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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.

 

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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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Convergence Series 2 Episode 3

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

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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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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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Convergence Series 2 Episode 4

Episode 4: U DAY Ethiopia-Convergence of Fires in the Land of Origins

January 26, 2018

Commemorating the growing global significance of United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week, UNITY EARTH-sponsored U DAY Festival: Ethiopia- Convergence of Fires in the Land of Origins, brings together global spiritual and religious leaders, international change-makers and world-class musical artists.

We gather Jan. 31- Febr. 7, with an online event for global participation Feb. 3: http://udayfestival.org/ethiopia-2018/

Supporting this vision, representatives from Aboriginal Australia, North and Central American indigenous leaders, Sikhs, Bahai, Sufis, Buddhists, and Hindus from India, and Thai Buddhists along with Jews, Christians, and Muslims gather to celebrate a colourful and diverse community. Ceremonies will join the themes of Unity, Peace and Compassion. On this radio special, UNITY EARTH’s U DAY Executive Director, Ben Bowler hosts event notables David Gershon, Jon Ramer, David Nicol, Claudia Welss, Deborah Moldow and Kristin Hoffmann, each further highlighted below.

Episode Guests

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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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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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David Gershon

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David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation, and applies this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change.

His clients include cities, large organizations, government agencies, and social entrepreneurs. He has addressed a wide diversity of issues ranging from low carbon lifestyles, livable neighborhoods, and sustainable communities to organizational talent development, corporate social engagement, and cultural transformation.

Author of eleven books, his past thirty years of empowerment programs have won many awards, and a major academic research study described them as “unsurpassed in changing behavior.” David used this empowerment proficiency to conceive in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund and ABC Television, one of the planet’s first major global consciousness-raising initiatives; the First Earth Run.

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Jon Ramer

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Jon Eliot Ramer is an American entrepreneur, civic leader, community organizer, inventor, and musician.

He was a co-founder of Unity Project Seattle. He is also the designer and co-founder of the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities. There are now over 400 cities around the world that have started similar campaigns. Conceived of and produced the "Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest." In five years the Compassion Games has served over fifteen million people in over 40 countries. Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. Is chairperson of the Compassion Games.

Jon has joined with David Gershon of the Empowerment Institute in co-creating with UNITY EARTH's leadership "Convergence of Fires" ceremonials bringing together the "torches" of Unity, Peace and Compassion at the Land of Origins event. These will also be featured as part of a global Internet Event, February 3rd, in cooperation with Gaiafield Project on Maestroconference (https://tinyurl.com/UDayConvergenceofFire)

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Dr. David Nicol is the author of the ground-breaking book Subtle Activism which explores the profound connection of subtler realms of reality, as known from ancient and indigenous wisdom traditions and modern science's comprehension of our quantum reality. As a pioneer in this compelling area of human inquiry David has joined others and led in the founding of the Gaiafield Project (www.gaiafield.net) and Subtle Activism Institute (www.subtleactivism.net). Most recently, David and Gaiafield have been deeply engaged in the pivotal questions of the current political and sociological scene, in their WISE-USA leadership campaign throughout the recent election cycle.

In collaboration with other leading organizations, David and his networks convene regular public subtle activism programs intended to support greater peace, sustainability, and social justice in our world. David also teaches philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Claudia Welss’s belief that social change requires personal transformation guided her to leave her work with corporations at the University of California to focus on the nexus of consciousness, technology, and human-Earth energetics. Her board and advisory roles include the Institute of Noetic Sciences, IONS Innovation Lab, Global Coherence Initiative, Gaiafield Project, Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and Amplifield. She is cofounder and Chair of Invest in Yourself at Nexus Global Youth Summit and Network, with the education council for Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) and Evolutionary Leaders.

She created NextNow Collaboratory, which Thomas Malone of MIT Center for Collective Intelligence called, a “new kind of collective intelligence.” Previously, she was director of UC Berkeley Haas School of Business’s Center for Executive Development, building and delivering strategic learning programs for corporations and innovating sustainability content.

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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.

Kristin Hoffmann

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Kristin Hoffmann is an internationally known singer, songwriter and activist. Traveling widely to support global causes with performances and compositions, she is lead singer for the celebrated Bella Gaia global events affirming our environment and a special contributor to ocean-related and children's initiatives.

A Juilliard trained multi-instrumentalist, Kristin studied with acclaimed teachers Lorraine Nubar, Zehava Gal, Rob Mathes, Behzad Ranjbaran and at the Académie Internationale d’été de Nice. In addition to stints at major record labels, Capitol and Interscope Records, and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Richie Havens and many other musical luminaries.

She is passionate about projects that explore music’s healing power and is a member of both The Evolutionary Leaders and the Board of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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Convergence Series 2 Episode 5

Episode 5: Spotlight on Yoga, with Light on Light Magazine

April 3, 2018

Celebrating the debut of Light on Light Magazine in March 2018, we introduce the new online e-zine that is dedicated to illuminating the light of wisdom, inspiration, and transformation found within spiritual practices and inspired lifestyles for the flourishing of health, mind, and spirit every day. Light on Light welcomes the sharing of journeys across the myriad of pathways of world wisdom traditions, interfaith, and interspirituality and features renowned contributors across the global integral and interfaith communities.

In this radio special, we are honored to feature a Spotlight on Yoga, complementing the inspirations in the first issue, with Light on Light Host Editor, Karuna, interviewing Snatam Kaur, Shiva Rea, Elena Brower, Denise Scotto, and Irina Morrison— and sacred musician GuruGanesha. Join hosts Kurt Johnson and Karuna, along with Shannon Winters, Managing Editor, in celebrating the launch of Light on Light around the world.

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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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Karuna is well known internationally as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and as yoga spokesperson for Patheos.com, the Website for the Future of Faith.

Along with her background as an Associate Level Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy of Kundalini Yoga (KRI), Karuna is an ordained “Wisdom Keeper” in this, and medicine traditions of the Lakota, a spiritual guide for the Sacred Feminine and a frequent guest teacher and speaker for The Interspiritual Network, Self Care to Earth Care, and Forum 21 Institute.

Earlier, as a major fashion model and actress, Karuna, a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, brought yoga to that community as founder of the Life Center in London. From her Hacienda de Guru Ram Das outside Boulder CO, Karuna has founded teacher training programs in India, regularly hosts great voices like Snatam Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba, and Guru Ganesha, and teaches Conscious Child Yoga and mentoring programs for young models and actors.

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Shannon Winters

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Shannon Marie Winters, MS, CIC, CMPP, is Managing Editor of Light on Light Magazine and Chief Operating Officer of UNTIY EARTH.

With inspiration and joy, she honors the interconnected truths of all paths and faiths, serving to uplift humanity fully into the era of unity consciousness. Originally from California, Shannon has worked in the corporate sector in the NYC area for more than 13 years, leading strategy and planning of scientific publications and communications and is an author of numerous publications. She is also Managing Editor of The Convergence Magazine.

She holds certification as an Intrinsic Coach and Reiki Jin Kei Do practitioner and is completing the interfaith/interspiritual seminary program at One Spirit in NYC. She currently resides in New Jersey with her family and joyful menagerie of rescued dogs and cats.

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Snatam Kaur

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Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul.

For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past 20 years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace.

Her new book is Original Light: the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga

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Shiva Rea

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Shiva Rea is a leading innovator in the evolution of Prana Vinyasa Yoga, a transformational vinyasa flow integrating the tantric bhakti roots of yoga, Krishnamacharya’s teachings, and a universal approach to the body.

Shiva is the founder of Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, Yogadventure Retreats, Yoga Energy Activism, and the worldwide Global Mala Project, and the creator of award-winning CDs and DVDs for home practice.

Her first book, Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life, was published in 2014. Of herself she says “I am a mother, yogadventurer, founder of pranavinyasa & global school for living yoga. I am passionate about helping people awaken to the untapped energy that is available to us all: - our breath power that is breathing us all - the power of love - that regenerates, nourishes, heals and transforms.”

She has taught thousands of students, teachers, and movers and shakers how to integrate yoga as a way of life.

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Elena Brower

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Elena Brower is a renowned yoga teacher and speaker.

Influenced by several yoga traditions including Katonah Yoga, Para Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, she is recognized worldwide for her expertise in combining physical alignment and the art of attention. Elena has been offering these practices as a vehicle for approaching our world with realistic reverence and gratitude.

She is the author of Art of Attention, a yoga workbook now translated into five languages and the creator of teach.yoga, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide. Elena is also an executive producer of On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey, a film that intimately explores meditation experiences, screened on international flights and National Public Television.

She's contributed to the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Origin, Mantra, and features in Yoga Journal, the New York Times and on major TV networks. Experience Elena's filmed practices on YogaGlo, and her Audio Meditations on elenabrower.com/meditation.

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Denise Scotto is an attorney, speaker, interfaith minister & Founding Chair of The United Nations NGO Committee for the International Day of Yoga.

Starting her legal career in the public sector, she also held leadership roles in professional bar organizations including: the NY State Bar, the NY State Women's Bar, the International Law section of the American Bar Association. As a staff member in the UN, she worked in the internal system of justice, then, in the Department for Economic & Social Affairs formulating policy to advance human rights.

She has held leadership positions in the UN community including: the UNSRC Enlightenment Society, the Values Caucus at the UN, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the Source of Synergy Foundation. Denise developed "mindful social justice" which additionally serves the legal profession through her 20+ years of meditation and her connection with diverse yoga masters & spiritual leaders.

Guru Ganesha Singh

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Guru Ganesha Singh - songwriter, musician, recording artist, entrepreneur and founder of the Guru Ganesha Band, was an enthusiastic participant in the 1960's rock and roll explosion.

When he embraced Sikhism and the Kundalini Yoga of Yogi Bhajan, he brought his love of Western music to the Eastern traditions of his new Sikh lifestyle. He was one of the pioneers of the new genre of Kundalini Yoga mantra meditation music, and since that time he has contributed greatly to its on-going growth and development.

Guru Ganesha's emergence on the world devotional music stage took place at the beginning of the 21st Century. In collaboration with his good friends, Guru Singh and Thomas Barquee, he released the album A Game of Chants with the Grammy-winning singer Seal. He also began to record as part of the Peace Family, a group featuring the angelic voice of Snatam Kaur.

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Irina Morrison

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Irina Morrison is Communications and Social Media Manager at UNITY EARTH.

Irina spent over 15 years in fast-paced roles such as Rehabilitation Officer, Corporate Counsellor and Executive Assistant, and has two years of private practice counselling experience with a focus on couples counselling and women suffering abuse trauma.

In 2014, Irina hung her designer suits in the back of her wardrobe and replaced them with Yoga Pants! Her passion for yoga became her career. As well as running her own classes, she collaborates with physiotherapists, chiropractors, wellness and fitness centers. Implementing her skills of counselling and business management alongside yoga, she successfully runs yoga retreats for relaxation and rejuvenation of both, body and mind. Irina holds a Yoga Teacher Diploma (HH Dip. Y.T.), Diploma in Professional Counselling and Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

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Below are three series of discussions which dive deeper into yoga.

 
A Three Part Discussion between Karuna and Shiva Rea:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 
 
A Two Part Discussion between Karuna and Elena Brower:
Part One

Part Two

 
 
A Three Part Discussion between Karuna and Snatam Kaur:
Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 
 

Convergence Series 2 Episode 6

Episode 6: The International Day of Yoga, with the United Nations Committee

June 15, 2018

VoiceAmerica’s Convergence Series and The United Nations NGO Committee for the International Day of Yoga invite you to celebrate Yoga Day 2018 with this broadcast and a special edition of Light on Light e-Magazine.

These presentations highlight the meaning of the UN’s International Day of Yoga, how yoga is experienced in the work of the UN, how yoga is practiced in the daily lives of individuals in UN organizations and initiatives, and how Yoga Day is celebrated around the world.

From highly personal stories, you’ll understand more about the UN and the fullness of yoga in ways that may surprise you. The Yoga Day broadcast and magazine draw upon the wisdom of renowned yoga masters and practitioners describing yoga as a way of life and its positive impacts on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health & well-being in cultures around the world. Contributors include participants in UN Yoga Day celebrations and renowned yogi’s and yogini’s, who share their insights.

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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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Denise Scotto is an attorney, speaker, interfaith minister & Founding Chair of The United Nations NGO Committee for the International Day of Yoga.

Starting her legal career in the public sector, she also held leadership roles in professional bar organizations including: the NY State Bar, the NY State Women's Bar, the International Law section of the American Bar Association. As a staff member in the UN, she worked in the internal system of justice, then, in the Department for Economic & Social Affairs formulating policy to advance human rights.

She has held leadership positions in the UN community including: the UNSRC Enlightenment Society, the Values Caucus at the UN, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the Source of Synergy Foundation. Denise developed "mindful social justice" which additionally serves the legal profession through her 20+ years of meditation and her connection with diverse yoga masters & spiritual leaders.

Philip Hellmich

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Philip M. Hellmich, author of God and Conflict, is a thought leader creating a new narrative of peace, from inner peace to international peace-building.

As the Director of Peace at The Shift Network, Philip is the chief architect of the Summer of Peace, Yoga Day Summit and World Peace Library – online global forums that seek to inspire, inform and involve people in the many ways that peace is emerging around the world. He also is the co-lead faculty of the Peace Ambassador Training.

Summer of Peace: an annual event with free online educational summits featuring leading peace-builders from around the world. The Summer of Peace culminates on and builds supports for the annual United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21.

Philip appears in peace events and initiatives around the world, representing The Shift Network's substantial work. He recently co-authored a chapter on peace-building for a Peace Studies volume co-authored with The Convergence host, Dr. Kurt Johnson.

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Karuna is well known internationally as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and as yoga spokesperson for Patheos.com, the Website for the Future of Faith.

Along with her background as an Associate Level Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy of Kundalini Yoga (KRI), Karuna is an ordained “Wisdom Keeper” in this, and medicine traditions of the Lakota, a spiritual guide for the Sacred Feminine and a frequent guest teacher and speaker for The Interspiritual Network, Self Care to Earth Care, and Forum 21 Institute.

Earlier, as a major fashion model and actress, Karuna, a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, brought yoga to that community as founder of the Life Center in London. From her Hacienda de Guru Ram Das outside Boulder CO, Karuna has founded teacher training programs in India, regularly hosts great voices like Snatam Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba, and Guru Ganesha, and teaches Conscious Child Yoga and mentoring programs for young models and actors.

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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is one of the most well-known names in international Yoga, known both from her books and her hosting of many events and retreats.

As someone recently said, she is one of a few special women known only from their first name. She was born as Mary May Gibson in rural/suburban Illinois. Her spiritual search led her to her teacher and mentor, Yogi Bhajan, who is world famous for his bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West. She is known not only for her teaching of Kundalini Yoga but as a pioneer in the field of pre-natal yoga. She was the co-founder and director of the Golden Bridge Yoga Center in Los Angeles, and is the author of many books and DVDs.

Gurmukh means guru-oriented person, or one who has realized the Word or 'naad'. In the highest sense, the term gurmukh means to possess true knowledge.

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Judy Rodgers has studied raj yoga with the Brahma Kumaris for over twenty years and lives in a retreat center in the Catskill Mountains in New York.

As a student of raja yoga, her focus is on consciousness and how the quality of our awareness affects what we think, see, do and how we engage with others. She is founder and board president of Images & Voices of Hope, a nonprofit that seeks to strengthen the role of media as agents of world benefit. She supports several of the Brahma Kumaris’ international projects including the enduring Call-of-the-Time dialogues and retreats.

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Padmini Murthy

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Dr. Padmini (Mini) Murthy MD, MPH, MS, FAMWA, FRSPH is a Professor & Global Health Director at NY Medical College. She is an obstetrician and gynecologist practicing medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She has an MPH and a MS in Management from New York University and is a Fellow at the NY Academy of Medicine. She serves as the Medical Women’s International Association NGO representative the UN and promotes safe motherhood and other health initiatives focused on women in India, Malawi, Grenada and Nepal. She is widely published and is the author and editor of Women's Global Health and Human Rights (Jones and Bartlett publisher) which is used as a text book worldwide.

Dr Murthy is the recipient of numerous awards such as: the Jhirad Oration Award; the Soujouner Truth Pin; Millennium Milestone Maker Award, the Blackwell Medal and the Dr Lata Pawar Oration award.

Mary Friedland

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Mary Friedland is Coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris activities in Chicago and the Midwest. A Raja Yogi of more than 30 years, she teaches courses in meditation and everyday spirituality. She enjoys applying spiritual principles to life's knotty problems and sharing what she has learned with others.

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Denis Licul (“Kripadevi”) has been practicing yoga since 1994. Inspired by yoga and Advaita Vedanta non-dualistic philosophy, she became a disciple of Vishwaguru Swami Maheshwarananda. She first started teaching yoga in her home town Labin, Croatia, and continued when she moved to New York in 1999.

She is a president and co-founder of Yoga in Daily Life (YIDL) New York. Being a teaching artist - ceramicist, Denis implements the elements of mindfulness and meditation in her art work and teaching methods. Denis serves as a Secretary General of Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council (SSMWPC) and representative of YIDL-US and SSMWPC at the United Nations.

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Shannon Winters

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Shannon Marie Winters, MS, CIC, CMPP, is Managing Editor of Light on Light Magazine and Chief Operating Officer of UNTIY EARTH.

With inspiration and joy, she honors the interconnected truths of all paths and faiths, serving to uplift humanity fully into the era of unity consciousness. Originally from California, Shannon has worked in the corporate sector in the NYC area for more than 13 years, leading strategy and planning of scientific publications and communications and is an author of numerous publications. She is also Managing Editor of The Convergence Magazine.

She holds certification as an Intrinsic Coach and Reiki Jin Kei Do practitioner and is completing the interfaith/interspiritual seminary program at One Spirit in NYC. She currently resides in New Jersey with her family and joyful menagerie of rescued dogs and cats.

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Jonathan GranoffJonathan Granoff is an international lawyer, advocate, scholar, and award winning screenwriter who serves as President of the Global Security Institute, United Nations Representative of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and Ambassador for Peace, Security and Nuclear Disarmament of The Parliament of the World’s Religions. He serves on numerous advisory and governing boards such as the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, Universal Sufi Council, World Wisdom Council, Tikkun, International Association of Sufism, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament working to bring the values of love, compassion, and justice into action. He is a Fellow in he World Academy of Arts and Science and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Blessed with having lived and studied with H.H. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen since his youth he is honored with the namesake Ahamed Muhaiyaddeen.

 
 

International Day of Yoga Speech

International Yoga Day 2015– Remarks by Jonathan Granoff from Global Security Institute

 
 

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Remarks of Global Security Institute President, Jonathan Granoff, on the first ever commemoration of the International Day of Yoga, United Nations, NYC, June 21, 2015
 
Mr. Secretary-General, Your Excellencies, Dear Sisters and Brothers,
May we all be healthy with hearts that are true and actions that show kindness.
Thank you India and Prime Minister Modi for enlivening ancient wisdom for this modern age.
Yoga is about so much more than just exercising our bodies.
It is about the connectivity of life and reminds us that all lives are joined.
The arc of each individual precious life is as unique as each wave on the ocean.
And every wave is connected to the entire ocean.
We live in the light of life and that light lives in us.
Yoga is knowing this connectivity of life and the preciousness of every life.
The heart that feels this connection will want well-being and peace for all.
This is universal.
Knowing and living Shanti, Peace, Salaam, Shalom. That is yoga.
If we can separate from ourselves that which separates us from one another we will know and be that peace.
Qualities such as Anger, Pride, Falsehood, Jealousy, Hastiness, Hypocrisy, Fanaticism, Prejudice, and Bigotry separate us from one another.
Love, Compassion, Generosity, Justice, Tolerance, Humility, and Gratitude not only bring us together with one another, they open the door to inner peace.
The same qualities that bring us together as a human community bring us harmony and fulfillment within.
The manifestation of this truth is the Golden Rule:
Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” UDANAVARGA, 5:18;
Christianity: “All things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them.” Matthew 7:12;
Confucianism: “Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” Analects 15:23;
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not unto others that which would cause you pain if done to you.” Mahabharata 5:1517;
Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for others that which he desires for himself.” Hadith;
Jainism: “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara;
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. That is the law; all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a;
Zoroastrianism: “That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatsoever is not good for its own self.” Dadistan-I-Dinik, 94:5.
This rule is the most practical guide for both our inner and outer conduct.
Not only is this ethical and spiritual truth good for our personal lives but when nations treat other nations accordingly stability, security and peace result.
It is time for a United Nations yoga:
Nations must treat other nations as they wish to be treated.
May our hearts be free of fear and courageous in compassion.
May we be free of the bondage of mind, desire, egoism, and pride and be the peace appropriate to the human birth.
The nations of the world are composed of individual souls all wanting the same kindness and security. May we, each of us, open our hearts to The infinite light of peace and bring that treasure into the world. May God bless all nations and all peoples, and every single precious life.

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