Date & Time
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Speakers: Swami Shraddhananda, Nitin Ron, Loch Kelly & Rev. JoAnn Barrett
Moderator: Kurt Johnson
This panel discussion focuses on the future of spirituality and spiritual practice as our world goes global and multicultural.
Discussion points will include:
- Is a universal, global spirituality emerging? If so, what is the future of spiritual practice in this universal, world-centric light?
- Is there an underlying “unity consciousness” experience that is accessed through all spiritual practice regardless of path or tradition? If so, what are its elements and how does spiritual practice serve to nurture this experience?
- In this time of seeking balance between transcendent and embodied experience, what is the relationship of spiritual practice across the realms of experience commonly called “in form” or “formless”?
- What are the roles of meditation/contemplation, music/mantra, movement/action, etc., in this process?
- What do various heritages and wisdom traditions bring to this?
- What are “waking up,” “growing up,” “showing up,” and “cleaning up”, and what are their mutual, interconnected roles in nurturing the worlds of right spirit and right action?
- What global guidelines (like “The Nine Elements of a Universal Spirituality” by Wayne Teasdale) are there to help guide us?
- What are “awakening,” “conscious activism,” and “subtle activism” in this modern context?
A Panel Discussion
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$100 (Member & Nonmembers) Early Bird $85 by 4/20
New York Open Center
Reverend JoAnn Barrett is the founder of Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship. She is the current co-chair of Interfaith Anti Bias Task Force of Suffolk County, a member of the Huntington Clergy Association, a past Member of Peace Island Institutes Center of Interfaith Studies advisory board, collaborator for Religions For Peace Long Island (a local branch of a world-wide NGO at the United Nations) and a prior Member of the “Dignity for All Students Act” Committee which helped this bill pass in New York. Rev JoAnn is also a published author and poet. Recently she is one of the collaborating authors of the book Mature Interspirituality.
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of the award-winning book Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness. He is a nondual psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher of awakening affiliated with Adyashanti. Loch has worked in community mental health, addiction recovery and counseled family members of 9/11. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training enhances compassion and wellbeing.
Nitin Ron is a neonatologist (baby doctor!) and loves high altitude trekking and mountaineering. He is an associate professor of pediatrics at New York Methodist Hospital, and loves to use innovative methods to teach medical students. He is often humbled and amazed by what love and compassion can do to heal little premature and sick babies! He has been leading a research project in the Himalayas, including the Mt. Everest region, involving ultrasound of the eye (optic nerve) and the body, to predict mountain sickness, and have also looked at the effect of meditation in acclimatizing the body to high altitude. he also volunteers as an art guide at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York City, and this is a reminder to him that medicine is so much of an art as well as a science!
Swami Shraddhananda heads Slate Branch Ashram in Kentucky, home of Sacred Feet Yoga. A professor of literature, classics, and comparative world religions for 35 years, she holds a doctorate from Emory University. The “Mature Interspirituality” retreat was held at her ashram, and she spearheaded as well as edited a collection of essays based on the retreat entitled, Mature Interspirituality: Wayne Teasdale’s Nine Elements–and Beyond. Her most recent book is a collection of poems entitled Are You Dancing with Me, Shiva? (Sacred Feet, 2018).
Kurt Johnson, PhD, a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist, and former monastic in three spiritual traditions, is widely regarded as the closest associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale, founder of the modern “interspiritual movement,” and works with the Contemplative Alliance and Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement. Kurt is the author of the influential book The Coming Interspiritual Age (Namaste 2013) and two award-winning books in science, Nabokov’s Blues (McGraw-Hill 2000) and Fine Lines (Yale, 2015). He is a member or founder of The Evolutionary Leaders, the international Contemplative Alliance, the Gaiafield and Subtle Activism Networks, the Self Care to Earth Care network, the UN NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, the NGO Forum 21 Institute, and the UN Committee for International Yoga Day, and is President of the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.