In March, our founder, Leland Stewart passed away from natural causes, just days after celebrating his 90th birthday.
Leland’s vision provides the foundation for UDC. and as we go forth without him, we will endeavor to keep his spirit alive — paying homage to his legacy.
Rev. Leland Perry Stewart, B,S.E., B.T.
Birth: Detroit, Michigan, USA., March 4, 1928
Family: Elizabeth E. Stewart, (wife, deceased 2009). Deanna Jennings, Dana Stewart, Lynn Murphy. Four grandchildren.
Degrees and credentials: B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (June 1949); B.S.E., Mathematics, University of Michigan (June 1949); Bachelor of Theology, Harvard Divinity School (June 1953); Life Credential, Secondary Education, State of California.
Position: Founder/Central Coordinator, Unity-and-Diversity World Council since 1965 (with two years previous to that date leading up to its founding). Substitute Teacher. Los Angeles Unified School District to 2015.
Professional Association: United Teachers of Los Angeles (1959-2015)
Honors: Tau Beta Ph (engineering honor society); Phi Beta Kappa (scholastic honor society); Outstanding Citizen of Northridge, Ca. Who’s Who in the West; Who’s Who of Intellectuals; Nominee, Paul Carus Awards (for outstanding achievement in interreligious work, 2004); Southern Poverty Law Center (National Campaign for Tolerance, 2005); South Coast Interfaith Council (for excellence in interfaith work, 2008); United Religions Initiative (for outstanding Interfaith work, 2010); United Nations Association, Pacific Los Angeles Chapter (Human Rights Award, 2012).
Publications: Author/Compiler, World Scriptures (the essence of the scriptures of the world’s religions and spiritual movements) 2003; Author, World Scriptures. Vol.2(looking to the future of religion and spirituality) 2009; Co-author and compiler (with Mary Anneeta Mann), Science and Spirituality (articles, readings and songs from ancient and modern sources) 2005 ; Author “From Technological Power to Lasting Peace” (a worldview of the coming global civilization).