Dorsey Odell Blake has served as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples (San Francisco) since 1994. Fellowship Church was co-founded in 1944, as the nation’s first intentionally interracial, interfaith congregation by Dr. Howard Thurman.
Dr. Blake has extensive field ministry experience with interfaith groups addressing justice and peace issues, including the California People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, The Interfaith Alliance for Prison Reform, Genesis and The San Francisco Interfaith Council. He served as a member of the steering committee of Religious Witness with Homeless People and has been in the forefront of peace and justice activities, speaking to small audiences and rallies that have drawn over 200,000 people. In 2000, he traveled to Morocco with an interfaith delegation of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in a quest to promote interfaith respect and cooperation. He serves as Board Chair for the Gus Newport Institute, a social justice platform that seeks to empower women and communities of color most affected by today’s economic crisis