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Malcolm Haworth begins service as ecumenical, interfaith consultant

As an ecumenical and interfaith consultant, Malcolm Haworth began work in November that will interconnect three organizations. 

Malcolm Haworth
Malcolm Haworth, Interfaith Council Director

He is directory editor and ecumenical/interfaith consultant for The Fig Tree, and the liaison with the Faith Action Network of Washington, formerly the Washington Association of Churches and Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington.

His knowledge of the faith and nonprofit communities from researching, editing, updating and distributing the 2007-08 through 2011-12 editions of the Resource Directory: Guide to Congregations and Community Resources gives him awareness that will help as he works to restore, carry on and build these programs.

Producing the directory was the focus of his work as community outreach coordinator through AmeriCorps with The Fig Tree, when it took over the directory in and he began in February 2007.

Malcolm—who grew up in Spokane and earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2001 at Washington State University in Pullman and a master’s degree in history in 2005 from Eastern Washington University in Cheney—is currently working on a doctoral degree in leadership studies at Gonzaga University. 

While his focus was on cultural and intellectual history, particularly that of social movements, he became involved with the EWU Indian studies program and with the modern foreign languages department through which he collaborated on several courses as an adjunct and guest lecturer.

He also has global experience, including study abroad for a year in Vienna, Austria, visits to partner church friends in the reunited Germany and a seminar at the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute at Bossey near Geneva, Switzerland.

While at WSU, Malcolm was active in the ecumenical campus ministry at Koinonia House, serving as a peer minister, networking community and campus groups on peace and justice action, and helping plan an interfaith dialogue among student groups. 

“In my studies, I learned about religion from a historical and anthropological perspective, and gained a spiritual perspective through engagement in fellowship and advocacy in campus ministry,” Malcolm said.

He continued his involvement in United Ministries in Higher Education at EWU, and still serves on that board. 

He has participated through campus ministries in building a house in Mexico and in urban ministries activities in Spokane.

Through membership in Cheney United Church of Christ, he has been a delegate to annual meetings of the Pacific Northwest Conference.  As part of The Fig Tree and campus ministry, he has also attended some Presbytery meetings, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Synods and Episcopal Conventions.

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