Ep52: Sara Jamil on Compassion, the Harder Skill

Ep52: Sara Jamil on Compassion, the Harder Skill

Sara Jamil is a Muslim Woman, born and raised in Denmark, of Pakistani heritage, and she currently calls Toronto, Canada home. She is a Mother, Mentor, Author and Spiritual Activist. She is a skilled intercultural communicator, navigating various cultures as a world citizen. She engages with ease in interfaith dialogue and bridge-building. Sara uses her agency in disrupting stereotypical narratives and advocating for several initiatives near and dear to her heart.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Education and has 20 years experience of mentoring women and girls.  She is the proud Founder and Visionary Leader of CompassionFirst, a mother-daughter venture on a mission to create a better world one woman at a time. Sara lives compassion by modeling the affirmation, which she coined: “A Better World Starts With Me“.

Lastly, Sara dedicates many volunteer hours as Co-lead Facilitator of the Charter for Compassion International Women and Girls sector.


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I am grateful to each of my guests who joined us this first year of the Podcast. Together, with my Producer, Dennis Tardan, we published over 70 podcast episodes. Our guests joined us from: U.S., Kenya, Australia, Canada, Rwanda, Tasmania, Malawi, U.K., and Sardinia....
Ep71: Gray Henry on Interfaith and the Ghazali Childrens School

Ep71: Gray Henry on Interfaith and the Ghazali Childrens School

Gray Henry-Blakemore is the founder and director of the interfaith publishing houses, Fons Vitae and Quinta Essentia, in Louisville, Kentucky, devoted to world spirituality. She is a writer and film producer under contract with the Book Foundation, and co-founder and trustee of the Islamic Texts Society of Cambridge, England. She has served as a contributing editor for Parabola magazine for over a decade. Besides having taught filmmaking at Dalton and Fordham University and world religions and art history at the Cairo American College, Cambridge University, Centre College and the Abbey of Gethsemane, she regularly lectures at such noteworthy venues as the 1995 Conference of World Spiritual Art in Tehran and most recently the September 2006 Congress on Islamic Spirituality in Singapore. In 1994 she arranged for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak in Louisville, and has in April 2006 organized the Dalai Lama interfaith congress in San Francisco in which the his main focus was to meet with Muslim dignitaries from the world over. Fons Vitae is now helping to arrange His Holiness’s visit December 2006 to Senegal and Ghana, which will continue the Buddhist-Muslim dialogue begun in San Francisco.

Gray is a founding member of the Thomas Merton Center Foundation and has organized a number of conferences focused on the work of Thomas Merton at Bellarmine University. She worked in Bosnian refugee camps in 1993, and subsequently published texts for their school system. Fons Vitae plays a key role in the annual interfaith festivals and programs sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations and Interfaith Paths to Peace Institute.


As a filmmaker, she produced Beads of Faith: The Universal Use of the Rosary, which is available both as a book and a video, Islam: A Pictorial Essay; Cairo: 1,001 Years of Art and Architecture; Ornaments of Lhasa: Islam in Tibet; and The Sacred Unconscious (Huston Smith). As an author she has written the classic, Understanding Islam and the Muslims, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, articles for the “Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series” (Merton & Sufism, Merton & Hesychasm, and Merton & Buddhism), as well as for Parabola and other journals.

Mrs. Henry received her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College (Joseph Campbell was her don 1965, studied at the American and al-Azhar University in Cairo (1969-79), earned her M.A. in Education at the University of Michigan, was a research fellow at Cambridge University from 1983-1990, and is scheduled to receive her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Divinity at Canterbury, Kent in 2008.



Ep70: Vince A. Di Dato in Sardinia on Compassion

Ep70: Vince A. Di Dato in Sardinia on Compassion

Vince A. Di Dato – Earthian. Constantly thirsty of knowledge and always trying to learn Compassion. Don’t ask me where I come from. Ask me where I want to be and where I want to go. Share a bit of my way, if you like: traveling Life in good company is always more interesting. “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit”.

Strategy Designer, General Director of XERDAN Ltd. in Malta and 1st Captain of the Italian Army Special Reserve. He begins his career as Architect and Designer, mainly working on sustainability in industrial productions. He won the Compasso d’Oro in 1987 among many other important recognitions and prizes; his projects have been published and presented internationally, also at XVII Triennale di Milano and at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Later on, he re-oriented his activity towards systems analysis and their interconnections, until the most recent development of the




X_Sphere© Design Multidimensional Matrix. Professor at IED – Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan from 2006 to 2010 and tutor for the Master courses in sustainable design. Professor in a Master at Università Pontificia San Bonaventura in Roma, teachingTriple Bottom Line concepts applied to geopolitics and social conflicts, evolving then the Quadruple Bottom Line, that adds “culture” to the three pillars (environment-economy-society). From 2010 to 2018 he teaches Civil-Military Synergies to the Italian Army Military Advisors for the Afghan National Army, at Centro Addestramento Alpino, in Aosta, and he works on new paradigms about conflicts evolution (in the wider sense) and the potential of non-lethal, non-violent activities to prevent and to solve them. He held several lectures and seminars in Italian Universities. He also has a long experience in crisis areas, in Middle East, Central Asia, Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in the United States regarding emergency management, reconstruction and energy and essential services after wars and critical events. He attained specializations within Italian and European Civil Protection. In Iraq he has also been Deputy for the Public Works of the Governor of the CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) of Dhi Qar Province, in 2004. He is a Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan wars, where he served several shifts between 2004 and 2013. Between 1995 and 2005 he worked as top manager in Energy Service Companies (ESCos) and started three Energy Agencies inside EU network programs. Since 2014 he is advisor for organization & resources for San Marino RTV, State Television of the Republic of San Marino. He also cooperates to an innovative project in Sardinia: the Earth Child House (www.earthchildhouse.org), a biosphere to guest severely ill children and their mothers-parents for short periods of serenity and beauty, in a natural and protected environment, developed together with the Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning of Alghero – Universty of Sassari and the Bioarchitecture Department of the Bovisa School of the Politecnico di Milano. He writes and paint, convinced that Art it is fundamental for the human spirit understanding and to open new paths to creativity and imagination to give new solutions to the turbulences of our societies.

In June 2018, his Italian translation of Richard Buckminster Fuller“Operating Manual of Spaceship Earth” has been published by Il Saggiatore. He is now working on a new version of Sun-Tzu: “Vital Startegies, The Competitive Methods in the Vision of Life” and he collaborates with several magazines and media around the world.

Ep67: Budd Friend-Jones On  Religion In Our Changing World

Ep67: Budd Friend-Jones On Religion In Our Changing World

“Budd’s commitment to, and work on behalf of interfaith understanding is remarkable. There may be no greater challenge in our world than that of building bridges between religions and religious cultures, and I know no Christian who works harder at this or is more effective. From the interfaith pilgrimages to the courses he’s developed to his own writing and service, he’s a leader in this important and challenging  work. And what Budd teaches us is that the more we learn about the faith and religion of others, the more articulate we become about our own, to others and to ourselves. He helps us let go of the threat and embrace the challenge.”  – Rev. Dr. Sally Purvis Colleague and Author




Rev. Dr. Gilbert (Budd) Friend-Jones has led Jews, Muslims, and Christians on interfaith pilgrimages in Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, and Turkey, and has preached and taught seminars in Russia, South India, Turkey, and the UK. – A native of West Virginia, Budd earned his doctorate at Howard University Divinity School in Washington, D.C., his M. Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Frostburg State University. He has published two books and numerous articles. Dr. Friend-Jones is the Board Vice-Chair and Chair Elect of the North American Interfaith Network. He lives in Sarasota where he also serves as a Minister in the local Unitarian Universalist Church. Before moving to Florida in 2017, he served Congregational and UCC churches in Maine, Minnesota, Virginia, Georgia, and Illinois.

Rev. Dr. Gilbert (Budd) Friend-Jones
North American Interfaith Network
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota
First Congregational United Church of Christ

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