Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell


Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell


Wendy is a graduate of the Unity School of Christianity and was ordained in 1980. She is founder and CEO of The Unity Center, a 1500-member spiritual community located in San Diego, California, in 1983. She has been a part of the Association for Global New Thought since 1999 and currently serves as Vice President. She participated in all three AGNT-sponsored “Synthesis Dialogues,” which brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet in Dharmsala, India in 1999 and in Italy in 2001 and 2004; and traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in November 2006 as part of the planning for the Abraham Path Initiative, in partnership with the Harvard Negotiation Project, to open up a pilgrimage route in the Middle East retracing the footsteps of the prophet Abraham. With a strong interest in Spiritually Motivated Social Action, Wendy & The Unity Center were instrumental in the early formation of the San Diego Department of Peace grassroots group in the fall of 2004. That initial group, Americans for the Department of Peace (AFDOP), now encompasses all of Southern California with The Unity Center providing ongoing support. In addition, Wendy serves on the board of the Foundation for Affordable Housing in San Juan Capistrano. Her service awards include the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. board of Preachers Hall of Fame.

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Travel With a Purpose

TOPICS: Travel, humanitarian service, diversity

It was in Rome, Italy in 2004 at the third Synthesis Dialogues convened by the Association for Global New Thought, that I heard the Dalai Lama say four words that would change my life personally and professionally. Inspired by the dialogues and his desire to make the world a better place, a young boy asked the Dalai Lama, “But, what can I do to change the world?” His Holiness responded with these words: “Travel and make friends.” Travel opens our minds and hearts and has the potential to dramatically—and positively—change our world view. Travel helps us truly recognize our place as global citizens and as members of one human family. The Unity Center’s successful “Travel With A Purpose: Adventure * Culture * Sacred Service” program was launched in 2010 because of those four words. Though there are certainly many travel programs that include volunteer opportunities, ours is truly unique. All our projects are funded by modest sized-micro- finance loans. We are committed to a hand-up/pay- it-forward model of empowerment; not a hand-out model. Come and learn what we do, why we do it and—mostly importantly—how we do it.


• how to find a location and select a project
• learning the four elements that create a truly unique purpose-driven travel adventure
• understanding the difference between hand-up and hand-out projects
• how to create a Fair Trade Boutique to help fund your projects
• application forms and templates

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