Leadership Council

Helping to define and direct the future of AWAIC

Leadership Council is a strategy & philosophy designated toward a group of volunteers from the general membership, who set aside a portion of their time to support the work of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy. It brings together thinkers, performance practitioners and leaders in an advisory role order to:

  • Expand development
  • Gain insight into possibilities.
  • Connect and create shared space for conversations.
  • Identify opportunities to benefit the membership.
  • Join together for personal and professional development.

Current Leadership Council Members:

  • Foster opportunities for professional development among Interfaith Clergy through conferences and communications media that encourage and provide information that continually builds the knowledge and skills of Interfaith Clergy,
  • Identify professional standards and requirements of knowledge, ethics, and skill competencies for Interfaith Clergy as they evolve in this field,
  • Promote a sense of community among Interfaith Clergy through the creation and/or recognition of regional and specialty subgroups as they develop,
  • Communicate to the media and general public Interfaith philosophy and teachings designed to inspire greater spiritual growth among the peoples of the world,
  • Encourage the creation and existence of bridges of peace and understanding among the world’s religious and spiritual communities,
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of issues among Interfaith Clergy, Interfaith seminary students, and all clergy and private citizens aligned with Interfaith values and principles.

Linda J. Burns
Bio: Linda J. Burns, artist, writer and jewelry designer authored the I AM Blessing. Sacred Symbols of the I AM Illustrated Cards, and she designed the I AM Necklace. The I AM material is the fulfillment of a four year commitment that began during a sacred pilgrimage to France in 2011 where Linda studied the Divine Feminine and Mary Magdalene. Linda's company, Inner Wisdom Beads, offers opportunities to explore the vital connection between creativity and spirituality. For more information visit: https://iam-vibration.com or http://www.innerwisdombeads.com/
Business Location:
126 Nottingham Drive
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406, USA
Business Phone: (540) 286-2363
Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M. Ed.
Clergy
Services Offered: Weddings, funerals, baby blessings, blessings of all types, guest speaker/lecturer on interfaith
Groups Provided To: Women and Children, immigrants and refugees
Bio: Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas is an educator, writer, poet, Wisdom teacher and interfaith minister. She maintains an online ministry at https://www.facebook.com/revlindaneas/ where she shares wisdom and insight with people from around the world. She also facilitates Milestone Rituals, Blessings, and officiates at weddings.
Affiliations: Interfaith, Interspiritual
Education: The New Seminary
Memberships: AWAIC
AWAIC Involvement: 2016-Leadership Council
Business Location:
121 North Main Street
South Deerfield, Massachusetts 01373, USA
Business Phone: 413-539-0577
Rev. Deborah Steen Ross
Clergy
Bio: Dean Deb" graduated Ithaca College with a B.F.A. and was ordained by The New Seminary, from which she received her Minister's Certification in Spiritual Counseling. With her husband, Rabbi Roger Ross, she was Co-Director of The New Seminary for 10 years, and left to begin New Vision Interspiritual Seminary, (formerly The International Seminary for Interfaith Studies). In her 19 years of ministry, she has been a frequent guest minister at various Interfaith Worship Communities in the Tri-State area and was active ally in Pride in the Pulpit, a pastoral organization that advocates for the LGBTQ community. She has been in the holistic and spiritual field for more than 30 years, with certifications and masterships in various forms of holistic and energy work and Spiritual Counseling. She is a Resource Person for the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, and facilitates taking groups to Scotland to experience the magic of Findhorn. After having studied many forms of energy healing, she created her own technique called Release For Life ™, which utilizes concepts of Issue Therapy and Energetic Release Work. Reverend Steen Ross has a private practice in spiritual counseling and healing work, and is an active Marriage Officiant. She is currently writing a book about her spiritual connection and travels with the Divine Mother
Affiliations: INTERSPIRITUAL/INTERFAITH
Education: Ordained by The New Seminary Graduated Ithaca College with a B.F.A
Certifications: Minister's Certification in Spiritual Counseling
Memberships: AWAIC
Business Location:
13 Fairmont St.
Elmsford, New York 10523, USA
Business Phone: 914-345-2043
Rev. Philip G. Waldrop, MBA
Clergy
Services Offered: Hospital Chaplaincy, Energy Healing, including Pranic, Reiki, Shamanic Custom Weddings, also vow renewals, Baby Blessings, funeral or Memorial Services, Men's Spirituality events.
Services Provided To: Hospital Patients, Adults (Men, Women, LGBTQ), Couples, Families, Elderly, Children, Hospital Staff.
Bio: On an unfolding spiritual journey: upbringing was Christian / Catholic including Jesuit; Charismatic renewal groups; raised a family; came out; interspiritual ministry training 2005-2007 at the New Seminary; energy healing since 2004; (Pranic Healing; Sunshine Reiki I & II, and shamanic healing - on White Mesa Healing Team). Includes complicated cases. First year dean, The New Seminary 2008-2010; Dean, Intuitive Times Institute 2012-present. Board of (2008-2014), then Board Chair (2010-2014) of AWAIC Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC Dept. of Spiritual Care and Education, 2015 Chaplaincy Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital currently (as of Sept 1, 2015) - New York City Registered Wedding Officiant - joyous customized weddings. Completed four units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Mount Sinai Hospital, Center for Spirituality and Health, NYC, 2015-2016 via Internship and Chaplain Residency. Leadership group of White Mesa shamanic healing group, Founder of Whole Soul Services (website under development.)
Affiliations: Interspiritual Interfaith Christian / Catholic roots
Education: Interspiritual ministry training 2005-2007 at the New Seminary Completed four units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Mount Sinai Hospital, Center for Spirituality and Health, NYC, 2015-2016 via Internship and Chaplain Residency.
Memberships: AWAIC
AWAIC Involvement: Leadership Council 2012 Cont. Ed. Committee Board Chair
Business Location: Brooklyn, New York 11225-3417, USA
Business Phone: 973-214-6589
Rev. Carol Wetherill, LMT, MTP, CCP
Clergy
Services Offered: Spiritual Counseling Weddings Blessings Memorials
Services Provided To: All
Bio: MA in Transpersonal psychology, Interfaith Minister, Licensed Massage Therapist in state of MD, Certificate in Spiritual counseling, Certified Process Acupressure practitioner and Instructor. Following a basic belief that All beings are of Spirit and life is a journey of experiences, growth, integration, healing and moving toward Oneness; services are offered to enhance the possibilities of self awareness, growth, healing, exploration of potential, celebration of life's journey, and connection to Self, other and Oneness; essentially connecting and expressing Spirit in one's own way. Services offered include: Mind-Body-Spirit wellness therapies, Spiritual counseling/mentoring, seminars on wellness, spirituality, and stress release, officiant for weddings and commitment ceremonies, baby blessings, funerals, memorials, and other life milestones, personal ritual, meditation creation, coaching and more.
Affiliations: Interfaith
Education: The New Seminary MA in Transpersonal psychology Licensed Massage Therapist
Certifications: Certificate in Spiritual counseling Certified Process Acupressure practitioner and Instructor
Memberships: AWAIC
AWAIC Involvement: Leadership Council
Business Location: Columbia, Maryland 21045, USA
Business Phone: (301) 980-6725
Rev. Meghan D Yates
Clergy
Services Offered: Contemplative Art Classes and Workshops, Hands on Healing, Sound Healing, Spiritual Companionship, Spiritual Mentorship, Empowerment Mentorship for Women, Singing, Speaking
Bio: Rev. Meghan Yates is an Interfaith Minister, teacher, artist, musician and healing arts practitioner. She graduated from the Maine College of Art in 2005, and was ordained through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine in 2012. In addition, she a candidate for a Masters Degree from AIHT in Holistic Health and Spiritual Care. Additional website: http://www.meghanyatesandthereveriemachine.com/
Affiliations: Interspiritual
Education: Ordained through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine in 2012 Maine College of Art in 2005 In addition, she a candidate for a Masters Degree from AIHT in Holistic Health and Spiritual Care.
Memberships: AWAIC
Business Location: Washington, USA
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