INTERFAITH AT UIL
RABBI TED FALCON, Ph.D.
Interfaith at UIL, Chair
Rabbi Ted Falcon has been a student and teacher of Jewish meditation and Kabbalah for over forty years. With gentleness and humor, he offers unique insight into spirituality while deeply affirming the integrity of each individual being. As part of the Interfaith Amigos, Rabbi Ted explores the frontiers of interfaith spirituality.
Mother Cathy Chalmers
Very Rev. Catherine (Cathy) Chalmers is ordained as an Archpriest and Bishop in the Ascension Alliance, a liberal and esoteric Independent (non-Roman) Catholic church with apostolic lineage through the Dutch Old Catholic and Liberal Catholic Churches, and deeply informed by New Thought and Theosophical principles. Mother Cathy works in full-time ministry as a Board Certified Chaplain at Providence Hospice of Seattle, and has worked in both hospice and hospital settings. Her work in interfaith and multi-faith contexts underpins a commitment to opening the heart of Catholic spirituality to all who desire to experience it. In her sacramental ministry, Mother Cathy focuses on issues of social justice, diversity, and psychospiritual integration in the context of contemplation and experiential knowing.
Father Dan Duval, OSF
Dan is a vowed Franciscan priest in the Free Episcopal Church, which recognizes all faith traditions. At the center of all of Dan's work are the vows of poverty expressed in compassionate action; chastity expressed through acceptance and inclusion, and obedience expressed through peace and justice. He believes that the more one knows oneself, the closer we come to experienceing the unity of creation. Dan has been a licensed mental health counselor since 1997, working with those marginalized communities such as the LGBTQ community, at-risk youth, incarcerated individuals and immigrant populations. Dan strives to see the Divine in all people and assists them in seeing the Divine within themselves, according to each person's own definition and spiritual understanding, with or without connection to a specific faith tradition. He is trained in many modalities of exploration: verbal, non-verbal and expressive. Dan has offered talks and workshops on a variety of psychological and spiritual topics.
Rev. Karuna Duval, MSW
Karuna is an ordained Interfaith minister dedicated to cultivating our connections by raising up our universal humanness nd exploring our differences by getting to know one another. Karuna reaches to find the light of the Universal mystery in each person however that mystery is defined, by practicing compassion and empathy towards herself and others, especially when most vulnerable. Karuna completed a Masters degree in Social Work from California State University-Long Beach and a Bachelors degree in Interpersonal Communication from California State University-Hayward. She was ordained by the Chaplaincy Institute in 2003. Karuna has offered talks and workshops on conscious aging, death, dying and grief and various spiritual practices and topics. Karuna is the author of Spirituality of Aging: Stirring the Spirit, a chapter in the nationally recognized book, Awakening to Aging: Glimpsing the Gifts of Aging edited by Myrtle Heery and Gregg Richardson. Karuna is also the co-founder (with her husband, Dan, an Independent Catholic Franciscan priest) of the Interfaith Mission of Sts Francis and Clare of Assisi located in Tulalip, Washingtion.