The upcoming San Diego conference sponsored by the Association of Global New Thought and hosted by The Unity Center of San Diego, brings together speakers and workshop leaders from around the world focused on connecting, supporting and mobilizing one another and the community towards the common good—creating a world that works through everyone.

Engaged Spirituality: Tools to Empower the Conscious Majority brings together local, national, and international leaders from the Centers of Spiritual Living, Unity Worldwide Ministries and beyond.


They invite and want people in the community with the desire to apply spiritual principles to real world challenges globally and locally to join them. Whether that means racism, poverty, Earth-keeping, non-violence, health, microfinance, fair trade or gender equality, what can be done to bring conscious solutions? .


The group of presenters that have been brought together have the experience to teach others how to make a difference. They are ready to share their experiences with those who also want change, but may not know how to bring it about.

Here is a sampling of the people who are presenting or leading workshops to give you an idea of what is available.


Held Oct. 24-27, more information is online at


Tools to Empower the Conscious Majority

October 01, 2016  -Association of Global New Thought


Travel with a Purpose with Wendy Craig-Purcell, The Unity Center, San Diego. “It was in Rome, Italy, in 2004 at the third Synthesis Dialogues convened by the Association for Global New Thought, that I heard the Dalai Lama say four words that would change my life personally and professionally. Inspired by the dialogues and his desire to make the world a better place, a young boy asked the Dalai Lama, “But, what can I do to change the world?” His Holiness responded with these words: “Travel and make friends.” Travel opens our minds and hearts and has the potential to dramatically—and positively—change our world view. Travel helps us truly recognize our place as global citizens and as members of one human family. The Unity Center’s successful “Travel With A Purpose: Adventure * Culture * Sacred Service” program was launched in 2010 because of those four words. Though there are certainly main travel programs that include volunteer opportunities, ours is truly unique. All our projects are funded by modest sized-micro-finance loans. We are committed to a hand-up/pay-it-forward model of empowerment; not a hand-out model. Come and learn what we do, why we do it and—mostly importantly—how we do it.”


Featured speaker Masami Saionji is the chairperson of three peace organizations: Byakko Shinko Kai, the World Peace Prayer Society, and the Goi Peace Foundation. A native of Japan, she has touched thousands of people’s lives through her guidance and inspiration. She travels globally on speaking tours, and has led peace ceremonies in many countries as well as at the United Nations and other international organizations.


Featured speaker Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, an 8000 member transdenominational spiritual community in Los Angeles. A Co-founder and President of Association for Global New Thought, Dr. Beckwith is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, an author and composer. He shares with Dr. Arun Gandhi and Mary Manin Morrissey the national Co-directorship of A Season for Nonviolence, and is an assembly member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.


The Global Peace System - The Emerging Reality of a New Story of Peace and the War Prevention Initiative by Jubitz Family Foundation with Patrick Hiller

We are living in a time when wars and military options are the prevalent and commonly accepted forms of dealing with social conflict worldwide. The war story—as real as it is—is the old story. The Global Peace System is the active creation of a new story. Great changes have taken place over the last 100 years in terms of global collaboration, constructive conflict transformation and social change.

The concept challenges the belief that the world is more violent than it ever has been. While recognizing a dominating war system, which is embedded in many societies with social, political, economic, psychological, religious and cultural functions, the realistic trends are considered an active creation of a new global paradigm.


Economic Vitality as a Conscious Consumer: Every Transaction is an Action Toward Change with Kalli Sorensen, Seaside CSL, Encinitas

Every time we buy something we’re voting with our dollars. By making more socially conscious purchases we’ll create higher demand for better products at lower prices.

Learn practical steps towards conscious consumerism and collaborative consumption. Dump your disposable habits and align your purchasing choices with your values.

When we change individually, not only does our personal reality change, but so does our collective reality. We can choose to be powerless, or we can choose to be responsible.


Peacebuilding: Finding integrity of heart, connecting peaceful souls with Dee Aker, Ph.D., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Kroc School of Peace Studies

Peacebuilding often begins by finding and touching the true heart of the individual so that its essential nature is able to connect with a whole community of souls. The spirit of peace is respect and recognition of others.  It is nurtured by reflection, exploration and communication.  It transforms local communities around the world, including ones once seeming lost in violence and intolerance.


Diversity: An Ongoing Challenge & Opportunity  with Bobbie Atkins, San Diego State University

This Workshop will focus on an inside-out exploration of living and learning in a multifaceted society.  Race will be addressed as a social, political and economic reality.  Extensive data is available regarding the demographic shifts that are occurring in America and projected for the future.  Regardless of age, ethnicity, race, religion, disability, LGBT, or other human variances, our Spiritual lives are committed to engaging in a world that works for everyone. Diversity will be addressed as an asset. Unity’ Five Basic Principles along with Don Miguel Ruiz’ Four Agreements will serve to inform Workshop content and discussions.


Nipun Mehta is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and founder of and Received the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Wavy Gravy’s Humanitarian award, and Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion. In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed him to a council on poverty and inequality.


Expanding Spirituality through Interfaith Understanding with Steve and Abigail Albert, All Faith Center/Poway Interfaith Team

In this interactive workshop you will learn how to expand your center’s attraction, as well as your own personal attraction to Spiritual-not-Religious people & to those of different faiths who are seeking answers to life’s questions.  Take ‘The Next Step’ towards peace in your world through the use of Interfaith tools and techniques which bring people of all faiths and ideologies together.


Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation with David Nicol

Subtle activism involves the use of consciousness-based practices like meditation and prayer to support social transformation, such as a global meditation directed toward peaceful resolution of an international conflict. It represents a bridge between the consciousness movement and the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

Wayne Muller has spent thirty-five years working with people suffering abuse, alcoholism, poverty, illness and loss. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey—a network for grassroots, neighborhood philanthropy through micro-grants; connected with IONS, Fetzer.


The Alternatives to Violence Project in Prisons and Communities with Stephen Pope, Pat Hardy, J-P Herrada

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) began in 1975 as a collaboration between inmates in Green Haven Prison and Quakers interested in working with youth gangs and teens at risk. This successful, ongoing program quickly spread throughout New York State prisons and then to other states as a prison program and as a community program for people from all walks of life. AVP is active internationally in countries on all inhabited continents.


The Virtual Town Square: Awakening Our New Common Sense with Richard Lang, CEO Democrasoft

Currently, 98% of Americans have Internet access in one form or another. What would it mean if 100 million citizens, or twice that, reached for their phone, logged in, and easily cast an advisory vote on issues of national importance? Imagine a new, non-partisan national institution, online, the National Town Square, where citizens could transcend political parties by focusing on the issues themselves, any day of the year. Is this is the new face of democracy in the 21st century?


Max Your Message: Deliver Video on a Micro Budget with Jim Lefter, New Thought Channel

In a society where negative media often feels all-consuming, New Thought can be a respite on the landscape. In a World That Works Through Everyone, spiritual organizations and companies can provide that sacred space for people to get inspired, re-charge and grow on a regular basis. This seminar focuses on practical, expedient, and inexpensive methods.








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