Rev. Dr. Richard Loren Held
Dr. Richard holds two ordinations and multiple degrees including a Doctor of Divinity from study in both the United States and in Europe. A professional musician, published author, award-winning businessman and currently the Spiritual Director for Unity in Lynnwood, Washington, Dr. Held's work has been noted as, "Thought-provoking and soul-nudging - that rare balance of profound and profoundly simple."
In 2014, he was invited to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Association for Global New Thought which launched the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Seasons for Peace and Nonviolence. He has created with such notables as Dr. Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, Bishop Carlton Pearson, Bishop John Shelby-Spong, Barbara Marx-Hubbard, Dr. Jean Houston, Gary Zukav Mark Victor-Hansen and Victoria Moran.
Rev. Nina Clark
Nina found a home in New Thought in 1996 and has been a devoted and ardent student ever since. Learning, growing and sharing ideas is a passion of hers and she has been teaching in one capacity or another for most of her adult life. She was ordained in 1987 in another spiritual tradition and is currently working towards her Unity Ministerial license and ordination as well as her New Thought Interfaith minister credential and a Masters of Religious Studies. She is the mother of two young adults and a lover of this adventure we call Life. She is delighted to be able to practice and grow with all of you.
Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD
Interfaith at UIL Chair
Through worship, teaching, counseling, and speaking, Rabbi Ted Falcon shares the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while appreciating that it is only one of the authentic spiritual traditions of the world. With gentleness and humor, he deeply affirms the integrity of each individual being.
With Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted is one of the Interfaith Amigos. Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2011), has been noted by Karen Armstrong (Interfaith Community Sanctuary) as, "an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times." Other books include Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam (Skylight Paths, 2009) and Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths, 2016) which explores spirituality and interfaith dialogue as tools to help heal our personal wounds, societal injustices, and the environment. Rabbi Ted is co-author with David Blatner of Judaism For Dummies and author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.
Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rabbi Ted served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology, with research focused on the nature of meditative and mystical states of consciousness. Since then, his work has bridged the psychological and the spiritual, encouraging deeper integration for greater freedom of personal action and understanding.
The model for the meditative synagogue began in Los Angeles in 1976, after Rabbi Ted and a small group gathered for High Holyday meditations, born of his need to explore this form of Jewish worship. He shared both meditative practices and teaching with that group, and in 1978 officially formed Makom Ohr Shalom, a Synagogue for Jewish Spirituality. When he moved to Seattle in 1993, Rabbi Ted and his wife, Ruth Neuwald Falcon, founded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. He completed his final year as Bet Alef's senior rabbi at the end of 2009 so that he could devote his time to writing, teaching, spiritual counseling, and interfaith work. He has the unique distinction of having been Scholar-in-Residence at Unity of Bellevue and currently serves as Chair of the Interfaith at UIL program (Unity in Lynnwood, WA).