Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to host 'Globalized Soul' documentary

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, "Globalized Soul: Stories from the Tipping Point of the New World" is coming to The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center at Penn State. The Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, and The Office of Residence Life will host this award-winning documentary along with its director-producer Cynthia Lukas of Heaven on Earth Creations.

The featured film for the 30th anniversary of the U.N. International Day of Peace in 2011, "Globalized Soul" has graced interfaith conferences and spiritual centers as well as the Unity of South London Church, the Theosophical Society of the U.K., and St. Ethelburga’s Centre of Reconciliation and Peace. The documentary weaves stories of empowered peacemakers around the planet ― stories in which hatred and suffering are transformed into love and caring. It follows the theme of a universal spirituality of love and depicts a rising consciousness on earth of our oneness at the moment in history when collective love, compassion and nonviolence are necessary for our survival.

Filmed in India, Turkey, Morocco, Israel, Mexico, the United States and at The Parliament of The World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, "Globalized Soul" celebrates the colorful diversity of the Spirit of the Earth and the common heart we share. In Jerusalem and Nazareth, courageous Jewish, Muslim and Christian peace-builders come together to affirm their oneness and stand against hatred. An inspiring climax shows an Abrahamic Reunion of Muslims, Christians and Jews at an Iftar dinner organized by the Jerusalem Peacemakers. In India, Jain philanthropists create an act of compassion that provides 29,000 of the poorest and most physically challenged with medical help and prosthetics. The Dalai Lama blesses the selfless giving and holds inter-religious dialogues with the Jains. "Globalized Soul" also explores the principles of ancient Jainism which birthed Gandhi’s concept of nonviolence.

“Everywhere we traveled for 'Globalized Soul' – we found a solidifying unity,” Lukas said. “Instant communications have made us all neighbors. The overwhelming sentiment around the planet is that we should love each other and work through our global crises together, nonviolently.”

"Globalized Soul" is part of The Office of Residence Life’s Cultural Lounge Series. "Globalized Soul" will be screened from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Memorial Lounge in The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and is open to students, staff, faculty and the community. A discussion with the co-Director/producer will follow.

For more information about the program, contact the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs at 814-865-6548 or spiritual@psu.edu. To contact the producer, call 877-585-7864 or email cynthialukas345@msn.com. For a trailer and a clip from "Globalized Soul," visit www.globalizedsoul.org.

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Last Updated September 10, 2013