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The 11th Annual InterSpiritual Community Summit is supported through the spiritual guidance, dedication and sincere efforts of individuals from many diverse traditions.This year we have the support of 13 Spiritual Guides:

 

Biographies

Ray1.jpgRay Williams:  
Ray is a former council member of the Swinomish Nation and has assumed leadership in the area of Tribal Business Development. He is the program director for the Native American Affairs office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and is responsible for outreach and liaison with Indian Tribal governments and Native Communities throughout the sate of Washington. Ray is also an active member of the traditional Longhouse ceremonies of the Swinomish people.  He also currently serves as Director of the Kateri NW Institute.

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Juanita Jefferson

Anjna_Grover_120.jpgAnjna Grover lives in Gig Harbor, WA with her husband and two kids (son and daughter). She was born and brought up in India in a Hindu family,  very religious from childhood. She was very impressed by Swami Vivekananda’s  life and teachings. When moved to Canada in 2001, then came in contact with SNM (Sant Nirankari Mission). Got impressed by mission’s Ideology and the similarities it has with Swami’s teaching. The most interesting thing was mission’s effort on incorporating those teaching’s in practical life of a devotee. Blessed with Divine knowledge after. She enjoy reading books  and travelling. Did travel around the world during education and got to learn lot of cultures. Academically finished MD in Medicine from Ukraine and currently practicing in Tacoma. 

Rajesh_Fandan.pngRajesh Fandan lives in Sammamish, WA with his wife and two sons. He was born and brought up in India in a Hindu family. Since childhood he is connected with Sant Nirankari Mission (S.N.M.) and blessed with Divine Knowledge by ‘His Holiness Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj’ in early age of life. He is a constant learner of religions and keenly interested in understanding deepest values of spirituality and its application in daily life, qualified in Raja Yoga and loves writing Spiritual poems & essays. Learnt that heart full of compassion, company of holy saints, meditation and self-realization are important attainments of spiritual life.  Completed his academic studies in B.E and M.B.A and currently working in an Information Technology corporate as a means to earn livelihood.

9b02.JPGRev. Sibyl Lundy:
First as a Tibetan Buddhist student with Shambhala International, and later as a Zen student with One Drop Zendo, Sibyl has studied with Tibetan lamas and Japanese Zen masters since 1985. Her current spiritual practice is Ch’an, the Taoist-influenced, Chinese form of Buddhism that migrated to Japan to become Zen. As adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University in Oregon, Sibyl teaches courses on Buddhism for the Religious Studies Department. More here and here.

 

1003067_4607314439760_1076206045_n.jpgRev. Kanjin Cederman:
Rev Kanjin Cederman is the head minister of the Choeizan Enkyoji. Prior to assuming this position, he was head minister of the Seattle Nichiren Buddhist Church for 2 years and before that head minister of the Western New York Buddhist Sangha.
Rev Cederman was born in Wheatfield, NY. When he was 18, he became a Buddhist monk in the Chinese Shingon tradition. At the age of 23 he moved to Toronto where he met Rev Tsukamoto, head minister of the Toronto Nichiren Shu temple. Rev Tsukamoto gave Rev Cederman a copy of the Lotus Sutra, and Rev Cederman became convinced that the Lotus Sutra was the highest teaching of the Buddha. One week before he was scheduled to move to Taiwan for the rest of his life, Rev Cederman left the Shingon temple and began to study with Rev Tsukamoto.
Rev Cederman studied with Rev Tsukamoto for 13 years. In 2007 Rev Cederman attended Shingyo Dojo at Mount Minobu in Japan where he completed his studies and became a Nichiren Shu priest. In June 2010 he attended reidan training in Tokyo, and in November 2010 he attended aragyo at Onjuin in Chiba, Japan.
More here: Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple.

D'vorah Kost:
Livelihood is clinical social work, Yoga and movement instruction. Drawn to music, cross cultural exchange, nature, creativity, authenticity. Spiritually inclined toward the mystical, kindness, and forgiveness. One of the founding mothers of seattles Middle East peace camp for children. Long time cultural, educational and spiritual activist with Jewish Renewal congregation Eitz Or, and Jewish Reconstructionist congregation, Kadima.

Slichot_42_Ted.jpgRabbi Ted Falcon:
Spiritual guide, author, teacher and therapist, Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D., has been a student and teacher of Jewish meditation and Kabbalah for over forty years. With gentleness and humor, he offers unique insight into spirituality while deeply affirming the integrity of each individual being. As part of the Interfaith Amigos, Rabbi Ted explores the frontiers of interfaith spirituality. Karen Armstrong calls their "exuberant and courageous" new book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, "an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times." More here

Rabbi Ted Falcon founded Bet Alef in 1993 to encourage a deeper celebration of Judaism as an authentic spiritual path. He retired from Bet Alef in 2009.

Lisa-Dennison.jpgLisa Dennison:
Lisa arrived in Seattle as a Jesuit volunteer in 1981 to do a year of service with homeless and low-income people and fell in love with the city and her work. She continued her advocacy with hunger and homelessness issues over the next 14 years. In 1992, Lisa became involved with the Cabrini Ministry Training program whose mission is to form lay pastoral care ministers and has held the role of Training Coordinator for the past 7 years. In the fall of 1995 Lisa participated in the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL), a retreat program in the Jesuit tradition, and is now currently the Executive Director. Lisa is active at St. Patrick Catholic Church and is encouraged by the Vatican vision and the values of interfaith engagement that her faith community provides. She is a spiritual director and does retreats and rituals. Lisa lives in North Seattle with her husband and two teenage daughters.

MarkMarkuly_167.jpgMark S. Markuly, Ph.D.:
Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. He earned a PhD in education from St. Louis University and an MA in systematic theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He also has a BA in journalism from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining Seattle University, Dean Markuly was associate professor of religion and education and director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) of Loyola University New Orleans.

ann_holmes_redding.jpgAnn Holmes Redding:  
Minister, author, teacher, PhD in New Testament, singer, and spiritual director—presents locally, nationally, and internationally. Both Christian and Muslim since 2006, Ann is founder of Abrahamic Reunion West, a non-profit committed to healing the global dysfunction of the Abrahamic family of faith.  She is co-author with Jamal Rahman and Kathleen Schmitt Elias of "Out of Darkness into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources."

Jamal_close_up.pngImam Jamal Rahman:
A popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality and interfaith relations, has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, he travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops. More here and here.

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