Moses Mendelssohn was an 18th-Century German-Jewish philosopher and a giant in the intellectual growth of European Jewish culture.
Gustavo Parajón was a renown medical aid worker, mediator, peace advocate, and pastor in Nicaragua, most notibly during the Nicaraguan Revolution.
Dom Hélder Câmara was archbishop of Olinda and Recife during Brazil’s military dictatorship. A liberation theologian, he helped the poor organize for justice.
Former slave owner Bartolomé de las Casas became a defender of rights for indigenous American peoples during the severe oppression of Spanish colonial rule.
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel is an Argentine pacifist, community organizer, and nonviolent activist. He boldy protested the Dirty War in Argentina in the 1970s.
Gustavo Gutiérrez is a Peruvian theologian and originator of liberation theology, which opposes unjust social and political structures on a biblical basis.
Paulo Freire was the influential Brazilian eduction theorist who developed critical pedagogy, a philosophy that combines education with critical theory.
Th. Sumartana was an Indonesian Protestant leader who helped found the first interfaith organizaiton in Indonesia, focusing efforts on peace and democracy.
Sulak Sivaraksa is a Thai Buddhist social activist who has founded a number of organizations focusing on interfaith work to promote global change.
Ouyporn Khankaew is a Thai feminist trainer who works to help women, LGBT individuals, and people living with HIV, incorporating Buddhism into her work.