To All who have shared and enjoyed the Vision of Unity- and -Diversity and the wonderful events, it has sponsored over the past 55 years
Greetings and Welcome to 2020 which is promising to be a very auspicious year for the whole world!
Leland and Elizabeth Stewart founded this organization in 1965 during the United Nations Interfaith Co-operation Year, and Elizabeth left us in 2009.
sprit is One, paths are many
In this present age of a drift away from reverence for life, a basic tenet of Unity- and-Diversity World Council,
May we always remind ourselves that Leland Stewart is remembered as the Founder of the Interfaith Movement in this giant city of Los Angeles and beyond and every life is treasured.
May each one of us face our own individual challenges with courage, compassion, and resolution.
I, myself, have shared UDC’s journey for 30 of its upcoming 55 years. May the Great Spirit of the Universe guide our own steps, each and every one of us, in Love, Joy, and Excitement for 2020.
spirit is One, paths are many
Rev. Mary Anneeta Mann,
Here is a video that pays homage to Leland and his legacy:
Rev. Mary A. Mann, Ph.D., was born in Australia and is descended from early Queensland pioneers. Her father was an original ANZAC, a member of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. Mary is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Southern California where she secured her Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre.
Her working career was in accounting where she became a Qualified Accountant in Australia and was the first Controller of the Pacifica Foundation in the 1970s.
Her academic career centered around her passion for finding out ‘why war’. Her first book on this topic, Anzac to Understanding included her father’s war letters and a social commentary on the global situation from the beginning of the First World War through the 20th century and it included the epic play ANZAC. The philosophy culminated in the book There Are No Enemies, a practical philosophy of life, which includes The Right of the Womb. Her theatre studies culminated in The Construction of Tragedy, Aristotle today in the theatre and she edited two editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book, 1978 and 1984.
Mary has been a member of Unity- and- Diversity since 1989 where she is now the Board Chair and co-edited the book Science and Spirituality with the founder of that organization. Rev. Leland Stewart.
She joined the Synthaxis Theatre Company in 1979. Her creative work includes Poems of Woman, editor of Mentoring Poems, four centuries of selected poetry, Tortoise Shell, taken from a journal of her great-grandfather documenting life in the early days of the State of Queensland, Australia, and under the aegis of Synthaxis, plays for youth and family audiences, Maria and the Comet and The Round Table, published as TWO FAMILY PLAYSand ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence .
In North Hollywood, she is the co-host of Unbuckled No-Ho Poetry, a monthly poetry reading series since 2010, which you can view here:youtube.com/unbucklednohopoetry
Mary has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who