Building Human Solidarity: The Voices of Women – Third Free Presentation

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July 25, 2022

10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT Noth America

8 PM EAT, East Africa


Susan Stephenson is Executive Director of Interfaith Power & Light. She oversees The Regeneration Project and its Interfaith Power & Light campaign. Susan has 20 years of experience developing and implementing issue advocacy and electoral campaigns for environmental and other public interest organizations. Prior to joining The Regeneration Project, she served as vice president of the Oakland-based campaign consulting firm, The Next Generation. Beginning in 1999, she organized and coordinated the California Global Warming Campaign, which implemented a proactive strategy resulting in several landmark legislative victories. She has been involved with California Interfaith Power & Light since its inception in 2000. Susan received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina. When not at work she can be spotted hiking in the East Bay hills or attending a local music festival.

Susan will speak on Staying Sustainable in the Sustainability Movement, offering her expertise and what she has found to be helpful in an area that many of us struggle with.

Wasye Munanie Musyoni currently serves with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) as Sudan Country Programme Manager. Prior to this, she worked in various capacities in NCA including Economic Empowerment, Food Security and Livelihoods Manager based in Darfur, Sudan, and as Regional Peace Programme Manager covering the Eastern Africa Region based in Nairobi, Kenya, and also as NCA Regional Gender Focal Point for the Eastern Africa Region. Wasye holds an MA Degree in Development Studies (major in Women, Gender, and Development) from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands, and a BA Degree in Sociology and History from the University of Nairobi. She is a passionate Pan Africanist with a desire to contribute towards an advanced and just continent.

Her topic is Amazing Grace: A Journey with Women of Faith in Eastern Africa, drawing inspiration from the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ to highlight women’s journeys within Eastern Africa. She will speak on her interaction with women in different spaces, and her engagement with women of faith over the last 30-plus years. She will focus her talk on the stanza, “Dangers, toils, and snares.”


Marita Grudzen, MHS, is Associate Director Emerita and a founding member of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, a national center in ethnogeriatrics within Stanford University School of Medicine. She was co-recipient with Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD, of the Templeton Award (2001-06) for the medical school-required curriculum they developed, Spirituality and Meaning in Medicine. Marita co-developed the curriculum for the Fremont Community Ambassador Program for Seniors, and 25-hour Hospital to Home Transition training for volunteers from the Ethnic Minority Senior Services Consortium of San Jose, CA. Every year since 2011, Marita and President Gerald Grudzen have co-developed, implemented, evaluated, and revised a 40-hour Interfaith Leadership Program in partnership with Christian, Muslim, and African Indigenous Religious leaders in Kenya. Currently, she is the Chair of “Stewards of Our Common Home” for the Diocese of San Jose, CA, coordinator of the first Interreligious Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter which consists of Muslims and Christians of different denominations, a member of the Global Ministries University faculty, and secretary of the global interfaith bi-annual conference, “Walking Together in the Spirit of Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti.”

This event is free and open to the public but we ask that you register so we can plan on how many will participate.

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