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Frank Fredericks is the founder of World FaithMean Communications, Çöñár Records, and Co-Founder of Religious Freedom USA.

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, Çöñár Records, and Co-Founder of Religious Freedom USA. After graduating from NYU, Frank worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga. As an active blogger, Frank has contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Sojourners.

While doing independent research in Egypt on Christian-Muslim relations, he became inspired to found World Faith, an interfaith community service organization. After developing a action-based model in New York, he traveled to conflict-prone regions finding passionate young people to replicate the model, in places like Lebanon, India, Egypt, and Sudan. World Faith is now active in ten countries.

Frank also leads Mean Communications, which consults non-profits, startups, corporations, foundations, and recording artists, on communications issues ranging from social media, branding, and marketing to viral video and web design. After consulting Park51 (wrongly called the “ground zero mosque”) on PR and social media, Frank founded Religious Freedom USA with Joshua Stanton of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, mobilizing 1,000 people in the Liberty Walk in support of Park51. Frank is an active blogger, contributing to blogs on issues ranging from business, technology, religion, and music, and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post's Religion section. He has presented World Faith to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum in 2010. Frank frequently speaks at conferences about interfaith needs, social entrepreneurship, and technology, and has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets. Frank is an alumnus of the IFYC Fellow Alliance, YouthActionNet Fellowship, and the Soliya Network Fellowship.

Frank resides in New York, New York, where he still performs as a professional musician with local artists. He has a love for languages, studying one more more at any given time. At home, he has a passion for cooking Italian food.

Entries by Frank Fredericks

The Lean Interfaith Nonprofit

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:46 PM

It's pay day. The bills are due. The fundraiser flopped, the ask unanswered. Donations are diminishing and expected grants taken for granted. Program associates are waiting for their next quarterly budget, and all you can imagine doing is sliding underneath your desk and hibernating through this financial winter. It's pay...

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Why "Marrying Unbelievers" Can Work

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Four months ago, my wife Medina and I celebrated our one year anniversary since we married each other. No sooner than having ordered Medina's present did I stumble across Kathy Keller's "Don't Take it from Me: Reasons Why You Shouldn't Marry an Unbeliever." While the article...

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From Social Entrepreneur to Communicator in Chief

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Being the founder of a startup or social business can be overwhelming. While you founded the organization to counter violence, end hunger or promote human rights, you'll likely find yourself staring at balance sheets, quelling tensions between team members and recruiting new volunteers and supporters, not to mention endlessly fundraising....

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Our Beloved Samaritans: A Vision for Evangelicalism in the 21st Century

(17) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:14 AM

"Frank, there's something I wanted to tell you tonight. I'm gay."

Sitting across the table from my friend Bart, I quickly glanced from my food to his face, almost as if by reflex. "What?" I uttered without thought.

"This last year has been really hard for me. After having my...

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From Molotov Cocktails to Just Plain Cocktails

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:04 AM

My first time in India, on a service trip, we took the last five days of our three week journey to interview survivors of the 2002 Gujarat riots that left thousands dead and over 100,000 displaced. As I heard recount after recount of the religiously fueled attacks, I couldn't imagine...

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Portraits in Faith (PHOTOS)

(32) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 11:52 AM

For almost nine years, Daniel Epstein, a Marketing Director at Procter & Gamble, has been travelling the world for business and for faith. Motivated by his own search to fill the "God-sized hole" in his life, he felt that if he did not develop some type of spiritual faith he...

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The Selfishness of Salvation

(301) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 7:36 AM

This is a rant mostly relevant to my fellow Christians. Anyone else is welcome to come along for the ride though.

Recently, I saw a young man loudly shouting to the captive audience during the rush hour on the N train. Specifically, he was passionately pontificating on the certain damnation...

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10 Life Lessons From Angry Birds

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:50 PM

I often look for meaning in trivial things. I also attempt to justify my childish behavior by waxing poetic on its fabricated connection to meaningful lessons on life. For those who know me well, you know I have a fixation on any game, no matter how ridiculous, with an obsessive...

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Love Your Neighbor: An Inspiring Story Of Two Friends

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 12:12 PM

As a Christian, I reflected over the years as what it means to "love your neighbor." When I lived in rural America, outside of Portland, Ore., this seemed like a much easier feat. Our nearest neighbor lived a few hundred yards away. I'd have to walk a mile in any direction to find someone we didn't know.

Now I live in New York City, and my "neighbor" is someone I don't know. My city, neighborhood and block are filled people who don't know me, don't care to know me, don't look like me, talk like me, smell like me, think like me, and have no desire to change that fact. This is true to the extent that I haven't yet caught the names of the couple who are subletting the apartment next to ours. In short, I literally don't even know my literal neighbors. I find that it's pretty hard to love people you don't even know. And sometimes, we all, myself included, use that as an excuse to not even try.

One day, Brendan, a young but rising DJ in New York, was coming home to his Brooklyn apartment when a homeless woman asked him for money. He said, honestly, that he had no money. By the end of the week, she asked two more times, and each no he answered "no." Finally she frankly replied, "you better not, because every day you say no." Inserting some rational thinking into an otherwise awkward conversation, he proposed, "I am on my way to a job interview. If I get the job, I will take you out for Chinese food." This promise yielded a friendship that neither were prepared for -- that changed the trajectory of their lives, both forwards toward each other.

Brendan got the job. But their friendship didn't just end with Chinese food. They built a friendship of mutual support, spending their birthdays, holidays and tough times together, over a period of eight years. When Brendan's heater broke, she made him a blanket. Two days later when he told her that he had lost his job, she disappeared, returning minutes later, bringing him groceries, and which continued to do throughout the winter. Even with so little, she never hesitated to give back.

Over these years, Jackie moved from the streets and subway stations, into a halfway house, YMCA, and is now moving into an apartment. To celebrate this occasion, Brendan wanted to do something special for Jackie. He went with her to Target, and helped her to pick out everything she'd need for an apartment, starting a registry. Then, he set up a campaign to raise the money to pay for the registry (now closed), along with an awesome video telling their story. While their original goal was to raise $500, the campaign went viral and they've raised more than $6,000, and are now looking to use the extra funding to support other women in need.

Brendan isn't a Christian, and this isn't about out-Jesusing each other. It's not even a challenge to only Christians, but everyone who struggles with the desire to be a stakeholder in their community, yet are overwhelmed by the reality of living out that desire.

I met Brendan from my music business days, through our work with Lady Gaga (him as her DJ, me as her manager), long before I got involved in non-profit work. Yet he reminds me that having a dayjob with a mission doesn't relieve us of the challenge of being loving neighbors, for the few within miles, or the thousands within blocks. Similarly, loving our neighbors, whether next door or at our door step, doesn't require a change in profession, just a willingness to speak, to listen and to give. May Brendan's story challenge us this week to step out of comfort zone, and find a new way to honor, serve and love the people around us.

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Remembering Brett McLean

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 4:09 PM

I was excited to share with you all this week the joy of marrying Medina last month. With 190 friends and family, we had a beautiful gathering of everyone who loves us, a celebration to the audacity to love and the perfect demonstration of our love to one another. But...

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Evangelical, Republican, Progressive, Me.

(76) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 7:30 AM

I thought I'd use this occasion of launching my column on Relevant with an valiant, if not awkward, attempt to reconcile my competing identities. I am an evangelical Christian, a Republican and a progressive. To many these identities seem at odds, and I often am expected to apologize...

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Youth Redefine Interfaith Activism -- Globally

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:57 AM

I've never found an easy way to explain how an evangelical Christian from rural America came to found an interfaith youth organization with chapters across the world. It began in the summer of 2006.

It was past midnight when I flew into the airport in Alexandria, Egypt, not knowing a...

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Youth Lead the Way to Interfaith Action for Development

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 10:24 AM

A child dies every 45 seconds from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, but what can I do about it?

As young interfaith activists, a Hindu Brit and a Christian American, we've been challenged in demonstrating how life in our communities, whether London or New York, can connect to...

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Tired of Lowe's? Draft Home Depot to Advertise on 'All-American Muslim'

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:05 AM

As many of you are well aware, Lowe's pulled their ads from The Learning Channel's "All-American Muslim." Or, perhaps a better way to say it is that they allowed themselves to be bullied into accepting idea that there is something inherently controversial about showing American Muslims in a "moderate" light....

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Youthless Churches and the Arab Spring: A Generation of Ideas, not Ideology

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 10:14 AM

Lately, while engaged in my work as an interfaith activist, I found myself engaging in another type of dialogue: a conversation of generational differences. At times, it seems that religious leaders haven't quite wrapped their heads around the thoughts and actions of religious millennials. Whether discussing the Arab...

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An Interfaith Generation Unwilling to Wait

(5) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 3:00 PM

When religious tension between Muslims and Christians rocked northern Nigeria on Jan. 8 of this year, the refrain of religiously fueled violence sounded so much like it had before. The "other" was at fault for the...

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Protecting Pastafarians: When Does Religious Freedom Become Ridiculous?

(64) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 12:57 PM

While doing my daily routine of scanning religious freedom articles, I came across a rather striking headline: "'Pastafarian' Wins Religious Freedom Right to Wear Pasta Strainer for Driving Licence."

To save you the effort of reading the original story, essentially a guy in Austria got the pasta...

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Post-Bin Laden: 9/11 and the Conversation We Never Had

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 2:44 PM

Few Americans can forget where they were when they heard about the attacks of 9/11. New Yorkers fled Manhattan while the rest of the nation watched in horror on television. For many husbands and wives, it meant that their loved ones were lost in the wreckage. For all Americans, no...

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God, We Need Atheists

(451) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 11:20 AM

The discourse between evangelical Christians and atheists has been antipodal at best. Whether it is Richard Dawkins calling faith "the great cop-out," or countless professed Christians using "godless" like an offensive epithet, we've reached new lows. In fact, generally the discussion quickly descends into a volley of talking points and...

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Islamophobia: The Challenge of Our Generation

(24) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 10:46 AM

In American history, there have been flash points of controversy, contrasted to continued struggles for equality. Americans from the Muslim community has moved from the former to the latter. Since the summer's media obsession over Park51, wrongly dubbed the "Ground Zero Mosque," we have seen many flash points flare up,...

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