Marianne Williamson (born July 8, 1952) is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. She has published nine books, including four New York Times #1 bestsellers.Her newest book, THE AGE OF MIRACLES: Embracing the New Midlife, was published in January 2008 and spent five weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her latest professional venture is a weekly radio show on "Oprah & Friends", which airs on XM Satellite Radio.
Williamson is a minister in the Unity Church. The driving force behind her philosophy is to offer a New Thought approach to spirituality.
She graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where her roommate was now-legendary film producer Lynda Obst.
She addresses both established Christianity and Judaism in statements such as "You've committed no sins, just mistakes." Her earliest renown was for her talks on A Course in Miracles, a step-by-step method for choosing love over fear. She credits her breakthrough to Oprah Winfrey, who invited her on to The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss Williamson's first book A ...