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Embracing Peace



Embracing Peace is a full day program devoted to peace, music, meditation and climate justice.

                                      Morning Qi Gong with Dr. George Love

                                           After checking in, start out the day with gentle Qi Gong, led by
                                           Dr.  George Love

                               Morning Meditation and Opening Prayer

                               From there the program begins with a short guided meditation led by                                                           Maya Malay and Prem Shakti.  Immediately following, there will be an                                                           opening prayer led by Rabbi Marc Labowitz, Kamruz Hosein and Jason Fairbanks representing the three Abrahamic religions.

Panel Discussion on World Peace

Six faith leaders will share their religions’ approach to this challenging topic.  LWIN asks: what can the average citizen do to further the cause of world peace?  Time permitting, there will be an opportunity for audience questions and comments.  Our panelists are:

                               Rabbi Marc Labowitz
                               Rabbi Marc Labowitz is a teacher, lecturer and award-winning composer                                                         serving as the Rabbi of TAO - Temple Adath Or, in South Florida since                                                                 2002.Rabbi Marc Labowitz's deepest spiritual practice is to foster a world in                                                   which Freedom, Acceptance and Love are the essence of all paths. He endeavors to do this by helping to garner a wise, warm, vibrant, caring Jewish community.

                                Sheikh Ghassan Manasra

                                           Sheikh Ghassan Manasra is the Abrahamic Reunion’s International Director,                                                  and an ordained Sheikh in the Qadiri Sufi Order of Peace in the Holy Land. He is                                            the founder of Anwar-Il-Salaam, the Lights of Peace Center and a founder and the Director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Nazareth.  Sheikh Ghassan has worked in interfaith peacemaking in the Holy Land, and around the world, for more than 38 years building bridges between Jews, Christians Muslims, and Druze.  Sheikh Ghassan Manasra quote: "As a peacemaker from the Holy Land, I believe that all people around the world from all religions are equal and must continue as partners and colleagues together to build a world of peace, harmony, and humanity."

                                 Omar Udden 

                                 My name is Omar Uddin, I was born and raised here in sunny South Florida to                                                 Pakistani and Nicaraguan parents. I discovered Islam and began to learn and                                               practice it at the age of 13 and it has been my passion ever since to try to be a                                             good ambassador to share and invite others to knowing God, and living life on purpose with a purpose by being beneficial to ourselves and everything and everyone we share this world with.  Today my loving wife and I continue to raise our 3 beautiful teenage children. I am also a small business entrepreneur, and I enjoy serving our communities in any way I can.


                                      Catherine Martinez
                                      I was raised in the Episcopal Church but I always felt the universality of                                                              human belief in a higher power and that there are dimensions beyond this                                                      visible level of existence. I became a Bahai while  in college in Davenport, Iowa in 1971 and the rest of those 50+ years has been a journey of discovery into finding new faiths and new points of view.  I got involved with the Lake Worth Interfaith Network  and have enjoyed interacting with people who are open to learning about other people’s beliefs and world view. 

                                        Maya Malay

                                        Maya Malay has a Master’s degree in Theology, She is a Pastoral Counselor,                                                  Meditation instructor and is ordained Tibetan Buddhism. Maya leads                                                                  retreats, counsels and teaches meditation courses. Maya moderates the                                                        Lake Worth Interfaith Network Global Enlightenment Meditation (GEM), a weekly meditation where experts and diverse faith leaders share and lead meditations.  As a Buddhist minister and spiritual leader, Maya advocates for social justice, religious reform and resolutions to establish greater harmony in the hearts of humanity. She serves on the Board of Directors of Lake Worth Interfaith Network, Temple of Understanding and is founder of Lotus Mind Ministries. 


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Donna A. Kerner has over 25 years of technical expertise spanning stabilization, disaster response, political transitions, election security, disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, democratic governance, and democratic backsliding programs in conflict and post-conflict countries.  Ms. Kerner’s global experience includes Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti,

Ukraine, Moldova, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Uganda, Liberia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Macedonia, Kosovo and Croatia. She has worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Organization for Migration and with international NGOs and program implementers. 

Our Keynote Speaker - John Englander
Author of Moving to Higher Ground - Rising Sea Levels and the Path Forward.

Rising Seas, Warming Planet - Facts & Fiction

Oceanographer and author John Englander will explain the facts about rising sea level, with the realistic projections for the coming decades.  He will also clarify common confusion about climate change, answer questions.  Englander is widely acclaimed for making the science easy to understand.

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A vegan Langar Lunch lovingly provided by the Sikh Society of South Florida.  In the Sikh tradition, meals are eaten while sitting on the floor as a gesture of humility.  We recommend you bring a yoga mat or pillow for your comfort.  Chairs will be available for those unable to get down on the ground.  If you prefer a non-vegan meal, you are invited to bring your own lunch and join us in community.

Afternoon Program

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Panel discussion led by Sheikh Ghassan Manasra of the Abrahamic Reunion. 

Buckley Griffis

The drum circle is an ancient practice of community building and self discovery. We will connect with one another with the rhythms and send out the energy of healing and peaceful living. The circle is for the first time players and the pros. We will provide all the drums but please bring any of your own if you like. 

Traditional Christian Taize Service

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic group located in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant, it brings together more than one hundred clergy from Catholic and Protestant traditions, representing about thirty countries worldwide.

The community’s primary purpose is service and the promotion of ecumenism.  It was established as a place of silence, work, and inner freedom during World War II.   Brother Roger envisioned it as a refuge for those discouraged and deprived of livelihood.  The community follows The Rule of Taizé, written by Brother Roger and first published in French in 1954. Which guides their life and emphasizes kindness, simplicity, and reconciliation.

The day ends with the planting of a Peace Pole on the grounds of St. Andrews. 

The Peace Pole Project is a signature project of May Peace Prevail On Earth International inviting peacemakers throughout the world to plant Peace Poles in their communities.  Peace Pole Makers is not affiliated with May Peace Prevail on Earth International.

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