OUnI has recognized and honored several living and deceased individuals for their profound wisdom, spiritual virtues and sacred experiences by bestowing upon them the stature of “Interfaith Interspiritual Sage.”  Sages are deemed to be worthy of recognition as role models and mentors due to their extraordinary contributions to the principles of Universal Interfaith and to the history and development of interfaith, interspiritual and/or integral theologies.

Father Bede Griffiths

Father-Bede-Griffiths-150x150Bede Griffiths OSB Cam, also known, by the end of his life, as Swami Dayananda (“bliss of compassion”), was a British-born Indian Benedictine monk who lived in ashrams in South India and became a noted yogi. He has become a leading thinker in the development of the dialogue between Christianity and Hinduism. Griffiths was a part of the Christian Ashram Movement.  One of his disciples was Brother Wayne Teasdale. Posthumous Presentation.

Brother Dr. Wayne Teasdale

Teasdale-148x195Author of the book (1999), “The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions” which defined the term “interspiritual” and  called for the creation of the Universal Order of Sannyasa.  Posthumous Award.

Father Thomas Keating

thomaskeating-150x177Founder and leader of the Snowmass, Colorado organization: Contemplative Outreach, LTD. A writer and teacher of mystic Christian contemplative tradition.

Rev. Dr. Huston Smith

Huston_Smith-150x150Author of numerous books on the world’s religions including the seminal textbook for all students, “The World’s Religions.” He also wrote the 1976 book, “Forgotten Truth: The Common  Vision of the World’s Religions.”  Award presented in his home in California in February 2010.

Alison Davis

Alison_Davis-150x150Creator and first leader of “The Universal Third Order” in 1986.

Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Ph.D. 

Gelberman-150x150Founder of the first interfaith seminary in the world in 1981.  He received this honor at the celebration of his 98th birthday in New York City.

Ken Wilber

Ken+Wilber-150x150Integral Philosopher. Founder of the Integral Institute for teaching and applications of Integral theory

 Andrew Harvey

Andrew-Harvey-150x150Renowned and distinguished mystical scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, poet, novelist, spiritual teacher and writer, and architect of Sacred Activism.

 St. Francis of Assisi 

St-Francis-150x150The monk, mystic, saint, and philosopher. St. Francis made great contributions to the idea of monastic life and is considered the founder of eco-spirituality.


Swami Satchidananda

Swami-Satchidananda-150x170Swami Satchidananda is respected worldwide as one of the pioneers of the interfaith movement. He was the founder of Yogaville in Central Virginia where the LOTUS (Light of Truth Universal Shrine) was built, dedicated to the light of all faiths and world peace. Swami Satchidananda came to the West from India in the 1960’s and dedicated his life to promoting interfaith understanding.