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The Art of
Conscious Living & Parenting Podcast

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What is the Future of Neuro diverse Children?

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1. What is Autism?   2. How STEP AHEAD is making a difference in Lahore, Pakistan?   3. Why did Sadia Atif, the founder and owner of the AUTISM school STEP AHEAD started this school?  

What is the Future of Neuro-diverse Children?

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Step Ahead provides interventions to kids at Neuro diverse disorders, Do Psychological assessments, believe in and provide a true Inclusive Care Setup.  Visit :  m.me/stepaheadinclusive

Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris

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The beauty of Kashmir, its people, arts and rich delicious cuisine is admirable. However, since August 5th, 2019  India revoked the article 370 and took away the autonomy of Kashmir and its people.

Kashmir, Genocide, Caged and Lockdown

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Being a Kashmiri and having seen the conflict firsthand in Kashmir, Arshad believes in staying thankful in better times but but not losing focus and courage in adversity

Speaker, Writer & Coach

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Sheila illuminates meaning and purpose where it seems lost, especially in the shadowy, dark, uncertain places so that the best of ourselves and our teams can be reclaimed and empowered. 

Feminine face of God

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Get to Know Sheila, Your Co-Creator in the Coaching Experience Expanding Mastery Coach, Speaker, Facilitator Sheila is a student of the human experience in all of its complexity.

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What is Mandatory Payment in Marriage? Haq Mahr

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Had the opportunity to Skype with Dr Shehzad Saleem on a very important topic of Mandatory Payment in Islamic Marriage, called Haq Mahr.

conscious entrepreneurship

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David Wagstaff, the founder of Alfrea.com, Clarityfi.com and Entrepreneursnet.net. A gentle soul with a heart to do good for others. 

Founder of Entrepreneurs Network

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How can you make a difference for 100K people? The Story behind Entrepreneurs Network Founder David Wagstaff

Generation Z - Character?

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Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 4-24 years old (nearly 74 million in U.S.)

What is Freedom? Gen z

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I am very interested in biology and science. For hobbies I love to hangout with friends and collect hats from different places. 

How to Fulfill Yourself?

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"I have travelled to India, Germany, east and west coast of America, and the Caribbean. I also enjoy skiing, jet skiing, biking."

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Certified PermaCulture design

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Tallessyn Zawn Grenfell-Lee recently earned her Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Ethics from Boston University School of Theology. 

What is Eco Feminist Ethics?

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She is a regular contributor to the Feminism and Religion Blog, where she continues to explore intersections of ecofeminism/ecojustice, grief, nature connection, and parenting.

What is Arabic Calligraphy?

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Nuria Garcia Masip grew up between Spain and the U.S.A. In 1999, She completed her B.A. in French and Spanish Literature at The George Washington University, U.S.A., she traveled to Morocco.  

Arabic Calligrapher from Spain

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Nuria is currently living in Paris, France, where she teaches and works on calligraphy. She has won prestigious prizes in international calligraphy competitions and her work forms part of various private and museum collections. 

Humans of Oslo - Founder

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Founder of Humans of Oslo - Iffit Qureshi.  Humans of Oslo was started up in July 2012, one year after the 22nd July 2011 terrorist attacks in the heart of Oslo and on the island of Utøya. 

Pakistani Scottish - Norwegian

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Iffit Qureshi founder and photographer behind this project decided to focus on who people are and not their ethnicity, faith or sexuality.

Short Video Clips

What do you like? clip 1

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Short clips 1 - WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?   During season 2, you will find short videos of my guests and their amazing replies on various questions.

Self - Healing Retreat 2019

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Behind the scenes of the Retreat in Islamabad 2019  SELF - HEALING & TRANSFORMATION (Pakistan 2019) To provide an option of a healthier and happier lifestyle. 

Christian Repentance clip 2

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Clips from Jacob Jones and Margaret’s Bullitt-Jonas interviews: To learn about both the guest, please visit the website or the channel. For full interviews, you can watch for Jacob - EP: 55 & for Margaret EP: 58.

Have a bigger heart? Clip 3

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Short Clips 3 from interviews with Samira Mumtaz and Rachel Aghara. Don't miss watching complete episodes 16, 17, 18, 52 & 53.

What is Parenting? Clip 4

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Judy’s and Daisy’s conversations on lightupwithshua. You can go to episodes 15 & 16 audio and 47 & 48 video for Judy. And for Daisy Khan 12 & 13 audio and Ep: 44 & 45 video. 

Listening & Respect? Clip 5

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Short Clip 5 For a complete episode with Dennis. Please go to Ep: 35.

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A Social Media Activist

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Yasir Khan Ali Zai after completing his studies he started to work in UAE as Assistant IT. He is a social media activist, political analyst, and human rights activist.

Old & New Testament & Qur'an

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He has also compiled a modular textbook on Qur’anic Studies, which was taught by him to graduate students (1999-2001).

The Power of One

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A bold and interesting conversation with Dr. Shehzad Saleem, a fellow of AL-Mawrid Institute from Lahore, Pakistan. 

Dean & Assistant Prof

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Dr. Mariam Chughtai is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor at the LUMS School of Education. She is also the Director of Pakistan Programs Institute at Harvard University. 

Lahore Univ. of MgMt Sciences

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She has a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Harvard University specializing in Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice. 

Islamic Scholar - Al Mawrid

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He recently (2014) completed a fifteen year research work on the History of the Qur’an, a part of which constituted his doctoral thesis. 

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The Silent Traveler

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The Silent Traveler is his personal travelogue where he shares his travel experiences with us.  Sher Ali is a software engineer by profession and currently a freelance "Rockstar WordPress developer."  

A Young Pakistani Canadian

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Shaznoor ,who talks on diversity, food, culture, living styles, religion, and parenting! The conversation doesn’t stop here. 

A 6 yr old knows her boundaries

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Do you know your boundaries? A candid conversation with a 6 year old, first grade student on lightupwithshua podcast. Who knows what is a friend.

US Policy & Globalization

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Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, 

Founder of ISPU

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Saeed A. Khan is the founder of ISPU - Institute For Social Policy and Understanding.

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Youth & Future

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(Urdu) Hope you will enjoy watching and listening to Ashal, a 14 year old and Rohan an 11 year old. Their views on parenting, education, and much more.  Future of Pakistan

Principal of School in Pakistan

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(Urdu) What is the state of Village People? Join me in my conversation with the Principal of a school in a village in Punjab. Who is dedicated and is from a family of educators.

A Poet and a Publisher

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(Urdu) -  On what is life?Saleem Akhtar Gurnami graduated in Urdu Adab and Iqbaliyat fromIslamia University of Bahawalpur.

Motor Biker in a Village

A girl from a village in Pakistan who wants to become a doctor and rides a bike since she was 12.

(Urdu) A girl from a village in Pakistan who wants to become a doctor and rides a  motor bike since she was 12 years old. Reads the Qur'an twice a day. 

A world renowned cartoonist

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(Urdu) Mr. Shujaat Ali is among the pioneers of animated political cartoon. Also known as the most modern political/editorial cartoonist among his contemporary practitioners.

Political/editorial cartoonist

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(Urdu) Mr. Shujaat Ali is  known as the most modern political/editorial cartoonist among his contemporary practitioners, both domestically in Pakistan and abroad. 

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Visited 32 countries - A PhD

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A native of Switzerland, Cherney is fluent in several languages and has visited 32 countries on five continents, and 48 U.S. states. 

Six Brilliant Brains

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(Urdu) Young guests, six of them who range from 17 years old to 8 years old. Minahil (17), Eshal (14), Amna (14), Noor-ul-Huda (10), Maryam (8), Muhammad Tameem (10). 

Vice Principal of Gov. school

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(Urdu) A Vice Principal in a government school in a village demands better management in the village school. A confident brilliant and intelligent woman.

General Manager

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(Urdu) Hussain Kaisrani part 1

His establishment is registered and approved by the Punjab Healthcare Commission, Govt. of Punjab (No. R-31768)

Chief Homeopathic consultant

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(Urdu) Hussain Kaisrani - The Chief Consultant at HOMEOPATHIC Consultancy, Lahore, is highly educated, experienced, capable, rational, scholarly, writer, and a blogger.

Gender Selective Abortion

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(Urdu) Sadia Atif was part of a collaboration  with Shirakat NGO on the topic of 'Sex Selective Abortion.' The exhibition was held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA)."  

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UPF Media Producer

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Daniel Tutt, Ph.D. is a filmmaker, philosopher and interfaith activist. His research for ISPU looks at Muslims in America, Islamophobia, and inter-religious dialogue.

Priest, Author, Retreat Leader

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Margaret seeks to inspire and support a wave of religious activism to address the climate crisis, deepen reverence for God’s creation, and create a more just and sustainable society.

Climate Activist

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An Episcopal priest, author, retreat leader, and climate activist Margaret Bullitt-Jonas; serves as Missioner for Creation Care.

What Lights You Up?

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This episode is a collection of multiple episodes on the last question I always ask my guests which is, What lights you up?

Isabelle Cherney Part 1

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Isabelle Cherney is the founding director of Creighton’s Doctor of Education and master’s programs in interdisciplinary leadership. A brilliant woman.

A Native of Switzerland

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She previously worked at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she last served as associate dean of the graduate school and professor of psychology. 

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Dover Rugs CEO

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"For three generations, The Jafri family has been designing, weaving, and exporting fine, hand-knotted rugs

Traveler & photographer

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 https://youtu.be/_G-3-_yuMl4 - TED TALK

Samira Mumtaz Part 1

Samira is also a passionate traveler and an amateur photographer.

TEDx Talk & a Mother

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(Urdu) TV Samira Mumtaz Part 2 

An alumna of the University of the Punjab with her MPhil and Masters in English Literature 

Black Christian Men

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TV Jacob Jones Part 1

Jacob Jones is African American and native to Boston. He has a Bachelor or Arts in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Urban Ministry.

Christian Fasting

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Tv Jacob Jones Part 2

Jacob Jones is African American and native to Boston. He has a Bachelor or Arts in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Urban Ministry.

Fighting Bigotry through Media

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TV Daniel Tutt part 1

UPF - Unity Production Foundation The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to counter bigotry and create peace through the media. 

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Speech Pathologist

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Rachel Aghara, Speech pathologist

SPECIAL 50th TheMillennials Part 1

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The Millennials part 2

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The Millennials part 3

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Traveller & Founder

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Mother, Writer, Photographer

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Oasis of Peace

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Samah and Noam from Oasis of Peace.  What is the meaning of co-existence of Palestinians and Israeli.  “I am Jewish/Israeli but I was nurtured by Palestinian mothers..."

WISE - End Extremism

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WISE - Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality's founder Daisy Khan. She attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for her BSc in Aviation Computer Science 

Aeronautical Engineer

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Faiza came to the US from Karachi, Pakistan when she was only 18 as an only child trying to keep up with her mother's dream that her only daughter will be SOMETHING one day.

Robotics Team Advisor

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Faiza Khan is currently the Robotics Team Advisor, MIT Beaverworks Advisor and is finishing up her practicum for a curriculum Director, a role she is not sure if she want to take in the future.

Interfaith Practioner & A Pilot

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Judy Nauman is retired after 31 years with Federal Aviation Administration; majority of my time spent in the Air Traffic Organization in leadership/management positions 

Retired FAA Employee

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Judy Nauman is retired after 31 years with Federal Aviation Administration; she serves as the Vice President for the Groton Interfaith Council. 

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Co-founder of Neighborly Faith

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He is co-founder of Neighborly Faith, an initiative which asks, "What would it be for people of other religions to see evangelical Christians as the most hospitable and loving members of their society?"

PhD - Dartmouth College

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A 4th-year PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Works in surgical image guidance.

Attorney & Speaks Rushglish

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Yelena, who was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. at a young age. A practicing attorney, Yelena seeks to build bridges across cultures, faiths, and political perspectives.

Biotech - Columbia University

Columbia University Graduate

Najia Malik A young girl who knows what she wants! A recent Columbia University graduate in Biotechnology with focus on drug development.

Aftari-on-Wheels Founder

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Samira Mumtaz is also a selfless social worker who has taken some remarkable initiatives with some of her friends like the project “Aftari on Wheels”  to comfort the people of her city.

Rabbi: One of the 50

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Rabbi Shira Stern was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1983 and earned her Doctor of Ministry from HUC-JIR in 2004.

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Poetess & Story writer

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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. 

Public Speaking Coach

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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.

Psychotherapist & Coach

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Latif Rasheed, a trained therapist who runs Western Sunrise Integrative Energy Collaborative in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He has been working in the field of Mental Health for the past 23 years, 

Retired Microbiologist

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 Akhtari Alam 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.

Real Estate Professional

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There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional – integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing ...

Political Candidate

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Adjunct professor at Northwestern University and teaches school leadership.

Tech entrepreneur and founder of vPeer, an online virtual mentoring platform 

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Director of Student Programs

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Air Gallegos, Director of Student Programs and Curriculum. A beautiful young women with amazing talents and abilities. Enjoy the conversation.


Clinical Research Manager

Kausar Qidwai

She works for a device company and am primarily involved in monitoring of clinical trials.  Her love for music and poetry keeps her in the zone of musical gatherings.

Jazz Pianist

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Maxine Lyons: 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

Entrepreneur - Startup Founder

Mona Ahmad

Mona AhmadCreated and founded a start-up, which sells an innovative food product, frozen fully prepped ready to cook Halal entrees that represent Pakistani/Indian cuisine.

Leadership Coach

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 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.

Educator-Community Organizer

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Fatima Masood has been in the field of education since past 15 years. She holds a Masters in Special Education. Has worked in Marlboro Township Public schools and was a Sunday school Principal for 5 years 

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Holocaust Educator

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Amy Degen: Since 2006 she has been a Holocaust Educator trained by Facing History and Ourselves. She has also taught religious school for 15 yrs.

Community Organizer

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Lubna Malik:  "Life is a journey – we enter from one door and exit via another. The way we make the trip determines our legacy; I want to share what I have learnt and what I am learning with my children; 

Goldziher Prize - Rabbi Visotzky

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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. 

Catholic convert to Islam

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Dr. Celene Ibrahim is an accomplished scholar, author, university chaplain, lecturer, and consultant. She is widely published on academic forums

Jewish and converted into Sikhism

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She is born Jewish and converted into Sikhism.She believes that there is nothing more important than gratitude for everything in life, doesn't matter what you are facing.

Survivor of Bullying

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Sumi Mukherjee, an 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

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Former Executive Director of BTI

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He is an Executive Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (Boston), and Executive Director of The Lord’s Day Alliance in the U.S., and a Research Associate at Boston University School of Theology. 

Former Milwaukee Police Officer

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Our journey began in America when I was 6 years old. When my mother, father, brother, and myself immigrated over, our status simply read “Resident Alien.”

Artist, Actor, Urdu Story Teller

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 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.

Social Worker

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My first experience of interfaith work started about five and a half years ago. I was then in the middle of doing my masters degree in human rights at the university of Uppsala in Sweden and I was planning for the semester of field work.

Councilman of Wampanoag Tribe

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Traditional singer, dancer, speaker and carver, Jonathan Perry is grounded in the traditions of his ocean-going ancestors. He considers designs by examining the raw materials closely, and draws his images from the grain, hues, and patina of wood, stone and copper. 

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Director of JCM

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Professor Joseph Kelley at Merrimack College is a Religious and Theological Studies, Professor and Co-chair; Director, Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations Religious and Theological Studies.

Dover Rugs Owner

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In addition to consistently being recognized for the impressive growth of his business, Dover Rug & Home, Mr. Jafri has also received accolades for his commitment to community development and educating and promoting a better understanding of his culture and heritage.

Owner Dover Rugs

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Zeba Jafri, a prudent and a levelheaded person, mother and, a wife of Mahmud Jafri of Dover Rugs. Who has been there at every step of the way with her husband and her family to an exemplary level.

Former White Supremacist

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The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.

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