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Rev. Donald Heckman
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Rev. Donald "Bud" Heckman is the Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA. Formerly, he was the Director for External Relations of Religions for Peace International and the Director for External Relations of the Coexist Foundation. In 2009-10, he served on the Interfaith Cooperation Task Force of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

An ordained Christian minister from the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Heckman also formerly served as Chief Development Officer of Hartford Seminary; Secretary General of Religions for Peace USA; Executive Secretary in the Mission Volunteers unit of the General Board of Global Ministries; and Program Administrator for the World Congress of Philosophy.

A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Rev. Heckman holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Boston University’s Division of Religion and Theological Studies. He has served rural, urban, and suburban churches in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.

A frequent speaker and writer on interfaith relations, Rev. Heckman edited the award-winning InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook (SkyLight Paths, 2008).

Blog Entries by Rev. Donald Heckman

Why the 'Interfaith Movement' Must Rebrand

(31) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:17 PM

We've Got A Brand Problem

If I ask you what the human rights, civil rights or environmental movements are about, you likely can give a semi-coherent description that sounds something like what your neighbor might say if we asked her as well. The interfaith relations movement, on the other...

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What Happens When Governments Foster Interfaith Action?

(7) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:43 PM

The Potential Impact of the New Saudi-Sponsored Interfaith Center in Vienna

The question is no longer, "Should governments foster interreligious action?" but instead, "How should they do it?" And then, "What happens when they do?"

Governments have been helping to advance interreligious dialogue for many years, particularly since 9/11. They...

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Are We There Yet? The Progress of the Interfaith Movement

(10) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 3:54 PM

How do we know when we have arrived in the interfaith movement? When religious pluralism is normative? When religious differences don't cause conflict or even concern?

Things have been changing rapidly in the expanding field of interfaith relations. Therefore, it may be worth measuring our progress by some milestones...

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Honoring the Dead: A Military Son's Christian Proposal for Peace

(215) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 3:20 PM

From the first generation that came over on the boat to America, every generation of my family has served in war. Many died, especially in the Civil War, including a great-grandfather and several of his sons. Their extraordinary hardship and sacrifice live within me.

As a child, in the...

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