The Team

Founder's Greeting

Deborah MoldowI have been an Interfaith Minister for 20 years, and I always thought that I had an advantage in this calling because I did not hold too tightly to any belief system, which gave me the space to appreciate a wide range of religious teachings. And yet, as this project began to take hold of my heart, I came to realize that I have developed a whole range of beliefs, starting with the belief that there is more to our reality than we are able to grasp within the limitations of our human senses. I started to notice that my friends, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Indigenous, or atheist, tend to share the beliefs I hold. We care – beyond the boundaries of our own circles – about the health of our planet and everyone who shares its bounty.

Board of Directors

Rev. Hans B. Hallundbaek, D-Min

Hans HallundbaekBorn and raised in Denmark, Hans Hallundbaek started his professional career in engineering, but soon became engaged in corporate sales and marketing, including three years in Tokyo, Japan. He and his wife Katherine developed a successful international marketing and trading organization with brand leading clients in the US, Europe and the Far East.

Following a mid-life correction in 1990 he earned his MA from Maryknoll School of Theology followed by a M-Div and D-Min from New York Theological Seminary. Since 1995 Hans Hallundbaek has focused his ministry on rehabilitation and education in the field of correction and imprisonment. He is on staff at the Hudson River Presbytery, as coordinator of prison ministry, is a founding board member of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) and has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He serves as Pastor at Croton Falls Presbyterian Church in northern Westchester, NY.

Kurt Johnson, Ph.D.

Kurt JohnsonDr. Kurt Johnson has worked in science and spirituality for over 40 years. In spirituality Kurt is co-author of the recently published book The Coming Interspiritual Age with David Robert Ord, the Editorial Director of Namaste Publishing. As a New Release, the book has been in Amazon's Top Ten in Spirituality and was named a "Best Spiritual Book of 2013" by Spirituality and Practice.com. In science Kurt is the co-author of the best-selling Nabokov's Blues, with Steve Coates of The New York Times, which was a Top Ten Book in science in 2000.

Kurt was originally a Christian monk and founded, with Br. Wayne Teasdale and others, the InterSpiritual Dialogue Association for discussion of contemplative experience across traditions. Ordained in three spiritual traditions, he works also with The Contemplative Alliance and Integral Communities.

In science Kurt's PhD is in evolution, ecology, systematics and comparative biology. Associated with the American Museum of Natural History (30 yrs.) he published 200+ articles on evolution and ecology, including the 2011 Harvard DNA sequence study vindicating Vladimir Nabokov's views of evolution. He is currently completing another book on Nabokov's science and art for Yale University Press. He is co-author of a new book Fine Lines on Nabokov's science and art from Yale University Press, 2014. Kurt's primary interest is the simplicity of nondual spiritual practice.

See Kurt's work at http://multiplex.isdna.org/newpage27.htm.

Dorothy J. Maver, Ph.D.

Dot MaverDorothy J. Maver, Ph.D. is an educator and peacebuilder whose keynote is inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. Dot is Project Director with Kosmos Associates, a Founding Trustee of the National Peace Academy USA, and is a founder and board member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace, and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. Her work in education, politics and grassroots community organizing is focused on applied peacebuilding utilizing a shared responsibility and shared leadership model.

From 2005 – 2007 Dot served as Executive Director of The Peace Alliance and Campaign for a US Department of Peace, and prior to that she was the National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President 2004. In the world of fast-pitch softball Dr. Dot is known for her revolutionary fast-pitch hitting technique, The Maver Method: Secrets of Hitting Success; she is co-author of the book Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom; is a Fellow with the World Business Academy, and serves on the boards of the Nicholas Roerich Museum in NYC, and Kosmos Journal. Dot also serves on the United Nations International Day of Peace NGO Education Peace Team and the International Cities of Peace Advisory Council.

Rev. Deborah Moldow

Deborah MoldowRev. Deborah Moldow is an interfaith minister who is committed to assisting in the transformation of human consciousness that will lead to a culture of peace. She contributes to this global awakening through her ministry, international peace efforts, interfaith work, speaking, writing and singing. Serving as the Representative to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society, Deborah promotes the universal prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” and she has led Peace Pole dedications and World Peace Flag Ceremonies at the United Nations and around the world.

She is a Co-Chair of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the UN and Facilitator of the United Religions Initiative at the UN cooperation circle. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Spirit of the United Nations Award, presented by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.

Deborah is also Co-Director with Diane Williams of the Evolutionary Leaders circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation that brings together visionaries committed to the acceleration of the conscious evolution of humanity in these critical times.

Rev. Deborah’s ministry includes leading unique monthly Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls. See www.revdeborah.com.

Monica Willard

Monica WillardMonica Willard is the Representative to the United Nations for the United Religions Initiative, a worldwide grassroots organization comprised of 600 multi-faith Cooperation Circles around the world bridging religious and cultural differences to work together for the good of their communities and the world. Monica has been at the UN since 1991, representing The Ribbon International and Pathways To Peace before representing the URI in 2002. She chaired the annual DPI NGO Conference in 1996 and continues to work with the Department of Public Information on the annual International Day of Peace Youth Observance as a Co-Chair of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the UN.

In 2005, Monica was a founding member of the Tripartite Forum, a working group of UN Member States, UN system agencies and the Committee of Religious NGOs organized to promote interfaith cooperation for peace and development. She served as President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations and helped organize 2012 and 2013 World Interfaith Harmony Week events in the UN General Assembly. She received the Spirit of the United Nations Award presented by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, and is also on the Board of PeaceJam, representing Nobel Laureate Betty Williams.

Wisdom Council

Paul Andrews
Choral Conductor

Michele Bongiovanni
HealRWorld

Gregg Braden
Author and Scientist

Rev. Dr. Paul S. Briggs
St. Olaf College

Paul Chaffee
The Interfaith Observer

John Clausen
Findhorn Foundation

Angelica Cubides
Integration and Healing

Dr. Jude Currivan
Cosmologist, Author, Visionary and Educator

Rev. Gary Deinstadt
Interfaith Minister

Rev. Charles Gibbs 
United Religions Initiative (ret.)

Joshua Gorman
Generation Waking Up

Amb. Mussie Hailu
Africa Regional Director & Representative at the African Union Commission, United Religions Initiative

Olivia Hansen
Spiritual Life TV Channel

Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak
Academy For Future Science

Sister Jenna
Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museum

Audrey Kitagawa
Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family

Danny Martin, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant

Avon Mattison
Pathways To Peace

Ven. Rev. Patrick McCollum
Patrick McCollum Foundation

Nina Meyerhof, Ph.D.
Children of the Earth

James O'Dea
Author, Activist, Mystic

Swami Parameshananda
Bharat Sevashram Sangha

Jacqueline Ripstein
Artist, Author

Rabbi Roger Ross
Rev. Deborah Steen Ross
International Seminary for Interfaith Studies (ISIS)

Yuka Saionji
Byakko Shinko Kai

Anne Mimi Sammis
Artist

Laurence Singer, Esq.
Global Family for Love and Peace

Rev. Betsy Stang
Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources

Alan Steinfeld
NewRealities

Fumi Johns Stewart
The World Peace Prayer Society

Dr. K. Elaine Valdov
Psychotherapist

Andrew Vidich, Ph.D.
Science of Spirituality

Bear Walker
Anishinabe Medicine Man 

Diane Williams
Source of Synergy Foundation

 

Consultants

Georgina Galanis
Art Consultant

Gloria Owens
Designer

Jennifer Ann Walsh
Web Designer

 

Laurence Singer
Legal Counsel

Dana Joseph
Accountant