We wish to honor the four co-founders of Women of Spirit and Faith — Reverend Guo Cheen, Kathleen Hurty, Kay Lindahl and Kathe Schaaf who came together at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne in 2009 with a shared passion and a deep curiosity about women’s spiritual Leadership. After several years of working collaboratively as a vital part of the leadership circle, Reverend Cheen has moved on to pursue other passions. We miss her and carry her wisdom always at the very heart of this organization.
Kathleen S. Hurty, Ph.D., is a Teaching Fellow in leadership studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (a partner in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA). In addition, she is a consultant for the Council for the Parliament of World Religions. She does grant writing and research for non-profit faith-based organizations interested in collaborative approaches to justice and social change. Her previous experience includes public school teaching and administration, ecumenical administration (National Council of Churches and Church Women United) as well community leadership and service on a number of boards. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Dr. Hurty is a committed educator, a creative writer and a public speaker, having served as keynoter for numerous events. She is actively involved in Interreligious dialogue and advocacy. Her doctoral research on women school principals at the University of California, Berkeley, gave her insight into the basic elements of collaborative leadership.
Kay Lindahl is the founder of The Listening Center and is recognized as an inspiring teacher and spiritual guide to people of all religious backgrounds. She conducts workshops and retreats around the world on the sacred art of listening for religious, spiritual, educational, health services, community, and business groups. She is a Certified Listening Professional. Kay is a dedicated spokesperson for the interfaith movement and serves on the Board of Directors for Women of Spirit and Faith and The Immortal Chaplains Foundation. She is a past trustee for the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative, former chair of the North American Interfaith Network, an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and an Honorary Canon to the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Kay is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening, and a children’s book, How Does God Listen, all published by SkyLight Paths Publishing.
Mohini Moore is on the Board of Directors of the Morningstar Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve and support traditional indigenous cultures, to protect sacred sites, and to educate the community, with a special emphasis on elders, the youth and women. She is employed at Sony Pictures Entertainment supporting the company’s mobile technology services, where she enjoys the combination of quickly evolving technology and assisting people with their wireless communication needs. Mohini studied theatre, film and photography at Santa Monica College, and still finds much of her inspiration through the arts. She sees the incredible benefit of spirit in people’s lives and has a great desire to connect with people on that level, in order to develop compassion, understanding and unity. Mohini was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, relocated to Venice, California as a teen and continues to call Los Angeles, California home, with her partner Joseph Mundy.
Laura Paskell-Brown lives in New York, where she is currently studying for a PhD and teaching developmental psychology to college students. She has a long history of grassroots political activism both in the US and the UK. Her research, political activism and spiritual work stem from her belief in the equality and interdependence of all beings. She was drawn to work with WSF because of a deep commitment to the possibility of transformative global change and the role that every person will play in that revolution.
Kathe Schaaf is one of the co-founders of Gather the Women Global Matrix and has anchored numerous ‘collaborative conversations’ connecting women and women’s organizations internationally in the past decade including several international Gather the Women Congresses, a series of trans-partisan dialogues for women and Constellations of Hope in November 2008, which brought together representatives of 40 North American women’s organizations. Kathe is a co-founder of Women of Spirit and Faith, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors and Core Circle. She is a Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and co-chairs their Women’s Task Force. Kathe was an editor and contributing author for Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power which was published by SkyLight Paths in November 2011. She is also an artist who enjoys painting and poetry