Community of The Mystic Heart
Dedicated to spiritual life practice, selfless service and advancement of the interspiritual message
Brother Wayne envisioned this association as "The Universal Order of Sannyasa" in The Mystic Heart (p. 248). It was launched in 2010 by ISDnA in association with the Order of Universal Interfaith and the World Council of Interfaith Congregations and subsequently became the Community of The Mystic Heart
for information about Kinds of Membership see CMH Structure HERE
Community of The Mystic Heart
The Community of The Mystic Heart is dedicated to the realization of a new
civilization grounded in and acting from the contemplative, compassionate and loving
heart. Such a universal society will
draw its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuitions, and
experiences.(Teasdale, The Mystic Heart, p.5)
The Community of The Mystic Heart offers a welcoming space for mystics and contemplatives of all faith traditions, or none - free of divisive doctrinal differences - to practice, to dialogue, to deepen, to expand, and to seek the commonality, while respecting the diversity, of the worlds great mystical teachings. We practice Interspirituality, defined by Brother Wayne as the sharing of ultimate experiences, spiritual insights, spiritual practices and resources across traditions, and we collaborate with other organizations in projects and initiatives that are congruent with our mission.
Culture: [Draft: The statement below is still being developed by the Leadership Circles of CMH]
observe already, because of interest "far and wide" in our venture, an evolution
toward inviting various communities, networks, and interfaith institutions (both where
community members now are located, or propose to be located) to join us in this experiment
by establishing local and regional chapters consistent with the existing
"cultures" of those communities, networks, interfaith institutions etc.
Brief History and Timeline
The "Universal Order of Sannyasa" was envisioned by Brother Wayne Teasdale on pages 248-250 of his classic book The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions. He suggested it as a basic "institution" or "structure" to help carry and express The InterSpiritual Age.
Bro. Wayne saw the initial founding of an "association" around his interspiritual vision (InterSpiritual Dialogue founded with Brother Wayne in 2002, later becoming InterSpiritual Dialogue in Action after his transition in 2005) as a first step in that direction. But he always saw the "Sannyasi", the renunciates who could dedicate themselves to the 24/7 task of the evolving interspiritual message, as the vanguard of this movement.
founding of the Universal Order of Sannyasa (subsequently becoming the Community of The
Mystic Heart) finally came about in 2010 advancing the following timeline of the
2002: InterSpiritual Dialogue (ISD) founded with Brother Wayne
2004: Program of ISD at Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona, Spain
2005: Tribute Event to Brother Wayne at The Crossings (Austin, Texas); ISDnA founded, www.isdna.org website established
2007: 2nd "Common Ground" event at The Crossings
2008: ISDnA partners with a New York interfaith seminary, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Learning Alliance, to found Wayne-based education program
2009: Joint ISDnA/World Council of Interfaith Congregations presentation at Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia: "The Call to Interfaith MInistry"
2010: ISDnA launches "InterSpiritual Multiplex" website with strategic partners and founds Universal Order of Sannyasa (subsequently becoming the Community of The Mystic Heart) in partnership with the Order of Universal Interfaith and the World Council of Interfaith Congregations
Dr. Kurt Johnson reading "Words of Bro. Wayne" at CMH Founding; left, Rev. Jean Leone, Secretary-General of Order of Universal Interfaith
Gathering of CMH Founders, Rev. Tim Miner (Secretary, World Council of Interfaith Congregations) extending welcome; All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C. site of the Founding and Consecration ceremonies; Gathering of CMH Founders, Rev. Jean Leone (OUnI) presenting Opening Readings.
Community of The Mystic Heart Leadership Circles
Planning Circle of CMH Founders
Left to right: Ellen Friedman (TX), Kurt Johnson (NY), Timothy Miner (DC), T. S. Pennington (NC), Dorothy Cunha (NY), Janet Quinn (CO), Jean Leone (NJ)
Leadership Circle inducted June 20, 2010
Tim Miner, Jean Leone, Kurt Johnson, Dorothy Cunha, Ellen Friedman, T. S. Pennington, Loch Kelly, Diane Berke, Ernest Wachter, Diane Finlayson, Rory McEntee, Nita Renfrew, Patricia Selmo, Deanne Quarrie, Katherine OConnell, Katherine McDowell, Janet Quinn (emeritus)
Non-Member and Member Advisory Council
Andrew Harvey, Swami Parameshananda, Swami Vidyananda, Swami Ramananda, Lama Surya Das, Fr. Thomas Keating, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, H. H. Sai Maa Lakshimi Devi,
Ashok Gangadean, Nina Meyerhof, J. J. and Desiree Hurtak, Ken
"Bear Hawk" Cohen, Philip Hellmich, Terry Patten, Philip Goldberg, Grace Sesma ,
Lucinda Vardey, Miranda MacPherson
, Lucinda Vardey, Miranda MacPherson