Joint Religious Leadership Coordination for the G8 and G20 Summits

May 17, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Berkley Center Map

On May 17, 2012, the Joint Religious Leadership Coordination for the G8 Summit (JRLCS) gathered representative organizations and delegations from G8 and G20 member communities for a closed meeting at the Berkley Center. The session extended a long history of religious and interreligious organizations using the occasion of global summits to articulate shared moral concerns and policy recommendations. It took place in advance of the 38th G8 Summit at Camp David (May 18-19) and the G20 Summit, in Los Cabos, Mexico (June 16-17).

Issues for discussion at the Berkley Center meeting included the Deauville Partnership (regarding governance reforms in light of the Arab Spring), global health, food security, and an array of economic concerns. It resulted in a joint declaration. For more information on the meeting and the JLRCS, contact Bud Heckman.


  • Naeem Baig, Islamic Circle of North America
  • Marilyn Boesch, Focolare Movement
  • Rev. Gary Cook, Bread for the World
  • Richard Cizik, New Evangelical Partnership
  • Anuttama Dasa, International Society for Krishna Consciousness
  • Sarah Dreier, The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Mohamed Elsanousi, Islamic Society of North America
  • Homi Gandhi, Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America
  • Sara Hildebrand, Millennium Kids
  • Judith Hertz, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Rev. Bud Heckman, Religions for Peace USA
  • Zul Kassamali, Association of Progressive Muslims
  • Aura Kanegis, American Friends Service Committee
  • Rt. Rev. Yoshinobu Miyake, Konko Church of Izuo
  • Rev. Masafumi Nakanishi, New York Center of the International Shinto Foundation
  • Imam W. Deen Mohammed II, The Mosque Cares
  • Imam Elam Muhammed, The Mosque Cares
  • Carl Murrell, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States
  • Imam Talib Shareef, Masjid Muhammad
  • Sherrie Steiner, Salvation Army
  • Arvind Vora, Federation of Jain Associations in North America


  • Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

International Interlocutors

  • Protobpresbyter Nicolas Antolinez, Interreligious Council of Mexico
  • Mr. Elias Szczytnicki, Administrator for the G20 Religious Leaders’ Summit


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