2005 Awards

The 45th Anniversary Celebration
8th Annual Juliet Hollister Awards Ceremony

2005 AwardsReverend Suzan Johnson Cook, the first African-American woman to serve as Senior Pastor in an American Baptist Church, founded the Believers Christian Fellowship in the Bronx in 1996, which quickly became one of the fastest-growing congregations in New York City.  She holds advanced degrees in speech and communications and served on Bill Clinton’s Presidential Initiative on Race and in other advisory capacities.


Father Thomas Keating has devoted his life to the exploration of the mystical roots of Christianity.  A member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition, Father Keating is the founder of the Christian Centering Prayer Movement. He is the author of many books, including Mind, Open Heart, The Mystery of Christ, Invitation to Love and Intimacy with God.  Fr. Keating has worked for over 35 years to foster understanding among the world’s religions.



Dr. Karan Singh, the International Chairman of the Temple of Understanding, has devoted his life to public service and education in his native India.  He has promoted the ideal of interfaith understanding for many years through his distinguished work as high government official, diplomat, scholar, author, and teacher. He is the author of several books including Towards a New India, Hymn to Shiva and Other Poems.