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Rev. Donald Heckman
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Rev. Bud Heckman serves as Executive Director of the International Shinto Foundation (New York) and Communications Director of Worldwide Support for Development (Tokyo), two global foundations. In addition, he is the co-founder and convenor of the Interfaith Funders Group.

Rev. Heckman served on the Interreligious Cooperation Task Force for President Obama through 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 has served formerly as: Director of Outreach and the Mosaic Initiative at El-Hibri Foundation; Senior Advisor to Religions for Peace USA; Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA, Director for External Relations for Religions for Peace International, Chief Development Officer of Hartford Seminary, Executive Secretary in the Mission Volunteers unit of the General Board of Global Ministries, and Program Administrator for the World Congress of Philosophy.

A frequent speaker and writer on interfaith relations, Rev. Heckman is editor of an award winning reference book for the field called InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook (SkyLight Paths, 2008). He lives in Manhattan.

Entries by Rev. Donald Heckman

Obama's Interfaith Vision and the Restlessness of Our Wretched Refuse

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Many people are very discouraged by the current climate of anti-Muslim and anti-"other" rhetoric that so fills the airwaves. However, the larger reality is that we are progressing as anation towards a more positive appropriation of our rich religious diversity. It comes with fits and starts, albeit. But don't be...

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Why the 'Interfaith Movement' Must Rebrand

(31) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 2:17 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 | 5:43 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 | 4:54 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 | 4:20 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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