Nahid Angha

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There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions“.

— Hans Küng, President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic

The term interreligious dialogue refers to constructive and positive exchanges between members or leaders of different religious traditions. There are numerous local, national and international interfaith initiatives, many of which are formally or informally linked and work together. The panelists bring to this conversation extensive personal experience in interfaith work both on national and global levels. After brief individual presentations, they will engage each other and the audience.


Nahid Angha, Ph. D., is a Muslim Sufi scholar, human rights activist, translator, lecturer, and author of over sixteen published works. She is the Co-director of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), founder of Sufi Women’s Organization, and the main representative of the IAS for the United Nations NGO/DPI. She is the first Muslim woman inducted into the Marin County Women’s Hall of Fame and she is also the recipient of the 2012 Visionary Award from the Marin Interfaith Council. Dr. Angha’s dedication to peace has led her to serve in various leadership roles in large-scale international interfaith organizations including InterfaithCenter at the Presidio, San Francisco, Parliament of the World Religions, the Institute for World Religions, and UNESCO.

Rev. Charles P. Gibbs has served as founding Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative for the past 17 years. He has worked with religious, spiritual and other leaders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. He has been a featured speaker internationally and has written extensively about interfaith cooperation. He co-authored with colleague Sally Mahé, Birth of a Global Community, a book on the birth of the United Religions Initiative. In addition, he has published many articles on interfaith work, contributed a chapter to Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding, published by the United States Institute of Peace, and co-authored, with colleague Barbara Hartford, a chapter in Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding. His essay, Opening the Dream: Beyond the Limits of Otherness, appears in the anthology, Deepening the American Dream. As an Episcopal priest, Charles brings to his work a strong commitment to spiritual transformation and to work for peace, justice and healing, as well as an abiding belief in the sacredness of all life on this planet.