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Joining the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) in 2007 as Executive Director, Chloe has furthered ICNY’s mission to bring together grassroots religious leaders with civic officials to address the city’s most pressing concerns. An Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York Chloe, Breyer founded and directed the Cathedral Forums on Religion and Public Life at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 2000-2003. Following 9/11/2001, she worked on an interfaith initiative to rebuild a mosque in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs. Chloe is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) with chapter contributions to What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World (Church Publishing 2005) and Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006).

Alyssa is a fourth year student at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, majoring in History with a concentration in Sociology. She is passionate about historical injustices and their connections to present social justice issues, and strives to learn from the experiences and insights of others. Alyssa is from Ladner, BC, but is spending her last semester at TWU’s Laurentian Leadership Centre, a live-in extension program located in the heart of Ottawa. During this time, she will be interning with the Centre for Public Dialogue.

Dr. Henry Brouwer, retired Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Redeemer University College, is the Eastern Canada Regional Climate Witness Project of the CRCNA.

Daniel Brown is pastor at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Truro, Nova Scotia. He grew up in the Ottawa valley and has studied at Algonquin College, Carleton University, and Calvin Theological Seminary. His passion for public dialogue stems from a lifelong relationship with the political process and Kuyper's reminder that "every square inch" includes engaging government from the perspective of faith. Dan is married to Nathalie, and has four children. They find as many excuses as they can to scramble along the rocks of Peggy's Cove. He currently maintains a blog at http://www.dan-brown.ca/ and moderates a Facebook group for justice themes in the Christian Reformed Church which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceleaguecrcna/. Follow him on Twitter at @danielgtbrown

Heather Buisman is a student at the University of Ottawa, studying Political Science and Public Administration. She is currently an intern for a Member of Parliament and continues to be involved in social affairs on a variety of different levels.

Rev. Dr. Gary Burge is Visiting Professor of New Testament Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from King’s College of Aberdeen University.  He served as professor of New Testament at Wheaton College for twenty-five years, and is the author of a number of books and commentaries, including John: The NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 2000), Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to “Holy Land” Theology (Baker, 2010) and Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians (Pilgrim Press, 2003, 2013).

 

Jenn has ministered in Ontario, Australia and Kelowna in a variety of contexts. She has her doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives and is passionate about creating safe space for people to bring their authentic selves into community where they can encounter and be transformed by the living God. You can find her personal website here https://www.invitationalvulnerability.com She is committed to drawing the gold out of people and seeing them empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear hope, love and joy to a hurting and lonely world. She believes that we can love each other well by imitating Christ's example of servanthood. Jenn loves Jesus, social justice, laughter, rugby and camping. When not pastoring (and sometimes while pastoring) Jenn is mom to four fabulous kids and wife to one terrific husband. 

Jenna C. Hoff is a writer and editor in Edmonton, Alberta.  She is a  member of Inglewood CRC.  She is passionate about inclusion, justice, and equity for all people.  She is a mom who adopts older kids, and is writing a devotional about social justice.  She also loves black cats.

James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, for 37 years before retiring in 2012. He has published many short stories and several novels, including Romey's PlaceIn the Silence There Are GhostsThe Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, and Touches the Sky, as well as two books of meditations, Sixty at Sixty and Honest to God. His publications within the CRC are numerous, including Our Family Album: The Unfinished Story of the CRC. New River Press (MN) is releasing a new collection of stories titled Up the Hill in August. He just finished six years on the CRC's Racial Relations Advisory Committee​. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the country just outside of Alton, Iowa.

I'm a freelance writer and social media consultant for non-profits in Charlotte, North Carolina. When I'm not feeding chickens or writing Twitter posts, I work as the director of a social enterprise that provides job training and employment to refugee women. I enjoy reading books, learning new languages, drinking coffee and debating economics and policy with friends. And occasionally weeding the garden. But only occasionally. 

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