Different Perspectives, Common Threads
AN unforgettable evening
It was an amazing event! We had a wonderful time exploring our common threads and learning about different perspectives. Many thanks to our distinguished panelists.
CHAPLAIN AMANY SHALABY, graduated as an electric engineer from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. She obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies from Islamic College of Advancing Studies, London and obtained a Masters degree in Comparative Philosophy at Islamic College of Advancing Studies, Middlesex University, London. Amany worked as a translator of Islamic books. Currently, she serves as the Gender Equity Advancement Coordinator for the Muslim Women’s Organization. She also teaches Islamic studies at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, and in various circles of the Shadhiliyya Sufi communities across the United States. She is a co-founder of Radiant Hands Inc., a non-profit organization that helps women in need in the Central Florida area. She is the author of “The Essence of Creation” and “The Emanation of Consciousness” and also has two published books for children: “Goha and His Donkey,” and “Little Puffer Fish.” She is a mother of three and lives in Montverde, Florida.
RABBI DAVID KAY, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2002, where he also received a master’s degree in Jewish Education. As a student rabbi, he served several congregations, including Shalom Masorti in Johannesburg, South Africa, and High Holiday services in voice and sign language at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute of the Deaf. He served Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, FL, from 2004 until 2021. Rabbi Kay is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Orlando Mayor’s Council of Clergy, the Orlando Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and co-chair of the Remembrance Events Committee of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center. He is currently chair of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, for which he coordinates the annual interfaith/multicultural celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King. He was part of the planning team for the inaugural Orlando Pride Shabbat in 2019 and has conducted that service each year. Rabbi David and Joanne Goldman Kay live in Orlando.
IMAM MUHAMMAD MUSRI, serves as the Senior Imam, President and Chairman of the Board of the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF). He is the President of the Peace Institute, of Muslim Social Services, and President and chairman of the Board of Leaders Preparatory School. Imam Musri is an advisor on Islam & Muslims to various US government agencies. He is also a member of the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Christ to the Governor’s Complete Count Committee for the 2010 Florida Census. He is a member & past co-chair of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida’s Advisory Board, the Council of Clergy for Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Initiative at Valencia College, and the Interfaith Advisory Council for OCPS. He produced a weekly tv program, ‘ISLAM’, on Brighthouse Networks Cable since 2006. And, he is a co-host of “The Three Wise Guys” weekly radio show on WMFE 90.7 FM, the NPR affiliate public radio station.
BISHOP DERRICK L MCRAE, Senior Pastor of The Experience Christian Center in Orlando, Florida, first answered the call to ministry in 1997 and became licensed under the Church of God in Christ in 1998. He served as a youth pastor for two prominent ministries in Central Florida. At the age of 35, Bishop McRae established his pastorate of The Experience Christian Center. The ECC has proudly served over 148,000 community members through various outreach efforts. Recognized as an instructor, preacher, lecturer, motivational speaker, mentor, talk show host, drummer, radio personality, choir director and business owner — he currently serves as President of the African American Council of Christian Clergy. He also serves as Chaplain at Saints Academy School and on the Orange County Parks and Recreation and My Brother’s Keeper Orlando boards among others. Bishop McRrae is married to Lady Taja C. McRae and father of two sons and a daughter.
FATHER MARTIN NGUYEN, once was an altar server in his home parish of Holy Family in Orlando, and now serves as pastor there. His spiritual home since arriving from Vietnam in 2006, he said it has been a blessing to return as its shepherd. “For myself, I see the moment when I am asked to lead my people in the Profession of Faith to be most impactful. It’s a reminder of that awe-filled responsibility to strengthen the faith of my brothers and sisters (cf. Lk. 22:32) through not only my preaching, administering the Sacraments, and governing the parish, but, above all else, through my daily examples.”
CAPTAIN KEN CHAPMAN, was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. Before becoming a Salvation Army Officer, Ken taught high school band and theater, and was also CEO and Creative Director of an event production company. Among many other exciting opportunities, a highlight was serving as the Music Producer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Captains Ken and Jessie Chapman have three children Danielle, Alexis, and Micah.
CHAPLAIN EZEKIEL VASQUEZ, MDiv, currently serves as a Chaplain for Advent Health as a Faith Partner Coordinator in Seminole County. He studied at Southern Adventist University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a Minor in Bibilical Languages. He also served as a pastor in Birmingham for 4.5 years. Chaplain Vasquez also received his Master’s in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He seeks to connect with a diverse faith community and partner in projects that create a greater sense of community wholeness. He enjoys books on theology, philosophy, and psychology. He lives with Erica, his wife of ten years, and their dog, Teddy.
PRESIDENT BRENT HOLLADAY, currently serves as president of the Orlando Florida Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served as past President of the Florida Local Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA). President Holladay is a welfare storehouse manager, former stake president, bishop and high councilor. A retired chief deputy, Clerk of Courts, Seminole County, Florida, he was born in Denver, Colorado, and is married to his wife, Dana, who was born in Udine, Italy.