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Ms Charanjit AjitSingh, Sikh, Great Britain
Actively involved in interfaith dialogue in the UK for three decades and board member of the International Interfaith Centre, Oxford. She has participated in international interfaith conferences arranged by the World Council of Churches and the Vatican. Mrs AjitSingh regularly contributes articles to books, magazines, and newspapers. Her book, Wisdom of Sikhism, received excellent reviews.
The Revd Sally Bingham, Christian, USA
Director of The Regeneration Project / Interfaith Power and Light Campaign which is mobilizing a national religious response to global warming while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation.
Father Dr John T. Brinkman, M.M., Christian, Japan
Religious historian whose work has particular reference to East Asia
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Christian, Great Britain
Bishop of London since 1996. Has written several articles on religion and the environment. Founder of the Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Is an ex officio member of the House of Lords. Holds posts including chair of the ecumenical organisation London Church Leaders and is one of the directors of the Coexist organisation, which works to promote interfaith understanding. He is responsible for relations with the Orthodox Church on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Father John Chryssavgis, Christian, USA
Representing the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who has gained widespread reputation as a prominent environmentalist, putting the support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate behind various international environmental causes and initiatives, thereby earning him the title "Green Patriarch" and including him among Time Magazine's 50 most influential world leaders.
Dr Mawil Izzie Dien, Muslim, Great Britain
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK. Islamic scholar and author of a number of studies on Islam and ecology. Collaborating with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) to create a Centre for Islam and Ecology at the University to further theological and practical work by Muslim communities in the UK and world–wide. Teacher of human and social sciences and coordinator of three international scientific meetings on the spiritual patrimony, the last meeting about Spiritual Patrimony and Inter-faith Dialogue, in cooperation with Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg.
Prof. Larbi Djeradi, Muslim, Algeria
University of Mostaganem, Algeria. Member of the commission of IFAPA, Inter-faith Action for Peace in Africa, and of the Scientific Committee of Djanatu-al-Arif, Mediterranean Foundation of Sustainable development. As one of the African Delegates Prof. Djeradi also participated in the Asia-Africa Spiritual Summit 2007, Awakening of Global Compassionate Leadership.
Prof. Xiaoxin He, Daoist, China
Head of the China Program of ARC, Alliance of Religions and Conservation.
Sheikha Amina al-Jerrahi, Muslim, Mexico
Master of the Halveti Jerrahi Sufi Order, Mexico City, and President of the Commission on International Relations of the Inter-religious Council of Mexico (CIM). Coordinating Committee Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Women of Faith Network
The Revd Tore Johnsen, Saami/Christian, Norway
Tore Johnsen is moderator of the Sami Church Council in Norway. He is the author of the book Jordens barn, Solens barn, Vindens barn. Kristen tro i ett samiskt landskap [Children of the Earth, Children of the Sun, Children of the Wind: Christian Faith in a Saami Context].
Mrs Bernie T. Keldermans, Christian, Republic of Palau
Environmental scientist, at the forefront of the national campaign to protect the islands of Palau.
The Very Revd Leonid Kishkovsky, Christian, USA
Director of External Affairs of the Orthodox Church in America and Moderator of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. Has served as Moderator of ACT, Action by Churches Together. Former president of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), currently President of Christian Churches Together in the USA.
Prof. Oren R. Lyons, Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, Six Nations
Oren R. Lyons is a traditional Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, and a member of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Professor of American Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Prof. J.N.K.Mugambi, Christian, Kenya
Africa representative, World Council of Churches Working Group on Climate Change.
The Rt Revd Sofie Petersen, Greenland, Christian
Member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. Held a Service at the UN climate conference in Tromsö, Norway in 2007. Highly involved in the climate issue because of its tangible effects on her homeland. Bishop in the Church of Denmark.
Prof. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Christian, USA
For thirty years considered a pioneer in the area of feminist theology in North America, with a particular focus in modern feminist theology and liberation theology, especially in Palestine and Latin America. Visiting Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University.
Mr. M. Abdus Sabur, Bangkok, Muslim, Thailand
Secretary General of AMAN, a network for Muslims in Asia. AMAN works with other faith traditions to address issues of human dignity and social justice.
The Rt Revd Thomas Samuel, Christian, India
The Church of South India, Madhya Kerala Diocese with its 3.8 million members, has been playing a lead role in eco-study and activities among its members for the last 10 years. Bishop Thomas Samuel says: "Our aim is to keep this beautiful world beautiful, and not to turn it into a wasteland."
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, Jewish, The Netherlands
One of the world’s great rabbis, Dutch leader of the Reformed Jewish congregation in the Hague. He has long been involved in the dialogue between the world’s religions and in the Earth Charter initiative, in which he recently received the prestigious Interfaith Gold Medallion for “Peace Through Dialogue”.
The Ven. Bikkhu Khy Sovanratana, Buddhist, Cambodia
Personal advisor to the Buddhist Supreme Patriarch in Cambodia.
Dr Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Jewish, USA
Professor of History at Arizona State University, USA. Editor of Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World. Has written articles on Judaism and ecology in various reference books, e.g. The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Ecology. Dr. Tirosh-Samuelson writes on Jewish intellectual history with a focus on philosophy and mysticism in premodern Judaism, feminism and Jewish philosophy, Jewish bioethics, and Judaism and science.
The Ven. Bhiksuni Chuehman Shih, Buddhist, Taiwan
Thervada Buddhism Coordinator at the Fo Guang Shan monastery.
Dr Parichart Suwanbubbha, Buddhist, Thailand
Professor of Comparative Religion and Ethical Studies at Mahidol University. Vice Director at Mahidol University Research Center of Peace Building, conducting dialogue in the South of Thailand, and also on the working committe of Mahindol University Center of Contemplative Education, Thailand.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Jewish, USA
Rabbi Waskow wrote Down-to-Earth Judaism (Morrow) on the relationship of Jewish practice over the last four millennia to healing of the earth, and edited two major collections of sacred texts and scholarly commentary of these relationships. In addition, he has led Shalom Centre in celebrating Jewish festivals as acts of public advocacy to change governmental and corporate policy in regard to the climate crisis.
The Most Revd Anders Wejryd, Christian, Sweden
Archbishop of Uppsala, Primate of the Church of Sweden.
Prof. Liu Xiaogan, Daoist, Hong Kong
Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Director of the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Visiting professor with the Pacific School of Religion, San Fransisco. Co-editor and contributer of Taoism and Ecology: Ways within a Cosmic Landscape.