Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Dr. Ned O'Malia
Email nedomalia@yahoo.com
Phone 505/255-8898
Address 2715 Monterey SE
Albuquerque, NM  87106
Biographical Info Ned O’Malia is a PhD in Asian religions earned from Temple University. He has widely traveled the world studying religions; but his favorite spiritual space is northern New Mexico. He is also a chef, New Mexico Fair food judge, travel writer, photographer and tour director.
Program Description In the late 1960s, new and non-traditional religious groups followed an influx of Flower Children, Hippies and spiritual commune builders to northern New Mexico. The Lama Foundation, Sikh Dharma in Espanola, Tibetan Stupas along the Rio Grande and other sites remain. This illustrated lecture examines these late arriving Eastern religions in New Mexico: their introduction, evolution and present status and the unusual tales of how they chose northern New Mexico.
Series Conversations With the World
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Program Title THE SPIRIT OF PLACE: Sacred Northern New Mexico
Program Description Northern New Mexico is home to a diversity of spiritual traditions: Catholic, Protestant, Eastern, Native American, new age and communal. Into this small geographic area of Native American practice came Catholicism, Hermano/Penitentaes, Converso Jews and Protestant missionaries. Starting in the 1960's, as if drawn by the earth, sky and water itself, came communities of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and a variety of Buddhist traditions. Spiritual and social communes rapidly developed in the mountains of north central New Mexico. This illustrated PowerPoint lecture reviews the many traditional and contemporary spiritual communities. We end with a focus on the reasons why so many spiritual groups have been attracted to this unique portion of New Mexico.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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Program Description Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world; it may also be the most misunderstood. There are now more Muslims in America than Jews or Presbyterians. There are over 1,400 mosques in the United States. This PowerPoint illustrated lecture will review the Five Pillars of Islam and Mohammed the prophet of Islam. The growth of Islam in America will be traced through several Black National movements, especially Malcolm X and the Black Muslims. A rapid increase in Muslim population came with immigration reforms in 1964. These reforms ushered in a generation of educated, Americanized immigrant Muslims. Demographics, national population statistics, and political associations will be discussed. Islam in New Mexico is a special feature.
Series Sustaining Community
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