Leadership Council

Helping to define and direct the future of AWAIC

Leadership Council is a strategy & philosophy designated toward a group of volunteers from the general membership, who set aside a portion of their time to support the work of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy. It brings together thinkers, performance practitioners and leaders in an advisory role order to:

  • Expand development
  • Gain insight into possibilities.
  • Connect and create shared space for conversations.
  • Identify opportunities to benefit the membership.
  • Join together for personal and professional development.

Current Leadership Council Members:

  • Foster opportunities for professional development among Interfaith Clergy through conferences and communications media that encourage and provide information that continually builds the knowledge and skills of Interfaith Clergy,
  • Identify professional standards and requirements of knowledge, ethics, and skill competencies for Interfaith Clergy as they evolve in this field,
  • Promote a sense of community among Interfaith Clergy through the creation and/or recognition of regional and specialty subgroups as they develop,
  • Communicate to the media and general public Interfaith philosophy and teachings designed to inspire greater spiritual growth among the peoples of the world,
  • Encourage the creation and existence of bridges of peace and understanding among the world’s religious and spiritual communities,
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of issues among Interfaith Clergy, Interfaith seminary students, and all clergy and private citizens aligned with Interfaith values and principles.

Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, M. Ed.
Services Offered: Weddings, funerals, baby blessings, blessings of all types, guest speaker/lecturer on interfaith
Groups Provided To: Women and Children, immigrants and refugees
Bio: Rev. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas is an educator, writer, poet, Wisdom teacher and interfaith minister. She maintains an online ministry at https://www.facebook.com/revlindaneas/ where she shares wisdom and insight with people from around the world. She also facilitates Milestone Rituals, Blessings, and officiates at weddings.
Affiliations: Interfaith, Interspiritual
Education: The New Seminary
Memberships: AWAIC
AWAIC Involvement: 2016-Leadership Council
Business Location:
121 North Main Street
South Deerfield, Massachusetts 01373, USA
Business Phone: (413) 539-0577
Rev. Philip G. Waldrop, MBA
Services Offered: Interspiritual / Interfaith Services : Worship, wedding, funeral, baby blessings
Energy Healing / Shamanic Healing (see website)
Chaplain in healthcare setting
Men's spirituality
Services Provided To: Adults, Couples, Families.
Children if parent or guardian present
Groups Provided To: Congregations or other groups
Professional settings
Bio: Spiritually active lifelong, Philip was brought up Catholic, and as a young adult had ecumenical charismatic experiences and community participation; healing capabilities discovered later via energy psychology. Pursued interfaith/interspiritual ordination, men's spirituality groups and retreats; then later hospital chaplaincy training. Philip has three adult children, two grandchildren.
Affiliations: Interspiritual
Christian / Catholic roots
Education: The New Seminary, 2007; Candidate M.A. in Pastoral Care, Fordham University, MBA, MRP, AB University of Michigan; Reiki II, Pranic Healing I; four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC
Certifications: Fordham LGBT Ally 2017
Fordham Racial Solidarity Network 2017
Memberships: AWAIC
AWAIC Involvement: Board member 2008-2010 Board Chair 2010-2014 Currently on Leadership Council
Business Location:
25 Plaza Street West, Unit 3J
Brooklyn, New York 11225-3944, USA
Business Phone: (973) 214-6589
Rev. Carol Wetherill, LMT, MTP, CCP
Services Offered: Spiritual Counseling
Services Provided To: All
Bio: MA in Transpersonal psychology, Interfaith Minister, Licensed Massage Therapist in state of MD, Certificate in Spiritual counseling, Certified Process Acupressure practitioner and Instructor. Following a basic belief that All beings are of Spirit and life is a journey of experiences, growth, integration, healing and moving toward Oneness; services are offered to enhance the possibilities of self awareness, growth, healing, exploration of potential, celebration of life's journey, and connection to Self, other and Oneness; essentially connecting and expressing Spirit in one's own way. Services offered include: Mind-Body-Spirit wellness therapies, Spiritual counseling/mentoring, seminars on wellness, spirituality, and stress release, officiant for weddings and commitment ceremonies, baby blessings, funerals, memorials, and other life milestones, personal ritual, meditation creation, coaching and more.
Affiliations: Interfaith
Education: The New Seminary
MA in Transpersonal psychology
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certifications: Certificate in Spiritual counseling
Certified Process Acupressure practitioner and Instructor
Memberships: AWAIC
AWAIC Involvement: Leadership Council
Business Location: Columbia, Maryland 21045, USA
Business Phone: (301) 980-6725
Rev. Meghan D Yates
Services Offered: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals, Transition Ceremonies, Spiritual Companionship, Sound Healing, Hands on Healing, Earth Medicine, Retreat, Contemplative Art Classes, "Open Your Voice" (authenticating voice through sound healing).
Services Provided To: All Are Welcome
Bio: My practice has developed through years of working with teachers and elders, seeing clients one-on-one, facilitating groups and tending community through developing and teaching Contemplative Art Process and accessing the inner and outer expression of the Voice. I have companioned folks of all ages and from many different walks to create ceremony and practice in the direction of living with more authentic expression, awareness and presence. My work is multi-faceted and harmoniously unified around art, voice/sound healing and community ministry. With a deep love and need for silence, creative discipline, and by navigating the path of spiritual breadcrumbs, it's my call and work to co-create pathways to the inner world and back out again.
Affiliations: AWAIC
Whatcom Art Guild
Education: Maine College of Art in 2005
Memberships: AWAIC
Whatcom Art Guild
Business Location: Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
Business Phone: (207) 615-2062
Cell Phone: (207) 615-2062
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