​Making a Difference


The "Making a Difference" Conference was envisioned and organized by the Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma.  Late in 2014, its Board of Directors became aware that most pastors, clergy, and other key faith leaders have not received adequate education/training to effectively address domestic and sexual violence in their congregations and beyond.  Research indicates that a large majority of these faith professionals would welcome education and training.  If given the opportunity to become educated/trained, they will be equipped to assist victims more effectively, as well as to provide positive examples of how to address domestic and sexual violence within their congregations and the general community.  

In January of 2015 a multi-disciplinary planning committee of professionals was formed which has planned an exceptional one-day education program designed for Oklahoma pastors and key leadership of all faiths.  Locally and nationally prominent specialists in various aspects of domestic and sexual violence were identified to conduct education/training sessions, and the "Making a Difference" Conference was planned.  In order to assure that the conference would be affordable to all faith leaders, financial sponsorships were obtained from a group of foundations, corporations, and community leaders.

The members of the Conference Planning Committee are listed below.  Planning Committee members who also serve on the Board of the Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma are indicated by an asterisk after their names.

              Mari Fagin, Ph.D., Chair*               Carl Rubenstein, M.D.*

              Noel Jacobs, Ph.D.*                         Deb Stanaland, B.A., CDSVRP

              Rev. Janie Kirt Morris                     Sheryl S. Sullivan, J.D.*

Advisory assistance during the planning process was sought from a broad spectrum of the leadership of many Oklahoma faith communities, as well as local organizations which provide domestic violence and sexual assault services.


The Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma is an affiliate of the national Interfaith Alliance organization, which was created in 1994 to celebrate and support religious freedom.   It currently has affiliates across the country which include more than 70 faith traditions as well as those of no faith tradition.  The Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism.


As religion plays an increasingly prominent role in American politics, preserving the boundary between religion and government is more vital than ever.  The Interfaith Alliance works to ensure that faith and freedom flourish so that individuals can worship freely or not worship at all, so they can embrace matters of personal conscience without fear of government intrusion, and so that all can live in a vibrant, healthy society.

For additional information, please the button below which is linked to the Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma website.

​The Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma