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Meet the Community

Since its conception in 2020, the Sofa Spirituality community has been growing to include an ever-wider circle of neighbors. We are grateful for each and every voice, and we invite you to bring your community into our network.


We are proud to have presented customized Sofa Dialogues in partnership with:

  • Arizona Faith Network
  • Congregation Ahavath Torah, Englewood, NJ
  • Jewish Community Center Association, North America
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
  • Metro Community Church, Englewood, NJ
  • Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, Monroeville, PA
  • Multi Faith Neighbors Network, Pittsburgh, PA

Our Interviewees are affiliated with these organizations:

Fr. Paul Abernathy, St. Moses the Black Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, PA; Neighborhood Resilience Project, Pittsburgh, PA
Imam Abdullah Antepli, Sanford School at Duke University, Durham, NC
Shuru Vasu Bandhu, Arizona Faith Network
Mustafa Bahar, Arizona Faith Network and Sema Foundation
Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Center for Interreligious Understanding, Rome, Italy
Pastor Doug Bland, Executive Director of Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, AZ
Rabbi Barry Block, Congregation B’nai Israel, Little Rock, AR
Rev. Quinn Caldwell, United Church of Christ, Greater Syracuse, NY
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Counts, Homewood AME Zion Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Kotoku Ray Crivello, Zen Center of Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Lavey Derby, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA
Shaykh Abdul Hakeem Dickenson, Scholar and teacher
Rev. Darnell Drewery, Center for Victims, Pittsburgh, PA; Shyne Awards Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, PARITY, New York NY; Blessed by Difference, New York NY
Rev. Janet Edwards, Auburn Seminary, New York, NY
Rabbi Daniel Fellman, Temple Sinai, Pittsburgh, PA
Keshira haLev Fife, Kesher Pittsburgh, PA; Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, North America
Rev. Richard Freeman, Resurrection Baptist Church, Braddock, PA
Rabbi Seth Goldstein, Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Olympia, WA
Pastor Chris Griffin, Allison Park Church, PA
Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund, Senior Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Indianapolis, IN; Author and Advocate
Rabba Shani Gross, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies North America, NY
Dr. Sharon Groves, Auburn Seminary, New York, NY
Rev. Canon Natalie L.G. Hall, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris, Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, PA
George Hoguet, Laughing Rivers Sangha, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Mike Holohan, Commonwealth Church of Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Darrick Jackson, Director of Ministries for Lifelong Learning, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Chicago, IL
Valarie Kaur, Revolutionary Love Project, Venice Beach, CA
Dr. Parisima Kazemi, Bahai
Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa, Director of Ministries for Lifelong Learning, Arizona Faith Network
Bishop Kurt Kusserow, SWPA Synod, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Venerable Bhikkhu Mandalarlankara, Sangha Council of Myanmar
Rev. Canon Eric Mcintosh, St. James Episcopal Church, Penn Hills, PA
Wasi Mohamed, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Loren Monosov, Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, NJ
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Western PA Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Rabbi Jeffrey Hazzan Myers, Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha Congregation, Pittsburgh, PA
Skyler Oberst, Spokane, WA
Emiola Oriola, Founding Program Manager, Office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh
Chief Abbot Bhante Pemaratana, Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, PA
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Washington, D.C.
Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, NJ
Shuru Sari Purnima, Sangha Dhammapada, Mexico City, Mexico
The Right Rev. Jennifer Reddall, 6th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, Phoenix
Pastor Bob Roberts, Northwood Church, Keller, TX
Bishop Gene Robinson, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY
Metropolitan Savas, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Jewish Silicon Valley, CA
Rabbi Shari Shamah, The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee, WI
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Founding Rabbi, Congregation Kehillah, Phoenix, AZ
sOm Sharma, Alliance for Humanitarian Initiatives, Nonviolence, and Spiritual Advancement (AHINSA), Monroeville, PA
Cantor Leon Sher, Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, NJ
Rabbi Jeff Sirkman, Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY
Rev. Tim Smith, Center of Life, Pittsburgh, PA
Mike Snow, Pittsburgh Stake, Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Professor Raja Sooriamurthi, Sri Venkateswara Temple, Monroeville, PA
Rev. Dave Swanson, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Swissvale, PA
Dr. Octaviana Trujillo, Co-Director for Healing the Border Project, Indigenous Alliance without Borders, AZ
Sister Janice Vanderneck, Casa San Jose, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Gavin Walton, Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati/Los Angeles/New York/Jerusalem
Rev. B. De Neice Welch, Ph.D., Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Caitlin Werth, Waverly Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD, MSEd, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA