Lake Worth Interfaith Network
Rev. Patricia Masterman - Founding Board Member, Director
Deacon Pat was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on September 1, 2001 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami. She received her bachelor’s degree in ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a healing touch practitioner. Her interest in exploring all religions began in the late 1960s. She believes the Creator touches all religious paths that lead back to the Source. She has two children, three granddaughters, and twin great-grandsons.
Ted Brownstein - Treasurer, Founding Board Member, Director
Ted Brownstein is a Jewish-Christian-Baha'i living in Lake Worth with his wife, Chris. He holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Hebrew from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Raised as a cultural Jew, he became a Christian in college (without giving up his Jewish identity) and a Baha'i in middle age. Currently Ted serves on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Lake Worth, Ambassador for the Parliament of World Religion, Board Member of Abrahamic Reunion USA and as faculty for the online Wilmette Institute where he has taught courses on the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, New Testament, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue. He is also the compiler of The Interfaith Prayer Book with over 80,000 copies in circulation and author of a commentary on Baha'i daily prayer entitled Soaring in the Heaven of God's Love.
Early in the calendar year of 2005 a group of individuals with a deep desire to actively engage in religious reconciliation met and agreed to form a loosely structured network of like-minded people within the town of Lake Worth. By the time of the National Day of Prayer observance in May of that same year, Lake Worth Interfaith Network held their first community event, and an inspired dream became an actualized reality. The network has sponsored three prayer events a year since that time, continuing to honor National Day of Prayer, and adding Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations to their calendar. Other interfaith events have included Passover Seder, Ramadan Dinner, World AIDS Day, Maya New Year Fire Circles, Kol Nidre and Summer Solstice Sacred Drum Circles.
In November of 2011, several founding members answered an internal call to take the Network to the next level of its evolution. The Network's activity was expanded to promote a wider variety of events with the addition of educational programs, group visitations to houses of worship and service related projects. (See photos on Gallery Page.) The network is holding a vision of an ever-increasing number of actively supportive and involved faith-communities and individuals, working side by side to be a cohesive spiritual force in the city of Lake Worth and beyond. Back to top.
2011 - 2019
Rabbi Jenny Kuvin Skylark - Advisory Board
Rabbi Jenny Kuvin Skylank is the founder of angelic Judaism, using the diverse music and chants of World Religions to enhance the Jewish practice. She studied at the Rabbinical Seminary International under 3rd generation Hungarian Kabbalah Mystic Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. Teacher of Jewish spirituality and mysticism. Certified Interfaith Counselor well versed in all major spiritual traditions, also Certified Master Teacher of Energy Medicine, student and Practitioner of Andean Shamanism.
Cordlia Jones - Advisory Board
Cordelia is a lay minister of Christian background who uses her musical talents with Open Heart Ministries and Ecclectic Avenue, spreading the message of universal peace.
Carla Blockson - Director
Carla is many talented community activist. She is a Baptist from a family line of Baptist ministers who specializes in bringing diverse people together with food and fellowship.
Rev. Carol Garrett, President, Director
Carol is a licensed Interfaith Minister. She is a 7 year Karuna Master and 25 year Usui Reiki Master, trained by William Lee Rand in Michigan and Glastonbury, England. Carol is of Jewish background, a singer/songwriter, lay Cantorial Soloist at Temple Israel, and a board member of For The Children, Inc. Carol is one of the original members of Open Heart Ministries, helping to establish themselves as a 501(c)3 organization. Carol holds a Master's Degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Minor in Music. As an educator, the recipient of the "I make a Difference" award, Volunteer of the Year award, for her involvement with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, and nominated twice for the "Dwyer Award". She was the faculty Advisor for Key Club for 6 years, and has since been active with the Kiwanis Club. She also actively uses her music to spread a message of acceptance and universal brother /sisterhood. Carol also holds licenses in Securities and Annuities, as well as Life Insurance with Primerica Financial Services both in Florida and in Michigan.
Maya Malay has a Master’s degree in Theology, is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Buddhist Ngakma. She is a pastoral counselor, Hypnotherapist, Meditation instructor and Loving Relationships counselor. For over 25 years, Maya has lead life enhancing seminars and retreats. She has served on several interfaith panels and conferences.
She is affiliated with the Palm Beach Dharma Center, having been a student of the Venerables Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche for 28 years.
Drawing from many systems of both psychology and theology, a primary focus in her work has developed as a result of her Buddhist lineage and studies.Malays work includes; Cognitive-therapy, Jungian psychology, Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness and Comparative Religion, Relationship/marriage counseling, Behavior/anger management, recovery from addictions, bereavement, crisis intervention and spiritual development.
The basis of her work is loving kindness and understanding the nature of mind.Malay states, "It's important that we learn how to use our mind wisely, for it's the source of both our happiness and our suffering. It produces our feeling and reactions to life and to others. When we understand the programming of our conditioned mind and the behavioral habits it produces, we're able to exhibit greater patience and tolerance towards ourselves and others. We learn to cultivate a positive mental atmosphere which leads to peace of mind, freedom from stress, improved heath, spiritual advancement and productivity. We are the holders of the keys to our own innate happiness.”
Maya has written articles, appeared on several television and radio shows, speaking about Meditation and its use for stress relief, building harmonious relationships. She has also spoken on Dream-study, Visualization for health and healing, Past-life Regression, Buddhism and World Religion, The American Diabetic Association, The Nurses Association, Hospice, The Veterans Hospital, and Florida Atlantic University are just a few of the places and organizations that have invited Maya to speak. She has been interviewed by The Palm Beach Post, Yoga Journal and Tricycle Magazine.
Maya also officiates ceremonies (weddings, baby blessings and memorial services). Her work, is insightful and inspiring, heart touching and full of humorous antidotes for life's many difficulties. With loving support and an open heart she counsels, conducts ceremonies, leads retreats and facilitates seminars
Maya Malay, MA
Pastoral Counselor and Buddhist Ngakma
3901 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561- 832- 0224
www.mayamalay.com- lotus mind
Maya Malay - Secretary, Director
Estelle Friedman - Director
Estelle has lifelong ties to both Judaism and the Unity Movement. She bring decades of experience in spiritual and nonprofit organization including her founding role in the Greenacres Historical Society.
David Hall - Director
David is a renaissance man who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home in New York. His parents were German immigrants who came to America in 1938. He describes himself as "a global lover of humanity" and has extensive experience in growing nonprofit organizations and in fundraising.
Margot Emery is a Lay Minister at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, FL.
Ms. Emery has served as Managing Director of the Core Ensemble, a chamber music theatre group, for over 20 years. During that time, local and regional touring of the ensemble’s chamber music theatre pieces has expanded to include venues in every region of the U.S. as well as Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean, England and Australia. Under Ms. Emery’s tenure, the Core Ensemble has performed in such prestigious venues as the Guggenheim Museum, Central Park SummerStage, the Chautauqua Institute, the Boston Center for the Arts, Cambridge University (England) and the Queensland Biennial Festival in Australia.
Past positions include Development Director for the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Director of Development Services for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and Palm Beach Development Manager for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Emery holds diplomas from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Margot Emery - Director, Diversity Committee Chair
John Vincent Palozzi - Director
John Vincent Palozzi is a member of the Palm Beach Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). He is a teacher of A Course in Miracles. He has written and published a book on a meditation technique to quite the mind from negative, disruptive thoughts. He is a former ordained minister with the Alliance of Divine Love (ADL) and has many years of training and practice in Metaphysical studies. John is also an artist and poet, and is retired from a profession of Social Work from the State of Florida Economic Services and the Palm Beach County School District Head Start Program.