My wife and I drove up to Seattle from Dallas in 2016, which feels like a lifetime ago, and fell in love right away. We became avid hikers and loved spending time in the PNW forests and mountains. Since then we've been blessed with two beautiful children and become engaged in trying to raise them to the best of our abilities.We are a Muslim family that frequent the Muslim Association of the Puget Sound and have worked with Pastor Terry and sister Aneelah Afzali in interfaith efforts to help build bridges between local faith communities in the greater Seattle area.
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg has served as Kol Ami's rabbi since 2014. Before coming to Kol Ami, she was an assistant rabbi and director of education at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, Washington for 11 years. Rabbi Kinberg is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. She is involved with JStreet, Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, Faith Action Network, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a variety of other organizations working towards peace, justice, sustainability, and interfaith connections.
Rainer Waldman Adkins
Rainer Waldman Adkins is an artist with a history of community and change projects ranging from murals to banners and props for justice actions. He’s been an artist-in-residence in schools, managed programs for children, and is now a roving elementary art teacher. Rainer was a 2021 Washington Humanities Heritage Arts Mentor Artist in Jewish calligraphy, has a special interest in radical interpretations of Jewish culture, historical experience, study and ritual practice, including ‘Visual Midrash’ workshops where participants’ art responds to Jewish texts and storytelling, and teaches art history in its social and political context. For many years he has worked for justice and peace in Israel and Palestine, traveling there in 2017 with the Center for Jewish Non-Violence to do solidarity work returning Palestinians to their homes. He is on the board of Kadima Reconstructionist Community in Seattle, loves to garden, build things, hike, cook and listen to music, and holds an MFA degree from the University of Washington.
Rev. Terry Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor serving as the director of Paths to Understanding: Bridging Bias and Building Unity. He is the founder of Neighbors in Faith, answering Islamophobia by building the beloved community. NIF is a program of Paths to Understanding. Terry believes we can recognize and honor one another’s humanity. A graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, he began his pastoral career in 1991 and has served in partnership between Episcopalians and Lutherans since 2004. Terry was the recipient of the Faith Action Network Interfaith Leadership Award in 2016, the Interfaith Leadership Award from the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in 2017, and the Sultan and Saint Peace award in 2017, and the Called to Lead award in 2018 by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Angela is an interpretive planner, exhibit developer, and scientific illustrator with over a decade of experience in museums, design firms, and public engagement. She is best known for her illustrations and projects revolving around slime molds, fungi, and other lesser-known aspects of the natural world. Her illustration work has been published and implemented by Chicago University Press, Yale Press, the National Park Service, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Now, Angela is an Interpretive Planner and Illustrator for The Watershed Company, a landscape architecture firm in Washington that specializes in sustainable design for wetlands and critical areas. Working with clients and their communities, Angela tells stories about environmental and cultural topics through interpretive signage, public artworks, text, audio, artifacts, and more. She loves gathering data in the form of conversations, interviews, and workshops; then working with others to turn that information into a curiosity-inspiring, beautifully-crafted experience.
Dr. Tom Perry grew up in the traditional territories of the Miami nation in Indiana, received his PhD. in Linguistics from Indiana University, and began his teaching career at the University of Vienna. He has held positions in Linguistics at the Technical University of Berlin and, since 1978, at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. As part of his academic work, he has been involved in partnerships with First Nations communities over the past 30 years in the delivery of post-secondary programs in those communities and in furthering research and teaching in First Nations languages and their revitalization. He is now retired and lives in the Vancouver area with his spouse Pamela and their cat Gracie.
Jason DeRose loves helping people tell stories. He's the Western Bureau Chief and senior editor at NPR News, where he oversees coverage of the West Coast, religion, LGBTQ+ rights, and Native & Indigenous issues. When not making audio stories, he loves listening to them. Currently, his favorite podcasts are In The Dark and Fresh Air. Jason is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, California where he has served on the church council as well as the congregation's internship committee. He went to St. Olaf College where he majored in English and religion but really put his heart into working at the late, great public radio station WCAL. Jason accidentally went to divinity school at the University of Chicago, but he got over it eventually. A class he took at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism on religion reporting changed his life. When not working, he gardens, does yoga, reads novels, cooks for his husband, and dotes on his dog. He fantasizes about moving to Palm Springs.
Andy Bouman (he/him) has been Director of Music at University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley, California since 1994. Andy chooses and plays the music for worship services, blending a variety of styles. He also writes weekly hymn notes, providing background for all the music he chooses. Andy was born in Minnesota and grew up in Chicago, but has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of his adult life. He started piano lessons at age 6 and organ lessons at age 15. His first Sunday morning position was playing organ for a small, inner-city Lutheran church when he was 16. Andy studied organ and church music at Valparaiso University (a Lutheran college in Indiana), where he also sang bass in the choir. He studied theology and worship at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He later studied English literature in the Ph.D. program at the University of California at Berkeley. Until his retirement in 2020, Andy was Senior Content Manager for kp.org, the website for Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health care provider serving more than 12 million members. In his spare time, Andy is a swing dancer and certified swing dance competition judge.