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Jay Speights is an award winning author, chaplain, spiritual coach, and Director of The New Seminary, the oldest Interfaith Seminary in the world. His multi-faith approach has lead him to continuously search for common universal truths about God, creation, and existence. Jay believes we must always strive to be attuned to our Higher Self, which is reflected in his discipline of prayer, meditation, daily spiritual practice and writing.
For many years he was a contributor to The Washington Times Online Edition and religionandspirituality.com, where he provided social, spiritual, and political commentary focused on getting people to interact and relate on a higher level. A November 2009 Post from his Washington Times Blog , motivated the City Council of Washington, DC, to pass a resolution declaring March 20, 2010, "Polite Day". The resolution was the result of his post asking the DC Government to appeal to DC residents, political leaders and commuters to be more polite and civil as they move about their neighborhoods and business in the city. In November 2007 he received the Humanitarian Award from The Punjabi Literary Society for Distinguished Commentary at Lincoln Center in New York for his commentary about the how Sikhs are subjected to harsh treatment because of their faith and cultural tradition
Jay is a graduate of Howard University, where he earned a BA in Political Science and MA in Public Affairs. In 2005, he graduated from The New Seminary For Interfaith Studies in New York, was ordained by The Interfaith Temple also in New York, and is enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary for postgraduate work in Ecumenism. He has two grown daughters and lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife Damaris, two dogs and bird