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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
Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Center for Interreligious Understanding, Rome, Italy
Rabbi Barry Block, Congregation B’nai Israel, Little Rock, AR
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
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
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
Dr. Sharon Groves, Auburn Seminary, New York, NY
Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris, Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, PA
George Hoguet, Laughing Rivers Sangha, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Canon Natalie L.G. Hall, Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA
Valarie Kaur, Revolutionary Love Project, Venice Beach, CA
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
Chief Abbot Bhante Pemaratana, Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, PA
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Washington, D.C.
Shuru Sari Purnima, Sangha Dhammapada, Mexico City, Mexico
Pastor Bob Roberts, Northwood Church, Keller, TX
Bishop Gene Robinson, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY
Metropolitan Savas, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, PA
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Founding Rabbi, Congregation Kehillah, Phoenix, AZ
sOm Sharma, Alliance for Humanitarian Initiatives, Nonviolence, and Spiritual Advancement (AHINSA), Monroeville, PA
Rabbi Jeff Sirkman, Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY
Rev. Tim Smith, Center of Life, Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Dave Swanson, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Swissvale, PA
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati/Los Angeles/NewYork/Jerusalem
Rev. B. De Neice Welch, Ph.D., Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD, MSEd, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA