Humanity's Team has only presented The Spiritual Leadership Award seven times previously. Past recipients include Neale Donald Walsch in 2005, Gabriel Avruj in 2008, Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2009, Andrew Harvey in 2010, Immaculee Ilibagiza in 2011, Barbara Marx Hubbard in 2013 and Nelson Mandela posthumously in 2014.
Fortunately, a growing number of powerful world leaders have dedicated their lives to shining the light on spiritual truth. We are with a powerful couple today who are dedicating their lives to this and who are leading the way. Just last month, days before Easter Sunday, Rev. Michael was invited to go on The Today Show, a program with millions of viewers, to talk about "being spiritual but not religious." It was an incredible opportunity to educate viewers and this was only one moment in the busy lives of the Beckwiths. Year-round Rev. Michael and Rickie use their time and celebrity to educate people and to invite people into acts of humanitarian and environmental service. Of course, this is why we are gathered here this evening: to honor, acknowledge and celebrate Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith and Rickie Byars Beckwith. Each is deserving of our 2015 Spiritual Leadership Award and together, they are like no other.
“Some may not be familiar with the history of the Humanity's Team Spiritual Leadership Award, so I thought I'd briefly tell you about it. Shortly after our founding, in 2005, we decided we could help accelerate spiritual change in the world by acknowledging and celebrating those leaders who are spiritually impacting the world in an exceptional way.
There have been enormous breakthroughs in technology, medicine and in almost every field of endeavor but, as we know, in the religious mainstream we've been stuck in an illusion of separation from the Divine and each other that has caused all manner of dysfunction…