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Hannah McConnaughay's work with the Interfaith Youth Core has taken her to campuses and communities to promote religious pluralism and give skills trainings. She has worked with interfaith leaders and service programs in cities from San Francisco to Delhi, India, and at colleges including Yale University, Berea College, Santa Clara University and the University of Illinois. She is a former site coordinator of Inspired to Serve, the first federally funded interfaith service program. Hannah is a United Methodist. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Economics from the University of Chicago and is a student at Harvard Divinity School.

Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke is the Consultant for Leadership Development for the Central East Regional Group of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Renee is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School and is in Preliminary Fellowship with the UUA. Renee served as the Consulting Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton, Ohio for two years. She served her internship in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh. Before that she served East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, Ohio for two years as their interim Director of Religious Education. She has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent since 1996 and became their affiliated community minister after they ordained her in 2010. She was the 2007 recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Seminarian Award for Excellence in Social Justice, and the 2010 recipient of the Commission on Social Witness sermon award. Renee lives in Kent, Ohio with her husband, two children, and two stepchildren.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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