Shannon Frediani holds an M.A. in Religious Leadership for Social Change (MASC) from SKSM (2013). She is a doctoral candidate in Practical Theology- Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology, expected to graduate in 2018. Her current scholarship focuses on decolonizing interreligious education, highlighting spiritual needs of the incarcerated and the historically marginalized, while fostering counter oppressive narrative voices from the margins and those most impacted by systemic injustice. As a scholar, interreligious educator and peace builder, Shannon has focused her studies on narrative pedagogy, utilizing decolonial, feminist, and womanist methodologies. She is particularly passionate about witnessing and fostering spiritual formation in the context of religious leadership and social justice advocacy work.
Shannon is co-founder of Voices of Angels Foundation, a 501c3 non profit established in 2001 dedicated to serving historically marginalized populations most impacted by systemic racism. She has done jail and prison outreach weekly since 2005, and produced public programs, concerts and educational conferences dedicated to bridging community, the arts and social justice. Internationally she has facilitated peace conferences in Nigeria, (2007, 2010 and 2011) collaborating with local non profits bringing together Muslims, Christians and traditionalists. You are welcome to visit www.thevoicesofangels.org to learn more.
Shannon is an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and serves as clerk of the Peace and Social Justice Committee for Pacific Yearly Meeting. She also serves on the advocacy team of Santa Cruz Friends Meeting for Friends Committee on National Legislature (FCNL), and on the general committee for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Shannon is active in social justice work in all walks of life countering the many forms of systemic injustice. She lives in Watsonville, California (south Santa Cruz County), however is connected to the SF bay via family, colleagues, faculty and staff from SKSM and CIIS.