By S. Lujuana Bull —
OAKHURST – Longtime area resident, educator and community advocate Rev. Angelo Pizelo, Ph.D. has been named a New Thought Walden Award honoree for 2019.
The Walden Awards honor those who use empowering spiritual ideas and philosophies to change lives and make our planet a better place. The annual awards are sponsored by a partnership of six of the country’s largest New Thought organizations.
Rev. Angelo Pizelo, Ph.D., is first and foremost a teacher. As a public school instructor, then school superintendent for both Bass Lake Elementary and Yosemite Union High School Districts, and eventually founder of the Positive Living Center, he’s dedicated his life to enlightening and uplifting others through education.
Angelo, a Religious Science minister with a doctoral degree in school administration, created the Emerson Theological Institute in 1992 to share universal spiritual principles with anyone seeking a deeper understanding of their own divine identity and the power of their thinking. Students must be “open at the top,” as Ernest Holmes called it — willing to grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and socially.
“The honorees include both well-known individuals and relatively unsung heroes alike, each of whom has made a valuable contribution to furthering the ideas at the core of New Thought,” says Unity Magazine® Editor Katy Koontz, a member of the awards selection committee. “Our goal with the Waldens is not only to honor these fine people and spotlight their notable accomplishments but also to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
Other honorees include Gregg Braden, Andrew Harvey, India Arie, Caroline Myss and Iyanla Vanzant. For a full list of 2019 Walden Award honorees with brief bios, visit WaldenAwards.com.
About the New Thought Walden Awards
Nearly 150 nominations were received from the public and each was considered carefully by a selection committee comprised of representatives from each of six partner organizations.
The committee chose 20 honorees in six categories: New Thought Wisdom, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding, Social and Environmental Activism, Creative Arts and Entertainment, Next Generation (under 40), and Mind/Body Connection and Healing. In addition, two honorees were given Lifetime Achievement awards: Matthew Fox and Edwene Gaines.
The New Thought Walden Award partner organizations include Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living, Association for Global New Thought, Agape International Spiritual Center, Universal Foundation for Better Living, and Affiliated New Thought Network.
Each honoree is profiled in the September/October 2019 issue of Unity Magazine and listed in the September 2019 issue of Science of Mind magazine. Many of the honorees will also be featured in a live online summit on Unity Online Radio (unityonlineradio.org), starting in October 2019.