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Since 2007, the Rev. Chloe Breyer has directed The Interfaith Center of New York, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that works with hundreds of grassroots religious leaders from diverse faith traditions to catalyze partnerships with civic officials to resolve social problems plaguing New York City. Issues include police reform, immigration concerns, and domestic violence. While at ICNY, Breyer has helped develop new programs including Religious Leaders and Domestic Violence Prevention, Family and Friends Re-entry Circles of Support, Catholic Muslim Joint Service Partnerships, Policing Today’s Multifaith New York: A Religious Diversity Training Video for New Recruits at the NYPD Police Academy, and the Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy. In addition to program work, ICNY advocates for religious freedom and civil rights. Recent advocacy efforts have included faith outreach for amicus briefs challenging the 2017 Muslim Travel Bans Executive Order 13769 and attempts to rescind the DACA Program.
An Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York, Breyer also serves as Associate priest at St. Philip’s Church in Harlem. She is a member of the Episcopal-Muslim Relations Committee and after 9/11 worked with NYC’s Afghan community to rebuild a bombed mosque in Afghanistan. Breyer is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) and has chapters in Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006) and The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs. State Security (Routledge 2010). Her Ph. D. Dissertation in Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, is on Interfaith activism, Christian peacemaking, and Islamophobia.
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