Zan Christ

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Topic: “Islam and Muhammad are Feminist”

Zan Christ served as an Imam by leading Jummah (Muslim worship service) and delivered a Khutbah (Muslim lecture) as a Khateeb at the Women’s Mosque of America in LA.

Currently, she is the Coordinator for Religious and Spiritual Life Programs at Hamline University’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice. She organizes the logistics, promotion, and communication of the Religious and Spiritual Life programs with the intention of nurturing the religious and spiritual lives of students, faculty and staff. She supervises student leaders of Multifaith Alliance, Mindfulness Meditation, Interfaith Youth Core’s Better Together, Jewish Student Life, and Muslim Student Life. She serves as an educational resource on religious diversity, interfaith literacy and cooperation on campus and in the community.

She is an experienced multifaith leader, accomplishing an undergraduate degree in World Religions from Hamline University and a graduate degree in College Student Affairs: Student Personnel and Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Over the last six years, Zan has been a multifaith public speaker for collegiate programs and community events regarding topics such as Millennials Relationship with Religion; Sacred Sound: Recitation, Chanting and Music in World’s Religions; Bombing of a Mosque: Islamophobia, The Power of Story, and the Love of Community and Women in Interfaith.

She built a secular Quiet Space at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where people from any religion or no religion could use it to pray, reflect and meditate. Plus, she spearheaded developing diversity and interfaith trainings for museum administrators, staff and volunteers.

At Building Blocks of Islam, Zan served as a Qur’an and Islamic studies teacher, the New Muslim and Convert Mentorship Coordinator, and a Camp Counselor at Young Sister’s Al Isra Retreat, in which she won the highest award of the camp – the Best Camp Counselor Award.

Zan comes from a long lineage of Lutheran pastors from Norway and Germany on both sides of her family. She is proud to continue this legacy of religious leadership.

Her main passion is speaking about multifaith issues on college campuses and similar venues.