year by a Bethesda Maryland based community organization (Mediation Matters).
For 14 years, Latif worked as a Crisis Interventionist for a grant funded agency, providing emergency mental health services in both Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County. Presently, he is the Program Coordinator and psychotherapist for the Employee Assistance Program for a local County Fire & EMS Department. He provides, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and short-term therapy to all department personnel and sees private clients many of whom are Muslim in his private practice.
I am thrilled and honored to introduce you to Akhtari Alam, a women full of life and amazing experiences that an average person might not be able to imagine. Her journey of migration from Asian Sub-continent to the nation of immigrants has heart wrenching ebb and flows. I had the privilege to speak with her in Urdu, you can use the caption to convert it into Urdu where ever it is available.
Akhtari Alam did her MS from Dacca University,East Pakistan (now Bangladesh ) in microbiology with top position. She came to USA
in the end of 1970. Worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston in microbiology department for over 43 years. She worked for last 23 years as lead person in Mycology, which included routine mycology and teaching technologists and interns. Alam Has done many workshops in mycology. Retired four years ago and enjoying it very much.
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Dilara’s very first memories are of playing double-dutch and hopscotch on the playground, and her graduation from the Head Start preschool program for low-income children in Chicago. She is a product of Chicago Public Schools and a Catholic high school. These experiences have fueled Dilara’s ambition for equity, high quality, and accountability for all our residents – youth and adults, especially in vulnerable and developing communities.
Adjunct professor at Northwestern University and teaches school leadership.
Tech entrepreneur and founder of vPeer, an online virtual mentoring platform that focuses on accessible and effective professional mentoring for all, especially women, professionals-of-color, and those from low-income communities.
Fulbright Specialist in Education and Technology.
As an eighth grade teacher for over a decade, she focused on race and pluralism issues in the United States.
As Chief Education Officer at the Golden Apple Foundation, she led strategy and execution of all programming.
I am thrilled and excited to introduce Kausar Qidwai, born in Karachi, Pakistan, received her Master's degree in Microbiology and works in the field of Clinical Research. A mother who loves to enjoy her time, sing, and discuss all the topics of the world with her two children.
Her love for music and poetry keeps her in the zone of musical gatherings. Her favorite quote is:
Some see things as they are and say why...I dream things that never were and say why not.
She works for a device company and am primarily involved in monitoring of clinical trials. She has over 10 years of experience in clinical research and continue to be in awe of the remarkable strives her organization makes everyday. For the past five years her focus has
This week I am pleased to introduce my guest Maxine Lyons, MS, who was a professional educator with older adults for most of her 30+ year career, facilitating groups in northern CA and in the Boston area for diverse ethnic and faith groups. For the past years, she has been actively involved in CMM as a board member and Co-chair of the RUAH Interfaith Spirituality Program Committee, and acting as “spiritual accompaniment" with homeless individuals through several Boston-area organizations.
She has been happily married to Len Lyons for 40+years, (a writer and jazz pianist and teacher of jazz history), and mother of two wonderful and creative children.
My guest this week is Mona Ahmad, founder and owner of Mona's Curryations - A real Estate Agent and much much more...
In her words while talking about Mona's Curryations "I never had the opportunity to be so expressive in my life.” So don't miss listening to her.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to learn about you and myself today! You made me feel very comfortable and I enjoyed the causal and spontaneous nature of our discussion. I wish you all the best and thank you for the time and honor for being one of your invited guests!
Asif Masood has a Masters Degree in Transformational Leadership and Coaching. He has been learning and teaching social / emotional intelligence skills for the past five years. He is part of the Interfaith group at MCC and recently lead an Interfaith trip to Houston to help rebuild. He is a Principal Architect by trade.
Air Gallegos, Director of Student Programs and Curriculum:
Air Gallegos began her career as a middle school English teacher at Strive Preparatory Schools in Denver, Colorado. She lived in Denver for five years and served as a member of a curriculum design team and as a cultural responsive teaching lead, where she dedicated her energy to bringing culturally responsive teaching methods into classrooms. In 2014, she transitioned to Smart High School where she continued teaching literature to 9th-11th grade students as well as serving her school as an instructional coach and professional development lead. She is trained in non-violent communication, stress resilience, culturally responsive teaching and has worked as a social justice advocate within education for the last ten years.
"I met Shua at an interfaith anti-bullying summit, and we were immediately drawn together because of our work. It was a blessing to speak with Shua, and it provided me the time to reflect on how, as an educator, I am supporting parents- all the way to- what the meaning of my life and work. The work that Shua is doing for our community is truly meaningful, and it was a pleasure to be interviewed for her."
Burton L. Visotzky serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he joined the faculty upon his ordination as rabbi in 1977. Visotzky was a dean of Gershon Kekst Graduate School and founding rabbi of the egalitarian worship service of the Seminary Synagogue. He now serves as the Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at JTS, charged with programs on public policy. Dr. Visotzky also directs the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS.
Amy was born in New Jersey and moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut at 7 yrs. old. Graduated from Wheaton College with a Degree in Sociology. She was a tenant and community organizer in Mission Hill, Boston before getting her M.R.P. (Masters in Regional Planning) from Cornell University. She worked on affordable housing for ten years at community development corporations in Somerville, Chinatown and Roxbury Massachusetts.
Since 2006 she has been a Holocaust Educator trained by Facing History and Ourselves. She has also taught religious school for 15 yrs. She has been on the Board of her synagogue as well as served on many committees chairing several. She is a past President of her Hadassah chapter. She is the chair of the Check it Out Hadassah program which has educated over 16,000 students about the health risks of breast and testicular cancer.
She currently is a member of the Boston chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and on the board of the Groton Interfaith Council and The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation.
She is married to Joshua Degen for 31 yrs. and has two daughters.
President and CEO at Ruitenberg Lind Design Group, meet this week's energetic, vibrant, and free spirited guest, mother of two, Jagjeevan kaur Ruitenberg.
She believes that there is nothing more important than gratitude for everything in life, doesn't matter what you are facing. She does not let anything dampen her spirits. Her passion and approach to parenting, her business, and Sikh community is worth listening. She is born Jewish and converted into Sikhism. Don't miss the story of her conversion and how she lives her life to the fullest.
Sumi Mukherjee, a extremely courageous author and speaker Sumi Mukherjee published his first book titled “A Life Interrupted – the story of my battle with bullying and obsessive compulsive disorder” in July 2011. A new version of his book was published by Mountain Springs House in Jan 2014. His second book, published by Mountain Springs House in July 2014, is titled “Father Figure – my mission to prevent child sexual abuse”. His third book titled “How to stand up to workplace bullying and take on an unjust employer” was published by Marfa House in Jan 2017. Since October of 2011, Sumi has been speaking to hundreds of people around the country so others can benefit from his stories.
Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.
(Rev.) Rodney L. Petersen, Ph.D. is Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (Boston), and Executive Director of The Lord’s Day Alliance in the U.S., and a Research
Celene Ibrahim is an award-winning scholar, author, speaker, and university chaplain. She lectures and facilitates workshops at universities, theaters, libraries, houses of worship, non-profit organizations, companies, and town halls throughout the country and internationally on topics related to Islamic history, contemporary Muslim life, and women's religious leadership.
Testimonial: “It is always good to think deeper, so thank you for this.”
Danish Hussain, is a well-known theatre personality and a writer.
Danish Husain is a poet, actor, filmmaker, theatre director, columnist, one of the people who helped revive the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, Dastangoi.
A Social Worker, Musician, Interfaith Practitioner.
Pardeep is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who was gunned down during the attacks of August 5th, 2012. Pardeep grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Marquette University.
Being a former Milwaukee Police Officer and a current teacher in the inner city – Pardeep is no stranger to the never ending battle against racism, bigotry, and ignorance. He firmly believes that the lamp of knowledge and truth will outshine all the darkness in the world, and does his best to profess this through his work with Serve 2 Unite.
Testimonial: “Talking to you is like talking to a friend. The questions were good regarding parents and liked about how it feels to be parent, and how do you heal and all the questions were good, so keep them”
Testimonial: “I enjoyed it, having good conversation is important."
Dover Rugs, Owner.
Mahmud Jafri named one of the 50 most influential people in New England.
Home Engineer and Owner of Dover Rugs