United Religions Initiative North America Leadership Council
In 2009, a Leadership Council was formed from members of URI North America Cooperation Circles to serve in guiding the development of a region-wide organization intended to provide support for the growth and strengthening of URI throughout North America. Since then, the region has established itself as a corporation and has been approved as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization by the US Internal Revenue Service.
To learn more about applying to serve on the URI North America Leadership Council, click here.
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, URI Global Council Trustee
President of Board of Directors, Charter for Compassion CC
Dr. Campbell was inspired to strive for a culture of justice ever since Dr. Martin Luther King taught transformative nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Since then, her life’s work has been grounded in faith-based organizations, most notably in the National Council of Churches where she served as General Secretary. As one of the first female Ministers, she has always been connected with those who are marginalized and struggling to have their voices heard, and advocated for interfaith understanding as the foundation to unity and peace. Dr. Campbell has participated in some of the greatest interfaith and peacebuilding events in recent history, including leading peace missions to the Middle East and negotiating the release of American soldiers in Serbia.
Adeola is a practitioner of Yoruba Traditional Spirituality; an intuitive healer, artist, coach and author with a passion for empowering individuals and all humanity. Her journey has allowed her to serve as a advocate for interfaith dialogues, human services and in various aspects of community development. Currently, Adeola is founder of the Charlotte Red Bench Garden Cooperation Circle, a member of the United Religions Initiative. Its purpose is to grow individual and communal capacities for love, forgiveness and compassion.
Fred Fielding, URI Global Council Trustee
Chair, Interfaith Center at the Presidio CC
Fred Fielding is the Chair of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and joined the Leadership Council in January 2013. Fred has Master of Theological Studies degree with an emphasis on interfaith communication from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He also has professional experience in television and video production. Fred combines these skills with principles of Appreciative Inquiry to produce interfaith videos. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and son.
Permpreet Gill graduated from Arizona State University in Anthropology and Religious Studies. He is currently a alumni member of Sun Devils Are Better Together and a youth coordinator for Arizona Interfaith Movement. He is joining the Leadership Council to help connect youth throughout North American through interfaith dialogue and unity.
Rev. Eric Huseth, Vice Chair
Board Member, Missoula Interfaith Collaborative
Eric Huseth is pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California and also did an internship with the San Francisco Interfaith Council. He helped create Third Space, an interfaith group of young adults in San Francisco, and is passionate about beginning a Cooperation Circle in Montana soon!
Gard Jameson, At-Large Member
Chair, Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada
Boulder City, Nevada
Gard Jameson received his PhD from Pacific Graduate Institute in 2005. He teaches Asian philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to his tenure at UNLV, he spent 25 years practicing as a CPA, CFP at Piercy, Bowler, Taylor & Kern and Touche Ross. He is the author of three books, Footprints on the Sands of Time, the story of his mentor, Dr. Raymond M. Alf, Phaethon, our Mythic Moment, an ancient Greek tale that illuminates our current predicament, and Monkey, Our Mythic Moment, the grand epic of Chine. He chairs the boards of the Children’s Advocacy Alliance and the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. he sits on the boards of the VMSN and the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development.
Johnny Martin is a student at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Religion, Public Life, and Conflict. He is the founder of Sun Devils Are Better Together (SunDABT), an interfaith student organization and URI Cooperation Circle at ASU. He serves as the Director of the Arizona Interfaith Youth Movement (a subset of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, a URI Cooperation Circle) and a board member of the Arizona Faith Network (also a URI Cooperation Circle). Johnny was a Young Adult Scholar with the North American Interfaith Network in 2015 and is a former Better Together Coach at Interfaith Youth Core. He is a convert to Islam and has been practicing Sufism since he became Muslim in 2014.
Jaya Priya Reinhalter, URI Global Council Trustee
Kashi Ashram CC
Jaya Reinhalter was born and raised at Kashi, an intentional interfaith community, so interfaith approaches have been the foundation of her life and work from her earliest memories. She attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions for the first time at age 16 in 2004, and awoke to the global need for interfaith cooperation. Returning to live and work at Kashi after completing her education, Jaya Reinhalter applies the principles of her research on the capacity of intentional and interfaith communities to affect change in their larger societies, extending Kashi’s engagement and reach through partnerships with global spiritual, interfaith, and activist communities.
Ardey Turner, Chair
Circle of Healers MRCC
Ardey Turner is a Reiki Master, Healer, Trainer and Medical Intuitive. She has been a part of URI since 1998 in putting on two conferences at Stanford and at Carnegie Mellon for the charter signing. She formed the Multi- Region Circle of Healers CC. As chair of the Leadership Council, Ardey piloted a variety of experimental fundraising programs for the region.
To view former members of the URI North America Leadership Council, click here.