We are a broadly diverse, morally driven group of advocates working to advance public policies that better serve low-income, vulnerable, and underrepresented communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We engage and educate people of faith and the public regarding critical social issues, the legislative process, and the call to advocacy.
A world where people of all faiths cooperate to create compassionate communities that are just, peaceful, equitable and sustainable.
To empower Virginians to create social justice for all by advocating for systemic change.
We unite people of faith in Virginia through partnerships with other statewide advocacy organizations and our own grassroots networks.
Rev. Charles Swadley
Faith Outreach Coordinator
Virginia Consumer Voices
Voices Volunteer Coordinator
Virginia Consumer Voices
Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare
Consumer-focused coalition to support the expansion and improvement of health care in Virginia. View Website
Board of Directors
Mr. Frank A. McKinney III
Chairman of the Board
Mrs. Juilie Swason
vices of Virginia, which employs more than 440 people in 23 locations. She chairs the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council and the LSA Dis-
abilities Network. Before Virginia Julie worked at LFS in Denver, Tampa and the Virgin Islands, and coordinated the response efforts of the is-
land of St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Mr. Davis Balderston
Rev. John Copenhaver
Vice Chair of the Board
doah University and is ordained in the United Methodist Church. He earned a Ph.D. in religion and culture at The Catholic University. He is the author of Prayerful AA: The Relation of Prayer and Social Responsibilityof Douglas Steere.
Ms. Sarah Cochran
Mr. Ali Faruk
Dr. John Whitley
Dr. Warren Hottle
Racing and Cruising Club and on the United Methodist Committee of the Episcopacy.
Ms. Debra Gold Linick
ern Virginia and the District of Columbia at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington from 2004-2014 and continues to organize the JCRC’s Holocaust programming. In 2014 she founded Pictures with Prose. Debra lives in Annandale with her husband, retired Army Col. Michael Linick. She was recognized VICPP’s Citizen of the Year in 2014.
Rev. Jenee Gilchrist
Council of Churches.
Dr. Alok Srivastava
tary of Rajdhani (Capital Area) Mandir (Hindu/Jain Temple) in Chantilly, and past president of
Association of Hindu Jain Temples,. He has a Ph.D. and two masters in engineering fields, last
graduated from the George Washington University. Dr. Srivastava is married with two children, one of whom is special needs.
Mr. Irv Varkonyi
Chaplain Farhanahz Ellis
Law and Political Science degrees and years of experience in the corporate world. A convert to
Islam, for ten years she has been the Interfaith & Outreach Director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and a chaplain for the Muslim Campus Ministry at George Mason University.
Rev. Scott Hopkins
the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society, the Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network, and the conference’s Peace With Justice Coordinator.
Judicial Circuit of Virginia. His practice areas include Immigration, Intellectual Property and Medical Malpractice.
Rev. Anthony Fludd
in Newport News. He is an experienced hospital and nursing home administrator, and past chair Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Nursing Home Administrators. He graduated from Ithaca College, and Long Island University, and is currently working on a doctorate.
- Immigration Legislation
- Redistricting (Legislature)
- Reduce Gun Violence
- Consumer Protection
- Environmental Protection
Virginia passed positive payday loan reforms in 2008 in the Payday Lending Act. These protections have made payday loans somewhat less onerous, but payday loans have largely been replaced by triple-digit car-title loans and largely unregulated open-end loans that range from 250-360 percent. These loans lock borrowers in a vicious cycle of debt.
There are a number of ways to get involved with the Virginia Interfaith Center and our advocacy work. The first step is to learn about our priority issues and how to be an effective advocate on those issues. Get started to learn more today.
Pray for guidance and discernment. Should faith communities be involved in public policy? Yes! See our resource guide about the call to advocacy across Abrahamic Faith traditions. Other faith traditions also speak up for justice.
Sign up for our emails, which include action alerts when you need to call your legislator and express your opinion as bills move through the General Assembly. Participate in denomination-specific lobby days and get connected through local chapters.
Contribute by becoming an individual or congregational member of the Center. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support to help amplify our voices and achieve our vision of a more just and compassionate Commonwealth.
Sep 2016RVA Peace Festival – Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Our Blog: News and Opinions
Young people learning prejudice from current political rhetoricJune 21, 2016
In Williamsburg, A service of remembrance for Orlando victimsJune 20, 2016
A Statement on the Tragedy in OrlandoJune 14, 2016
Virginia Interfaith Center supports new federal rules on payday lendingJune 2, 2016
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Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 1716 E. Franklin St. Richmond, VA 23223
Phone (804) 643-2474