Humanitarian, Spiritual Leader, Ambassador of Peace
Sri Sri Ravi Shankaris a humanitarian, teacher and peacemaker. He founded global non-profits the Art of Livingand the International Association for Human Values- two of the largest volunteer-run non-profits in the world - to help relieve stress and trauma, teach human values, and increase happiness. He has created trauma-relief and meditation programs for at-risk youth, war veterans, prisonersand survivors of disaster. He is also engaged in peace-making efforts internationally and in war-torn areas like Colombia and Iraq. 16 universities have awardedhim with honorary doctorates for his peace-keeping efforts. In addition he has also received 37 governmental awards.
In the United States, he has received the International Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the award for Inspiring Humanity from the Foundation for California. He has been an invited speaker at institutions like the United Nations, the European Parliament, the World Economic Forum, and the Israeli Presidential Conference, as well as top universities like Stanford University, The Wharton School, and the University of Southern California. In addition, he has spoken at conferences like TED. He has been featured on CNNand The New York Times, has written over 40 booksand contributes to The Huffington Post.Scientific researchon his programs has shown that they significantly decrease anxiety, stress and depression while making people feel happier and more optimistic.
Founder and Spiritual Director, Agape International Spiritual Center
Author, Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, The Answer Is You, and Transcendance Expanded
Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center. Based in Los Angeles, California, Agape is a trans-denominational, multicultural community of thousands of local, national and international members and live streamers. Highly regarded for his teachings on the science of inner transformation, Dr. Beckwith embraces a practical approach to spirituality that acknowledges the accelerated pace of our contemporary times. His unique transmission of spiritual practices including meditation, affirmative prayer, and life visioning enable the practitioner to take the experience of inner peace coupled with awakened awareness into the activities of everyday life.
Agape’s local community outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals, partner with community service organizations active in children’s schools and homes for youth at risk, support the arts, and advocate for the preservation of our planet’s environmental resources. Its global humanitarian programs provide food distribution, retraining programs, schools, libraries, orphanages, clinics, homes for unwed mothers, financial support during natural disasters, and human advocacy. Locations range from eight African countries to Afghanistan, Bosnia, Columbia, Ecuador, India, Iraq, Kosovo, and Sri Lanka.
An eminent representative within diverse religious traditions and harbingers of world peace, in February 2012 Dr. Beckwith addressed the United Nations General Assembly as part of its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, he had the distinguished honor of presenting to Nelson Mandela the Gandhi King Award. Along with Arun Gandhi, the grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Beckwith is international co-chair of the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, which was launched at the United Nations in 1998 and is active in 900 cities across 67 countries. About its mission, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said: “Both Gandhi and Martin Luther King are inspiring examples of the power and truth of nonviolence and the actions that arise from them. The Season for Nonviolence is a very good tool to remind us of their witness, and also the large unfinished work we have together in transforming awareness on our planet.”
Dr. Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher, conference speaker, and facilitator of the Life Visioning ProcessTM, which he originated. In 2014 Beckwith addressed the prestigious TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference. Three of his most recent books—Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, and TranscenDance Expanded—are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award. He has appeared on SuperSoul Sunday, Dr. Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN Help Desk, OWN’s SuperSoul Sessions, Tavis Smiley, Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You and is a member of Oprah’s prestigious inaugural SuperSoul 100. Oprah.com has named his book, Life Visioning, in the top 15 Books to Solve a Problem. Every Friday at 1 pm PT, thousands tune into his weekly KPFK radio show, Wake Up! The Sound of Transformation.
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York times bestselling books. She has been one of America’s most well known public voices for more than three decades. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times best sellers and Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Bill Maher. A quote from the mega best seller A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.
Marianne’s other books include The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, The Gift of Change, Enchanted Love, A Year of Miracles, and Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment. Her newest book, A Politics of Love: Handbook for a New American Revolution, will be published in 2019.
Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 11 million meals. Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance.
Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King, affectionately called & quot; Dr. Barbara," is the Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., a New Thought, inclusive, healing ministry open to all people, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1977, Pearson founded Higher Dimensions, Inc. and in 1981 Higher Dimensions Church in Tulsa, which grew to a membership of 5,000 that met weekly. A Stellar Award winning vocalist, Pearson has sold into the millions of CDs and videos with his recording contracts with Warner Brothers, Atlantic Records, and Tommy Boy and has also been nominated for a Dove Award. He serves and has served on the boards of several charitable and humanitarian organizations, including the Interfaith Alliance, an organization which celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of Washington DC, an organization promoting the civil rights of America's GLBTQ community; The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). He has authored a variety of books and booklets, two published by Simon and Schuster.
Sister Dr. Jenna is a spiritual mentor, author, renowned speaker and founder and director of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museum in Maryland and Virginia and host of the America Meditating Radio Show. She serves as one of the Evolutionary Leaders in service to conscious evolution and was selected by Empower a Billion Women 2020 as one of 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2015. She is an Advisory Team Member of the Million Mamas Movement, Conscious Good Media and Global Women's Network.
Beginning her career in 2002 at nine years old, Alyson was featured as a dynamic dancer in music videos for various Billboard chart toppers, including Missy Elliott’s "Work It." She went on to star in numerous Disney Channel projects including "Camp Rock" & "Phineas & Ferb" and films including "Step Up" & "Cheaper by the Dozen." Alyson continued to build her YouTube channel and today has over 44MM channel views, she was a member of Fullscreen Lives 2016 "Girls Night In Tour" and took home a Streamy Award in 2018 for Best Dance Channel.
To finish 2018, Alyson released "FOOL" which dives into her vulnerable and intimate side, and also features her first on-screen female love interest. In April of 2018, she released her single, "When It's Right," which discusses her sexuality publicly for the first time and shares her journey of falling in love with a woman for the first time - Alyson shared this story in a personal essay released with TeenVogue. Additionally, she remains active in the voiceover world and can be heard on the Amazon prime series "Pete the Cat" and Disney's "Milo Murphy's Law" and recently reprised her role on Emmy-Award winning series "Phineas & Ferb.
The Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley is the former Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta. At Providence, Rev. Durley ensured that people with disabilities in the congregation are able to share their skills and abilities, resulting in a new system of supports for persons with autism and their families. Rev. Durley was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame for his contributions during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Rev. Durley is an outspoken advocate on many social justice issues and works diligently to understand the differences and similarities among people, cultures and beliefs.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights organization and its renowned Museum of Tolerance. A longtime activist for Jewish and human rights’ causes on six continents, he came to Los Angeles in 1977 with Rabbi Marvin Hier to found the Wiesenthal Center.
Rabbi Cooper oversees the Wiesenthal Center’s international social action agenda and worldwide promotion of tolerance education. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on issues related to Digital Terrorism and Hate and Social Media. Rabbi Cooper meets regularly with political and religious leaders, from the Vatican to Paris and Berlin, from Argentina to Azerbaijan, and from Bahrain to India, China and Japan. He has coordinated international conferences at UNESCO, Berlin, Geneva and multi-faith conferences on religion and terrorism in Bali and Mumbai. He has testified before the UN, US Senate, Japanese Diet, the French Parliament, Argentina’s Congress, and the OSCE.
Rabbi Cooper served as project manager of the Center’s historical exhibition, People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with The Holy Land, co-organized with UNESCO, that has already been presented at UN headquarters, the U.S. Congress, UNESCO, Israel’s Knesset, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Chile, India, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, The Vatican.
Rabbi Cooper’s op-eds appear across the media spectrum in the US and abroad. Newsweek/Daily Beastlists Rabbi Cooper together with Rabbi Hier as #8 among the “50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States”.
Cooper is a founding member of Israel’s Global Forum on Anti-Semitism.
MA in Religious Studies, the University of Denver, CO, U.S. B.A in translation studies and linguistics with minor in Islamic Studies. Post-graduate diploma in Education with years of work experiences in educational institutions focusing in Muslim communities in the US and in Egypt. Community leader and activist in education, charity, peace building, interfaith partnerships, community development, and spirituality. Participant and speaker in several educational and spiritual conferences and camps in the U.S., India, Egypt, and Lebanon. Senior intercultural and inter-religious facilitator for Soliya and Sharing Perspectives Foundation focusing on building a sustainable and peaceful intercultural and inter-religious communication skills for students from all over the world through virtual meetings. The current religious and spiritual leader at Downtown Denver Islamic Center, U.S.
WolfWalker is a Native American spiritual teacher. Through traditional stories and music, he weaves ancient wisdom for the Modern Age. These lessons are presented in a timeless way that keep them relevant to today's life. WolfWalker has had the honor of learning from many different Elders and Medicine People and previously lived on the Hopi Reservation. WolfWalker was recently highlighted in the Emmy nominated film "Almost Sunrise". A film about 2 veterans who trek across the United States in search of inner peace.