Thursday, October 2, 2008
Chrystal Ballroom A-B

Lynne McTaggart
Powering Up

You know what intention is. But do you know how to make the most of it? Bestselling author and award-winning investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart offers a series of breakthrough practices to help you refine, channel, and maximize intention. Based on the results of hundreds of workshops and experiments with the principles of intention, she’ll offer compelling insights and specific techniques to amplify intention—and get results.

You will learn:
• The universal laws of intention, and how to put them to work for you
• How to use scientifically-tested approaches to focus your intention with laser-like effectiveness
• “Masters of Intention“–the common “secret principles“ that allow meditators, monks, world–class athletes, and others to manifest their intention in extraordinary ways
• How to work with the natural energies around you to increase the effectiveness of your practice
• The special power of group intention
• Ways to enhance your ability to send and receive information

Lynne McTaggart is one of the preeminent spokespersons on consciousness, the new physics and the science of spirituality. She is the award-winning journalist and author of five books, including the worldwide bestsellers The Intention Experiment and The Field, both considered seminal books of the New Age. Wayne Dyer called The Field “the most profound and enlightening book I have ever read”. Other plaudits have come from the late Arthur C. Clarke, Caroline Myss and some forty leaders in the field of science, consciousness and spirituality. Lynne is editor of the Living The Field master class ( and runs highly popular conferences and workshops (, designed to help people adapt the ideas of the new scientific paradigm into their everyday lives. As co-founder and editorial director of What Doctors Don’t Tell You (, she publishes newsletters that are among the most widely praised in the world. Lynne is the architect of the Intention Experiments, a web-based ‘global laboratory’, involving an international consortium of prestigious scientists and thousands of people in countries around the world to test the power of intention to heal the world ( Lynne has spoken before many diverse audiences around the world and is regular on television and radio in many countries. She lives in London with her husband and business partner Bryan Hubbard and their two daughters.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom C

B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D.
The Shamatha Project: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind

During the spring and fall of 2007, 70 people participated in two 3-month, intensive meditation retreats, during which the effects of their 8-10 hours per day of practice were meticulously studied by a team of psychologists and neuroscientists. With a wide array of psychological and physiological measurements taken toward the beginning, middle, and end of this training, this was the first longitudinal scientific study of its kind. Alan Wallace originally conceived of this project and has been working closely with this team of cognitive scientists for four years, and he served as the resident instructor for these retreats. In this breakout session he will give a preliminary report of the findings of this historic study and how they relate to the cultivation of attention in daily spiritual practice.

B. Alan Wallace began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, language, and culture in 1970 at the University of Göttingen in Germany and then continued his studies over the next fourteen years in India, Switzerland, and the United States. Ordained as a Buddhist monk by H. H. the Dalai Lama in 1975, he has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including the Dalai Lama. After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he returned his monastic vows and went on to earn his Ph.D. in religious studies at Stanford University. He then taught for four years in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is now the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies ( He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.

His published works include The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness (Oxford, 2000), Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind (Wisdom 2006), Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge (Columbia University Press, 2007), Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness (Columbia University Press, 2007), and Embracing Mind: The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality (Shambhala Publications, 2008). He has participated in numerous scientific studies of meditation, including Cultivating Emotional Balance (UCSF), the Shamatha Project (UC Davis), Mindful Awareness Project (UCLA), Meditation for Epilepsy Project (UCLA and University of Vienna), and the Compassion and Attention Longitudinal Meditation Study (Emory)

Thursday, October 2, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Dr. Christian De Quincey
Deep Spirit: Science and the Noetic Code

Sometimes evolution gets it wrong. We've got one last chance to get it right. Fourteen billion years ago it all started with a Big Flash. Today, all we see is a faint trace. Can we decode its mysterious message in time? It's early in the twenty-first century, and the world is already on course for a major revolution-a shift in global consciousness. Visions and dreams of millions are about to become reality. The key: a worldwide quest for the "noetic code," a new way of knowing that builds on the ancient wisdom traditions of shamans, the perennial philosophy of mystics, and the profound insights of modern science.

Join Dr. Christian de Quincey in a 90-minute workshop to explore the relationship between science and consciousness. Using the power of story, he will show how science and spirit are uniting to save our future. Be prepared to be surprised: You will discover a hidden message from the birth of time-already transforming millions of lives.

Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University; Dean of Consciousness Studies at the University of Philosophical Research; and Director of the Center for Interspecies Research. He is also adjunct faculty at the Holmes Institute, and founder of The Wisdom Academy, offering private mentorships in consciousness. Dr. de Quincey is author of the award-winning book Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter (2002), Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship (2005), as well as a novel about the evolution of consciousness, Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code (2008), and Consciousness from Zombies to Angels (in press, 2009). He is currently working on volume three of his "Radical Consciousness" trilogy, Radical Science: Consciousness the Final Frontier. Samples of his writings on consciousness and cosmology are available at

Thursday, October 2, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Rev. Franci Prowse
Science, Perception and Prayer

All of us need more certainty about the "field of all potentiality" theorized by quantum physicists. This field is portrayed as an awesome energy potentiality, awaiting our selection of certain probabilities, in a sincere and spontaneous manner. In this field, time and space are suspended. It may sound familiar to many in the New Thought movement.

The work of Cleve Backster laid the ground work for scientific researchers to step into that field, away from the dry, emotionless science of old. Plants showed him the way to develop an awareness of the response capability in electroded foods, eggs, yogurt, fresh fruits, and living bacteria. This led him to electrode human white cells, which resulted in his demonstration of nonlocal instantaneous communication between human donors and their cells, even at a significant distance.

Most of us in the consciousness movement do our meditations and prayers based on the training we've received, the books we've read and the dream we follow, aka faith. Yet uncertainty can plague us. I propose to show some of Backster's discoveries, and to tell about related research of others that will shine a light on the details. How does prayer actually work? Can a laboratory become a shrine to the presence of the Allness?

Franci Prowse
Born Frances Lauridsen, an undergrad in music and dance at UCLA, Franci studied theatre and religion at Occidental College, then found her way to the Berkeley Psychic Institute in 1974. After psychic training and earning her ministerial license, she founded the Anza Sanctuary of Healing Arts, teaching meditation and chakra awareness, doing aura reading and healing. Always a writer, she created White Rose Mlm Press, and published several metaphysical manuals and a major novel, Adventures in the Unnamed Decade. Meeting Cleve Backster in 1998, she edited and published his book, Primary Perception;  Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells. Currently working on another book, she is teaching both research on Primary Perception, and cellular healing using Theta brain waves. Website:

Thursday, October 2, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom G

Barbara Marx Hubbard
The Cosmic Family Reunion: Eve and Yahweh Meet Again in the Garden.

Part One: The Field Out of Which We Are Arising Now.
Part Two: Eve's Letter to Yahweh
Part Three: Eve and Yahweh Meet Again in the Garden
Part Four: Eve Calls Lucifer Home
Part Five: Yahweh's Revelation
Part Six: Lucifer and Yahweh meet again in the Garden
Part Seven: Lucifer Brings Adam Home to God
Part Eight: The Maturation of Adam and Eve
Part Nine: Sacred Marriage at the Tree of Life: The 8th Day of Creation

Barbara Marx Hubbard is President of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution. A speaker, social innovator and author of 5 books, Barbara is an evolutionary educator, communicating the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is currently producing a film series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. Her educational program Gateway to Conscious Evolution, a guided evolutionary curriculum on line is reaching over a 1000 people worldwide. She is establishing a Chair in Conscious Evolution for Wisdom University and has formed an Education Core developing a Meta Syllabus in Conscious Evolution as a framework supporting evolutionary leadership and social connectivity. She produced 25 SYNCON conferences to bring opposing groups together in the light of the potential of the whole system, and is now reviving the SYNCON process and the Wheel of Cocreation. Her name was placed in nomination for the vice-presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1984 proposing a Peace Room in the office of the vice presidency to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal BallroomA-B
Jeff Carreira and Amy Edelstein
EnlightenNext-A 22 Year Thriving Experiment in Conscious Evolution

At this pivotal moment in history, it is clearer than ever that human beings urgently need to find new ways to come together-to work together, live together, and evolve together; to create solutions and discover potentials that lie beyond the reach of any individual alone. But coming together-as anyone who has ever been involved in a community, a congregation, a team, or a marriage knows-is easier said than done. And coming together for a higher purpose, a spiritual purpose is perhaps the greatest challenge of all.

EnlightenNext is a thriving experiment in conscious evolution that has been actively leaning into this challenge of coming together for the purpose of evolution for over twenty years. Inspired and guided by Andrew Cohen's philosophy of Evolutionary Enlightenment, and informed by ongoing dialogue with leading thinkers in a variety of fields, EnlightenNext's core group of men and women have been pioneering a new form of individual and collective spiritual practice that has resulted in not only personal transformation but in the discovery of a dynamic and creative collective consciousness. This "intersubjective enlightenment," as Cohen calls it, is the source of all of EnlightenNext's work, including Folio award-winning magazine What Is Enlightenment?, dynamic online forums and broadcasts, and courses and events held around the world.

Jeff Carreira & Amy Edelstein
Join Jeff Carreira, EnlightenNext's Director of Education and host of the popular weekly EnlightenNext Webcast and Amy Edelstein, EnlightenNext Board Member and Communications Director, for a look inside the spiritual laboratory that they have both lived and thrived in for the better part of two decades. In this ninety minute presentation, Jeff and Amy will talk about living and working with a 21st century guru; share their personal experience of being part of this dynamic and ever-evolving experiment in conscious evolution; and describe their collaborative work building the organizational framework to support a 10,000-strong movement of Evolutionaries.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom C

Parliament of the World's Religions Melbourne, 2009
An Exploratory Session

The 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, hosted in Melbourne, Australia, will be an international interreligious gathering spanning seven nights and six days - from December 3rd to 9th - bringing together an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 persons. Over seven days, delegates will choose from over 450 activities, including daily morning observances of many traditions, intrareligious and interreligious programs, models of engagement, symposia, performances, open space dialogue and exhibits. A Parliament is a place to come together to listen and commit. The entire program will evolve through 2008 as a result of interaction with religious and spiritual communities, as well as civic and corporate groups across Melbourne and Australia.

EIGHT ORGANIZATIONS within New Thought will collaborate in Melbourne to present two major New Thought Panels. A pre-conference NT delegation gathering and tours are being planned, along with a joint exhibit area onsite. New Thought is reaching out beyond our own spiritual community to form relationships with other faith communities and to be of practical service to the world at large. Taken together, this trend toward greater internal cooperation and global outreach calls us to develop new strategies for presenting a unified identity on the international stage. If you are interested in being part of the historic experience, attend this working session to find out more.

Facilitated by AGNT Leadership Council & leaders of other New Thought organizations.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Kenn Gordon and Rev. Dr. James L. Lockard
From the Bottom-Up: Shared Leadership in a Spiritual Organization

Beginning in 2003, Religious Science International (now International Centers for Spiritual Living), began a process of organizational transformation. The goals of the transformation were as follows:
1. Refine the organization structure to make it more effective at teaching the Science of Mind®.
2. Strengthen the professionalism and effectiveness of the body of ministry within RSI.
3. Encourage the cooperation with other New Thought organizations, esp. for education and credentials.
4. Create an effective leadership and visioning team for the movement.
5. Ensure that all voices within RSI are heard and honored.
6. Have RSI recognize itself as fiscally sound and philosophically coherent.
This shared leadership model was created with a conscious approach using spiritual principles and has resulted in a more open, inclusive, and effective organizational model.

President of Religious Science International and the founding pastor and spiritual leader of the Kelowna Centre for Spiritual Living in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, a thriving New Thought community. A Canadian from birth, Dr. Gordon has served nine years on the Board of Directors of Religious Science International, and is currently President and CEO. Educated in Canada, he majored in Philosophy and Political Science before becoming a Religious Science minister in 1993. In 2006, Dr. Kenn received a doctorate of religious science in recognition of the work that he has done for Science of Mind® both within the larger organization and in the very successful church he founded.

Rev. Dr. James L. Lockard serves as Co-Pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living in Westlake Village, California, with Rev. Dr. Sue Rubin. He is on the Board of Directors of Religious Science International, is Director of the Department of Transformation, and serves on the Integration Team Committee. He entered the ministry in 1995, was the founding pastor of Religious Science Baltimore, and served as pastor of Religious Science Fort Lauderdale from 2000 until 2005. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Orphan Foundation and on the Board of Advisors of the Foundation for Self Esteem.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom F

James Trapp
Enlightened Leaders and Evolutionary Organizations

Reverend James Trapp has served as President and CEO of the Association of Unity Churches International since November 2005. He is an ordained Unity minister and prior to becoming CEO he grew the ministry at Unity on the Bay in Miami, Florida to over 1500 members. James earned an A.B. degree from Princeton University, a J.D. from the University of Florida and an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the South Florida Theological Seminary.

Thursday, October 2, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom G

Kris Lecakes Haley and Rev. Dr. Mitzi Lynton
Creating A Compassionate Society

The purpose of the workshop is:
• To acquaint students with high level principles associated with animal welfare and advocacy by exploring the concepts of animal sentiency, "speciesism" and spirituality through the inventory of spiritually and socially responsible personal choices.
• To provide a comprehensive understanding of the ethical, moral and spiritual basis' for compassion towards all life.
• To investigate and discuss the personal and global impact of our food, clothing, cosmetic, product, entertainment, medical, investment, charity and companion animal choices and how to move into spiritual and social accountability around these choices.
• To introduce students to resources that can provide support to their compassionate journey.

Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the magnitude of their daily personal choices and how they directly and indirectly impact all life from both local and global perspectives. You will forge a deeper connection with all life as they experience the joy of conscionable and compassionate choices., and realize that 'passive' service can be just as powerful as 'active' service.

Kris Lecakes Haley & Rev. Dr. Mitzi Lynton
Emerson Theological Institute interfaith ministerial student and animal chaplain, Kris Lecakes Haley and Rev. Dr. Mitzi Lynton have a rich history of collaboration around animals. After partnering on three, consecutive animal-centric evening productions and corresponding pet blessings, 2008 found the two in continued alliance; they recently co-founded, "The Co-Create Peace Project."

As co-task force leaders specifically for 2007 Season for Nonviolence events designed to promote the interconnectedness of all life, spring of 2008 was an exciting time as, the two conducted classes that included, "Visioning for the World's Animals," "How To Create Your Animal Ministry," and introduced their book, "Word Peace: Practicing Nonviolent Communication Toward Animals."

Rev. Dr. Mitzi is the Congregant Care Staff Minister for Creative Living Fellowship, a board member for the Arizona Interfaith Movement and co-director of the Arizona Department of Peace campaign. She is also the Peace Emissary for the Affiliated New Thought Network. As the leader of its Multifaith Outreach effort, Kris Lecakes Haley directs Best Friends Animal Society's Animals & Religion program. She and her husband compose new thought music which they share through their ONE VOICE - - - Ministry in Motion. Kris is an internationally certified Bach Flower Practitioner for animals and board member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators.

Friday October 3, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom A-B

Dr. John Hagelin
Creating the Unified Field: Crossing the Threshold of Global transformation

We are on the threshold of a global transformation to a post-dual, unified field-based civilization of global harmony and lasting peace-a civilization based on the knowledge, and direct experience, of the core unity of life in higher states of consciousness.

Group meditation is especially powerful in transforming the social environment. Extensive published research confirms the presence of long-range "field effects" of consciousness-powerful enough to defuse acute social stress, to prevent terrorism and war, and to provide the practical foundation for lasting world peace. Implementing this approach has become the urgent imperative of our time.

Dr. John Hagelin is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, author, and leading researcher on higher states of consciousness. He was the 2000 Presidential candidate of the Natural Law Party, a new political party dedicated to sustainable, life-supporting policies and solutions that are in harmony with natural law. In recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements, Dr. Hagelin was named winner of the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognized Dr. Hagelin as "a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr and Eddington." Dr. Hagelin has appeared many times on ABC's "Nightline" and "Politically Incorrect," NBC's "Meet the Press," and CNN's "Larry King Live" and "Inside Politics."

Friday October 3, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom C

Corinne McLaughlin
The New World of Business and Politics in 2012 and How You Can Contribute

The seeds of a vibrant new world in business and politics are emerging everywhere if you know where-and most importantly-how to look. Seemingly overnight, millions of investment dollars are looking for environmentally green companies, and transpartisan, multi-stakeholder solutions to political conflicts are all the rage. Get energized by the quantum field of light and Spirit and discover the many innovative solutions to problems emerging around the world as two pioneers of social change reveal their leading edge research. In this inspiring presentation and experiential work, you'll learn how to become creatively engaged in making a powerful contribution to this new world.

Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson are co-authors of Spiritual Politics (Foreword by the Dalai Lama), and Builders of the Dawn. They are co-founders of The Center for Visionary Leadership, as well as Sirius, an ecological community in Massachusetts. Corinne contributed a chapter to The Mystery of 2012 and toMind Before Matter and coordinated a national task force for President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development. Gordon was the Executive Director of the Social Investment Forum and the CERES coalition. They are both Fellows of The World Business Academy and The Findhorn Foundation.
(Contact information: 415-472-2540;;

Friday October 3, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Azim Khamisa
Socially Conscious Leadership: Inspiration, Strategies & Practice

In this interactive, experiential intensive, Azim Khamisa offers deep personal insights as well as enlightening strategies that empower us to expand our personal and collective roles in eliciting lasting social change and global harmony. Azim's remarkable story and life work serve as a model and inspiration for those who yearn for innovative and effective ways of creating and sustaining a world that works for everyone. Through Azim's 3 step process, he shares how he transformed unspeakable grief from the tragic killing of his 20-year-old son Tariq into "good deeds" for a society deeply in need of change - dedicating his life to teaching children and professionals alike the powerful concepts of forgiveness, restorative justice, nonviolence and social responsibility.

Through a powerful meditation and visioning process, Azim guides us to gain clarity, deepen convictions and tap into the mystical - inspiring us to develop a solution-oriented mission and vision statement that specifically addresses root causes of critical social issues. This intensive will serve as a valuable foundation for absorbing and effectively applying the cutting edge material presented throughout the remainder of the conference. Please join Azim Khamisa for a remarkable day of breakthroughs - re-energizing passions and opening to the divine wisdom, strategies and practice of Socially Conscious Leadership.

Azim Khamisa became an outspoken leader for social change in 1995 after the senseless gang-related murder of his 20-year-old son Tariq by a 14-year-old. Believing there were "victims at both ends of the gun," Azim established the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to steering kids away from gangs, guns and violence and empowering them to become leaders and peacemakers. Remarkably, Azim forgave Tony, his son's assailant, and invited Ples Felix, Tony's grandfather and guardian, to join him in the mission of TKF to end youth violence.

The recipient of over 60 national and international awards including the California Peace Prize, Azim has spoken at the White House on three occasions and participated in the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the National Director and Founder of CANEI (Constant and Never Ending Improvement), a restorative justice program he created under the auspices of the National Youth Advocate Program. His award-winning book From Murder To Forgiveness is followed by the recently released, From Forgiveness to Fulfillment. Azim's 3rd book, The Secrets of a Bullet Proof Spirit: How to Take a Hard Knock and End Up On Top will be published by Random House in 2009.

Friday October 3, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom F

Thomas Barnett
A Future Worth Creating: Where there is Hope in America's Contribution toward International Healing

Building on the works of Friedman, Huntington, and Fukuyama, and then taking a leap beyond, Barnett crystallizes recent American military history and strategy, sets the parameters for where our forces will likely be headed in the future, outlines the unique role that America can and will play in establishing international stability-and provides much-needed hope at a crucial yet uncertain time in world history.

In "Blueprint for Action," the author of the groundbreaking bestseller takes his cutting-edge analysis to the next level. In civilian and military circles alike, The Pentagon's New Map became one of the most talked-about books of 2004. The Pentagon's New Map combined security, economic, political, and cultural factors to provide a fundamental reexamination of war and peace in the post-9/11 world, and a compelling vision of the future. In this second book, senior adviser and military analyst Barnett tells us how we get to that future. In a volume at once pragmatic, thought-provoking, and optimistic, he explores both the long- and short-term pathways for governments, institutions, and individuals alike. Paying particular attention to such nations and regions as Iran, Iraq, and the Middle East, China, North Korea, Latin America, and Africa, he outlines the strategies to pursue, the entities to create, the pitfalls to overcome.

Barnett has mastered a compelling framework for confronting twenty-first-century problems; his newest work holds a powerful road map through a chaotic and uncertain world to "a future worth creating."

Thomas Barnett * Author of "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century" and "Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating."

Tom Barnett has been described by U.S. News & World Report's Michael Barone as "one of the most important strategic thinkers of our time." A New York Times-bestselling author and a nationally-known public speaker who's been profiled on the front-page of the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Barnett is in high demand within government circles as a forecaster of global conflict and an expert of military transformation, as well as within corporate circles as a management consultant and conference presenter on issues relating to international security and economic globalization. An award-winning teacher, Prof. Barnett has written for Esquire, Wired, and the Washington Post, and has been interviewed in Rolling Stone, Epoca (Brazil), and Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan's Nikkei News).

Tom Barnett has been described by U.S. News & World Report's Michael Barone as "one of the most important strategic thinkers of our time." A New York Times-bestselling author and a nationally-known public speaker who's been profiled on the front-page of the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Barnett is in high demand within government circles as a forecaster of global conflict and an expert of military transformation, as well as within corporate circles as a management consultant and conference presenter on issues relating to international security and economic globalization. An award-winning teacher, Prof. Barnett has written for Esquire, Wired, and the Washington Post, and has been interviewed in Rolling Stone, Epoca (Brazil), and Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan's Nikkei News).

Friday October 3, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom G

Audrey Kitagawa
What Is Your "Shift Point" In Becoming A Global Citizen?

We need new directions for social action, but may be growing beyond the point where studying global change in a theoretical context provides the best use of our individual gifts. In this session, Audrey Kitagawa will share some of the seminal moments in which something shifted in her work and life which had a spiritual impact on her approach to facilitating social change. Based on this foundation, Audrey will lead a discussion about what these "shift points" mean for individual people and, ultimately, collective cultures. You will leave this session with an inner sense of what it really takes to change the world, and what might be your personal part to play.

Audrey Kitagawa was Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for approximately 20 years, and had a Martin-Dale Hubbell AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession).

She currently heads the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a non-denominational, ecumenical, spiritual community. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. Currently, she is an Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations and Chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, New York, a committee of the Conference of Nongovernmental Organizations in Consultative Status with the United Nations. She is a member of the World Wisdom Council, the World Wisdom Academy, the international advisory council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, the Executive Council of the World Commission for Global Consciousness and Spirituality, the National Council of Global Action To Prevent War, and the Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations. She is also the Co-Facilitator of the United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle at the United Nations and Vice Chair of the Board pf Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e. Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School.

She has published articles in World Affairs The Journal Of International Issues, entitled, The Power of Om: Transformation of Consciousness, and Practical Spirituality. A chapter, Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective in the Hawaii Japanese American Experience, has been published in a book about multiculturalism, communication and Asian American Women entitled, Learning In The Light. Her chapter, Globalization As The Fuel For Religious And Ethnic Conflict has been published in the book, Globalization And Identity, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Citizenship. Her chapter, The U.S. In Foreign Affairs: Source of Global Security, Or Source Of Global Fear? has been published in the book, America & The World The Double Bind.

She has been listed in Who's Who Of American Law, Who's Who Of American Women, Who's Who In America, Who's Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.

Friday October 3, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom A-B

Tony Ricchiuti
Strategies for bringing the Season For Nonviolence to your to your local community.

This presentation will detail how to create a community-based celebration of the Season For Nonviolence as well as strategies for integrating the Season For Nonviolence into your local school districts. You will also hear from two 15 your old students about the impact of the Season For Nonviolence on their lives and how they have committed their lives to practicing the principles of nonviolence and social activism.

Tony Ricchiuti, an Educator for the past 15 years, has served for 4 years as an Assistant Principal and 11 years as a teacher. He is currently a seventh grade math teacher at Del Dios Middle School in Escondido. Tony is a frequent conference speaker on educational, environmental sustainability and peace building topics. An active member of Americans For Department of Peace, he is currently the Chairperson for the Youth/Educator outreach committee, as well as an education and outreach organizer.

Mauren Garcia is a 15-year-old freshman who will be entering San Pasqual High School in Escondido California.

Jennifer Castro is a 15-year-old freshman who will be entering Escondido High School in Escondido California.

Friday October 3, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom C

Rev. Dr. Sage Bennet, Ph.D.
Wisdom Walk: Spiritual Practices for Creating Peace and Balance from the World's Spiritual Traditions

How can we participate in the "beloved community," a term Martin Luther King used to describe a world unspoiled by racial or religious prejudice?

In this session we will weave the wisdom of spiritual practices from Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Native American Spirituality, and New Thought through music, images, and sacred texts. Participants will be invited Into small groups--wisdom circles--to explore, and share from their hearts, about interfaith topics that affect our lives, communities, and the world:

• What are our own experiences of healing wounds, prejudice, and misunderstandings about our own and other faith traditions and how can we help others heal?
• What do we appreciate about our own and other faith traditions and how can we encourage interfaith understanding in our own and global communities?
• What do people of spirit and faith share, as a human family, that might unify our value (and values) in ways that could be applied in service to the very real challenges we face together?

Sage Bennet, Ph.D., is a frequent speaker and presenter at spiritual centers, colleges, and universities throughout the country. She offers seminars, retreats, counseling, and coaching to those exploring the deeper mysteries of their spiritual journeys. She is currently on the fac- ulty of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles Harbor College, and Holmes Institute.

Dr. Sage Bennet has been an educator for over twenty-five years. She has a master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from New School University (for merly New School for Social Re- search) in New York City, as well as a bachelor's in psychology from Long Island University. Sage is also an ordained minister. She was a minister and dean of Holmes Institute-LA at the Agape International Center of Truth for eight years. For the past decade she has performed sacred ceremonies such as weddings, memorials, and elegant transitions rituals.

She has a private practice in Marina del Rey where she offers spiritual counseling and coaching in-person and phone sessions to individuals throughout the world. She lives with her partner and Portuguese water dog on a boat in Marina del Rey, CA. Her website is

Friday October 3, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Gay Luce and Deborah Jones
Using our (Energy) Bodies as Healing Instruments

We are healers. We all possess the capacity to be either the healing or diseased vibration beckoning to the future. The human energy system (chakras) is like a tuning fork for the vast spectrum of energy that fuels this entire planet and all of existence. Understanding how we receive, transform, and transmit energy through the frequencies, or different vibrations, of our bodies allows each of us to become a healing tool for ourselves, for each other, and for the World. In this highly experiential session, you will work with two specific energy centers - 1) the belly center which when used for healing provides a sense of security, safety, and a calming affect, and 2) the heart center which when open and soft offers access to the heart as an organ of perception, bringing a knowing and clarity, and a healing capacity that touches Presence itself. In this 90-minute session, we will expand time and explore together the profound truth which lies within -- the truth that we are immense, powerful instruments for change, for global healing, and for the upliftment of human awareness. This truth gives way to consciousness in action -- action that is integrated and compassionate.

Gay Luce: Creator and founder of Nine Gates Mystery School. Gay is a transpersonal psychologist, author of five books translated into seven languages, and three-time recipient of the American Psychological Association award for journalism. Dr. Luce also founded SAGE, a revitalization program that became the prototype for current work on aging. During her spiritual initiations, she spent a month in India with Gopi Krishna, joined Claudio Naranjo's Seekers of Truth, and worked extensively with Rinpoche Tarthang Tulku and other Tibetan masters.

Deborah Jones: Executive Director of Nine Gates Programs, Inc., and spiritual leader of the Mystery School, Deborah holds the organization Vision and the flame that ignites human transformation. Deborah has studied with Dr. Gay Luce for ten years and apprenticed for two years with Kahuna Mark Saito in Huna and the healing arts. Her spiritual initiations have led her to Egypt, India, Greece, Australia, and the Orient, working with shaman and master teachers from many of the world's wisdom traditions.

Friday October 3, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom F

Naomi Ackerman
"Flowers Aren't Enough"- A play written and performed by Naomi Ackerman

"Flowers Aren't Enough" is a monologue that tells the story of Michal, a young woman from an upper-middle -class family who finds herself in an abusive relationship. Michal describes how her partner gradually narrows her world isolating her from her surroundings. We see her denial, her guilt and how social conditioning intensifies her shame and despair. We witness Michal sinking into darkness and then watch how she takes charge of her life, and rediscovers herself.

The monologue is woven from true stories and actual incidents graciously shared by women willing to talk about their all- too- common experiences. The show has been performed over 950 times around the world. The audiences have been diverse, and multi national. Professionals who deal with domestic abuse and violence , health care workers women's groups, police officers, government officials, Jewish, Muslim, Christian Hindu and other organizations and clergy have all benefited from this powerful performance! The show has been performed in community centers, Theatre festivals, High schools, United Nations development projects, and Jails On March 8th 2004, the show was put on at the United Nations in front of the Commission for the Status of woman. (CSW) The play is 60 minutes and a discussion with audience participation follows each presentation.

Naomi Ackerman is an American born Israeli who recently re-located to Los Angeles with her Husband Raphael and three daughters Zohar Ella and Hadar. She received a BA from Hebrew University and teaching credentials from David Yellin Teachers Seminar. Naomi is a graduate of the prestigious Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. She is an experienced actress whose credits include theater, musicals, films television, and extensive work in multi ethnic /cultural productions with Arab and Jewish actors. Naomi was a professional clown, street performer and stilt walker. Naomi has performed her acclaimed one-woman show, "Flowers aren't enough" dealing with the issue of domestic violence (that she researched and wrote) around the world over 950 times. Her drama workshop on "Healthy relationships" has been run for youth age 12-18 around the globe. Naomi has taught directed and worked with youth and adolescents at risk of various ages in many different settings (formal and informal) She is a social activist, mediator and conflict resolution specialist, she has worked for the past two decades using art to promote peace, evolve change and encourage self empowerment. Naomi works as a freelance consultant to various organizations, adapting and creating drama techniques to deal with social, gender and educational issues, as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and dialogue between diverse participants.

Friday October 3, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom G

Charlotte Shelton
Unity in Unity: A Case Study of How a System Rediscovers Its Wholeness

People and organizations across the world are becoming more acutely aware of our interconnectedness and the critical need to collaborate in addressing shared challenges and achieving major breakthroughs. It is no longer sufficient for an organization or its operational parts to plan and strategize in silos. Organizations are increasingly turning to systems theory and systems thinking to not only integrate their own operational divisions, but to creatively collaborate with others. But how can leaders go about integrating the seemingly disparate parts of a system into a highly integrated whole? The Unity movement has risen to this challenge. This breakout session will present a case study of how the Unity movement is itself becoming more unified through better integration of its two primary organizations: the Association of Unity Churches International and Unity School of Christianity. The case study will reveal how Unity is applying systems thinking to address topics such as governance, organizational structure, operational practices, and leadership style. Attendees will be invited to analyze their own organizations from a systems perspective and share examples of their own best practices.

Dr. Charlotte Shelton is President/CEO of Unity, an international movement dedicated to helping people apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. She was previously Chair of the Management & Marketing Division at Rockhurst University and President of WiseWork Coaching & Consulting. She is the author of Quantum Leaps: 7 Skills for Workplace Re-Creation, and coauthor of The NeXt Revolution: What Gen X Women Want at Work and How Their Boomer Bosses Can Help Them Get It.

Saturday October 4, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom A-B

Stephen Dinan
Finding Your Role in Creating the Next Evolution

Humanity periodically goes through an evolutionary shift in collective consciousness. We are clearly in such a phase now. In this session, Stephen Dinan will lay out an inspiring strategic roadmap for the decades ahead, showing how dozens of major initiatives can work together with thousands of local groups to accelerate our next evolution as a species. He'll show how the emergence of a "global shift network" can help evolve areas from business to politics, infusing higher consciousness into every area of society. You'll have time to contribute your own ideas to this roadmap, as well as spend time in groups that focus on empowering you to make your unique contribution to evolving our world.

Stephen Dinan is the founder of the Shift in Action program of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, author of the book Radical Spirit, and co-founder of the Summer of Peace and the PartnerShift Alliance. He's known for his visioning abilities, which have contributed to the hatching of dozens of non-profits, businesses, events, and political organizations.

Saturday October 4, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom C

Thom Hartmann
Thinking Our Way Through Cultural Chaos

The Three Thresholds -- The Four Mistakes -- The Five Solutions The world is right now tottering atop three major thresholds: an environment that is so afire it may no longer be able to support human life; an economic system that has driven us to this point and is holding We The People (our representative democracies) hostage; and an explosion of human flesh on the planet that has turned our species into a global Petri dish just waiting for an infective agent to run amok.

Four things have brought us to this point, and the failure to recognize them at their deepest level will only push us faster toward total tipping points where we are thrown over the Three Thresholds into disaster. All four of these Mistakes are grounded in our culture, our way of thinking, our way of seeing the world, the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and why we're here. Nationalism, reformation, balancing the power of labor and capital, clearly defining and defending the commons, and confronting the big questions and the big picture may seem daunting form where we stand, but these are the impulses that led to the creation of the United States of America and every other nation. Along with protecting the environment and creating an egalitarian culture, these five arenas hold the keys to solutions in which citizens can begin to think of themselves as responsibility-holders. It has become imperative that we strengthen our primary allegiances to the values we embrace, or we will rightly forfeit our right to the future they represent.

Thom Hartmann is live daily from noon-3 PM ET in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Phoenix, Santa Fe, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Grand Rapids, and on over fifty other stations nationwide including Chicago, Washington DC, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, and on XM and Sirius Satellite radio. He is also a four-time Project Censored-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. His national daily progressive radio talk show, now in its fifth year on the air, replaced Al Franken on the Air America Radio Network and now has more live daily listeners than any other progressive talk radio show.

Thom appears in Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie "The 11th Hour." The "action you can take" site is at

Saturday October 4, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Neal Rogin
Coming to: Where do we go from Here and Now?

It is being called The Great Turning, The Shift, The Transformation, The Awakening. No one can deny that something big is happening. But the question is, what are we turning, shifting, transforming and awakening from? And to? With one world fading (loudly) and another world emerging (quietly) we find ourselves standing astride the greatest moment of change ever, called upon to be both hospice workers and midwives. This tectonic event is happening not just all around us, but within us. Wouldn't this be a good time to ask the questions that go beyond what do we need to do, to who do we need to be?

Let's meet under the streetlamp on the corner of Here and Now and conspire to foment a revolution of practical miracles, by designing together a roadmap that takes us to the Present Moment. And from there...who knows?

Neal Rogin is an Emmy winning, Oscar-nominated writer, filmmaker and social observer whose work has had an impact on millions of people around the world. His latest film, "The Awakening Universe", based upon the Universe Story by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, explores how the New Cosmology is changing the very definition of what it means to be a person. He is a member of the board of directors of The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit partnership between people from the modern world and indigenous people in the Amazon region of Ecuador, and is part of the development team that has created the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, the purpose of which is to bring forth and environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our time. He is the co-author of three critically acclaimed books, and is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, along with Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, John Gray, Michael Beckwith among others.

Saturday October 4, 2008
1:30-3:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom G

Nipun and Friends: Silas Hagerty; Suzanne Schafer; Sukh Chugh

Nipun invites some local friends to drive up and share the space and talk about their gift-economy experiments. These are people who decided to do things like: go full-out gift-economy with his film production company; publish her book about the divine feminine on a gift-economy basis; and host major volunteer events in Long Beach area.

They will also explore:
• History of the gift-economy: Native American tribes, Bushmen in Africa's Kalahari desert, monks of South Asia, families everywhere have been rooted in the gift-economy. How can we shape this indigenous idea for our modern times?
• Power of social capital: it used to be that we bowled in leagues and picnicked every weekend and had informal tabs at local restaurants; not anymore. Bankrupt of that social capital, what are we missing out on?
• Role of the Internet: hierarchies came into being to reduce coordination costs. Internet collapses transactions costs and a result, "amateurs" are empowered as change agents. What does that mean for the collective social change movement?
• Compassion quotient: we know about Intellectual Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ), but what about Compassion Quotient (CQ)? Gift-economy works only with servant leadership, which requires CQ.

Generosity Entrepreneurs: a tree serves the community, and hence is taken care of by the community. Can we birth a cadre of generosity entreprenuers who do what makes them come alive, truly gift their services, and are supported by the community in the same way?

Nipun Mehta Dissatisfied by Silicon Valley's dot-com greed, Nipun Mehta went to a homeless shelter with three friends to "give with absolutely no agendas." In April 1999, they ended up creating a website, and also an organization named -- a fully volunteer-run organization that leverages technology to inspire greater volunteerism and shift our cultural ethos towards generosity. Today, CharityFocus has grown into an incubator of "gift-economy" projects ranging from web services to a film production company to a print magazine to a restaurant; with a growing membership base of 200K, they serve millions of global viewers to their websites and send more than 50 million solicited newsletters every year. In 2005, Nipun and his wife embarked on an unscripted walking pilgrimage in India that dramatically deepened their understanding of gift-economy values. While Nipun's childhood dream was to either become a tennis-pro or a Himalayan Yogi, the current mission statement of his life simply reads: "Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart." More at:

Saturday October 4, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom A-B

VISTAR FOUNDATION Dr. Ron Friedman and Victoria Friedman
THE VISTAR MAGIC CIRCLE: A Doorway to Collective Consciousness

Gather- Awake - Radiate! We all yearn for a Community of the Spirit, a Field of True Meeting. But how? Where? The Vistar Method of Communication offers an answer...

Join Vistar founders Dr. Ron and Victoria Friedman and Vistar Teachers-visionaries and pioneers establishing a prototype for the future. Central to their journey is the Vistar Method of Communication (VMC), a disciplined evolutionary meeting structure developed over 25 years that facilitates access to the Unified Field of Collective Consciousness. In this extraordinary realm the seeming divergence between individual and group is resolved in a direct, creative and fulfilling experience.

Learn the VMC structure: the 4 simple yet profound rules that move meetings into highest intention of True Community, access unlimited creativity and an Intelligence greater than the sum of those Present. Participate in a VMC meeting and contribute directly to "Evolution of Revolution". Enter a dramatic atmosphere and become part of an awake, powerful, radiating force. Find how you can influence every gathering you attend. Explore the role of Leader on the cutting edge of conscious evolution. Experience the simplest way possible to bring out your intuitive receptive abilities. A totally new perspective on attending gatherings for individual and group awakening, for working in conscious creativity with others and for transcending barriers in group communication.

Dr. Ron Friedman, Vistar Co-Founder, received his BA in Physics from Columbia University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. For 16 years he studied with two teachers, Charles Ahart and Dr. Kenneth G. Mills, doing group work which centered on The Work of G.I. Gurdjieff, Rudolph Steiner, and the Non-Dual traditions. The synthesis of his experience with these teachings led to the founding, with Victoria Friedman, of Vistar and the development of the Vistar Method of Communication . He is committed to exploring the potential of this evolutionary method of group communication and the unknown potential of the Field of Collective Consciousness.

Victoria Friedman, Vistar Co-Founder, studied with teachers of The Gurdjieff Work, Rudolf Steiner and the Non-dualistic tradition. Graduating with a BA in Fine Arts, she worked as a ceramicist, selling to galleries across the US, and founded The ClayWay Arts Center for the creative expression of The Source. Together with Ron Friedman she developed The Vistar Method of Communication. She is instrumental in the emergence of Voicepoint, Vistar's Theatrical Ensemble, Spirit Club for children, and in facilitating creative "Downloading" sessions using the VMC. Ron and Victoria's book on the VMC will be released this year. Vistar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Connecticut and dedicated to the power and potential of Collective Consciousness. For more information, visit

Saturday October 4, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom C

Lisa Pasquinelli
Youth Peaceport Program: The Living Experience of Unity in Marin

This presentation will describe both teachers' and participants' experience with the Pilot Peaceport Program as delivered to the youth of Unity in Marin. The Peaceport Program, which was developed in conjunction with AGNT's Youth Task Force, aims to educate mid-level youth in active, tangible and creative ways in order to help them connect with the meaning of a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence as they connect with each other. The child friendly format of this program can be used in churches, schools and other community groups, and provides solid nonviolence training for the next generation's commitment to Peace. This session will provide both a thorough description of the program as it was conducted at Unity in Marin, as well as a demonstration of activities as experienced by the participating children. In addition, there will be an opportunity for small group discussion on important factors in teaching Nonviolent communication to children of this age group. There will also be time for Q & A.

LisaPasquinelli, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, Educator, and Corporate Trainer of the MindShift Training Process for Spirit Driven Inc. As a mother and a Unity in Marin parishioner she is drawn toward helping to create peace among youth.

Kyle Cato, MA is a Mortgage Broker. Being a father of two and a Unity in Marin parishioner has led him to co-lead the Peaceport Program with his wife Lisa.

Olivia Holden, is a senior at Marin Catholic High School in Marin. She's an athlete with an affinity for language and music and has visited other countries three separate times as a volunteer, the most recent being to the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Leon, Mexico.

Emily Holden, is a sophomore at Marin Catholic High School in Marin and served as a Peaceport assistant along with her sister.

Isabella Pasquinelli-Cato is a Marin Waldorf School 5th grader and Peaceport Program participant. Also taking the trip to Casa Hogar with her parents, sister and cousin, Isabella shared some Peaceport activities she learned with the children there.

Sofia Pasquinelli-Cato is a Marin Waldorf School 5th grader and Peaceport Program participant. Co-creator with her mom of the Peace Pilgram Progam at Unity in Marin.

Saturday October 4, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom E

Nick Angotti, D.D. and Rev. Jean Sweet
Revolution on a Shoestring: Big City/ Small Town

Part 1: BIG CITY
Dr. Nick Angotti will present three Reach-out Projects of New Thought Chicago:
1. Peace on Earth Film Festival (the first annual) presented 28 films in the genre of peace and nonviolence and two panel discussions: Pro-Active Peacekeepers and world renowned Filmmakers discussing peace and nonviolent films as a viable entertainment - August 2008.
2. Restorative Justice in Action, a CAN-TV weekly show in support of Balance and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Practices statewide, in greater Chicago and the "City-Wide Restorative Justice Committee" - on going
3. Faith-Based Practice to Reduce Crime in Chicago, a most effective interfaith study - summer 2008.

Rev. Jean will discuss three main principles of spiritual: accepting the vision/answering the call; leading by invitation; and staying the course, using the following examples of successful projects:
1. Calling All Kayaks For Peace: A ceremony creating a Peace Symbol of kayaks on Big Bear Lake.
2. Hands Across the Water-Prayers Across the Sky. Rev. Jean Sweet swam across Big Bear Lake on August 29, 2007, as she recited prayers of all faiths; followed by a free community Unity Peace Breakfast.
3. Lighthouse Project Peace Farm. The first successful Children's Peace Farm.

Nick Angotti, D.D.
A seasoned actor of 25 years, Nick Angotti began his pursuit of Truth in 1979 as a student of Science of Mind with his mentor Dr Domenic A. Polifrone - co-founder of the Affiliated New Thought Network. Dr Angotti is currently the Spiritual Leader of New Thought Chicago Global Transformation through Individual Consciousness, whose mission is ... a Culture of Peace. Sunday Celebrations, Accredited Classes, out-reach programs, and all our healing work is an action toward the realization of Peace and Well-being for all humanity.

Rev. Jean Sweet is the founding minister of the Flames of Faith Center for Conscious Living in Big Bear Lake, CA. In August 2007, she brought people together from all faiths and spiritual/religious communities by organizing the formation of a huge peace symbol on Big Bear Lake using kayaks, as well as swimming across Big Bear Lake while reciting prayers from all spiritual traditions, and a unity peace breakfast. She is currently involved in the Lighthouse Project teaching elementary school children to grow food successfully. In January 2008, Rev. Jean was selected by the local newspaper as one of the top ten people who made a difference in the Big Bear community.

Saturday October 4, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom F

Rev. Mark Anthony Lord
"The Seven Living Words" a powerful journey of transformation using the Seven Last Words of Jesus.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus, when interpreted metaphysically are a brilliant blueprint for transformation. In this workshop you will, through powerful guided meditations and inspired exercises, heal, redefine or simply strengthen your relationship with Jesus, a master teacher. Discover how a crucifixion is really a crossing out of that which no longer serves your personal and spiritual growth. Uncover what, in your consciousness is blocking you from experiencing the glory of God in and AS your life, and learn how to quicken your spiritual awakening bringing you into your own resurrection from false beliefs, fear and separation.

This workshop is experiential, fun and deep. Don't miss out on the opportunity to personally experience how ancient wisdom can be freshly interpreted and made relevant for you!

Mark Anthony Lord is an internationally recognized spiritual leader, founder of the Chicago Center for Spiritual Living, and the author of The Seven Living Words - An Illuminated Perspective on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. A gifted and dynamic speaker, he offers fresh perspectives on sacred wisdom teachings.

His teaching style is engaging and experiential, using humor, current events, and personal examples. The nurturing, safe environments he creates encourage people to ask the deeper questions that allow genuine transformation.

Mark Anthony's authentic, intuitive messages make known the presence of God in every area of Life. People are empowered to discover their own insights and innate divinity as they remember that God is within, always accessible, and always fun.

Mark Anthony's training is based in New Thought/Ancient Wisdom philosophies. He was first licensed at Unity School of Christianity, and furthered his studies at The Holmes Institute. As a protégé of Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, he received his Masters in Religious & Consciousness Studies at Agape International Spiritual Center.

Saturday October 4, 2008
3:30-5:00 pm
Crystal Ballroom G

Sheila Coulbourn
Evolving the Role of Religious Science Practitioners and Unity Teachers in the New Thought Movement

This will be an informal round table session, focusing on identifying ways that New Thought Practitioners can work together in our communities. We will start by identifying and introducing ourselves as New Thought Practitioners and Unity Teachers. We will then break into small groups to discuss and answer a series of questions related to training hours, classes, and activities within each center or community. After identifying similarities and differences between types of practitioners, we will come back together to map out our thoughts and identify ways that we can unify our efforts.

Sheila Coulbourn has completed over 1,000 hours of studies required for my Holistic Health Practitioner License, over 700 hours of spiritual studies to license as a Religious Science Global Heart Practitioner and completed 10 more classes to become a Master Practitioner. StarLight Training is a Global Heart Teaching Chapter of United Centers for Spiritual Living. It represents the culmination of two decades of Spiritual and Body Healing exploration. Her life and work are dedicated to serving the awakening of each person's "Higher Self."