Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Our 25th Year Continues!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on
Sunday, December 12, 2021 Via Zoom

To discuss the tenth theme in her book
Under the Bridges at Arroyo del Rey

Ruth Broyde Sharone,
an inspirational interfaith leader and visionary, author
and journalist, communicator and networker extraordinaire,
has been dedicated to the cause of peace and interfaith
engagement since the early 90's, forging new paths and
galvanizing people of all faiths to join her global stretch
for peace. She is also the composer and lyricist,
writer/producer of INTERFAITH: The Musical, a joyous
tribute to religious and cultural diversity (


9:30 am – Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healing Arts Practitioner
Janet Martorello


10 am until noon – Program



Nan Rae



Opening Song
"A Triumph of the Soul"
Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS



Salute to Birthdays
Graham Lance Richardson


Main Presentation:
Spirituality with
Ruth Broyde Sharon

"Celebrating Our Diversity in Song"


Followed by Discussion

All are invited to participate - just "raise your hand"
so that Curtis McElhinney will call on you.


Highlighted with Music
Douglas Decker
singing Leonard Cohen's

Doug invites all to sing along!
See lyrics at end of this notice!!!!


by Richard Mullan and Jack Richards 
Susie Katharine Shaw


To conclude Susie will lead us in Richard King's favorite
Native American Prayer


About Our Speaker
Ruth Broyde Sharone

Ruth Broyde Sharone The raison d'etre of Ruth Broyde Sharone’s life's work is to foster interfaith under- standing and engagement through the Arts.

An inspirational interfaith leader and visionary, author and journalist, communicator and networker extraordinaire, Ruth has been dedicated to the cause of peace and interfaith engagement since the early 90's, forging new paths and galvanizing people of all faiths to join her global stretch for peace. She is also the composer and lyricist, writer/producer of INTERFAITH:The Musical, a joyous tribute to religious and cultural diversity (

A well-known and respected interfaith leader in Los Angeles, Ruth moves effortlessly through international communities. She has also distinguished herself as a fearless ally of the Muslim community, nationally and internationally, and has been an outspoken critic of Islamophobia in her writings, videos, and public addresses. She initiated two major interfaith events held at the Bangladeshi Embassy and at the home of the Moroccan Ambassador in Washington DC, working closely together with the Muslim Ambassadors of those countries. Ruth was also the first Jewish woman asked to be a keynote speaker at a Muslim peace rally organized by the Shi'a Community in LA in January 2007, attended by 1,500 Muslims.

Ruth was honored as an interfaith leader in April 2013 when she was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Advisors of Morehouse College and she was also invited to present at the 2014 and 2016 Annual President's Interfaith Challenge in DC. In 2015 Ruth received a special commendation from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for her inspirational interfaith leadership and that same year she was honored with the "Spirit in Action" interfaith award by the cities of Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster, CA and the U.S Senate.

Ruth co-founded and served for 10 years as Co-Chair of the Southern California Parliament of the World's Religions ( She worked on staff of the Parliament of the World's Religions in 2008-09, and was responsible for initiating and helping to organize 18 Pre-Parliament events in Latin America, the US, and in Israel. She has written more than 70 articles for The Interfaith Observer and her interfaith memoir, MINEFIELDS & MIRACLES: Why God and Allah Need to Talk--considered a primer on interfaith engagement--has received three literary awards and more than 30 endorsements from religious leaders around the world, including H.H .the Dalai Lama.

INTERFAITH: The Musical RehearsalRight: During rehearsal: [L-R] Indian filmmaker Shaison Ouseph; Arranger and Music Director Kc Daugirdas; creator of INTERFAITH: The Musical, Ruth Broyde Sharone; singer Valerie Hazley, and singer Tony Novell.

In 1992, together with her African-American associate, Minister Delores Gray, Ruth co-founded Festival of Freedom, a pioneering world movement to create bridges for friendship and peace through ongoing interfaith pilgrimages to the Holy Land.. People of diverse religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds came together to share their faith stories and re-trace the steps of the Exodus, from Egypt to the Sinai to Jerusalem. This two-week pilgrimage, which took place in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2000, culminated each time in a universal celebration of freedom in Jerusalem. The 1994 Festival of Freedomwas highlighted on a segment of CNN World News.

Ruth was invited to serve as a delegate to the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and in 2000 she received a gold medal in Geneva for her dedication to promoting interfaith dialogue and multi-cultural education. She was also invited to address a UN Roundtable on the theme of "Behind the Lens," highlighting the ability of journalists and filmmakers to promote world peace.

Ruth also wrote, produced, and directed documentaries and educational films for more than 25 years for Encyclopaedia Brittanica, non-profit organizations, and Israeli TV. In 2004 Ruth presented her award-winning documentary “God and Allah Need to Talk” in Barcelona, at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international gathering that was attended by 9,000 people from 85 countries. She then continued to screen the film widely and promote interfaith activity and grass roots involvement in the U.S. and abroad, speaking to churches, mosques, synagogues, and on college campuses.

INTERFAITH: The MusicalRuth released the first CD from INTERFAITH: The Musical in 2015 and the songs became immediate hits when she and her casts performed them live at the Pico Union Project in LA, at universities, global interfaith conferences and in local communities. Since then those audiences have grown larger and increasingly enthusiastic. Both albums are available to fans through the website and on streaming platforms: Spotify, Instagram/Facebook, ITunes, Apple Music, TikTok, and Amazon.

“We are all impatient to see ourselves on the stage as we really are, in all of our magnificent diversity,” Ruth Broyde Sharone says. “At this time of growing divisiveness, audiences are responding to these songs more powerfully than ever.”

In November 2018, Broyde Sharone presented one of the songs (Let’s Make Room at the Table) for a multi-faith audience of 3,500 participants from 80 countries attending the Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto. The response was electric," Ruth recalled. "People sang along with the chorus and they came up to me afterwards asking when they will be able to see the show on Broadway!” That question has been echoed by people from many countries including India, Germany, Switzerland, England Canada and New Zealand—who have written to Ruth, eager for the musical to be performed in their communities.

INTERFAITH: The Musical Volume 2The second album from the musical with 11 new songs was released on December 2, 2021.

On a final note, since 2015 Ruth has been actively mentoring Naveed Hameed, a talented Pakistani filmmaker and peacebuilder engaged in training young people of all faiths to create digital films for peace using their iphones and androids. Ruth believes one of the greatest legacies we can leave behind is that of mentorship.

Link to various videos that people can watch on their own computer:

This is Ruth’s personal request to friends and supporters to help get the word out:

My Dear Friends:

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We can never be grateful enough!

This is my personal request to friends and supporters to help get the word out:

Celebratory Zoom Release Party for 11 NEW songs from Volume 2 of INTERFAITH: THE MUSICAL.

Thursday, December 2, at 6:00 pm PDT.
Here is the zoom link:
Meeting ID: 823 5836 8535
Passcode: 15uU9d

For this December 2 celebration of the new release I am planning to have a lively group of people (with Salon friends present, I hope) on a Zoom call – again that is Thursday, December 2, at 6 PM PDT. I have invited several of the singers to be with us for the occasion and will share music from both albums and give an update about the progress of the play/libretto.

(All “INTERFAITH” songs are available on streaming platforms as well: Spotify, Instagram/Facebook, ITunes, Apple Music, TikTok, and Amazon.) the website:

Thank you Everyone !!!! – Ruth Broyde Sharone


For the time being, the Salon will continue to meet on Zoom. When appropriate, we will meet in person once again at Arroyo del Rey.

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"A Triumph of the Soul"
© Music and Lyrics by Dean LeGrand Carlston, DDS

The ad in the personals said
“I’m looking, for a gentle man of any race
I’m interested in your heart and mind,
walks on the beach talks by the fireplace”
She had been searching for that special one
Love had come and gone before
But deep within her heart she knew that love
would return if she didn’t close the door

He was searching through the ads that day,
heart half filled, soon to be whole
Little did he know the journey ahead
would mark a triumph of the soul
They met for coffee in a small café,
then came walks by moonlight in the park
Cards and letters planted feelings,
as love blossomed and left its mark

How strong is love untested?
What keeps love alive?
It seems when tragedy comes to call,
only the purest love survives

Legs that once had known the marathon,
now require a chair with wheels
But once two hearts have met and souls have touched
Love can replace what fate would steal
Pure love sees beyond the physical,
reason and logic don’t apply
In many ways his body won’t respond;
but the spirit and mind can always fly!

Day by day they fight the battle,
to heal his body make it whole
And today they share their marriage vows,
marking a triumph of the soul
Their life together won’t be easy,
but true love can conquer all
Today we witness the beginning to a triumph of the soul


Music and Lyrics by Leonard Cohen

[Verse 1]
Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do ya?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing "Hallelujah"
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 2]
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 3]
Maybe there's a God above
But all I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
And it's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

[Verse 4]
Baby, I've been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah Baby, I've been here before
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool ya
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah


By Richard Mullan and Jack Richards

He can turn the tides and calm the angry sea;
He alone decides who writes a symphony;
He lights every star that makes our darkness bright;
He keeps watch all through each long and lonely night.
He still finds the time to hear a child’s first prayer;
Saint and sinner call and always find Him there.
Though it makes Him sad to see the way we live,
He always says, “I forgive.”



All 2021 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Please let us know which salons you can attend by calling (626) 449-1238.

With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.

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