Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is a Unitarian Universalist minister and also a Sufi minister (Cheraga). She serves as minister for the UU Church in Springfield, Vermont. She is founder of “Interfaith Bridge,” an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims. Interfaith Bridge was funded initially in part by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility,and also by the Downing Trust. (www.peaceandunitybridge.org). She is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network, and teaches the sacred art of storytelling and extemporaneous speaking. Mellen serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty.