Unity-and-Diversity World Council
An international coordinating body devoted to linking
metaphysical and New Age groups. It was originally formed as
the International Cooperation Council, and it has been led for
three decades by its coordinator Leland Stewart. The council
seeks to coordinate cultural and religious organizations that, in
their own ways, ‘‘foster the emergence of a new universal person
and a civilization based on unity in diversity among all peoples.’’
Formed to propagate ideals of unity during International
Cooperation Year, it was voted into being in 1965 by the
General Assembly of the United Nations. The Unity-andDiversity
World Council continues its work of publicizing the
aims and ideas of humanitarian groups that bring together the
methods and discoveries of modern science with the insights of
religion, philosophy, and the arts. Much of this synthesis is concerned
with developing areas of awareness in human consciousness
and unorthodox healing techniques.
In its early period, the council took part in a New Age Institute
directed toward public and private education. A WorldView
Exploration Seminar, formed in spring 1969, grew out of
the Fifth Annual International Cooperation Festival, composed
primarily of professionals from the fields of science, religion,
art, education, and philosophy, who met on the campus of the
California State College at Los Angeles to explore ‘‘the meaning
of the new universal person and the world civilization.’’
In place of the magazine The Cooperator, the Unity-andDiversity
Council now issues the monthly newsletter Spectrum
and also publishes a World Directory of affiliated organizations
from its headquarters at 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., Ste. 22, Los Angeles,
CA 90066-6915.