Rev. Bud Heckman works in interfaith relations, philanthropy, and communications. He currently serves as the convener of the Interfaith Funders Group
, executive director of Religions for Peace USA
, and president of the Religion Communicators Council
.An ordained Christian minister from the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
, Rev. Heckman has most recently served as: Executive Director of the International Shinto Foundation, Director of Outreach and the Mosaic Initiative at El-Hibri Foundation
; Senior Advisor to Religions for Peace USA
; Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA, Director for External Relations for Religions for Peace International,
and Chief Development Officer of Hartford Seminary.
Rev. Heckman served on the Interreligious Cooperation Task Force for President Obama through the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A frequent speaker and writer on interfaith relations, Rev. Heckman is editor of an award winning reference book for the field called InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook. He frequently posts insights on social media and articles to The Interfaith Observer. He lives in Manhattan.