Cathy Merchant, Interfaith Leader
Cathy Merchant is the Interfaith Leader of the Living Interfaith Sanctuary in Vancouver, BC. She studied with Rev. Steven Greenebaum and worked as the Associate Minister of the Living Interfaith Church for three years before moving to Canada in 2017 with her family.
Cathy is a Mahayana Buddhist who is married to an Ismaili Muslim and who has dedicated her life to “living Interfaith.” Prior to studying with Steven, Cathy specialized in conflict resolution pertaining to the Israel / Palestine conflict. She worked for the Compassionate Listening Project, the American Friends of the Parents Circle Families Forum, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
In 2013, Cathy received her Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington. She is currently studying at the Vancouver School of Theology, where she hopes to complete her Master’s of Divinity degree by 2021.
Rev. Steven Greenebaum, Founder of the Living Interfaith Model
Steven Greenebaum is the Founder of the Living Interfaith model and the Head Minister of the Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, WA (our sister congregation). He describes himself in this way: “My faith is Interfaith. My spiritual path is Judaism. My tribe is Humanity. I’m also a minister, choir director, and vegetarian.”
Steven was formally an Associate Minister at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle, WA, where he served from 2007-2010. He has an abiding interest in and passion for Interfaith. Steven’s book, The Interfaith Alternative, was published in April 2012. His second book, Practical Interfaith, was published in October 2014. At present, both are available in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Steven holds Master’s degrees in Theology, Mythology, and Music. He was the Director of Music at the Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Marysville, WA for ten years. He has also been deeply interested in environmental and social justice issues all his life and spent three years as the Executive Director of Citizens for Environmental Responsibility.
Our Sanctuary Council:
President – DoraLi Harrison
Vice President – Katie Collins Allenbach
Treasurer – Brynn Craffey
Member at Large – Markus Radtke
Interfaith Counselor – Dr. Eloecea
Indigenous Spirituality Adviser – Mary Fontaine (from Hummingbird Ministries)
Business Adviser – Siddika Jessa
Muslim Spirituality Adviser – Sheikh Nasir Zaidi
You can read our Council meeting minutes here.