Dr. Hathout to Speak at 'Seeds of Peace: Meditation & the Engaged Life' Conference in LA

All-day event will explore the ways to bridge inner and outer peace

April 20, 2013

On Saturday, April 20, MPAC co-founders Dr. Maher Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati will present a "Truth Over Fear" workshop at the "Seeds of Peace: Meditation and the Engaged Life" all-day conference in Los Angeles. The workshop will look at the sources of anti-Muslim sentiment and provide attendees with tools to counter hate speech and general suspicion of Muslims in American life. 

Organized by the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR) , the conference will explore the ways to bridge inner and outer peace.  They will be inviting communities who practice meditation to share their techniques such as Mindfulness, Mantra Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Yoga, Sikh Chanting, Sufi and Kabalistic practices, etc., just to name a few.  For the first time, SCCPWR will also be inviting communities engaged in social activism to lead workshops as well.

Join Dr. Hathout at All Saints Church (132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101), and see below for a full schedule of events and speakers. 

Schedule of Events 

11.30 am - 12.30 pm   Registration and networking; selecting your workshop

12.30 pm - 6.30 pm     Afternoon program including keynote Marianne Williamson

5.45 pm - 6.30 pm       Closing ceremony and community sharing

List of Social Action Workshops

  • "Truth Over Fear: Overcoming Islamophobia" - Dr. Maher Hathout & Salam al-Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • "Beating Swords into Plowshares: Reducing Gun Violence" - Dr. Jill Shook & Bert Newton
  • "What Religious Communities are Doing to Oppose War, Torture, and Drones" - Grace Roberts Dynnes (ICUJP)
  • "Immigration Reform" - Rev. Daniel Romero
  • "Prayer as Action" - Rev. Dr. Arthur Cribbs, CLUE
  • "Life Choices" - An interactive drama program in schools for at risk youth, Wallenberg Institute of Ethics
  • "Human Traficking" - Leslie Gersicoff, Jewish Labor Committee Western Region
  • "Healthcare is A Human Right" - Maureen Cruise, RN
  • "The Gifht Against Genocide" - Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Jewish World Watch
  • "Code Pink" - Jody Evans
  • "The Grace-Full Power of Compassionate Community Building" - Sande Hart, S.A.R.A.H.
  • "Just Peacemaking" - Prof. Glen Stassen, Fullerton Seminary
  • "Practical Nonviolence" - Eisha Mason, American Friends Service Committee
  • "Love and Social Action" - Rev. Ed BAcon, All Saints Church
  • "Gang Violence" - Ricky Pickens & Javier Stauring
  • "Examining the U.S. Economy and It's Dysfunction" - Prof. Pamela Brubaker, California Lutheran University
  • "Spirituality and Politics" - Marianne Williamson
  • "Peace Education" - Randy Christopher & Kimberly Mendendorp, Peace & Justice Academy


List of Meditation Workshops

  • Isha Kriya Meditation - Christopher Jones, M.Div, Ph.D., ISHA foundation
  • Labyrinth - Walking the Inner Garden - Miranda Rondeau
  • Vietnamese Cao Dai Meditation - Hum Bui, M.D. & Hong Bui, M.D.
  • Kabbalistic Jewish Meditation - Gilla Nissan
  • 3HO - Kundalino Yoga & Sat Nam Rasayan healling Art - Hari Nam Singh
  • Vedanto Meditation for Inner Peace - Swami Atmavidyananda
  • Guided Meditation on the Self - Bi-Lingual (Spanish & English) - Sister Jayanti/ Yanina Olmos
  • Mindfulness Meditation-Vipassana Support International - Stephanie Nash
  • Meditation on Cosmic Awareness - the Twelve Blessings - Rev. Paul Nugent, Aetherius Society
  • Color Science Meditation - Chetna Sawla, Jain Center of Southern California
  • Ignation Awareness Exsmen, Lexio Divino Centering Prayer - Prof. Frank Rogers, Jr., Christian Meditation-Ignatian Awareness
  • Raja Yoga Meditation - Sister Gita and Sister Diane, Brahma Kumarks
  • Still Point Episcopal/ Hindu Meditation - Robert Kornell
  • Center for Krishna Consiousness - Sura Das and Mikhano
  • Lotus Sutra Chanting - Patti Heckman, Soka Gakkal International
  • Shumei Philosophy and Spiritual Practice - Steven Tokunaga
  • Seven Pillars House of Wisdom - Darakshan Farber and friends
  • Empty Mind, Full Heart - Zen Meditation as Enlightenment - Jeff "Lotus Peace" Albrize, Pasa Dharma Zen Buddhist Group

Registration: $30 at the door; Groups of 10 or more $15 if purchased together online by April 16; students/ seniors $15 

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