NYU Center for Spiritual Life Receives Temple of Understanding's 2012 Hollister Award

Nov 13, 2012, 17:01 ET from The Temple of Understanding

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York University Center for Spiritual Life (NYU/CSL) leadership team of  Imam Khalid Latif, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna and Chelsea Clinton recently received the Juliet Hollister Award for their work in advancing a new model for integrating interfaith and cross cultural education into campus life.

In addition to New York University's CSL, the Temple of Understanding presented Juliet Hollister Awards on October 16th to May Rihani, former Senior Vice President for three international development organizations and the former co-chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI), for her dedication to advancing educational quality and equity in developing nations; and Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, president and founder of the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values (The Netherlands), for including interfaith oriented leadership in his institute's work on sustainable development. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary, for his advancement of greater awareness and understanding of multi-cultural and interfaith values in communities.

Jeanne Parr, trailblazing domestic and international journalist for WCBS during the 60s and 70s and mother of  Sex in the City star, Chris Noth, was inducted into the Temple of Understanding's Founding Friends Circle. The commemorative award was accepted by her son, Michael Noth.

Introducers of this year's honorees were a distinguished group of past Hollister awardees and their representatives.  The group included Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom for the US State Department, Suzan Johnson Cook; Peabody Prize and McArthur Foundation Award winning urban environmentalist, Majora Carter; Naomi Tutu, social justice activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Dr. Suheil Bushrui, the Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland.

The Temple of Understanding gives Juliet Hollister Awards to religious figures who bring cross cultural understanding and values into the place of worship and secular figures who promote respect for diversity in such areas as the arts, education, media, government, science, law, ecology and social justice.  Past honorees include His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Rev. Dr. Thomas Berry, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Dr. Hans Kung, Russell Simmons, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Mary Robinson to name a few.

Held at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan, NY.  Performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Bella Gaia were a feature of the event. CNN on camera editorial producer, Nadia Bilchik was the Master of Ceremony.

The Temple of Understanding (ToU) is a leader in cross-cultural education for youth and adults.  Founded in 1960 by Juliet Hollister, the ToU is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and NGO with Consultative Status at the United Nations. The executive director is Alison Van Dyk.  http://templeofunderstanding.org/

SOURCE The Temple of Understanding