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Carol Parrish Receives Earl Award
by staff writer, Jul. 21, 1998
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Each year the World Network of Religious Futurists presents "The Earl Award" to recognize the Religious Futurist of the Year. The award is given for outstanding service in advancing the contribution of world religions to the future of humanity.

The award is a clear Scottish moonflower crystal set atop a blue felt pedestal, symboling the prophetic insight which the award winner has offered to the world from their religious tradition.

The Earl Award is named after the late Dr. Earl D.C. Brewer (d. 1993), director of the Center for Religious Research and professor emeritus of religion and society at Emory University. Brewer was a pioneer of the 20th century who placed the study of religion in a futures context. In 1991, he became the first Earl Award winner. Since then, other recipients of the Earl have included Dr. Parker Rossman, Richard J. Spady and Barbara Marx Hubbard.

The Earl Award for 1997 was presented to Rev. Carol E. Parrish-Harra, PhD. in recognition of her education for planetary service through Sancta Sophia Seminary. Rev. Parrish lccc@sanctasophia.org received the Earl in a formal presentation made on July 21st at the World Future Society conference, held in Chicago, Illinois.

Rev. Parrish is the founder and dean of Sancta Sophia Seminary in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She is recognized internationally among the Ageless Wisdom traditions as a teacher, author and speaker on the mystical path of wisdom and renewed spirituality.

A near-death experience at the age of 23 precipitated Carol's spiritual journey. Ordained in 1971, she left a business career to devoted herself to teaching self-realization in Sarasota, Florida. Because so many of Rev. Parrish's students became teachers and ministers themselves, in 1982 she and her husband Charles moved to the beautiful Ozark foothills to establish the intentional community of Sparrow Hawk Village as a home for Sancta Sophia Seminary.

Today Sparrow Hawk Village encompasses 400-acres, in a wooded mountain setting. The community is comprised of some 50 homes, a wellness center, office buildings, classrooms, library, gift shop and bookstore. The community also has their own own water system, volunteer fire department and church.

Villagers are self-supporting people who live, learn, meditate and worship together for the practice of ethical living (Agni Yoga). Students who enroll in Sancta Sophia develop spiritually oriented vocations as teachers, counselors, healing practioners, or ordained ministers in Esoteric Christianity. Various certificates are earned, including master's and doctoral degrees. These programs are completed in residence at the Seminary and through distance learning.

Sophia or "wisdom" in Greek, accents the divine feminine and the work of the Spirit to assist humanity in the quest for wholeness and holiness. Rev. Parrish has authored six books and numerous audiocassettes. Her latest series is Adventures in Meditation--Spirituality for the 21st Century, a three volume set. For more information on Sancta Sophia Seminary, contact: lccc@sanctasophia.org

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