The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change Mother Earth is not sick we are sick
Join Chief Phil Lane Jr., chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute Global, and Dena Merriam, founder and convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, as they take a close look at the spiritual root causes of climate change and other collective social challenges.
During this dynamic session, you'll discover:
- How all of humanity and life is interconnected & that “the hurt of one is the hurt of all"
- Indigenous prophecies about humanity that are “emerging from a great spiritual wintertime into a great spiritual springtime"
- Practical internal shifts you can make on a day-to-day basis to be part of a larger human awakening
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., a member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, is an internationally recognized leader in human and community development.
For more than 50 years, Brother Phil, as he prefers to be called, has worked with Indigenous peoples from North, Central and South America, Micronesia, South East Asia, India, Hawaii, and Africa. He served 16 years as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (1980-1996).
With elders from across North America, Phil co-founded the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) in 1982. FWII became an independent Institute in 1995. Phil is Chairman of the Four Directions International and First Nations Solar, Indigenous-owned companies that serve as Four World’s economic development arm.
With Phil’s guidance and applied experience, FWII has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community, and organizational development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of human and community development.
Dena Merriam is the founder and convener of GPIW and serves on the boards of the Interfaith Center of New York, AIM for Seva and Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association. 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. She is also the co-chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit, the first summit held at the United Nations General Assembly for more than 1500 of the world's religious leaders.
Dena began working in the inter-faith movement in the late 1990s when she served as Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nation in New York in the year 2000. In the process of organizing that Summit she realized that there were few women in leadership position within the religious institutions, and so she decided to seek out those women religious figures who could play a more prominent role in peacebuilding. With the blessings of the UN Secretary General, she convened a meeting of women religious and spiritual leaders at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and from that gathering founded the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in 2002, an organization chaired by a multi-faith group of women spiritual leaders. Under the leadership of women, the mission of this organization is to bring spiritual resources to help address critical global problems and to create greater East-West and gender balance in the inter-faith world. Merriam has actively led GPIW in bringing this message to seminal global platforms. In 2014, Merriam received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts.