History of Paths to Understanding

Paths to Understanding began when Rabbi Raphael Levine saw the similarities between anti-Catholic sentiment in 1960 that grew during the 35th presidential election of John F Kennedy and the antisemitism he experienced.


Levine sought to invite others to build multi-faith relationships and counter dehumanization. He worked with William Warren from KOMO TV. Rabbi Levine, Father William Treacy and Pastor Oscar Rollander began the groundbreaking interfaith TV show called Challenge in 1960. Rabbi Levine and Father Treacy developed a vision which began Camp Brotherhood – an interfaith camp and retreat center. The Camp brought over 250,000 people together into interfaith experience until it was sold to Camp Korey in 2016.

Rabbi Levine and Father Treacy’s courage, compassion and hope is the foundation of what Paths to Understanding is built upon.

The organization has benefited from other multi-faith movements in Washington State, our country, and the world. Terry Kyllo, our Executive Director, personally experienced anti-Muslim bigotry on the rise in 2015 which led him to create Neighbors in Faith now a program of Paths to Understanding.

We partner with many other multi-faith organizations such as the Faith Action Network, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Kids 4 Peace, the Muslim American Empowerment Network, The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, Holden Village, the School of Theology and Ministry of Seattle University and local multi-faith partnerships across Washington State.

Inspired by and in partnership with these people and these movements, we continue to live out a vision of all peoples of the Earth partnering for the common good.

To accomplish this, we partner with people across religious, cultural, ethnic and social lines in multi-faith peacemaking to bridge bias and build unity in all the human family.