Interfaith Interspiritual Sages
Recipients of OUnI's "Interfaith Interspiritual Sage" Stature.
Father Bede Griffiths
Bede 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
Author 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
Founder and leader of the Snowmass, Colorado organization: Contemplative Outreach, LTD. A writer and teacher of mystic Christian contemplative tradition.
Rev. Dr. Huston Smith
Author 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.
Creator and first leader of "The Universal Third Order" in 1986.
Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Ph.D.
Founder 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.
Integral Philosopher. Founder of the Integral Institute for teaching and applications of Integral theory
Renowned and distinguished mystical scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, poet, novelist, spiritual teacher and writer, and architect of Sacred Activism.
St. Francis of Assisi
The monk, mystic, saint, and philosopher. St. Francis made great contributions to the idea of monastic life and is considered the founder of eco-spirituality.