Dena  Merriam

Dena Merriam

Dena Merriam founded the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW), bringing spiritual resources to address global challenges, such as conflict, social justice and ecological scarring of the earth. She has consistently worked to bring greater gender balance & balance between the Abrahamic & Dharma based religious traditions for a more inclusive interfaith movement. Merriam served as Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders held at the UN in NYC in 2000. Ms. Merriam received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University in sacred literature & has served on the boards of organizations such as the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions; the Interfaith Center of New York; the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy; and the Manitou Foundation. In 2014, she received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts. She is the author of My Journey Through Time and The Untold Story of Sita. For more information visit