AGNT Leadership Council

 

 

Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, D.D. (Agape International Spiritual Center, Culver City) is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, an 8000 member transdenominational spiritual community. A Co-founder and President of Association for Global New Thought, Dr. Beckwith is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, an author and composer. He shares with Dr. Arun Gandhi and Mary Manin Morrissey the national Co-directorship of A Season for Nonviolence, and is an assembly member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Dr. Beckwith is a keynote speaker throughout the nation. His commitment to world peace has drawn public recognition including awards such as The Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, the Humanitarian Award of the National Council for Community and Justice, The Howard Thurman Stained Glass Window Award and many others.
Website: www.agapelive.com

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Dr. Barbara Fields Executive Director, The Association for Global New Thought; Co-founder (with Arun GandhI) and Project Director – The Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence 1998-present; Program Director – Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago; Co-founder and Project Director of the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dharamsala, India, 1999, Trent, Italy, 2001, and Rome, 2004; Coordinator of U.S. based omni-local initiatives for Harvard Global Negotiation Project’s Abraham Walk Initiative in the Middle East; Conference and Program Director for the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in Chicago, IL and Tacoma, WA; Program Director - International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter, Purdue University and the Lilly Foundation; Participant - UNESCO Seminar on Religion and Peace, Granada, Spain. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Holmes Institute, 2005, and Religious Science International’s first Peace Award in 2003; Recipient of The Peace Museum's Community Peacemaker Award in the area of Diplomacy. Serves on the Boards of EarthAction, and the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. Co-founder of The Earth Network, a non-profit alternative television organization dedicated to the environment, social action, and the human spirit for which she received the Visionary Award from the Center For New Television; Contributing author, The Community of Religions (Continuum Press, 1996).

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Rev. Carol Carnes (Centre for Spiritual Living, Calgary, AB). Currently the senior minister of the Center for Spiritual Living in Calgary, AB, Rev Carnes carries on the tradition of New Thought to "liberate religious thinking of superstition and dogma." As a member of the leadership council of the Association for Global New Thought, she was inducted into the Board of Preachers of Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College in 2000. She has participated in the Synthesis Dialogues with HH Dalai Lama in India and Italy and is active in the Season for Nonviolence Campaign convened annually by AGNT.
Website: www.positiveliving.org

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Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell (Wendy is a graduate of the Unity School of Christianity and was ordained in 1980. She is founder and CEO of The Unity Center, a 1500-member spiritual community located in San Diego, California, in 1983. She has been a part of the Association for Global New Thought since 1999 and currently serves as Vice President. She participated in all three AGNT-sponsored “Synthesis Dialogues,” which brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet in Dharmsala, India in 1999 and in Italy in 2001 and 2004; and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in November 2006 as part of the planning for the Abraham Path Initiative, in partnership with the Harvard Negotiation Project, to open up a pilgrimage route in the Middle East retracing the footsteps of the prophet Abraham. With a strong interest in Spiritually Motivated Social Action, Wendy & The Unity Center were instrumental in the early formation of the San Diego Department of Peace grassroots group in the fall of 2004. That initial group, Americans for the Department of Peace (AFDOP), now encompasses all of Southern California with The Unity Center providing ongoing support. In addition, Wendy serves on the board of the Foundation for Affordable Housing in San Juan Capistrano. Her service awards include the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. board of Preachers Hall of Fame.
Website: www.theunitycenter.net

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Rev. Argentina Glasgow (Detroit, MI). is a peace activist and the former Senior Minister (1992 - 2005) of Detroit Unity Temple and CO-minister of Detroit Unity Temple from July 2005 through March 2008. She is a licensed and ordained Unity Minister. Her commitment for peace is undergirded by the scripture, Isaiah 26: "He will keep you in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Rev. Glasgow has received numerous awards such as The Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award from Morehouse College, an International Peace Award from the Universal Federation of Peace; a Unity Pioneer Award honoring the Africa American's in Unity, The Ruth Mosley Award and many others. She was inducted into the Board of Preachers of Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College; and participated in the Synthesis Dialogues with HH Dalai Lama in India and in Trent, Italy. Under her tenure at Detroit Unity an Outreach Ministry, The Holistic Development Center was formed and is thriving as one of the crown jewels of the city. She blessed both the City of Detroit, which she refers to as the Holy City, and the previous Mayor, Mayor Dennis Archer at his second inaugural ceremony. She is currently formulating a ministry entitled Spiritual Interfaith Center of Light Ministries which has as its main focus a world that works for everyone. She is both humbled and honored to be the fourth African American to chair the Board of Trustees for the Association of Unity Churches International in over 100 years. She has served on numerous boards and has served as a leader locally, regionally, national and internationally.
Website: www.peaceunitychurch.org/ArgentinaGlasgow.htm

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Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn (Community Spiritual Leader (President) of United Centers for Spiritual Living), an international organization with 200 communities and ministries and publisher of Science of Mind magazine; actively engaged in spiritual organization development to expand spiritual living through personal and global transformation ; monthly contributor to Science of Mind magazine; Chair of Organizational Renewal Project and member of New Organization Design Team; Vice Chair International Board of Trustees; Chair and Vice Chair of United Clergy of Religious Science; instructor for Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies. Member of the Leadership Council for the Association for Global New Thought; traveled to the Middle East as AGNT’s representative and sole female religious leader for Harvard’s Abraham Path Initiative, November 2006; Abraham Path Initiative Tourism Conference, Sanliurfa, Turkey, November 2007; presented at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain; attended Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1999. Founded Pacific Church of Religious Science in San Diego, Senior Minister for 15 years.
Websites: www.revkathy.com; www.unitedcentersforspiritualliving.org

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Rev. Mary Omwake (Maui, HI) Mary Omwake is a spiritual teacher, writer, radio host and retreat leader. Ordained a Unity minister in 1989, she has served ministries in Overland Park, Kansas, where she developed the Love in Action sacred service program and the Unity Basics One curriculum and Maui, Hawaii. A founding member of the Association for Global New Thought, Mary has spoken United Nations for the Season for Peace and Nonviolence, worked on the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and worked within her community on numerous peace projects. She was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers in 1998. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including The International Association of Unity Churches and chaired the church growth and development teams for both the AUC and INTA. Mary lives on Maui and leads retreats for churches and sacred tours to Assisi, Dharamsala, Africa and Maui. You can hear her on www.conversationswithfriends.org or contact her at mary@maryomwake.com
Website: www.maryomwake.com

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Dr. Roger Teel (Mile Hi Church of Religious Science, Denver, Colorado). Dr. Roger W. Teel, a leading speaker and spiritual teacher, has served New Thought and the Religious Science ministry for over 32 years. He holds a degree in psychology and religion and the degree of Religious Science Fellow. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity in 1988 and the Doctor of Religious Science Degree in 1999. Dr. Roger has served pulpits in Oregon, California and, in 1993 returned to his home church, Mile Hi Church in Denver, as Senior Minister and Spiritual Leader. He oversees all aspects of this thriving ministry of over 10,000 members and friends. Under Dr. Roger’s leadership, two additional facilities have been built on the church’s sixteen acre campus: a $2.5 million multi-purpose center and a $15 million new sanctuary which was opened in April, 2008. He has been very active in United Church of Religious Science leadership, serving on numerous committees. In 1980, he was elected to the International Board of Trustees and in 1983 was elected Chairman, a position he filled for two years. As his career has expanded, his influence has extended internationally; he lectures and conducts workshops for churches, service organizations, schools, and businesses. Dr. Teel assisted in facilitating the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1999, 2001 and 2004. He is co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought, and serves on the boards of the Foundation for Affordable Housing and the Community First Foundation.
Website: www.milehichurch.org

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Tom Zender (Unity of Tustin, CA; Former President & CEO, Unity). Tom Zender is the President Emeritus of Unity, a global trans-denominational spiritual movement. Under his leadership from 2001 to 2007, Unity expanded to serve more than 3 million people of all faiths worldwide. He held management positions at General Electric and Honeywell, and has been a senior vice president in three publicly held corporations – New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and OTC listed. In addition to his experience with large corporations, he has served as the interim CEO in entrepreneurial startup companies. His corporate board experience includes NASDAQ, Toronto Stock Exchange, and OTC listed public companies – and his nonprofit board positions have included the Association for Global New Thought, Ottawa University, the Evolutionary Leaders and the Forum for Corporate Directors Tom is a bestselling author, a well-traveled keynote speaker and teacher, and an experienced expert about the topic of spirituality in our work, workplaces and businesses – raising work consciousness for organizational integrity, conscious commerce and economic peace. His most recent book about spirituality in work and business is God Goes to Work, which has been a bestseller and among the top ten e-books in business ethics listed by Amazon.com. Published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010, the book is widely distributed in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and India.
Website: www.tomzender.com

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