Meet the Team
"Harmony Over Hate: Interfaith Against Racism"
Co-Founder & Archdeacon for Justice
Jordan Haynie Ware
Jordan is an Anglican priest who serves a multicultural congregation in north Edmonton. She is also the Archdeacon for Justice for the diocese. A few years ago, Jordan and some memebers co-founded Faith Spaces | Safe Spaces with their Muslim neighbours to build solidarity. She is excited to see our project grow and connect with more people of faith committed to the work of anti-racism. When she's not questing for justice, she can usually be found volunteering at Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Academy, reading a book, or walking her tiger-shaped dog.
Co-Founder & Anti-Racism Team Member for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton
Bella is a Christian, a member of Good Shepherd Anglican Church, and part of the Anti-Racism Team for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. She created Faith Spaces Safe Spaces because she believes that Black and racialized folks in Edmonton need help in finding solutions to anti-Black racism in faith spaces. This is a spiritual concern, and requires the faith communities that offer spiritual care to racialized people to have the training and resources necessary to provide appropriate care to their members and anyone else seeking faith-based support.
Knowledge Keeper Indigenous & Community Helper
Her name is ThunderBird Woman (Verna). She is from Treaty 4 George Gordon First Nation, SK. and she has been living in Edmonton for over 40 years. She is a Knowledge Keeper/addictions counsellor and has experience as a cultural support worker. She is currently working with elders and knowledge keepers to educate, and share, cultural land, based teachings, and to support healing and growth for her community including youth, families, two spirited, sober living homes, and those struggling with addictions through Oskya Matchetawin New Beginnings. We offer land based teachings, facilitating, consulting, workshops and direct support to Indigenous and non-indigenous people of all ages.
President of Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action
Gail Allan is President of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action and an associate faculty member at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton. A member of the United Church of Canada, she has worked for many years on issues of global and social justice. From 2004-2020 she was Coordinator for Ecumenical, Interchurch and Interfaith Relations in the United Church, representing the church in national and international ecumenical and interfaith groups, and supporting people engaged in dialogue and action in their local communities. She has a doctorate in Ethics from Emmanuel College of the Toronto School of Theology, with a focus on feminist theological and social ethics.
Lead Project Coordinator
Stephanie Otieno is a recent Political Science and Psychology graduate of the University of Alberta. She is a passionate and avid advocate for equity deserving groups, human rights, and social justice. With her relevant experience in policy reform, passion for promoting diversity and inclusion, and commitment to making a meaningful impact in her community, this initiative has seamlessly merged her inherent strengths and passions for peace and justice. The pursuit of racial equity is a lifelong commitment and holds a deep passion for her.
Christian Co-Chair, Phoenix Multifaith Society for Harmony
Kevin Guenther Trautwein
Kevin is a community animator, chaplain, and pastor. As a Christian, he is saddened when his tradition and spirituality is used to promote harm. Faith Spaces Safe Spaces seeks to break the cycle of violence and calls everyone back to their authentic spiritual practices.
"At Faith Spaces Safe Spaces, we are committed to fostering unity, understanding, and social justice amongst diverse faith communities as we stand together in the relentless pursuit of eradicating racism in all its forms. Our mission is to bridge the divides of faith and promote an inclusive, equitable society where every individual, regardless of their background, is treated with dignity and respect.
We believe that faith can be a powerful force for positive change, transcending boundaries to create a more harmonious world. Through education, dialogue, and collaborative action, we strive to dismantle systemic racism, challenge prejudices, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities. We are committed to building a future where the principles of love, compassion, and justice, as shared by many faith traditions, guide our collective journey towards a society free from discrimination and bigotry.
At the heart of our mission lies the belief that interfaith cooperation, rooted in empathy and shared values, can serve as a catalyst for meaningful change. We work tirelessly to empower individuals and faith communities to confront their biases, engage in courageous conversations, and advocate for racial equity. Together, we seek to create a world where diversity is celebrated, equity is realized, and the bonds of humanity unite us all.
Join us in our unwavering commitment to combating racism, forging interfaith solidarity, and building a brighter, more inclusive future for generations to come."
Faith Spaces Safe Spaces team