Who We Are

Rev. Cathy Merchant, Interfaith Leader

Cathy PicCathy Merchant is the founder and Interfaith Leader of the Living Interfaith Sanctuary (LIS) in Vancouver, BC. It is an Interfaith congregation whose members comprise a wide variety of religious traditions. She has worked as an Interfaith activist, community organizer, and Compassionate Listening facilitator since 2008. She has a Master of Arts degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington, a Master of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology, and is an ordained Interfaith minister.

In addition to her work at LIS, Cathy also serves as the Minister of Community Life of Canadian Memorial United Church. She is on the boards of the Multifaith Action Society and the Planetary Resilience Council, and is also a certified Compassionate Listening facilitator.

Cathy’s faith tradition is Mahayana Buddhism, and her husband and children are Ismaili Muslims.

Sukhmani Sandhu, Managing Director

Sukhmani PicSukhmani came to Canada as an international student in 2012 and now calls this beautiful place her home. She has a BSc. in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria, a Project Management Certification from the University of British Columbia, and a Management Essentials Certification from Harvard Business School. Outside of the Sanctuary, she works in the IT PMO industry and volunteers at Surrey Memorial Center, Surrey.

She dares greatly in breaking the societal norms and believes in inclusion, diversity, and togetherness. She enjoys conversation with individuals from different backgrounds, diverse cultures, and at various stages in their lives. Apart from this, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and exploring herself.

Rev. Steven Greenebaum, Founder of the Living Interfaith Model

Steven PicSteven 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’s latest book, One Family: Indivisible…A Spiritual Memoir, will be released October 2019.

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

Member at Large – Rev. Brynn Craffey

Member at Large – Sheila Cook

Member at Large – Sandy Hwang

Member at Large – Rev. Dan Hoffman

Member at Large – Cynthia Robles

Member at Large – Delores Duly

Voting member in the case of a tie – Rev. Cathy Merchant

You can read our Council meeting minutes here.

Our Interfaith Advisory Council:

Indigenous Spirituality Adviser – Rev. Mary Fontaine (Hummingbird Ministries)

Business Adviser – Siddika Jessa (WiderLens)

Muslim Spirituality Adviser – Sheikh Nasir Zaidi, Religious Consultant

Muslim/Non-Muslim Cooperation Adviser – Steve Slocum (Salaam, USA)