History and Focus

We believe that justice matters and that we are called by our sense of the sacred to not be afraid and be bold in living out the commandment to love others, which includes all of God's creation.


What the Wyoming Interfaith Network does:

  • Challenges Wyoming's faith communities to champion justice
  • Puts faith into action
  • Provides a voice for the voiceless with Wyoming's decision-makers
  • Builds understanding and allies with Wyoming's Native Americans
  • Puts equality back into the Equality State for all
  • Welcomes the stranger, for we were once strangers
  • Promotes respectful dialogue and understanding with those whom we disagree
  • Gathers people of faith together for the common good
  • Advocates good stewardship of God's creation


We are not new; we started in 1976. The Wyoming Association of Churches was founded in 1976. The work of the association was led by 3 teams: Spiritual Life, Peace & Justice and Sacred Ground. All the positions taken by the association were based on resolutions adopted by consensus by the membership at the annual meeting. At its annual meeting in 2012 the Association voted unanimously to become interfaith as opposed to being only ecumenical in order to become more inclusive with other faiths . . Ecumenical means within this context, "representing the whole of a body of churches." Interfaith means "involving those of different religious faiths." Therefore, we are moving from just being Christians toward being Christians, Jews, Muslims, Native American faiths, Unitarians, Buddhists, Mormons ... , anyone of faith who seeks justice, loves mercy and is humbled by our Creator.


Highlights of what we have done in Wyoming: 

  • Got the Women & Infant Care (WIC) Program brought to Wyoming
  • Got "life without parole" as an alternative to the death penalty
  • Got chaplaincy programs started in Wyoming's prisons
  • Educated clergy on how to support victims of domestic violence
  • Got funding for a nursery at the women's prison
  • Helped to eliminate the sales tax on food in Wyoming
  • Opposed expansion of gambling in Wyoming
  • Sponsored Red Desert tours of the Red Desert and raise awareness of the
  • Promoted Martin Luther King Day being honored in Wyoming
  • Supported Medicaid expansion for low income adults in Wyoming
  • Promoted respectful conversations about controversial topics
  • Educated about understanding with Wyoming's Native Americans
  • Got anti-trafficking legislation in Wyoming with International Justice Mission
  • Promoted immigration reform and welcoming refugees
  • Supported ending discrimination against based on sexual orientation in Wyoming
  • Supported repeal of Wyoming's death penalty
  • Reversed a prohibition on Second Generation Science Standards for our schools
  • Created cultural competent mission opportunities on the Wind River Reservation
  • Supported Pope Francis's statement on global warming's impact on the poor
  • Launched the Wind River Native Advocacy Center
    • Leadership development training
    • Get-out-the vote for election day
    • Native Advocacy Days in Cheyenne
    • Strategic Planning
    • Co-sponsored Native American Health Equity Conference





Wyoming Interfaith Network
PO Box 1473
Laramie, WY 82073

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Regular Staff Members

Dr. Susie Markus

Clarice Luck

Kenneth Peterson

Members of the Board

Rhoda Anderson

Native American

Carl Carmichael

United Methodist – Yellowstone Conference

Judy Eicher

United Methodist – Rocky Mountain Conference

Doug Goodwin

Disciples of Christ

Kenneth Ingram

United Church of Christ – Rocky Mountain Conference

Bonita Knox

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America – Rocky Mountain Conference

Dee Lundberg

United Church of Christ – Rocky Mountain Conference

Bill Mankin

American Baptist

Bob Miller

United Church of Christ – Montana/N. Wyoming

Rabbi Larry Moldo

Mt. Sinai Synagogue

Warren Murphy


Gail Ridgely

Native American

Hannah Roberts-Villnave

Unitarian Universalist

Maia Rose


Mohamed Salih

Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center

Steve Shive

Presbyterian (USA)

Rick Veit