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The Convergence

Series 2

Due to the overwhelming success of the Convergence Radio Series on VoiceAmerica, Unity Earth is proud to present a second series hosted by Dr. Kurt Johnson.

The Convergence Radio Series

Episodes

Episode 1 Mandala

Episode 1: 11 Days of Global Unity Summit: PEACE

September 21, 2017

On September 21st, the exciting highlight of this Summit (www.11daysofglobalunity.com) is broadcast on Voice America: a dialogue on Peace between Deepak Chopra, Karenna Gore (Al Gore’s daughter), and Kabir Sehgal, hosted by We The World’s founder Rick Ulfik.

We may be the first generation to have the ability and responsibility to decide if we will be the last generation! At this perilous moment in our world, when we hear about new social, political and environmental challenges every day, 11 Days of Global Unity September 11-21 provides a comprehensive way to know about and be part of a worldwide convergence of events, festivals, campaigns, and broadcasts for peace, justice, sustainability and transformation. The 11 Days of Global Unity Summit features some of the most visionary thinkers and activists of our Time: Deepak Chopra, Ralph Nader, Marianne Williamson, Robert Thurman, Karenna Gore, Nwamaka Agbo, Michael Beckwith, Sande Hart, Jonathan Granoff, and many others.

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Dr. Kurt Johnson is a cofounder of The Interspiritual Network and author of the influential book The Coming Interspiritual Age (2013).

An associate of interfaith/interspiritual pioneers Br. Wayne Teasdale and Fr. Thomas Keating, among others, and formerly a Christian contemplative monastic himself, Kurt has also been a major part of the science/spirituality discussion for the last 40 years.

A comparative religionist with a PhD also in evolution, Kurt was associated over 25 years with the American Museum of Natural History and the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Co-author also of books in science (Fine Lines, 2016, On Genius in Science and Art, Nabokov’s Blues, 1999) and in international development (Ethics, Values and the New UN Development Agenda, 2016) he is also President of FIONS, co-founder of Forum 21 Institute and serves on the United Nations committees for Spirituality and Global Affairs and International Yoga Day. He travels widely as part of transformational programs and events.

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Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP

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A world renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, Deepak Chopra MD is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, cofounder of Jiyo.com and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Chopra is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians,Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences, Researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Executive Management at Northwestern, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine.”

With more than 85 books, including numerous New York Times Bestsellers, his most recent book with Dr. Menas Kafatos, is You Are The Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters.

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Karenna Gore is the founding Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. A groundbreaking center to bridge the study of spirituality and ecology to inspire activism against climate change, the Center for Earth Ethics seeks to cultivate the public consciousness needed to establish a new paradigm based on the sustained well-being of our planet and its people.

Before founding the Center for Earth Ethics, she was the director for Union Theological Seminary’s Union Forum. There, she oversaw and coordinated the work of the institutes, initiatives, and centers at Union, established a website for opinion pieces on the role of religion in public affairs, produced public programming, and served on the senior leadership team of UTS. In addition, she organized the Religions for the Earth conference, a gathering of over 200 religious and spiritual leaders from around the world to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit and People’s Climate March in September 2014.

Karenna was also Director of Community Affairs for Association to Benefit Children, serving as a liaison between the association and its surrounding East Harlem community, facilitating communication about education, mental health, and family services. In addition, she helped with development efforts and advocacy, including serving as a spokesperson for issues such as treatment for homeless children with asthma and the need for early childhood education for low income families, and continues to serve on the board of advisors.

Daughter of former Vice President and Environmentalist Al Gore and family advocate Tipper Gore, Karenna supported her father’s 2000 campaign as Youth Outreach Chair, which included public speaking engagements all over the United States, media appearances, strategic planning work with campaign staff, and acting as liaison with various constituent groups, especially youth and women.

In addition to practicing law in the intellectual property litigation department of Simpson, Thacher &Bartlett, she has volunteered as a lawyer for Sanctuary for Families, working with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and advocating for more compassionate public policies towards them.

Karenna received an M.A. in Social Ethics from Union, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has also worked as a writer, and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America which profiles the work of unsung heroines in United States history such as Ida B. Wells, Mother Jones, Frances Perkins and Septima Clark. She continues to balance her work with several active civic engagements, and lives in New York City with her three children.

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Kabir Sehgal

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Kabir Sehgal is an American author, composer, producer, navy officer, military veteran, investment banker, and financial executive. He works in corporate strategy at First Data Corporation, a global payments technology firm, which completed the largest IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015.

He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of five books including A Bucket of Blessings and Coined.

He has also won two Grammy Awards and a Latin Grammy Award as a record producer. He was previously a vice president at JPMorgan Chase. He is co-author with Deepak Chopra of a book entitled Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome: Poems & Songs Inspired by American Immigrants.

Sehgal is a composer, librettist, and musician who wrote an opera on the European financial crisis. He co-founded an arts non-profit organization that merged with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Rick Ulfik

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Rick Ulfik is Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at WE.net, a global coalition-building group that unites and amplifies the efforts of people, organizations and movements working for the common good.

Rick is the Co-Creator of the annual 11 Days of Global Unity - 11 Ways to Change the World ending on Sept 21st the UN International Day of Peace. 11 Days is a global platform for peace, justice, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries. Participants include Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Eve Ensler, Bill McKibben, Marianne Williamson, Robert Thurman, Riane Eisler, Tavis Smiley, many others.

Rick is also a Nonviolent Communication Workshop Facilitator and leader. He is an award-winning composer and keyboard player writing music for ABC TV, NBC, CBS, radio, the Olympics, films, has performed with Queen Latifah, Phoebe Snow, Carlos Santana, Judy Collins. He serves every year as an Emmy Awards Judge.

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Jeff Vander Clute

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Jeff Vander Clute is a facilitator of awakening to the direct experience of Unity and the ultimate foundation of one's essential nature. He supports individuals, businesses, and whole organizational ecosystems on their journeys of development and transformation, helping each uniquely to operate from a place of inspired AWAKENESS.

Jeff has founded and worked with a range of organizations, from technology startups to social enterprises and nonprofits building movements for Peace. In 2013, he co-founded Sourcing The Way, a coaching and consulting company from the awakened future. Jeff is also an inventor of consciousness technologies and an Evolutionary Leader committed to realizing global enlightenment and a healed Earth in this lifetime.

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Below are the three videos discussed in the Episode above. In addition to the Episode discussion with Deepak Chopra, Karenna Gore, Kabir Sehgal, Rick Ulfik and Jeff Vander Clute, we are pleased to present the discussions below with additional peace leaders from the United Nations (David Kirshbaum), SHIFT Network (Philip Hellmich) and Pathways to Peace and the Culture of Peace Initiative (Avon Mattison) hosted by Convergence Host Dr. Kurt Johnson.

 

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
About Pathways To Peace

 

Pathways To Peace (PTP)
International Secretariat, Culture of Peace Initiative
UN Consultative status (ECOSOC) (DPI)
UN Peace Messenger Organization
www.PathwaysToPeace.org | www.InternationalDayofPeace.org

For nearly four decades, Pathways To Peace (PTP) has been an evolutionary international Peacebuilding, educational and consulting organization dedicated to Humanity cooperatively building an integral sustainable Peace, intergenerationally & multiculturally for the benefit of all life and future generations.

Pathways To Peace is one of the Peacebuilding NGOs which helped establish the United Nations International Day of Peace (Peace Day) in 1981. It is a pioneer and currently a leader in the worldwide focus on the development of a Culture of Peace. PTP also helped establish the term “Peacebuilding” through the UN in the 1980s. Incorporated in 1983, PTP is an official Peace Messenger Organization of the United Nations and has Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOC & DPI) and has worked collaboratively with UNESCO, UNICEF, the U.N. Centre for Human Rights, U.N. Centre for Human Settlements, UNDP, FAO, WHO, UNEP and other agencies. PTP serves as International Secretariat of the Culture of Peace Initiative. In 1989, this Initiative was granted Peace Messenger Initiative status by the UN Secretary-General.

Since 1983 to present, PTP attends most UN Conferences and often Co-sponsors parallel events, working closely with UN organizers and UN Agencies, from 1983 to present. Some recent examples include: High-level Political Forum on Climate Change, Intergenerational Dialogue on the SDG’s, World Conference on Oceans, Commission on the Status of Women, UN Summit for Refugees & Migrants, International Youth Conference, International Conference on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Indigenous Voices-Indigenous Rights in Media Conference, 100-Day Countdown to Peace Day, etc..

The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) is a cooperative local-to-global Peacebuilding Initiative uniting the strengths of organizations, networks, programs and people to cooperatively build a continuously-evolving Culture of Peace for the Common Good. Since 1983, this local/global Peacebuilding Initiative has served as a vehicle to highlight often unknown Peacebuilders working along diverse paths, who are building the emerging Culture of Peace within humanity. CPI also serves to unite the strengths of existing organizations building Culture of Peace for succeeding generations. The annual highlight of the Culture of Peace Initiative is the UN’s International Day of Peace, September 21 of each year, which provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to work together, on a shared date, to create practical acts of Peace with a year-round impact. The CPI Newsletter archive can be found at: pathwaystopeace.org/newsletter-archive/

Since 1983 PTP has initiated, organized, given consultation, and inspired hundreds of organizations, programs, and activities. In addition, Avon Mattison, co-founder and president of PTP, has mentored many Peacebuilders who now serve as Peace Leaders in various cultures and nations. As director emeritus Jeff Vander Clute and others have noted, “Pathways To Peace has been a mentor and a mother to many organizations and initiatives which are now having a major impact on Peacebuilding and the Culture of Peace globally.”

Additional examples of Pathways To Peace activities include:

  • Establishing the Peace Wave: a daily Minute of Silence and Moment of Peace at Noon in each time zone rippling into a global Peace Wave
  • Leadership in Peacebuilding Through Business and Peace Within Organizations
  • Co-creator and Co-chair of UN International Day of Peace Committee at the United Nations
  • Creator of International Day of Peace Facebook page
  • Establishment & co-stewarding of the universal InternationalDayofPeace.org website to post, share and collaborate in Peace activities, beginning in June with the 100-day countdown to Peace Day on 21 September
  • Co-creator of Peace Day/CPI TV Peace Day Livestream with Unity Foundation
  • Creator and Co-facilitator of Peacebuilding Inquiry for the 21st Century (PB-21), with international leaders.
  • Intergenerational & international delegations to UN Conferences, Summits, etc.
  • Co-sponsor of program on Peace through ending human sex trafficking with Operation Big Sister and Fyera
  • Providing intellectual and experiential foundation to launch the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission

 

Episode 2 Mandala

Episode 2: The STAND UP FOR HUMANITY Event

November 1, 2017

STAND UP FOR HUMANITY is a visionary event taking place at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Friday, November 3rd at 6:30pm.

The architect of this project is Rev. Sylvia Sumter, Senior Minister of Unity of Washington, DC. and member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, which also includes series hosts, Ben Bowler and Dr. Kurt Johnson. In this episode, Deborah Moldow, Co-Director of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, interviews Rev. Sylvia Sumter about the inspiration behind STAND UP FOR HUMANITY and how everyone can take part. Additional guests – all of whom will be speaking live in Washington, DC – are Stephen Dinan, CEO of The Shift Network and author of “Sacred America, Sacred World”; Imam Talib Shareef, Imam of the Masjid Muhammad in Washington, DC; and Rev. Donna Johnson, CEO of Unity Worldwide Ministries.

These brilliant guest speakers inspire us all to come together and STAND UP FOR HUMANITY to meet the challenges of our times.

Episode Guests

Profile

Dr. Kurt Johnson is a cofounder of The Interspiritual Network and author of the influential book The Coming Interspiritual Age (2013).

An associate of interfaith/interspiritual pioneers Br. Wayne Teasdale and Fr. Thomas Keating, among others, and formerly a Christian contemplative monastic himself, Kurt has also been a major part of the science/spirituality discussion for the last 40 years.

A comparative religionist with a PhD also in evolution, Kurt was associated over 25 years with the American Museum of Natural History and the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Co-author also of books in science (Fine Lines, 2016, On Genius in Science and Art, Nabokov’s Blues, 1999) and in international development (Ethics, Values and the New UN Development Agenda, 2016) he is also President of FIONS, co-founder of Forum 21 Institute and serves on the United Nations committees for Spirituality and Global Affairs and International Yoga Day. He travels widely as part of transformational programs and events.

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Rev. Deborah Moldow

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Rev. Deborah Moldow is an ordained interfaith minister committed to assisting in the transformation of human consciousness. She is the Representative to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society, which promotes the universal prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” At the UN, she co-chairs the International Day of Peace NGO Committee and facilitates the United Religions Initiative multi-faith cooperation circle. Deborah is Co-Director of the Evolutionary Leaders circle project of the Source of Synergy Foundation.

Rev. Deborah also leads monthly Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls, NY. Her newest project, the Garden of Light, provides an online platform for the emerging global spirituality.

Rev. Sylvia E. Sumter

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Rev. Sylvia E. Sumter is the host and architect of the Stand Up for Humanity event. She currently serves as the Senior Minister of Unity of Washington, DC, a center for spiritual growth and dynamic transformation, where people discover the joy of living, loving and serving through the understanding and application of the Spiritual Principles of Truth.

Prior to her tenure in Washington, DC, Rev. Sylvia served as the Chairperson of Communication Studies and Skills Department for the Unity School of Religious Studies, at Unity Village, Missouri. She is a natural, gifted teacher who spent the early part of her career as a professional counselor; and also served as an Assistant Director and Director of Higher Education at institutes of higher learning.

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Stephen Dinan

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Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. He is recently the author of the bestseller Sacred America, Sacred World.

The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 700,000 people worldwide, with customers in 150 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 50 core faculty and 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, indigenous wisdom, and sustainability.

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Imam Talib Shareef is the President and Imam of the historic Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque in Washington, DC. He has a MBA, a Diploma from the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, and graduated from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He served as Imam in five U.S. cities and seven military locations around the world. He has received the Kingdom of Morocco’s highest Royal Medal for his outstanding interfaith leadership, and has been honored by President Obama at the White House in recognition of his service.

Rev. Donna Johnson

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Rev. Donna Johnson is the President and CEO of Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM), an association that includes Unity ministries, their leaders and congregants, regions and a central office. UWM provides practical teachings to help people live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives. The Unity movement stands for and will tirelessly work for harmony so all people may know the freedom of peaceful expression, so they may know their own inner worth and essential contribution to the whole of life.

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Episode 3: Mungo Man and U DAY Festival

November 10, 2017

As Australia prepares to repatriate its oldest known human, 43 000 year old Mungo Man, we talk with Professor Jim Bowler who made the world famous discovery in 1974, about the scientific, cultural and spiritual significance of Mungo Man and this time of his repatriation. We also talk to Indigenous Events Director Sam Cook who is working on the “Return To Country” event, commemorating Mungo Man’s long-awaited return with cultural song and dance.

For Aboriginal people of Australia, the world’s oldest living culture, this moment represents a time of great healing. For the wider Australian community it is an opportunity for a long overdue acknowledgment of the sophistication of ancient aboriginal culture, which is still alive today.

In the second part of the show we sit down with legendary activist and diplomat Ambassador Mussie Hailu and look ahead to U DAY: Ethiopia in February, 2018. This intercultural and interspiritual gathering promises to be a powerful step on the Road to 2020.

Episode Guests

Profile

Dr. Kurt Johnson is a cofounder of The Interspiritual Network and author of the influential book The Coming Interspiritual Age (2013).

An associate of interfaith/interspiritual pioneers Br. Wayne Teasdale and Fr. Thomas Keating, among others, and formerly a Christian contemplative monastic himself, Kurt has also been a major part of the science/spirituality discussion for the last 40 years.

A comparative religionist with a PhD also in evolution, Kurt was associated over 25 years with the American Museum of Natural History and the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Co-author also of books in science (Fine Lines, 2016, On Genius in Science and Art, Nabokov’s Blues, 1999) and in international development (Ethics, Values and the New UN Development Agenda, 2016) he is also President of FIONS, co-founder of Forum 21 Institute and serves on the United Nations committees for Spirituality and Global Affairs and International Yoga Day. He travels widely as part of transformational programs and events.

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Ben Bowler

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Ben Bowler is a serial entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing. In 2006 he and his wife Jildou moved to Thailand to volunteer along the Thai-Burma border. In 2008 they founded Blood Foundation together, a NGO focusing on education projects. In 2008 Ben founded Monk for a Month in Chiang Mai offering men and women the opportunity to experience Thai temple life and temporary ordination.

In 2010 Ben launched Muslim for a Month in Turkey offering guests a first-hand experience of Turkish Islam and Sufism, underneath the spiritually inclusive banner of Rumi.

In 2011 Ben launched World Weavers, offering spiritual immersion programs in Tibetan India, Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia.

In October 2015 at the Parliament of World' Religions Ben launched 1GOD.com, an online platform aimed at countering religious fundamentalism, relativism and western materialism.

Ben is a Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the prestigious INSEAD Business School and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

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Amb. Mussie Hailu

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H.E. Ambassador Mussie Hailu is a peace activist who is working at national, regional and international levels in promoting peace, reconciliation, interfaith & inter-cultural harmony, disarmament, world citizenship, building right human relationships, constructive dialogue and building bridges for international cooperation and promoting the teaching of the Golden Rule which says “Treat others the way you want to be treated” as a guiding principle to enhance respect and human dignity. He also actively works against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Africa.

He served as Diplomat and Ambassador at large. He is a founding member of United Religions Initiative (URI) and currently serving as Global envoy of URI, Representative of URI to the African Union and UN office in Africa, Regional Director of URI for Africa. He also serves as special advisor of the African Union –Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC).

Prof. James Bowler

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Prof. James Bowler is a geologist with a lifetime study of climatic change in the Australian landscape. On the shores of the ancient basin he named, Lake Mungo, his discovery of ancient human remains led to the establishment of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area. Two early burial discoveries, Mungo Lady (1969), and Mungo Man (1974), remain today as foundation examples of Australia’s earliest occupants. Their extraordinary ritual burials, cremation on one hand, ritual ochre anointing on the other, testify to earliest cultural sophistication. Mungo Man's ritual burial resonates today with Australia's Aboriginal people and their spiritual Connection to Country. That connection stands in stark contrast to the western world’s market economy where rational values deride values of the Spirit. It is time now to return to Aboriginal people an acknowledgement of debt, a return of dignity so drastically deprived by our rational rejection of things spiritual.

His son is co-host Ben Bowler.

Sam Cook

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Sam Cook has an extensive career in the arts and entertainment industry spanning close to thirty-years. A retired musician, she was the Director of The Dreaming Festival and a programmer of the Woodford Folk Festival.

Artistically, Sam is a playwright, writer, visual artist and graphic designer. Administratively, Sam started working in publishing ahead of becoming the CEO of a leading Australian Theatre Company before launching her company KISSmyBLAKarts which has tentacles into Artist Management and Apparel. Recipient of the UK Arts Council Fellowship in 2007 and 2011, winner of National Aboriginal Youth of the Year in 1999 and Broome Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 1998, Sam's the founding Aboriginal columnist for Artshub, Tracker and founder of Australia’s Black History Month. Most recently she led a 20million global movement through #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA and has recently founded Kaltja International an ethical economic disruption and cryptocurrency for Indigenous people worldwide.

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