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This week, we will feature a return guest, the amazing peacemaker and interfaith leader, Frank Kaufmann.
We'll be catching up with Frank on his many interesting peacemaking and interfaith adventures of late. He recently returned from trips around the globe.
He participated in the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. The Prayer Breakfast always occurs on the first Thursday in February. President Obama was there to speak to the group, which is always the case with this significant event.
Frank is just recently back from Maharashtra, India, where he traveled to Mumbai, Pune, and Lonavala, to speak on the topic of religion and peace. The Sri Ramanusha Mission Trust sponsored the project in which noteworthy international guests and speakers were involved.
In November he was in Slovakia teaching youths, at a European youth training program in humanitarian outreach for the organization DONE (Development of New Environment). He also attended a major event for the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin. In December he was in Las Vegas to launch a project called "Prayer Spark."
Frank Kaufmann is the director of the Inter Religious Federation for World Peace (IRFWP) originally a Unification Church ecumenical organization. From 1998 until 2009, he served as editor in chief of the IRFWP's academic journal Dialogue and Alliance, which was named in 2004, by the American Theological Library Association, as one of the top ten religion journals in the world. This man doesn't just talk about peace, he works for it.
Frank is always a fascinating and well informed guest on our program, and we welcome him back again for his third visit with us on Cosmic Citizen. Please join us live for an opportunity to speak with Frank via our call-in line during the second hour of our show.
This promises to be an interesting show. We hope you can tune in!
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Learn how James has turned his spiritual understanding of what it is to be a leader into his life's mission and passion. Learn his secrets and be the leader you always wanted to be!
James Twyman is the best NY Times Bestselling author of 15 books including "Emissary of Light" and "The Moses Code." He in known around the world as The Peace Troubadour for his concerts in war torn countries like Iraq, Bosnia, Israel and South Africa. James is also the director/screenwriter/producer of five feature films including the award winning "Redwood Highway". In 1994 he founded The Beloved Community and the Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking which has ordained over 600 ministers serving around the world. His latest program is called The Academy of Soul Manifestation. He has become a leader in his own right and uses his leadership to spread a message of peace, tolerance and understanding. jamestwyman.com
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The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Program is the largest school based father engagement program in the nation with over 4500 schools participating.
Azim Khamisa – an author, activist and an international inspirational speaker – was born in Kenya, Africa and had early training in mathematics, economics and finance in the U.K. A successful investment banker with over 40 years of experience, he has conducted business in Africa, Middle East, Canada, USA, Europe and Asia. Presently he serves as the President of the Child Safety Network (CSN). Committing his life to halting the continuing cycle of violence among the youth, Azim became a social activist after his 20-year-old son Tariq was senselessly murdered while delivering pizzas in January 1995 by Tony Hicks, a 14-year-old gang member. Out of grief and despair, Khamisa was inspired to transform his loss through the power of forgiveness. Believing that there were “victims at both ends of the gun,” Azim forgave Tony and founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to break the cycle of youth violence by saving lives, empowering positive choices and teaching the principles of nonviolence and peacemaking. A month after establishing the foundation, Azim invited Ples Felix, Tony’s grandfather and guardian, to join him. Together, since November 1995, the two have brought their story and message through TKF’s Violence Impact Assemblies. The duo has reached over a million elementary and middle school children live and over 8 million via video programs, guiding the youth to choose a peacemaker’s life of non-violence and forgiveness.
Each week, WatchDOGS Radio host Keith Schumacher and co-host Chris Danenhauer discuss how this program is impacting families and schools across our nation and in four foreign countries.
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The POWER of Nonviolence is understood by far too few people. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of [hu]mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man." Violence erupts from the lowest aspect of who we are as human beings. To achieve Peace through nonviolence requires a shift upward and into the Highest Expression of our Being.
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. — Black Elk (1863-1950)
“The first principal of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating.” ? Mahatma Gandhi, On Non-Violence
Regardless of where, in the world, you may find yourself you quickly come to recognize the common desire of all humanity for community, for conversation . . . our foundational desire to be understood and to understand . . . to know and to be known by the Other.
Join us for a fascinating conversation with Tim Gilman of the Bethlehem Coffee Company. It's more than just coffee. Wait till you hear what they are up to.
Their proceeds support education, advocacy and visual communications regarding justice and peacemaking through nonviolence, healing and transformation in the Middle East and around the world.
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Whether in the café, the coffeehouse or in the comfort of home . . . relationships are established and cemented around a great cup of coffee. Bethlehem Coffee Company selects only the finest coffee beans, hand-crafted and roasted in small batches to the highest standards. All to insure that you, our customer, experience a rich, robust cup of brewed coffee with great taste, maximum freshness while providing personal enjoyment and satisfaction.
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Legal Eagle and the Coach with Bryan Kiser and David Altenbern and their guest Rajesh Kanuru & Doug Noll:
Rajesh Kanuru, one of the founding partners of KP Law, LLC, has established a reputation for being a zealous advocate for his clients who were hurt through work or the negligence of another. Believing that involvement is key to a successful representative, he has fought for the rights of clients against large corporations such as PepsiCo, Ace-Hardware, Dominick’s, Ford Motor Company, Fed-Ex, UPS and many more. His dedication to his job is unparallel to any other. He is tenacious when it comes to fighting for the rights of hard working individuals. Kanuru excels as an attorney, because he is able to advocate his client’s position and through this, is able to satisfy his client’s needs.
Doug is a sought-after keynote speaker at national conferences. He has an active international training and workshop schedule. From the Middle East to Asia to Europe and throughout North America, Doug teaches executives how to lead groups in difficult decision-making. He also teaches advanced mediation and conflict resolution skills and master negotiation workshops. In addition to being a keynote speaker and negotiation trainer, Doug is a full time peacemaker and mediator. He specializes in difficult, complex, and intractable conflicts. He is an adjunct professor of law and has a Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Doug is AV-rated and was a business and commercial trial lawyer for 22 years before turning to peacemaking. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators.
Ron Claassen has been active in Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice for almost three decades. He is the Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Fresno Pacific University Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Campus Activities and Programs, which he oversees, include Campus Mediation and Training for Student Leaders, Community Additional Activities and Programs: Restorative Justice Advocacy, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program - VORP, Conflict Resolution and Discipline that Restores in Schools, Mediation Associates (professional mediators group), Mediation and Conferencing for FPU Restorative Discipline and other community conflicts, Circles of Support and Accountability (for inmates leaving prison) and a range of community training events. Ron is the author of several books, one of which he co-authored with his wife Roxanne. He has also written numerous papers and articles. His insights into how we can heal our communities make him a leading authority in his field.
www.mamaporter.com A conversation with Karen Porter about her journey of caring for family members and friends during their dying process. Karen's story in the book, "Feminine Voices: True Stories by Women Transforming Leadership" is about the things she learned from witnessing her grandmother, mother, father and sister-in-law. She will share some of her experience.
Karen A Porter is the author of Live Your Life With Attitude and Live Your Life With Attitude Workbook/Journal, available on Amazon in print and e-book version. Amazon Link
Currently the President of the Board of the non-profit organization Heal My Voice, Karen is a contributing author to all the US HMV books. Karen co-authored Conscious Choices: An Evolutionary Woman's Guide to Life. Karen is an ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking for the Beloved Community. She practices Sound Massage and leads healing meditations using Tibetan Singing Bowls. Karen is a certified Level 1 Qi Gong Instructor and a Certified Sounds Methods Therapist through the American Institute SMT.
Tragedy not only destroys families it leaves aftershocks of substance abuse, violence and hatred within the community. Calling upon centuries of tradition and experience, Navajo Peacemakers use their traditional wisdom, methods and customs to help heal this tragedy. Navajo Peacemaker, Robb Redsteer will discuss how this tradition moves communities through denial and anger to heal old wounds and return to balance.
Robb Redsteer is the founder of the Naataanii Alliance for Peace and member of the Navajo Nation. He is an educator, trainer and tribal peacemaker with expertise in land use, environmental degradation, nutrition and cultural legacy.
Zena Zumeta, internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators. She is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zena is a lawyer and a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators.
Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, facilitation, training and somatic education to private and government clients. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.
http://www.emissaryoflight.com/ Rev. Andrea Hylen, an ordained Minister of Peace in the Beloved Community gives an overview of The Beloved Community and the beginning of a community radio show. The Beloved Community is an inter-religious organization that has ordained over 400 ministers of peace around the world, and James Twyman is President and the founder of The Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking. To reach Andrea: http://www.opentoinspiration.com. She has a weekly BlogTalk radio show called Living on the Edge.
Are you ready to end the drama in your life? Internationally recognized mediator and peacemaker Doug Noll has developed some of the most powerful relationship tools on the planet. When people truly listen to one another, magic happens. Emotions calm down, a space for problem-solving opens up, and peace can emerge.
In 2014, Doug was recognized as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Doug's groundbreaking book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts received the 2011 International Peace and Justice Book Award. Because of his work as co-founder of the Prison of Peace project teaching mediation skills to prisoners, Doug was awarded the 2012 California Attorney of the Year Award.
If Doug can teach murderers in maximum security prisons to end the drama, he can help you create peace in your life! Doug is introducing It's Pure Magic online workshops to share the tools which will transform your life and your relationships forever.
An acclaimed and sought-after speaker, Doug is also the co-author of Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage and the author of Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict. He has written numerous articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation.
Doug left a successful private law practice in 2000 to devote his life to peacemaking and service to humanity.
Doug's web site: NegotiateACenteredLife.com
Frontier Beyond Fear music copyrighted by Grammy award winner Larry Seyer, www.larryseyer.com, included in this podcast with his permission.
Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He is married to Katie Jo, a North Carolina girl who also fell in love with the city (and with Shane). They were wed in St. Edwards church, the formerly abandoned cathedral into which homeless families relocated in 1995, launching the beginning of the Simple Way community and a new phase of faith-based justice making.
Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus.
His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.
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