ONLINE Seminary, Interfaith Interspiritual Ordination, Degrees, Educational Programs, and Spiritual Community
Rev. Andre van Zijl, Rev. Bryan Guiot, Rev. Debrah Friedland Vanzyl
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Our faculty members are leaders and innovators in the field of local and global interfaith engagement; experts and pioneers in their diverse fields of study.
A passionate interfaith leader, documentary filmmaker, journalist, teacher and author, honored internationally for her contributions to cultural education, peace and justice, Ruth Broyde Sharone is now serving her fourth term as Co-Chair of the Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR). She is an inspirational public speaker and travels frequently to college campuses to present interfaith programs and screen her award-winning documentary “God and Allah Need to Talk.” Her interfaith memoir, MINEFIELDS & MIRACLES: Why God and Allah Need to Talk, considered “a primer on interfaith engagement,” was endorsed by more than 30 religious leaders including H.H. the Dalai Lama, and won top awards in three literary competitions.
Dedicated to using the arts to encourage interfaith activity, and eager to reach a broader public, Ruth recently released an album with 11 original songs entitled: INTERFAITH: The Musical, bearing the tag line: “Broadway bound on the wings of peace.” Ruth is now offering a special community-oriented Sing-a-Long Program to share songs and stories from the musical and, in the process, create a grass-roots movement to help bring the musical to the stage.
Invited twice to address UN roundtables in Geneva, Switzerland, Ruth has pioneered interfaith pilgrimages to Egypt, Israel and Turkey. In 1991 she co-founded FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM with an African-American Minister. Participants of diverse religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds were invited to share their faith stories as they retraced the steps of the Exodus, from Egypt to the Sinai to Jerusalem. FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM was highlighted on CNN World News in 1994.
Ruth also worked on staff of the global Parliament, serving as a Partner Cities Associate in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, and the Middle East. She initiated major interfaith events at the Bangladeshi and Moroccan Embassies in Washington, D.C. and was invited to present her unique interfaith programs in Spain, Mexico, England, and Italy. In 2013 she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Advisory Board at Morehouse College in Atlanta and in 2015 she received a special commendation as an interfaith leader from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
A regular correspondent for The Interfaith Observer, a monthly on-line interfaith magazine. (www.TheInterfaithObserver.org),. Ruth has published more than 50 articles plumbing the world of interfaith engagement. She is also completing a new book entitled: “Islamophobia from a Jewish Woman’s Perspective” that includes portraits of 18 Muslim women.
When my personal narrative totally collapsed from within, and I could no longer support it nor depend on any part of it remaining intact to serve any useful purpose, I was forced to radically reconsider everything that I had thought to be true. The Question that now remained … Read More
Special thanks to our esteemed panelists: Dr. Sarah Larsen, Prof. Linda Groff, Rev. Phil Goldberg, Jonathan Henry Whittle-Utter and Father Alexi Smith. This public event was held at Loyola Marymount campus in Los Angeles, California… Read More