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Aryae Coopersmith: Raising the Sparks: Retrieving the Hidden Light Around Us

Aryae Coopersmith is founder of One World Lights (OWL), a community of global citizens with the shared vision of people everywhere supporting a course change for humanity by supporting each other. The vehicle is wisdom circles – mostly by video-conferencing – where global citizens...

Charles Gibbs: Interfaith Peacebuilding: I'd Like to Help

The Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs is an Episcopal priest who, from 1996 until his retirement in 2013, served as the founding executive director of the United Religions Initiative – serving from URI’s gestation to its position as an international network which consists presently of more...

Len & Libby Traubman: A Marriage and Life in Dialogue and Bridging Divides

Libby and Len Traubman are peacemakers, filmmakers, authors, and co-founders and co-leaders of a 24-year-old nonviolent conflict resolution group, the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, established in 1992 in San Mateo, California, and preparing for its 289th meeting on the San...

Yoav Peck: Encountering Others in Their Full Humanity

Yoav Peck is the co-Executive Director of the Sulha Peace Project, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who meet regularly "to encounter the other in our full humanity." Recognizing the mutual fears, alienation and suspicion that exist between Israelis and Palestinians, the Sulha...

Jerry White: Noble Resilience to Nobel Purpose

Jerry White is CEO of Global Impact Strategies and Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia. He shares in the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.  He worked closely with Diana, Princess of Wales, and then King Hussein and Queen Noor...

Bonnie Rose: The Power of Sacred Irreverence

“Holiness is everywhere. It abides hidden in the infinite ordinary and seeks expression through our intimate recognition of it.” -- Bonnie Rose   As a former registered nurse, actress, and opera singer, Bonnie Rose's career trajectory has been anything but...

Michael Penn: The Nature of Hope

Around the age of twenty-two, a near death experience transformed Dr. Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter with his own mortality, he began an extensive study of sacred texts and the works of the founders of the world’s religions. Today Professor Penn is a...

Janessa Gans Wilder: Seeing The Other as Brother and Opening to Rivers of Possibility

Janessa Gans Wilder is a former CIA officer turned peacebuilder and social entrepreneur. She discovered in the war zones of Iraq that eliminating the “enemy” did not lead to peace – nor did it solve the more immediate problem of the growing counterinsurgency and terrorism....

Shabnam Virmani: Transcending Identity Through Poetry and Music

Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, former journalist, and singer of Kabir folk songs. In 2003, stung by the religious riots of Gujarat, India in 2002, she set out in quest of the 15th century mystic poet/saint Kabir, exploring how his poetry intersects with ideas of identity, religion,...

Reverend Eric Elnes: Connecting Interfaith Hearts in the Heartland

Dr. Eric Elnes is a minister, biblical scholar, author, speaker and media host. Since 2008, he has been the Senior Minister of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Countryside recently became the Christian partner in Omaha’s heralded Tri-Faith Initiative – in...

Sally Mahé : Building a Global Spiritual Citizenship: Deeper Democracy

Sally Mahé is a founding staff member and Senior Consultant for United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith network dedicated to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, ending religiously motivated violence, and creating cultures of peace, justice, and...

Shinzen Young: The Role of Compassion on the Spiritual Path

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant who frequently uses concepts from mathematics as a metaphor to illustrate the abstract concepts of meditation and who is building a bridge between contemplative practice and hard science. His interest...

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