Seeking Wisdom Series

Season 1

Dr Khalid ShabazzValues that Shape our Shared Future
–  Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, Ph.D.

Chaplain Colonel Khalid Shabazz, PhD is the United States Army’s first division level Muslim chaplain in May, 2017. Shabbaz is one of only five Muslim chaplains in the U.S. Army. Shabazz brings 17 years of experience working with military adult learners that includes active duty soldiers, their spouses and family, and Department of Defense civilians, and more. Shabazz shares his inspiring and moving story of personal formation, and he asks us to seek the same deep awareness from others who we also require from ourselves.

Kelly WadsworthReligious Identity in a Post Truth World
– Rev. Dr. Kelly Wadsworth Ph.D.

Rev. Kelly Wadsworth, PhD is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and an engaging writer, speaker, and preacher. Her ministry has included a variety of contexts including parish ministry, hospital spiritual care, and military Chaplaincy. She serves on the Executive Board for Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel (PCCMP) and has been a guest lecturer at Seattle University, Bastyr University, and the University of Washington. Her work has focused on religious encounter, spiritual growth, phenomenology and existentialism, the intersection of psychology and theology, plus the role of the church in the Pacific Northwest. Rev. Kelly is the organizing pastor for the West Seattle Contemplative Church in Seattle, WA.

Daniel WeinerThe Transformative Power of Music
– Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Rabbi Daniel Weiner is a Senior Rabbi at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, with two campuses and over 4,000 members.  Rabbi Weiner believes passionately in building Judaism for the 21st century and in healing the world through social justice. His innovations include producing “rabcasts” on video, bringing services to travelers and shut-ins on the Internet and leading a rock band in popular Rock Shabbat services. He tweets @rocknrabbidanny.  Rabbi Weiner and his team won the Religion Action Center’s Fain Award for their campaign on gun responsibility.  His efforts with other clergy contributed  to the founding of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which drafted and helped pass Washington State Initiative 594 in 2014.  Rabbi Weiner’s work on implementation of the law and about gun responsibility continues.

Ray WilliamsLessons from a Swinomish Elder
– Elder Ray Williams

Elder Ray Williams carries the name – Squi qui – which follows from mother’s mother, and dates back through his Coast Salish bloodline into time immemorial. He also carries the Sa’atil name, from his father’s father and covers him in his travels, also Coast Salish. Ray considers it his good fortune that his elders continue to teach, advise and instruct him in the ways of his culture and ceremonial lifeways, and also support his efforts to serve as a bridge toward healing amongst all Peoples. Ray has served as a board member of The Seventh Generation Fund, which is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples and the sovereignty of tribal Nations. His work in this area was recognized through an International Peace Award from Pax Christi in 1993. A Swinomish elder of the Coastal Salish, Ray spent years serving as a bridge between people of seemingly disparate spiritual paths.  He served on the Swinomish Tribal Council and is an active member of the traditional longhouse ceremonies. Ray has participated in many ceremonies and conferences throughout the US and Canada, including Ancient Wisdom Rising 2012, and the Wisdom of the Elders Storytelling Festivals.