Ep 05: What’s God got to do with it?

Listen as Faith in Leadership co-founders, Krish Raval and Denny Braggins, share the formative moments that led them to their work bridging divides between religious leaders worldwide. Where does money fit into our conversation about religion? And what can we learn from their model of cooperation and uniting over differences? (25:29)

Krish (Kumar) Raval is the director of Faith in Leadership. The organization includes among its alumni and patrons key British faith leaders and runs programs in partnership with the University of Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. He heads a number of leadership interventions and is particularly committed to building the capacity of faith communities and young people. Raval was the first director of the Churchill Leadership Fellows, the United Kingdom’s main leadership fellowship for outstanding 19- to 25-year-olds, now run in partnership with the Moller Centre at Churchill College. A lawyer by background, Raval had a training contract at a prominent Los Angeles law firm before a deep interest in people led him to work with undergraduates and high school students in the fields of addictions, eating disorders, group therapy, and eventually leadership development. He was a participant in the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership Forum.

Denny discovered his passion for Leadership while studying at Sheffield University. The idea’s of service and outreach central to Leadership inspired Denny to work to make leadership available to everyone. Denny has worked in leadership training and Development for over 10 years and brings is operational and logistics skills to the team in order to design and deliver leadership programs for a range of new audiences.

About Faith in Leadership:

  • Founded in 2007 to equip faith leaders with the tools to lead inter and intra-faith for the benefit of all, recognizing the influence that faith leaders and communities have on society
    • Quality leadership driven by faith values is essential to ‘societal and economic flourishing and benefits all people, regardless of faith and cultural background’.
  • Faith in Leadership has brought together a faculty of leaders, experts, and academics, who are pioneering programs including:
    • Training public leaders and senior personnel to better understand the motivations and faith-led values of religious communities.
    • Leadership training for senior and emerging faith leaders, equipping them to transform conflict, and to engage in the public sphere and with the media.
    • Leadership development for young people from religious as well as secular backgrounds as a way of developing their abilities to contribute to the public sphere.
    • Equipping all leaders to negotiate the boundary between public and religious life, to heal trauma and conflict, whether personal, internal (within their organisation or denomination), or external.

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