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Bonnie Glass-Coffin, PhD, MDiv
Director, USU Interfaith Initiative

Rev. Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin is a Professor of Anthropology/Affiliate Professor of Religious Studies at Utah State University and the Co-founder and current Director of the USU Interfaith Initiative. She is a shamanism scholar and practitioner, an ordained Interfaith minister, and is completing studies to become a board certified multifaith chaplain. She is passionate about providing opportunities for all members of the greater campus community to be able to share their deepest convictions and to explore the biggest questions in their lives while learning how to engage appreciatively with others in sesrvice to a common good. Her curricular and co-curricular efforts to promote interfaith cooperation on campus has been a force for positive change at Utah State University. She loves to Her office is located in Old Main 245F. She can be reached by phone at 435-797-4064 or by e-mail at bonnie.glasscoffin@usu.edu.


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Tanner McAlister
Interfaith Leadership Fellow 2018-2019


Tanner McAlister is a Senior majoring in Religious Studies and Economics. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and he has a meditation practice that was inspired by his studies of Buddhism). His theology of interfaith cooperation is founded in personal experience as well as Scripture and in the commitments of the Church's earliest Apostles. He notes that Church founder and prophet Joseph Smith once said, "If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a Mormon, I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die for a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or any other denomination." Tanner grew up as a religious minority in a California community that was religiously diverse. As he notes, "I have been deeply inspired by people of many different religious orientations and thus feel the need to ensure that their voices are heard." After graduation from Utah State University this May, he will attend either the University of Virginia or Harvard University to pursue studies of Religion, Politics and Conflict. He enjoys basketball, rap music, and meditation. He can be reached at tannermcalister1@gmail.com or at 530-821-9411.

 

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Anders Nilsson
Interfaith Leadership Fellow 2018-2019


Anders Nilsson is a Junior majoring in Religious Studies and Landscape Architecture. He describes himself as "spiritually eclectic" and has spent significant time traveling to religious sites around the world and engaging in religious study and contemplation at multiple monasteries in the U.S. and abroad. He defines his work promoting interfaith cooperation as "the most sacred task I can imagine," and he plans to continue this work next year at Utah State University. He is an active member of the Interfaith Student Association. In his spare time, he loves movies, traveling, and learning languages. He can be reached at anderseriknilsson@gmail.com or 435-729-0555.