An Interfaith Leader Builds Social Bridges in Chicago

June 6, 2004

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

On June 6, 2004 The Chicago Sun-Times reported, "For more than 20 years, the Rev. Stanley L. Davis, a longtime social justice activist and United Church of Christ minister, has been the go-to guy for all things religious in Chicago...Davis, 66, a tall, bearded wall of a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and has mischief in his eyes, recently retired as executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice (the group formerly known as the National Conference of Christians and Jews) -- a position he'd held since 1984.But Davis shows no signs of abandoning his role as God's man behind the curtain. He's accepted a position as associate director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, an association of bishops and leaders from most religious communities in the Chicago area, including Cardinal Francis George, that Davis refers to with his characteristic blend of irreverence and affection as 'The God Squad.'And this summer he will launch his own nonprofit organization, Interfaith Connections. Helping Chicago's religious communities connect, build friendships and work together is what Davis has been doing for more than 40 years."