"The Spirit of Peace Building"

Teleseries Dates, Presenters and Topics


Co-hosts: Jim Kenney, Common Ground & The Peace Council,
Barbara Fields, Association for Global New Thought

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Peace Council
Representatives

Topic of Seminar and Panelists



MONDAY JANUARY 31

DR. KING'S BIO
Intro to Topic

DR. SALLIE B. KING
NON-JUDGMENT AND JUSTICE

Panel Facilitator: Dr. Kathy Hearn - United Centers for Spiritual Living; Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council

Panelists:
• Cetta Kenney, Trustee, Interreligious Engagement Project; Photo Editor, Interreligious Insight
• Joseph Elder – Professor, University of Wisconsin; Chair, Peace Council
• Barbara Marx Hubbard – Foundation for Conscious Evolution
• Frank zumMallen – Affiliated New Thought Network; AGNT Advisory Council




MONDAY FEBRUARY 7

REV. BRAYBROOKE'S BIO
Intro to Topic

REV. MARCUS BRAYBROOKE
PEACE AND INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING

Panel Facilitator: Dr. Carol Carnes – Association for Global New Thought; Calgary Center for Spiritual Living

Panelists:
• Harold Kasimow, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religion, Grinnell College
• Ron Miller, Chair, Department of Religions, Lake Forest College; Common Ground
• Anna-Mari Pieterse – Humanity’s team Global Oneness Initiatives Coordinator, Pretoria, South Africa
• Petra Weldes – AGNT Advisory Council, Center for Spiritual Living Dallas



MONDAY FEBRUARY 14


DR. KNITTER'S BIO
Intro to Topic

DR. PAUL KNITTER
INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Panel Facilitator: Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian – Director, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment; Vice-Chair, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions

Panelists:
• Joseph Elder – Professor, University of Wisconsin; Chair, Peace Council
• Alan Race,. Co-Editor of Interreligious Insight Journal, World Council of Faiths, Leicester, UK, a theologian and interfaith activist
• Janice Deaton – Graduate of the Joan Kroc School of Peace Studies
• Rev. Jim Lockard – International Centers for Spiritual Living





MONDAY FEBRUARY 21

FR. KEATING'S BIO
Intro to Topic

FR. THOMAS KEATING, OCSO
PEACE AND THE INNER LIFE

Panel Facilitator: Dr. Roger Teel – MileHi Church of Religious Science; Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council

Panelists:
• Ron Miller, Chair, Department of Religions, Lake Forest College; Common Ground
• Georgene Wilson, Contemplative Solitude Minister, Common Ground
• Steve Farrell – Humanity’s Team Executive Director
• Tom Zender – author; Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council


MONDAY MARCH 7

FR. GONZALO'S BIO
Intro to Topic

FR. GONZALO BERNABE ITUARTE VERDUZCO, OP
POVERTY, MIGRATION, AND PEACE

Panel Facilitator: Barbara Fields

Panelists:
• Joe Elder - Professor, University of Wisconsin; Chair, Peace Council
• Cetta Kenney - Trustee, Interreligious Engagement Project; Photo Editor, Interreligious Insight
• Ruth Luna – Humanity’s Team translations coordinator, Lima, Peru
• Carol Carnes – Association for Global New Thought; Calgary Center for Spiritual Living

MONDAY MARCH 14

CHUNG HYUN-KYUNG'S BIO
Intro to Topic

CHUNG HYUN-KYUNG
ECO-FEMINISM AND PEACE

Panel Facilitator: Michael Bernard Beckwith - Agape International Spiritual Center; Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council President

Panelists:
• Robert McClory – journalist, author; Common Ground
• Georgene Wilson – contemplative solitude minister; Common Ground
• Marilyn Tam - Corporate Leader, Speaker, Us Foundation Founder & Executive Director
• Gabriel Avruj – Humanity’s Team Country Coordinator for Argentina



MONDAY MARCH 21

SR. JOAN'S BIO
Intro to Topic

SR. JOAN D. CHITTISTER, OSB
GENDER EQUITY

Panel Facilitator: Julie Montague – AGNT Advisory Council; Unity of White Rock

Panelists:
• Robert McClory, journalist, author, Common Ground
• Madeleine Van Hecke, author, Common Ground
• Diane Hennacy Powell: Founder of the psychiatric program at Survivors of Torture International; contributing author to Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement-the book on which a seven week program is featured this year for on the Season for Nonviolence Website
• Stephanie N. Van Hook, co-director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education, board member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, a former Peace Corps volunteer, and contributing author to Beyond Forgiveness


MONDAY MARCH 28


DR. ANGHA'S BIO
Intro to Topic

SEYYEDEH DR. NAHID ANGHA
THE MUSLIM WORLD: A SUFI PERSPECTIVE

Panel Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn – United Centers for Spiritual Living; Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council

Panelists:
• Fatima Imam – Faculty, Lake Forest College; Common Ground
• Ron Miller, Chair, Department of Religions, Lake Forest College; co-founder, Common Ground; Vice-Chair, Interreligious Engagement Project
• Duysal Askun – Humanity’s Team Management Board, Istanbul, Turkey
• Julie Montague – AGNT Advisory Council; Unity of White Rock



MONDAY APRIL 4

DR. ASSEFA'S BIO
Intro to Topic

DR. HIZKIAS ASSEFA
NEGOTIATIONS FOR PEACE

Panel Facilitator: Joseph Elder – Professor, University of Wisconsin; Chair, Peace Council

Panelists:
• John Wasik – author, economist; Common Ground
• Melissa Porri – Humanity’s Team CFO
• Rev. David Alexander – New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, Portland, OR; AGNT Advisory Council
• Dr. Roger Teel – Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council




MONDAY APRIL 11

RABBI LEVI'S BIO
Intro to Topic

RABBI LEVI WEIMAN-KELMAN
PEACE AMONG THE ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS

Panel Facilitator: Tom Zender – Author; Association for Global New Thought Leadership Council

Panelists:
• Deborah Bronstein – Rabbi, Har Ha Shem, Boulder, Colorado
• Rev. John Pawlikowski – Catholic Theological School, University of Chicago
• Dr. James Trapp – President, Unity Worldwide Ministries
• Dr. Kenn Gordon – International Centers for Spiritual Living



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Co-Host and Peace Council Bios

JIM KENNEY

Jim Kenney is the Executive Director of the Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21), working with global religious communities to address the world’s critical problems through cooperative partnerships with government, business, education, media, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society.

He is also the Executive Director of Common Ground, an adult study center focusing on the world's great religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human endeavor and experience. He lectures widely on a variety of subjects relating to politics, religion, history, and culture.

He serves as Co-Editor of Interreligious Insight: a Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, published internationally four times each year in the US and the UK by the World Congress of Faiths, the Interreligious Engagement Project, and Common Ground.

Jim is former Global Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions (one of the world’s major interfaith organizations) and Project Coordinator for the International Interreligious Peace Council.



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DR. BARBARA FIELDS

Executive Director, The Association for Global New Thought
Co-founder and Project Director – The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence 1998-present; Co-founder and Project Director of the Synthesis Dialogues I, II, and III with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dharamsala, India, 1999, Trent, Italy, 2001, and Castelgandolfo, Rome; Retreat organizer and liaison for the Dalai Lama and personal entourage during his 2009 UCSB events; Program Director – 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago; Coordinator of local chapters, The Abraham Path Initiative in the Middle East, a program of Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation; Conference and Program Director for the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and the International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter, Purdue University and the Lilly Foundation; Delegate - UNESCO Seminar on Religion and Peace, Granada, Spain. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, and is recipient of honors including the Peace Museum's Peacemaker Award (in the area of Diplomacy), International Centers for Spiritual Living’s first Peace Award, and The Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award from Morehouse College. Serves on the Board of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution in Santa Barbara, CA. 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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SR. JOAN D. CHITTISTER, OSB

She is a well-known author and activist in the areas of human rights; peace and justice; ecumenism; contemporary religious life; and women, church, and society. Co-Chair, Women's Global Peace Initiative. Formerly prioress, Benedictine Sisters, Mount St. Benedict, Erie, Pennsylvania. Formerly President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Author of Winds of Change: Women Challenge the Church and many other books.

Links: Benetvision (Benedictine Sisters of Erie resource center for contemporary spirituality); also Order of St. Benedict



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RABBI LEVI WEIMAN-KELMAN

Rabbi of a Reform Jewish congregation in Jerusalem called Kehilat Kol Haneshama. A leader of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism and of Rabbis for Human Rights, his congregation is a model for inter-religious understanding, dialog, and healing in Jerusalem.

Links: Kehilat Kol Haneshama

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SEYYEDEH DR. NAHID ANGHA

Co-Director of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), the Executive Editor ofthe quarterly journal, Sufism: An Inquiry, and founder of the International Sufi Women Organization, Seyyedeh Dr. Angha is the main representative of the IAS to the United Nations (NGO/DPI) and the first Muslim woman inducted to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. Seyyed Dr. Angha, the daughter of Moulana Shah Maghsoud, the twentieth century Persian Sufi of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, was the first women appointed to teach in her father's school. She was also the first women to sit at the center circle with Muslim leaders from around the world to lead meditation at the international Sufism Symposium.

An internationally published author, featured in media and publications including White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America and Women in Sufism: A Hidden Treasure, she is one of the major Muslim scholars of the present time with over fourteen published works.

Her dedication to peace has led her to serve in various leadership roles in large-scale international interfaith organizations. Dr. Angha has given lectures and taught classes nationally as well as internationally.





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DR. PAUL KNITTER

Professor Emeritus of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnatti, Ohio (USA). Author of No Other Name?, and One Earth Many Religions, and other books. Member of the Board of Directors of CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador).











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FR. THOMAS KEATING OCSO

Cistercian monk and former abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts. Former president, Temple of Understanding; founder of Contemplative Outreach and the Snowmass Interfaith Conference; and former chair, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. Author of numerous books and articles on Christian contemplative practice and on dialogue with other religions.

Links: Snowmass Abbey (and Interfaith Conference), Contemplative Outreach, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue



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DR. SALLIE B. KING

Profesor and Head, Department of Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia). Formerly President, Society for Buddhist - Christian Studies. Co-clerk, Harrisonburg Friends Meeting. Co-editor, Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia.










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PROF. CHUNG HYUN-KYUNG

Professor of Ecumenics and World Christianity at Union Theological Seminary, New York, she is active in Christian women's movements in Asia. Formerly Professor of Systematic Theology at EWHA Women's University, Seoul, Korea. Author of Struggle to be the Sun Again and other books.

Links: Union Theological Seminary http://www.uts.columbia.edu/index.php



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REV. MARCUS BRAYBROOKE

President, World Congress of Faiths; Co-founder, Three Faiths Forum (London). Patron, International Interfaith Centre (Oxford); Author, Faith and Interfaith in a Global Age, 1,000 World Prayers, and What We Can Learn from Islam, What We Can Learn from Hinduism, and other books. Formerly Executive Director of the Council for Christians and Jews in Great Britain. He also is the author of Pilgrimage of Hope, a definitive history of the interfaith movement.

Links: World Congress of Faiths (Oxford, U.K.)



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DR. HIZKIAS ASSEFA

Professor Hizkias Assefa is a mediator and an active international peacebuilding practicioner. He is a professor of conflict studies at Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program. He has worked as a mediator and facilitator of reconciliation processes in a number of civil wars in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He has worked as an attorney and consultant on conflict resolution and peacebuilding to the United Nations, European Union, and international and national NGOs in situations of humanitarian crises.







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FR. GONZALO BERNABE ITUARTE VERDUZCO, OP

Dominican friar and priest and Prior Provincial for Mexico. Formerly in charge of the Dominican Mission to Ocosingo (Chiapas, Mexico). Formerly Vicario Episcopal de Justicia y Paz, Diocesis de San Cristóbal de las Casas. Formerly Secretary to CONAI, the National Commision for Mediation.

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