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What Role Do Faith Communiites Have to Play?


What role do faith communities have to play in the struggle for justice, peace, and the guardianship of the Earth? What does each faith have that propels us forward and sustains us? And how do we work together?
FRIDAY August 24, 2018 - 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Room 3


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Rev. Dr. Art
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Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs is the executive director of The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity a statewide faith-based organization, that advocates immigrant rights, quality education, and health care. He was president of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and president of Pacific Media Ministry, a television production company that produced local and network programs. Presently, he is pastor of the Los Angeles Filipino United Church of Christ. As a former executive with the international ministries of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Cribbs traveled to more than 20 countries, itinerated and accompanied global partners who visited the United States. He was the executive director of the United Church of Christ Office of Communication and restructured the department through cross-discipline training; redesigned the UCC’s national newspaper; and, reconstituted the television production studio with a weekly program on national television. Dr. Cribbs’ has an extensive background in broadcast news and talk radio. He produced and hosted the television specials, “Stories of the Soul: Life after 9/11” for which he won an Emmy Award and “Changing Faces of AIDS” which was nominated for an Emmy. In the mid-1990s, he was employed by KPIX-TV in San Francisco as the East Bay bureau chief and a special commentator during the O.J. Simpson trial. In Chicago, Dr. Cribbs was heard daily on WVON, WGCI-AM, and V-1O3 as a talk show host; he appeared weekly on WLS-TV and WMAQ-TV with the Chicago Church Federation television programs from 1987 to 1989. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley in political science, Master of Divinity from the Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry (with the president’s academic excellence award) from the Claremont School of Theology.

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Executive Director of Netiya
Devorah Brous is the Founding Executive Director of Netiya, an organization to connect faith institutional resources to food justice movements. She is a community organizer with two masters degrees in Development Studies and Israel Studies from Hebrew University and has been trained extensively in facilitation, mediation, and nonviolent communication. She immigrated to Israel and lived there for 15 years, where she organized on the front lines as the founder of Bustan (orchard), an award-winning Jewish/Bedouin environmental justice NGO. Since moving to LA in 2008, she became a UC Master Gardener, a food preserver, a certified composter, and a permaculture designer. Devorah is passionate about fermenting and canning homegrown food; aquaponics; and wildcrafting medicine for family and friends. She speaks Hebrew and Arabic and believes in the power of the land to bring us all together. She lives with her husband Laurence Weber; their two little wizards, Sela and Zeke; and seven happy hens.

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Dr. Eba
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Founding President of The Hassan Hathout Foundation (
Dr. Eba Hathout, a Muslim physician and humanitarian, is the Founding President of The Hassan Hathout Foundation (, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread the message of “Love in God.” Eba’s interest in the Islamic concepts of peace, justice and love first developed through familiarity with the philosophy of her late father (Dr. Hassan Hathout) as a Muslim physician, theologian and ethicist who promoted confluence between interfaith communities, supported leaders such as ICUJP’s founder Rev. George Regas, and authored a diverse corpus of Islamic literature. Eba’s international background was a strong motivation to her interfaith work. She was born in Egypt, educated in Britain, Kuwait and Switzerland, before coming to the US where she pursued an academic medical career and is currently Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For the past eight years, as president of the Hassan Hathout foundation, Eba has been conducting national student contests titled ‘how to grow a loving heart” as well as interfaith dialogue events titled “For the Love of Tomorrow.” She lives in Pasadena where she participates in neighboring interfaith initiatives. In addition to intra- and interfaith work in promoting ‘Love in God,’ her interests include spirituality, medical ethics, poetry and piano.

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