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Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian is the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) with headquarters in San Jose, California, USA, serving seeking souls since 1981. CSE is a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga that serves people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization. Yogacharya O’Brian was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West.

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, has been a student and teacher of Jewish meditation and Kabbalah for over forty years. With gentleness and humor, he offers unique insight into spirituality while deeply affirming the integrity of each individual being. As part of the Interfaith Amigos, Rabbi Ted explores the frontiers of interfaith spirituality.

Miriam Frey enjoys teaching and serving as a spiritual director to adults of all ages and spiritual traditions. She delights in watching others come home to the divine within themselves; to find themselves during a spiritual direction session; and during retreats, among other settings. She has training and experience in dream work, enneagram personality styles, and contemplative prayer. She is a trained supervisor in spiritual direction through Regis College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A graduate of the Ontario Jubilee Program, Miriam is the Spiritual Directors International Canada Coordinator.

Genjo Marinello Osho is the current Abbot of Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji in Seattle, Washington, USA, a Rinzai Zen temple. Genjo Osho has served the greater Seattle community as an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University Seattle in Buddhist Studies, a volunteer Buddhist pastor for the Washington State Department of Corrections, and has worked repeatedly with the Church Council of Greater Seattle in interfaith trauma response to tragedies. Currently, Genjo serves on the board of Patacara Community Services, which strives to provide community services inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. Genjo also serves as on the Faith Action Network Interfaith Leadership Council and with the Faith Action Network: Interfaith Network for Indigenous Communities. In addition, he is a member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Zen Peacemakers organizations where he has received Witness Council training and participated in international Bearing Witness retreats at Auschwitz/Birkenau, Rwanda, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Reverend María R. Barrera, EdD, LPC, CRC, comes from a multi-cultural background, is Native American, and speaks several languages. She has worked with persons from diverse socio-cultural, linguistic, racial, and ethnic background in government, public, and private sectors. She holds numerous degrees including a doctorate in special education from George Washington University. She is a Native American traditional practitioner and ordained interfaith minister from All Faiths Seminary International. Maria is currently assigned to provide ministry in state and federal prison facilities in the Washington, DC, area, and is Spiritual Director’s International first ever Ambassador.

Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.

Anil Singh-Molares, MTS, is the Executive Director of Spiritual Directors International and a veteran of numerous interfaith and interspiritual efforts over the years, including Seeds of Compassion, where he was one of the chairs, and as Executive Director of the Compassionate Action Network. He formerly served as Chief of Staff to the noted religious author Karen Armstrong, is a motivational speaker and university lecturer, and was a Microsoft executive in a previous life.

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