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Learning to Pray

With James Martin SJ
Episode 44

Learning to Pray

With James Martin SJ

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Being a Changemaker | Building a Principled World

With Magda Wierzycka, Among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
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The Art of Personality: A Sufi Perspective

With Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine, Legendary Sufi Teacher

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

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Learning to Pray

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How to Build Character

With Angela Duckworth, Pioneering Psychologist and Bestselling Author of GRIT

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
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How to Build Character

With Angela Duckworth, Pioneering Psychologist and Bestselling Author of GRIT

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
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How to Build Character

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What does it take to rise from humble beginnings and ascend to great heights of business success? What should one do when one has deep love for one’s community, and yet finds it ridden with critical ethical and social problems? And how can one be a changemaker and seek to build a more principled world in a time of increasing uncertainty and polarization?

Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Magda Wierzycka, self-made billionaire, changemaker, and among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women,” live on Intersections this Thursday, October 7 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).

Magda’s story is a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us. Her rise from her humble beginnings to the highest echelons of African business, and then her transformation into a trailblazing reformer of business and society, is the stuff that legends are made of.

Born in Poland, Magda and her family escaped the country during the collapse of its communist regime, spent months in Austrian refugee camps, and eventually immigrated to South Africa, when she was only 12, with limited resources, and little understanding of the local language or culture. Persevering through years of social and political uncertainty, Magda went on from being a product development and investments actuary at Southern Life, launching a venture capital business, to becoming the Founder and Executive Chairman of Sygnia, one of the largest financial services companies in the country. She is also a leading anti-corruption activist, speaking out against exploitation, bribery, and fraud—or as she refers to it, “being on the right side of the equation.” In 2020, Forbes magazine listed her among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.”

Join us live on Intersections where you will learn about:

  1. Magda’s entrepreneurial journey, fraught with personal sacrifices, unprecedented risks, and surprising twists
  2. Managing our internal dialogue and integrating opposing viewpoints to lead change and reform our businesses and society

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What human qualities do we really seek in our colleagues, friends, family, and even more so, in our own selves? Could personality-building be the purest art form, and if so, what human qualities represent its essence? How can we engage in personality-building and learn to fully express all dimensions of our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions? This webcast offers a soul-stirring escape into the world of Indian Sufism (also known as Universal Sufism), as taught by the legendary Hazrat Inayat Khan, who started "The Sufi Order in the West" in the early part of the 20th century.

Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine, legendary Sufi teacher, live on Intersections on Thursday, September 2 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).

Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine is a descendant of an ancient family of Sufi saints, poets and musicians. Through his father, Shaikh-ul-Mashaik M.P. Maheboob Khan and Uncle, Pir-o-Murshid Jagirdar Muhammed Ali Khan, brother and cousin-brother respectively of the famous Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mahmood learned Indian Sufism from within, both in theory and practice. Since then, Mahmood has fully devoted himself to the preservation and enhancement of the Indian, mystical and musical tradition of his Father and Uncles, thus becoming profoundly involved in Sufi mysticism and culture—and the general question of the spiritual dimension in modern life, its observance and particular requirements. In 2018, on behalf of the King of the Netherlands, Mahmood was granted the rank of a knight-officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services to Sufism.

Mahmood deeply values and seeks to promote the memory of his first cousin Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, the World War II heroine and famous British spy, whom he knew well and of whom he preserves fond recollections. For a century short of seven years of involvement in Inayatian Indian Sufism, “Arch Shaikh” Mahmood Khan may be regarded as having an exceptional position within the Sufi world. He is the only as yet living family member who has personally and very intensely worked with the Hazrat Inayat Khan’s brothers and his Inayatide cousins, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the current Sufi leader and his American nephew, Pir Zia Inayat Khan Maulabakhsh.

It is the continual inclination to produce beauty which helps one to develop art in the personality…[How] readily man is inclined to learn outer refinement, and how slow many souls are to develop that art inwardly…[Outer] manner is meaningless if it is not prompted by the inner impulse towards beauty.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Join us live on Intersections on and walk away with key insights on:

  1. The 11 building blocks of personality-building, as taught in Indian Sufism
  2. How to refine and thoughtfully express our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions
  3. The luminous life of Hazrat Inayat Khan and the heroic personal journey of Noor Inayat Khan

What role can prayer play in helping us connect with our Inner Core, and cultivating a deeper relationship with God? Could prayer be a valuable tool for personal growth and transformation, even for those who do not profess an active faith? What different forms can prayer take, and how can we benefit the most from our everyday practice of it?

Listen to Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in an inspiring conversation with James Martin SJ, a Jesuit priest, New York Times bestselling author, and one of America’s acclaimed spiritual leaders, exclusively on Intersections.

Fr. James Martin got his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Wharton School at UPenn., then worked at General Electric before joining the Jesuits, earning graduate degrees in theology and philosophy, and being ordained a priest in 1999. He serves as the editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America. Fr. Martin is a frequent commentator on the life and teachings of Jesus, and on Ignatian spirituality (as inspired by the life and teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola). In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Martin as a consultant to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.

Fr. Martin is also a prolific author and has published several books including the New York Times bestseller The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, and more recently, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. He has appeared in both national and international media including CNN, NPR, Time, The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

In this Intersections episode, Fr. James Martin reveals:

  1. His personal journey—from a rewarding career in corporate America to becoming a Jesuit priest
  2. The true meaning of prayer and what to expect when you pray
  3. How to experiment and discover which prayer method may work best for you in service of your highest aspirations in life

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