Rev. Laura M. George, J.D.
Laura George is a Virginia-based attorney, interfaith minister, author, artist, and spiritual seeker. In 2004, she founded The Oracle Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational charity, whose mission is to assist humanity in making the spiritual shift into the New Millennium. Laura founded Oracle after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, which sparked a deep spiritual awakening within her and prompted her to start writing about the dangers of religious fundamentalism and the upcoming paradigm shift.
Laura was born in 1961at the Navy base in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her father was a naval officer and later Director of the Arms Control Agency, and her mother was a public school special-ed teacher. Raised Catholic, Laura began questioning her birth religion at an early age, and as an adult, she embarked on a study of the world’s religions in an attempt to find the “Truth.” Today, her search continues.
In 1983, Laura graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, with dual concentrations in Management Information Systems and Human Resources Management. In 1986, she graduated cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where she worked in the legal aid program. For the next six years, Laura practiced law, working for Venable, Baetjer, and Howard in McLean, VA, for Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond, VA, and then running her own law practice while raising her three children. Her husband at the time also worked for a law firm, specializing in the area of intellectual property.
In 1992, Laura took a sabbatical from the law to concentrate on her family and her more ethereal interests: painting, writing, and the performing arts. It was during this time that she began her spiritual quest in earnest and studied with a Zoroastrian master. She also exhibited her art at King Street Studios in Leesburg, VA, wrote several feature-length screenplays, and performed as a member of the George Mason University Ensemble Theater Program, at Le Neon Theater in Arlington, VA, and in several commercial and Hollywood film productions.
In 1994, Laura divorced and then moved with her three small children to a farm in rural Leesburg, VA. She returned to the practice of law but remained dedicated to her quest for spiritual understanding. By 2000, Laura was steadfastly working at finding answers to the religious questions that had haunted her since childhood, and when 9/11 hit, Laura had an intense spiritual awakening that would forever change the course of her life ...
Thereafter, Laura founded The Oracle Institute and began writing the first book in the Oracle foundational trilogy: The Truth: About the Five Primary Religions (2006). Her debut work won the Bronze Medal from the Independent Publishers Association. Laura co-authored the second book in the trilogy, The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm (2010), with luminaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pastor Brian McLaren, Bill McKibben, Maya Angelou, Alex Grey, and Wendell Berry. Currently, Laura is composing the last book in the trilogy, The Light: And the New Human (due 2015).
Through Laura’s leadership over the last decade, Oracle has established an award-winning publishing house, a multi-faith spirituality school, and a nationally networked peacebuilding practice. Starting in 2012, Laura has overseen construction of Oracle's new retreat center and multi-faith sanctuary – the "Peace Pentagon" – on a stunning site in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia along the New River, the oldest river in the Western Hemisphere. The facility is now half-built, and Laura continues to fundraise to fully manifest the Peace Pentagon.
Laura also is preparing for the release of Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom, written by Yuval Ron and with a Foreword by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, head of the Sufi Order International. Yuval is known as the “Peace Musician,” and he regularly tours the Middle East with his multi-faith ensemble. He also performed at the “Seeds of Compassion” festival for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Additionally, Laura is working on the “Building the New World” conference, which will take place at Radford University in May 2015. This international convention of peacebuilders and lightworkers will be using Barbara Marx Hubbard’s “full-spectrum model” for sustainable and spiritual living in the 21st Century. This 11-sector model also is the template for Oracle’s “Valley of Light” project in the New River Valley of Virginia, a futuristic micro-community akin to Damanhur in Italy.
Laura is available for public appearances and can be reached at the Institute: Laura@TheOracleInstitute.org