bishopspongOpening Speaker:  Ret. Bishop John Shelby Spong

RETIRED BISHOP JOHN SHELBY SPONG was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ, for 24 years. During his career he has lectured at more than four hundred colleges and universities around the world including Cambridge and Harvard. His bestselling books include Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die and his autobiography, Here I Stand. His weekly online column reaches thousands of subscribers all over the world. Visit him online at


revmartellawhitsettKeynote Speaker: Reverend Linda Martella-Whitsett

A spirited messenger bringing an audacious message for our times, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett champions our Divine Nature and our capacity to be the light of the world.  Winner of 2011 Best Spiritual Author competition for her first book, How to Pray Without Talking to God, Linda Martella-Whitsett is an inspiring respected Unity minister and spiritual teacher.  Linda’s recently released book, Divine Audacity: Dare to be the Light of the World, promotes humanity’s innate capacities with which to respond to life’s circumstances in spiritual maturity.  She is the senior minister at Unity Church of San Antonio and a mentor for emerging leaders in New Thought.  Linda strives to inspire the kinds of bold thought and action natural to our infinite, divine, highest consciousness self. Visit Linda online at