Author, Film Producer, and Lecturer on Topics of Personal Growth and Global Transformation
Cynthia Lukas is a film producer and writer of transformative documentaries that educate, inspire and motivate, celebrating the oneness of humanity. “Rumi Returning,” Lukas’ and Kearns' previous collaboration was filmed on location in Turkey and had its global premiere at the Universal Forum of Cultures in Monterrey, Mexico (Sept., 2007). They have presented it to sold-out audiences at the National Cathedral in Washington D. C., the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) headquarters in Chicago and the Festival of Sufi Culture in Fes, Morocco. It was a featured selection of the Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival.
In addition to being co-producer of “Rumi Returning,” Cynthia is writer and narrator. Since September, 2008, it has been broadcast on more than 330 PBS stations.
Cynthia is a featured speaker at screenings, conferences, workshops and inter-faith gatherings around the world in conjunction with the spiritual documentaries she co-produces. Her topics combine personal growth with global transformation. She delivered the lecture "Why Is Rumi Returning Now?" at the Rumi Alive Festival at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. She presented Rumi Returning to the Middle East Studies Association in Montreal, Canada. In conjunction with the “Let’s Talk About It: Love and Forgiveness” Series co-sponsored by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute, Cynthia led a workshop on “Rumi: Love and Forgiveness” at the Three Rivers Library in Michigan.
Cynthia has presented “Rumi Returning” at numerous colleges and universities to include George Washington University, Wesleyan University and the University of Arizona and presented “The Consciousness of the Christ” at interfaith venues such as the Franciscan Renewal Center and the New Vision Center for Spiritual Living in Arizona.
Lukas has a Master's degree in Communications and has been a college educator for more than 25 years. Her latest book, The Spirit of the Owl: Transforming Grief to Gift, was a finalist for the USA 2006 Book Awards and the 2007 Nautilus Book Awards. A poem from that book, “Wakefulness,” won the National Arizona Authors Assn. Poetry Contest (2005).
Cynthia is also co-producer and a videographer for two films Kearns directed that told the story of Jesus of Nazareth as portrayed in the Gnostic gospels: The Consciousness of The Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a New Humanity, filmed on location in the Holy Lands, and The Coming of the Divine Child of Humankind.
Cynthia is co-producer, writer, and narrator of The Leadership of Love, describing the new "companion leadership" emerging globally and the key role of women and the feminine. The Leadership of Love is partially based on Cynthia's extensive community service, which includes two-terms as a City Councilwoman for Scottsdale, Arizona.
Cynthia is co-producer of Heaven on Earth Creations’ 20th Anniversary Director’s Release of In Remembrance of Martin (the biography of Martin Luther King Jr. which was a national PBS broadcast and official event of the 1987 King Holiday).Heaven on Earth Creations’ current film is Globalized Soul filmed in HD on five continents about the emerging global spirituality that is transforming our world.