UDC Ministers

Here are the currently active Unity and Diversity ministers:

| Leland Stewart | Kiran Bali | Tahdi Blackstone | Jan Chase | Al Duffy | Stephen Fiske | Linda Groff | Laura Hunter | Cliff Ishigaki | Mary Mann | Nathan Michon | Dave Turner |



Rev. Leland Stewart –

Founded the Unity and Diversity World Council in 1965, as well as its subsequent interfaith ministry. He has worked for interfaith since before interfaith was a known word, helping it grow as a movement through efforts with the Parliament of World’s Religions and numerous other organizations and events, especially in the greater Los Angeles Area. He is the primary compiler of World Scriptures, Vol. III, and co-author of Science and Spirituality.


Other Ministers:

Rev. Kiran Bali –

founded and chaired several local and regional interfaith groups and worked with many international organizations to enhance understanding among cultures to address community challenges and resolve conflicts. For this work, she was honored by Queen Elizabeth II and has been designated an Ambassador for Peace. Ms. Bali serves on the United Religions Initiative (URI) Young Leaders Program Steering Committee and on the URI Europe Executive Committee.


Rev. Tahdi Blackstone –

member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the coordinator of Los Angeles IONS. She most wants to “help turn the world into a family that includes and honors all life and creation, and to support and work with organizations doing that.”


Rev. Jan Chase –

Involved in numerous interfaith actions and groups such as the Parliament of World Religions, MidEast Peace Working group, Claremont Interfaith Council, Upland Interfaith Council, and Pomona Valley Religious Leaders. She has a lifelong commitment to peace, nonviolence, and community cohesion


Rev. Al Duffy –

a long time active representative of the Buddhist community as a docent and teacher at America’s largest Buddhist temple, Hsi Lai temple in Hacienda Heights, CA. Currently very active in numerous interfaith activities.


Rev. Stephen Fiske –

a multitalented individual whose dedication to peace, humanitarian, environmental and spiritual concerns has always found expression through his artistic pursuits. Currently, Stephen is the producer of the annual Peace Sunday/Peace Fest event in Los Angeles and a coordinator of the Culture of Peace monthly educational series sponsored by the Unity-and Diversity World Council. A relative of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Stephen is a poet in his own right, giving expression and insights through his music, writings and presence wherever he goes. See more at personal homepage.


Rev. Dr. Linda Groff – 

worked as a professor of political science and future studies as Cal State University, Dominguez Hills since 1973. She has spoke at universities and conferences around the world on various topics about peace, and resolving conflicts. Her talks include “Contributions of religious and Spiritual Traditions to a Global Culture of Peace: at UNESCO. She remains active in numerous peace and interfaith organizations.


Rev. Laura Hunter – 


Rev. Cliff Ishigaki –

An experienced counselor and chaplain, especially with university students and vets. His primary work is on the psychological and spiritual recovery of people affected by trauma.


Rev. Mary Mann –

A descendant of Australian pioneers, she is an author, playwright, and artist. She obtained the B.A. with honors in English from Sydney University, M.A. in Drama from the University of California at Berkeley, and the Ph.D. in Communications and Drama from the University of Southern California. She is the co-author of Science and Spirituality with Leland Stuart and author of numerous other books, including, There are No Enemies: A Practical Philosophy of Life. Her homepage can be found here.


Rev. Nathan Michon –

A meditation teacher and student of world religions, Nathan previously did work as an editor and interned at peace organizations in Thailand and Romania. He studied conflict transformation at the European Peace University, and in the US received an MA in comparative religion and MDiv in Buddhist chaplaincy. He is currently working on a doctorate at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.




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