Our Advisory Council

Our Advisory

The World Prayers Project is profoundly grateful for the generous support and blessings of our Advisory members. Their caring and guidance is invaluable to our work.

  • Rev. Ronald Bedrick
    Faculty, The Chaplaincy Institute

    Rev. Ron Bedrick is a spiritual healer, director, teacher and organizational consultant. He has studied with Sufi, Kabbalistic and Christian spiritual healers. Rev. Bedrick is licensed by the Institute of Heartmath to train individuals and organizations in scientifically-based techniques that enhance health, inner balance, clarity and effectiveness. He is a firm believer in humor, laughter, and joy in order to find the deeper purpose and meaning of one's life.

  • Rev. Marcus Braybrooke
    President, World Congress of Faiths

    Rev. Marcus Braybrooke is a vicar near Oxford, England, and a key figure in world inter-religious affairs. He is President of the World Congress of Faiths, Patron of the International Interfaith Centre, Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum, now known as the Faith & Belief Forum and an International Peace Councillor. He is the author of a number of best-selling inter-faith books and inspirational works, including 1000 World Prayers, Pilgrimage of Hope, Bridge of Stars, What Can We Learn from Islam and Learn to Pray.

  • Rev. Blake Burleson, Ph.D.
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Religion, Baylor University

    Rev. Dr. Blake Burleson is a Senior Lecturer in Religion at Baylor University where he teaches popular courses on world religions. Dr. Burleson's research areas include Jungian Studies, African Religions, Contemplative Studies, and the Wisdom Traditions. Ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1986, he has served as pastor, missionary, deacon, and chaplain. Rev. Burleson is also an abbot of the Oriental Orthodox Order in the West, an order of Christian women and men devoted to a path of contemplative wisdom and the transformation of human consciousness. He is the author of Pathways to Integrity, Jung in Africa, Baptist Wisdom for Contemplative Prayer, and A Contemplative Approach to Understanding World Religions.

  • Venerable Steve Carlier
    Teacher, Interpreter & Sangha Member, Land of Medicine Buddha

    Venerable Steve Carlier (Thubten Sherab) has been studying Buddhism since 1977. He first met Lama Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT, and Lama Zopa, its current head, in 1978. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979 and received full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners who have followed the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. Since 1979 he has been a student of the revered abbot emeritus of Sera Je monastery, Geshe Jampa Tegchog. More recently he has served as this great master's interpreter.

  • Rabbi Avram Davis, Ph.D.
    Founder, Wisdom Heart Foundation & Chochmat HaLev

    Rabbi Dr. Avram Davis is founder of the Wisdom Heart Foundation and Chochmat HaLev and Associate Director of the Jewish Arts, Culture and Torah School. He received his MA in Jewish Studies and Ph.D. in Comparative Philosophy and Religion. He also has studied at Yeshiva Adar Torah, Yeshiva Mossas Rav Kook and Yeshiva Bratzlav. Avram's meditation training has included periods with Jewish and non-Jewish teachers. He is the author of: The Way of Flame, Judaic Mysticism, Eye of Blessing, and Meditation From the Heart of Judaism.

  • Doug George-Kanentiio
    Author & Trustee, National Museum of the American Indian

    Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk (Iroquois Nation), is the former editor of the news journal Akwesasne Notes, co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association and member of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian. He also serves as a contributing columnist for the bi-monthly publication, News from Indian Country and the author of the books, Iroquois Culture and Skywoman.

  • Alan Godlas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Religion, University of Georgia

    Dr. Alan Godlas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia. In addition, he is the Co-Director of the UGA-Morocco Maymester program. At UGA he teaches Islamic Studies and Arabic courses (and sometimes Persian and Ottoman Turkish) as well as a survey course on the world's religions. Dr. Godlas is the creator and developer of an award winning website on Islam.

  • V. V. Raman, Ph.D.
    Director, Metanexus Institute

    Dr. V. V. Raman is an Emeritus Professor of Physics & Humanities at Rochester Institute of Technology, emeritus board member of the Metanexus Institute of the Templeton Foundation and the Executive Council of IRAS (Institute of Religion in an Age of Science). He has devoted many years to the study and elucidation of Hindu culture and religion. As a scientist and humanitarian Dr. Raman has effectively bridged the gulf between the heart and the mind with poetic wisdom and inner vision.

  • Tansukh (TJ) Salgia, Ph.D.
    Trustee, Bramhi Jain Society

    Dr. TJ Salgia is the founding president of Bramhi Jain Society U.S.A. and a current director of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN). He has also founded many Jain and Asian organizations, such as Federation of Jain Association in North America (JAINA), International Mahavir Jain Mission (Sidhhachalam), Mahavir World Vision, Asian American Federation of Cleveland and Asian American Service Council (Columbus).

See also our Board of Directors.