Beckwith's Award 2015

Honoring Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith & Rickie Byars Beckwith with the Humanity's Team 2015 Spiritual Leadership Award

On Tuesday, May 19th we joined with hundreds of people from around the world to honor Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and Rickie Byars Beckwith .  Our ceremony took place at the beautiful Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado .  Many joined us in person and many others from around the world joined by Livestream.  Humanity’s Team presented its 2015 Spiritual Leadership award to Rev. Michael & Rickie.  This was the first time this award was bestowed on a couple.

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.

Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and Rickie Byars Beckwith at the Humanity's Team 2015 Spiritual Leadership Awards
Steve Farrell's speech at the Humanity's Team 2015 Spiritual Leadership Awards
We’d love to share with you excerpts from Steve Farrell’s speech during the Spiritual Leadership Award ceremony (Steve Farrell is the Worldwide Executive Director for Humanity’s Team).

“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…

In the mainstream, our worldview sees a fractured and flawed humanity. We compete for resources. Often we see the Earth as a refrigerator and we share only minimally with others. Most people report they feel concern for others who are challenged, but there is not a sense of direct connection so it stops here. In the absence of direct connection and elevated priority our social activism is very limited. Our mainstream beliefs about Deity don't help either. God is seen as distant and judging. In this worldview, we are lesser children of a lesser God…
Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith at the Humanity's Team 2015 Spiritual Leadership Awards

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.

Rickie Byars Beckwith at the Humanity's Team 2015 Spiritual Leadership Awards
Rev. Michael & Rickie embody the purpose the Humanity's Team Spiritual Leadership Award: to highlight and acknowledge the individual (in this case couple) who create life-changing spiritual impact on the world—in how we view ourselves, God, life and one another. And, in doing so, remind humanity of Who We Really Are: We Are All One; interrelated, interconnected and interdependent.

In Humanity's Team we observe Rev. Michael & Rickie are having enormous impact. On the world stage they are making a huge difference. They don't just speak their important messages, they embody them! Many are opening to new understands about God and about life. Not since Martin Luther King, Jr., has there been a minister, or a couple, so widely admired and focused on non-violence, involved in creating a new paradigm for living and out front, teaching unconditional love.

“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…

Humanity's Team Spiritual Leadership Awards

P.S. If you missed the award ceremony, we’re creating a special video of the program you can watch when you join our Community Circle http://humanitysteam.org/join-community-circle

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