Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square

Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square unites faith leaders for justice and compassion.

Our Clergy Organization is made up of individual members in these categories:

  • Faith Leaders: authorized by ordination, commissioned by faith community, or involved in congregational leadership.
  • Friends: welcome to attend large group meetings and participate on committees.

Annual Membership

  • Faith Leaders: Dues of $90 annually (90 is a multiple of 18, the Jewish meaning for life).
  • Friends: Donations are welcome, but not mandatory.

Structure

  • Executive Committee: Convener, Convener-Elect/Treasurer, Executive Director, CEO of The Thanks-Giving Foundation.
  • Leadership Council: Made up of 14 to 15 members who are appointed by the Executive committee, responsible for decision-making as needed.
  • Committees: Each chair will nominate a Chair-Elect.
    1. Civic Engagement Committee
      Task Forces: Each coordinator will nominate a co-coordinator

      1. Housing Solutions (Homelessness)
      2. Equal Justice (Law Enforcement)
      3. Migrant Status (Refugees and Immigrants)
      4. Gun Sense (Gun control and Gun Violence)
    2. Crisis Management Committee
    3. Communication Committee
    4. New Members & Relationship Committee

Executive Committee

Almas Muscatwalla – Honorary Executive Director

Pastor George Mason – Convener

Rev. Rachel Baughman – Convener-Elect

Kyle Ogden – President & CEO, The Thanks-Giving Foundation

Leadership Council 2018-2021

Rabbi Andrew Paley – Committee Chair, New Membership & Relationship

Rev. Daniel Kanter – Committee Chair, Communication

Rev. Wes Magruder – Committee Chair, Crisis Management

Rev. Heather Mustain – Committee Chair, Civic Engagement

Imam Omar Sulaiman – Emeritus Co-Chair FFD@TGS

Rabbi Nancy Kasten – Emeritus Co-Chair FFD@TGS

Rev. Michael Waters – Emeritus Co-Chair FFD@TGS

President Mark Romney – Member at large

Rev. Andy Stoker – Member at large

Kambiz Rafraf – Member at large

Imam Shpendim – Member at large

Harbhajan Singh – Member at large

Rabbi Ari Sunshine – Member at large

Fr. Stephen Bierschenk – Member at large

Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas – Member at large

Rev. Irie Session- Member at large

Committee Chairs

Rabbi Andrew Paley – Committee Chair, New Membership & Relationship

Rev. Daniel Kanter – Committee Chair, Communication

Rev. Wes Magruder – Committee Chair, Crisis Management

Rev. Heather Mustain – Committee Chair, Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement Task Forces

Housing Solutions (Rev. Jonathan Grace)

Equal Justice (Rev. Joshua Manning)

Migrant Status (Rabbi Nancy Kasten)

Gun Sense (Rev. Deanna Hollas)

Dallas Morning News Faith Advisory Committee

Faith Leaders from Faith Forward Dallas are invited to be part of the Faith Advisory Committee for The Dallas Morning News. (See the letter below from DMN Publisher, Grant Moise)

This committee promises to be an opportunity to discuss some of the most important questions facing our community in a setting designed to inform articles published in the national paper of Texas, The Dallas Morning News.  The discussion itself will be off the record, but we hope it will help shape a regular column we will publish weekly in our Sunday Points section.

We will hold meetings monthly at various locations across the area.  For our first meeting, the Rev. Chris Girata has graciously agreed to host us, so please join us in extending a hearty thank you to Rev. Girata and St. Michael.

Our overall aim for the column is to discuss issues relating living one’s faith.  Each month we will offer a topic to start a discussion. This month, we suggest starting off with the topic of education.  What is the role of faith institutions, faith leaders and lay people of faith in improving k-12 education?

The Dallas Morning News Faith Advisory Committee is an initiative to prompt and reflect in the newspaper a full and sophisticated faith discussion on issues in the news and everyday life. Our approach is to gather respected North Texas faith leaders for monthly discussions that may yield ideas for commentary and editorials.

Members

Rev. George Mason
Rabbi Andrew Paley
Rev. Daniel Kanter
Imam Omar Sulaiman
Rabbi Nancy Kasten
Rev. Michael Waters
Rev. Andy Stoker
Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas
Imam Azhar Subedar
Rev. Richie Butler
Rev. Bryan Carter
Rev. Christopher Girata
Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Rev. Rachel Baughman
Bishop Michael McKee
Almas Muscatwalla
Kyle Ogden

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