My Journey Through Time: A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death, and Rebirth

My Journey Through Time: A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death, and Rebirth

by Dena Merriam


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979438254
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2018
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 550,452
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

DENA MERRIAM is the founder of a women-led interfaith organization, the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). In 2000, Dena Co-Chaired the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York for more than 1500 of the world's religious leaders.
Two issues emerged from that Summit: the lack of women's voices and the lack of voices from the Dharma or Eastern traditions. So in 2002 Dena convened a second summit, called the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, at the Palais des Nation, the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. That summit gave birth to the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW). She is still the Convener of its programs.
In its early years GPIW organized peace dialogues: in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan; during the Iraq war with Iraqis in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Institute of Peace; during the crisis in Darfur with Sudanese from all parts of the country; with Afghans, bringing a delegation to Dharamsala, India, to meet with Tibetan leadership, including His Holiness the Karmapa, to learn non-violent practices; and between spiritual leaders in Pakistan and India and with various sectors of civil society in Kashmir, India.
Delving more deeply into the suppression of women, Dena organized a 2008 conference in India on the theme of the Divine Feminine. GPIW also began work on climate issues and ecological destruction. Dena has led delegations of spiritual leaders to the U.N. Climate Summits. A GPIW program, the Contemplative Alliance, works in partnership with all those seeking to uplift, transform, and evolve the human community, while loving and caring for Earth's vast intercommunity of life.
Dena has a Master's Degree in sacred literature from Columbia University, specializing in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. She has served on the boards of the Interfaith Center of New York, AIM for Seva, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, and the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan. She is a former member of the board of Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. Dena was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2014 for her global interfaith work.

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