Dr. Ruth Bersin, RIM's Executive Director, in her opening speech thanked each of the various groups that participated in the interfaith effort.
"People are coming seeking asylum from all over the world.
We need groups that represent different parts of the world," Bersin
made reference to the community outreach program in terms of •clusters' that, "are made up of representatives from several congregations in a given community that agree to work on a cooperative, interfaith process that offers clients community-based support.
Participating congregations include: Lutheran, Episcopal, United Presbyterian, United Methodist, American Baptist, Roman Catholic, United Church of Christ
, Unitarian, Ba'hai, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh
, Hindu, Muslim and the Society of Friends
Dr. Bersin received her B.S. in Education from Indiana University, an M. A. in Religion from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a D. Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
She received her PhD in Pastoral Psychotherapy - enough credentials to lead RIM in the right direction.
Dr. Khalid Sadozai, the President of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester (ISGW) along with executive committee and board members; Dr. Saleem Khanani and Mohammad Ilyas met with Dr. Ruth Bersin some three and a half years ago.