What We Do
Paths to Understanding is a non-profit organization based in Washington State. We bridge bias and build unity through multi-faith peacemaking.
We do this by
Telling inspiring stories
Supporting existing relationships between wisdom communities
Fostering new relationships between wisdom communities
Acting together for the common good
Countering dehumanization based on religion
What We Believe
The truth about these times requires us to act together for the common future of life on our planet.
The truth of each tradition offers gifts for the common good, when we know how to receive them.
The truth about connecting with other wisdom communities instructs and strengthens our commitment to our own.
Our roots run deep in pioneering interfaith movements of the Pacific Northwest. Our founders, Rabbi Levine, Father Treacy and Pastor Rollander created the groundbreaking TV show Challenge which for 17 years aired interfaith conversations at prime time on KOMO TV. Rabbi Levine and Father Treacy also founded Camp Brotherhood, a retreat center that brought over 250,000 people from different wisdom traditions together into interfaith experience.
Our roots run deep in pioneering interfaith movements of the Pacific Northwest. Rabbi Levine, Father Treacy and Pastor Rollander began the Challenge Program on KOMO TV out of a desire to counter dehumanization in the 1960’s. Their vision continued with the formation of Camp Brotherhood, an interfaith camp and retreat center near Arlington, WA. At least 250,000 people who engaged in interfaith encounter at the Camp.
Our founders’ courage, compassion and hope is the foundation that Paths to Understanding is built upon. In 2019, the Treacy Levine Center merged with Neighbors in Faith, a program started by our Executive Director, Reverend Terry Kyllo. In response to rising incidences of anti-Muslim hate speech and violence, Neighbors in Faith events and leadership trainings counter misinformation and create dialogue between American Muslims and their neighbors. The program has reached more than 9000 people since 2015.
Today, Paths to Understanding partners with many local, regional and national multi-faith organizations, and with anti-racist and interfaith community groups. Inspired by our shared values and shared humanity, we work with people across religious, cultural, and ethnic lines toward a shared vision of a just and equitable society. We are just getting started!
Paths to Understanding is committed to maintaining an environment free from all forms of coercion and harassment that adversely affect the lives of those who lead, work, partner or participate with us. We are committed to preventing and effectively responding to sexual harassment, including any form of harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Paths to Understanding seeks to bridge bias and build unity. We value creating a diverse organization that provides equity, inclusion and access for all, regardless of:
- faith or non-faith tradition
- race, ethnicity or immigration status
- gender identity or sexual orientation
- socio-economic background and status
- types, sizes and shapes of families
- ableness, learning style or level of education