Hosts and Speakers
Call for Unity 2004
DANA HOWARD, co-host
Anchor and reporter Dana Howard joined News10 in 1992. He is a general assignment reporter with a particular expertise in consumer issues and also works as weekend anchor. Prior to joining News10, Howard was a reporter for WWL in New Orleans, Louisiana, and for KHSL-TV in Chico, California. He also worked as an assignment editor for KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Originally from Los Angeles, Dana and his family live in Sacramento.
REVEREND MICHAEL MORAN, co-host
Michael Moran is an award-winning broadcaster with over 20 years of major market experience. In 1984 he felt the call to pursue ordination as a Unity Minister. He and his wife Faith both entered seminary at Unity School for Religious Studies at Unity Village, Missouri. Reverend Moran and his wife Reverend Faith Moran were ordained in 1988 and accepted positions as Senior Ministers at Unity Center of Tacoma, Washington in 1989. The Reverends Moran later served ministries in California, Oregon, Kansas and Missouri. In 1998 Reverends Michael and Faith co-founded an Interfaith Ministry in Sacramento, CA called Spiritual Life Center that ministers to people of diverse spiritual backgrounds. Spiritual Life Center is a large congregation that promotes peace, respect and understanding among the religions of the world.
In June 2004 Reverend Faith Moran assumed Emeritus status and was honored by the Interfaith community. Sister Hansa of Brahma Kumaris honored Reverend Faith with a special message and gift from Dadi Janke. The Muslim community in Sacramento presented her with an award recognizing her “unwavering efforts toward building bridges of peace among the world religions.” This was the first award ever presented outside of the Muslim community.
REVEREND FAITH WHITMORE
The Rev. Faith Whitmore was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1984 and is currently appointed as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Rev. Whitmore has lived in Sacramento for the past 17 years and is proud and grateful to call the Sacramento region “home.” Grounded in her Christian faith, one of her passions in life is nurturing collaborative and respectful relationships among diverse communities, especially the Interfaith Community. In the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she also strives to be “a drum major for peace and justice.” Faith has been very active in the community these many years, serving on numerous Boards in the Sacramento region and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
REVEREND DAVID THOMPSON
The Reverend Dr. David Thompson is senior pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento. Reverend Thompson is the founder of World Wide Listening, a project of interfaith respectful listening. He is the vice-president on the board of the Interfaith Service Bureau and principal of the Children of Abraham Initiative. Since the events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Thompson has become known for his continuous efforts and initiatives to reach out to all faith communities and build bridges of understanding. He believes that there will be no world peace until there is peace between religions.
JEFF VON KAENEL
Jeff von Kaenel is the President and CEO of the News & Review. He has worked with alternative newspapers for over thirty years. Since September 11, 2001, Jeff has spent time getting to know the many religious organizations throughout the Sacramento area while putting together the annual A Call for Unity events. The faith groups participating in A Call for Unity have been inspired to build upon Sacramento’s long tradition of interfaith cooperation by creating a new interfaith service endeavor—Building Unity. Jeff serves on the executive board of Building Unity, a coalition of diverse religious organizations, neighborhood groups and Sacramento-area non-profits working to repair seniors’ homes, build new homes and work with landlords and the City of Sacramento to create better, safer neighborhoods.