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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson (born July 8, 1952)[1] is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area.[2] She has published nine books, including four New York Times #1 bestsellers. Her latest professional venture is a weekly radio show on "Oprah and Friends", which airs on XM radio. [3] Image File history File links MarianneWilliamsonlow. ... Image File history File links MarianneWilliamsonlow. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Logo of U.S. Department of Peace and Non-violence Movement The United States Department of Peace and Non-violence (or the nationwide DOP movement) is a proposed cabinet-level department of the executive branch of the U.S. government. ... Project Angele Food Program was founded by Marianne Williamson in 1998 as an outreach program of the Los Angeles Center for Living, which helps people with life-threatening illnesses. ...

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Biography

Marianne hails from Houston, Texas, and was raised in a Jewish household. As a rebellious child of the '60s, she has openly admitted to have delved in drugs and alcohol, as well as having a string of broken relationships.[4] She sought spiritual awakening and discovered "A Course in Miracles," a self-study system written by a Columbia University professor who believed Jesus had dictated the words to her. [5] Though initally turned off by the heavy emphasis on Christianity, she was able to reconcile it with her Jewish faith and popularized the course in her 1992 best-seller, A Return to Love[6] Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Cover of A Return to Love A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles is the first book by author Marianne Williamson and is to date the biggest selling book of interpretation of the spiritual thought system found in the book A Course In Miracles. ...


Williamson served as head pastor of Renaissance Unity Interfaith Spiritual Fellowship before she resigned as a result of a controversial attempt to dissolve the church's formal ties to the Association of Unity Churches. Renaissance Unity Interfaith Spiritual Fellowship, also known as Church of Today, is a New Thought “mega church” in Warren, Michigan with a congregation often estimated in excess of 2,000. ...


Williamson describes herself as "a mix" who does not fit a particular mold:

"I'm a provocateur. I come into a situation where I don't particularly relate to any of the institutionalized boxes. I'm not a minister, I'm not a rabbi, but I'm totally excited by God and Jesus. So you get this Jewish girl talking about Jesus -- it's going to get attention. It's a juxtaposition that is perhaps interesting. It's similar to what I say about politics in The Healing of America. It's the same with religion. One group says it's this way, another group says it's that way, and a lot of people are feeling that, you know, 'deep in my heart I don't feel it's either way.' Well, neither do I."[7]

She is a former Jazz nightclub singer and is a single mother of a daughter.[8]


Philosophy

The driving force behind Williamson's philosophy is to offer a New Age approach to spirituality, rather than the ones dictated by organized religions. New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Churchianity is a negative description of organized religion that characterizes it as emphasizing the institutional forms of Christianity (traditions, rituals, committees, and programs) and omitting the actual gospel teachings of Jesus Christ that forms the basis of Christianity. ...


Williamson's monthly lectures are not strictly Christian, and that has been the central core of her appeal. She addresses both established Christianity and Judaism in statements such as "You've committed no sins, just mistakes." She teaches love and common sense, but she does so in the irreverent language of the Seventies. Her earliest renown was for her talks on A Course in Miracles, a step-by-step method for choosing love over fear. Second hardbound edition of A Course In Miracles, as published by Foundation for Inner Peace. ...


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."


The press has referred to her as a modern-day shaman[9] a Mother Teresa for the ‘90s[10] and Hollywood’s answer to God, [11] [12]


(To be continued...)


Trivia

- She has erroneously been linked to an urban myth concerning Nelson Mandela's 1994 inauguration speech as president of South Africa.[13] Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (IPA pronunciation: //) (born July 18, 1918) was the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. ...


- Her poem, "Our Deepest Fear," was referred to in Coach Carter, when a wayward youth finds the courage to live his life straight. It was also used in the movie Akeelah and the Bee (2006) to motivate a young African American girl to be her best. Coach Carter is a 2005 film, directed by Thomas Carter. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ...


Marianne Williamson's Books

Books Description
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles This book is based on the author's experiences as a teacher and lecturer on the self-study guide A Course in Miracles (Foundation for Inner Peace, 1975),
Imagine What America Could Be In The 21st Century: Visions of a better future from leading American thinkers A compelling vision of a better America, and a prescriptive call to action for significant positive change.
Emma & Mommy Talk to God We must commit to feeding our children's souls in the same way we commit to feeding their bodies.
Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens This book is about the yin and yang of American history: the miraculous combination of vision and politics that gave rise to our beginnings...and the current yearning of the American heart.
A Woman's Worth In her unique voice, Marianne Williamson offers uncanny insight into the world of the modern woman.
Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power of Intimate Relationships A bold and masterful inquiry into what two people really are and how we might become, while still on earth, the angels who reside within us.
Imagine: What American Could Be in the 21st Century A compelling vision of a better America, and a prescriptive call to action for significant positive change.
Everyday Grace: Having hope, finding forgiveness, and making miracles Finding God in the ordinary passions of our days-Marianne Williamson returns to her spiritual roots, writing on the art of nurturing a thriving soul in a harsh world.
Illuminata: A Return to Prayer Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives.

Cover of A Return to Love A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course In Miracles is the first book by author Marianne Williamson and is to date the biggest selling book of interpretation of the spiritual thought system found in the book A Course In Miracles. ...

Reference

  1. ^ Knapp, Gwenn (2006). StarBios Report for Marianne Williamson. MOTTASIA Inc.. Retrieved on 2006-07-12.
  2. ^ http://marianne.iamplify.com/about.jsp
  3. ^ http://marianne.iamplify.com/about.jsp
  4. ^ http://amapedia.amazon.com/view/Marianne+Williamson:+A+Course+in+Miracles+-+or+a+Course+in+Double+Speak%3F/id=182176
  5. ^ http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week113/profile.html
  6. ^ http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1997/11/gorov.html
  7. ^ http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1997/11/gorov.html
  8. ^ http://amapedia.amazon.com/view/Marianne+Williamson:+A+Course+in+Miracles+-+or+a+Course+in+Double+Speak%3F/id=182176
  9. ^ Bennetts, Leslie (1991). "“Marianne’s Faithful,”". Vanity Fair June: 179. 
  10. ^ Smilgis, Martha (1991). "Mother Teresa for the 90s". Time June (29): 60. 
  11. ^ Capuzzo, Mike (1993). "“The Divine Ms. W,”". The Sacramento Bee May (30): D3. 
  12. ^ HealthWorld Online (1995). "Restoring the American Dream" Interviewed By Daniel Redwood D.C.. Retrieved on 2006-06-28.
  13. ^ {{cite web - |url=http://www.newsobserver.com/667/story/436158.html - |title=newsobserver.com, Light from an unexpected source - |author=Ehlers,Matt - |year=2006 - |accessdate=2006-06-28 - }} -

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Williamson's visibility has only grown over the past 10 years; she is a regular fixture on various TV News Outlets, and has been featured prominently on programming for PBS.
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