Our Founder

Rev. Carla Ivison, the founder of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy, now World AWAKE, passed away after a long illness on September 24th, 2011 with her children by her side. Rev. Carla was a mother, a long time Connecticut resident, and had a long career in publishing and editing. She was ordained an interfaith minister in 2004 after completing the studies and training at The New Seminary, in New York City. That same year she founded A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy, serving as its Executive Director until 2009.

Carla’s vision of AWAIC being a professional home for interfaith clergy, building bridges to a peaceful world community, still informs us today.


Board Chair Emeritus - Harvey Newman

President Emeritus of A.I.M. Association of Interfaith Ministers
Chairperson Emeritus of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy (now World AWAKE)
Founder and facilitator of Circle of Life-Mastery, Inc.

Rev. Harvey Newman describes the music and most of the lyrics of "Wake Up!" came to him during a lucid dream in 1979. "I have always considered it divinely inspired and my tweaks were always in the direction of adding new awareness as my consciousness grew. I offer it to World AWAKE as I have offered it to the many people I have shared it with over the past 40+ years."

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