Conference Presenters & Themes
Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne and Samya Charika Marasinghe (daughter)
The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka: World Change through Inner Transformation
Sri Lanka is renowned Buddhist and political leader, Dr. A.T.
Ariyaratne,, founder and leader of the Sarvodaya Movement in Sri Lanka
whose efforts have been tireless in rebuilding the country after the
tsunami disaster. The 40 year old Sarvodaya Shramadana movement has
been an umbrella for the sustainable socioeconomic and spiritual
development of 10,000 Sri Lankan villages. Ari will be joined by his
daughter, stepping in line with Ari’s son to take over their father’s
Pilgrimage of the Family of Abraham: AGNT & Harvard Global Negotiation Project
partnering with William Ury, co-founder with President Jimmy Carter of
the Global Negotiation Project at Harvard and author of Getting to Yes,
and The Third Side. Religious leaders from the Third Synthesis
Dialogues in Rome, 2004, are committed to making this healing
initiative in the Middle East a reality in our time. Other presenters:
Jim Kenney, Global Director of the Council for a Parliament of the
World’s Religions from 1995-2002 on “Sea Change: Living in a Time of
Cultural Evolution;” Levi Weiman-Kelman, Rabbis for Human Rights,
Jerusalem, on “Justice, Spirituality, and Peacemaking;” A. Rashied
Omar, Muslim imam, on The Role of Faith in Conflict Transformation in
the Middle East.
Phil Cousineau: Joseph Campbell Foundation
The Art of Pilgrimage: Transforming Our Inner Life By Walking Through the Outer World
pilgrimage has emphasized deep attention and devotion to the Divine
presence in every moment. Over the last decade, the world has witnessed
a resurgence in the ancient practice of pilgrimage, the spiritually
transformative journey to a holy place. Come discuss the deeper
implications of pilgrimage as a model and practice for turning everyday
existence into a sacred journey.
Mrs. Ela Gandhi, South African Parliament: Nonviolence is Becoming A Reality
of the Mahatma and close friend of President Nelson Mandela, Mrs.
Gandhi fought 30 years in SA Parliament for nonviolence education and
human rights for women and children. A tireless proponent of
responsible media, anti-poverty, and youth, Mrs. Gandhi celebrates the
50th anniversary of her newspaper, Satyagraha, this year!
Marianne Williamson & the US Department of Peace: Miracles at Home
Williamson, author and national leader for the US Department of Peace,
represents the critical necessity for grassroots activists to lead
projects at home in the United States that will build spirit-led
citizenship and create stronger communities among disenfranchised
populations. Marianne describes the initiative: “The Department
of Peace will be dedicated to the research and articulation of
non-violent solutions to domestic as well as international conflicts.
The Department will not replace the military or the Department of
State; rather, it will augment them. It will represent a holistic
approach to politics. This is not about alternative solutions; it is
about complementary solutions.”
Dr. Jean Houston: Social Artistry and Life Purpose
ourselves in the midst of the most massive shift of perspective
humankind has ever known. A new set of values--holistic, syncretic,
relationship and process-oriented, organic and spiritual--is rising
within us and around us.
forces of entropy and fear seek to contain or regress us, we know there
is no going back. Not only has the time come to step into our own
social artistry and higher life purpose, but it comes just in time to
serve a world in desperate need of our gifts. Come discover your place
in the world scheme.
“Evolutionary Enlightenment: Individual Purpose and Effective Engagement”
thinker, spiritual teacher, and founder of What Is Enlightenment?
magazine. He has become widely recognized as a defining voice in the
emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. Through the magazine, his
writings, talks, and pioneering dialogues with innovative teachers and
thinkers across traditions and disciplines, He has authored twelve
books, including Embracing Heaven & Earth, and Living
Enlightenment: A Call for Evolution Beyond Ego, and has presented his
work on the future of religion at some of the leading interfaith and
interdisciplinary symposia around the world. He has also founded
centers in the United States, England, India, Holland, Denmark, and
France dedicated to exploring the evolution of consciousness.
Our Spirituality Demonstrated: Creating Peace Through Spiritually-Based Action
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights movement in his
church, New Thought ministers are beginning to encourage
spiritually-motivated social activism in their congregations. Many of
us, ministers and congregants, feel drawn by Spirit to make a
contribution to the evolution of our world, but may feel overwhelmed by
the scope, politics, and legalities of the task. Dot Maver – Executive
Director, The Peace Alliance; Lynn McMullen – National Campaign
Coordinator, The Peace Alliance; Rev. Wendy Craig Purcell – Church of
Today Unity, San Diego CA; Christine Elliot - Co-Coordinator “Americans
For the Department of Peace”; John McNeil - Co-Coordinator “Americans
For the Department of Peace.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
celebrating her 75th year, our own Barbara Marx Hubbard, pioneer in
conscious evolution, will share deeply the fruits of a forty year
journey in self and social evolution. Barbara has guided us to place
ourselves on the Map of Self and Social Evolution and predicts we will
come to a beautiful finale with a new sacrament for cocreators; The
Sacrament of Coordination for those who seek to fully embody the Self.
For a lifetime of unwavering commitment and fearless conviction, we
honor this soul as our dear friend and as a great heroine of our times.