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In compliance with the Alameda County Health Officer's shelter-in-place order, Agape Bay Area's Sunday services will take place via Zoom.  You are lovingly invited to participate either online or on your phone. 


Following are directions for participation. The Zoom information for this week and for each Sunday meditation, celebration, Magnify Your Life Circle, Community Visioning and Sunday Practitioner Core meeting are the same. There is only  one set of instructions.


Sunday Celebration Service

Join us Every Sunday using these links:


Morning Meditation   10:30 AM - 10:50 AM  PDT

Sunday Celebration Service 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Magnify Your Life    12:45 AM - 1:15 PM

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Infinite love,

Rev. Joan

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Beloved Community,


As the Coronavirus situation continues to unfold, we want to provide an update on Agape Bay Area’s response and actions.  We are deeply concerned for the well-being of our spiritual community, as well as the greater community.  While we know the highest Truth of wholeness and wellness of all, we also want to be discerning and wise in our actions.  That being said, we provide this information, so you can feel reassured and clear about how we are handling this challenge.


First and foremost, aware of local health guidelines Kahilla is closed through April 7. 2020.  Sunday service can only be seen using ZOOM as described above.


Second, we are grounded and steeped in knowing the Truth of perfect health and peace of mind and heart for all.  In the midst of this, the omniactivity of Spirit is ever present.  We put the news in its proper perspective, refusing to buy into mass fear and panic.  Serenity, strength, and trust in the Infinite are ours.  We lean into the knowingness that divine order and right action are established now.


Third, we ask that you take care of yourselves. When you come on Sunday, please be sure to abide by these recommendations:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use hand sanitizer (on dry hands) if you are unable to wash your hands.

  • Do not touch your face.

  • Cover your mouth with your elbow or tissue if you sneeze or cough.

  • Disinfect your cell phones and other mobile devices.  

Finally, we ask that you continue to pray for and support Agape Bay Area. Whether you are here or not, we continue to operate and appreciate your financial assistance.  Contribute to a greater good during this challenging time by donating online at, or you can send a check to Agape Bay Area, c/o Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand St., Piedmont, CA 94610.  We appreciate you so much for your consistent financial support of Agape Bay Area.  Thank you!


The leadership and I continue to stay on top of current health recommendations and will provide updates as necessary.  Know that you are deeply loved and appreciated, and we are here to support you during this time of challenge and opportunity.  If you desire a brief prayer, you can find the contact information for practitioners on our website where you can also submit a prayer request.


Infinite love and richest blessings,

Rev. Joan

Agape Bay Area Membership 

Become a Founding Member

Agape Bay Area is having a Founding Membership drive this month and all of April until April 26, 2020 when Rev Joan will "install all new members" to Agape Bay Area during the in-person service (if applicable).


Contact Val Roberts with your interest:





Month you were born


Members responsibilities: 

Have regular spiritual practices

Openness to volunteer or leadership roles

Quantifiable Prosperity Giving


Members perks:

Annual complementary practitioner check up in month you were born

10% off new class or next class


Agape Bay Area Ministers and Board of Trustees joyfully announce our new spiritual home, Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont 94610.  10:30 AM meditation service, followed by our celebration service at 11 AM. 

This move has been divinely guided in every way.  For a few months, it has come up in vision.  When it became apparent we needed to move by the end of the year, we found our new home within a couple of weeks, thanks to board members who searched and found.  This is yet another example demonstrating that within the vision is its fulfillment. 


Kehilla is an amazing community that serves the surrounding community in many ways.  We are blessed by them and know they are blessed by our presence.


We affirm for all a New Year filled with love, joy, and the manifestation of unlimited possibilities!

Signing the Contract for our New Home

Kehilla Community Synagogue

As we settle into our wonderful new home at Kehilla Synagogue, there are bound to be changes, which is always an opportunity for growth and transformation.  There are certain days, times, and spaces that are available.  For this reason, we need to release our Wednesday evening service.  Thank you, Robert Pomonis, for organizing it and practitioners for your inspiration and loving presence.

We will announce a winter class soon, and it will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 since we need to be totally off the premises by 9:30 due to neighborhood restrictions.  Stay tuned!


Kehilla is a wonderful community and location, which will serve us well.  We are so grateful for their flexibility with us and for being able to continue Sunday services at the same time and in a convenient location.  As we enthusiastically enter our year of Unlimited Possibilities, we are anchored in the consciousness of Oneness, Love, and Abundance.  Vision has brought us to this place, and vision continues to flood us with amazing opportunities!  


Agape Bay Area is a Principle-centered, compassionate, inclusive community committed to being an expression of the power, presence, and substance of The Divine in every aspect of life.

We value and practice generosity and service to the local and global communities. We teach and model spiritual principles that stimulate self discovery, creativity, and awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. We are a safe, empowering environment that develops and supports awakened living for individuals, families, and communities. 

We learn together. We love together.

We rise in consciousness together.

The essence of Agape is best described by its founder, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith:


“When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center and community in 1986, we 'visioned' it as a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet." That’s why it was named “Agape,” which in Greek means unconditional love. Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of the One indefinable yet unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and soul. 

Our Board of Trustees

An AGAPE Community

Founding Minister

Rev. TJ Woodward is an Agape ordained minister, spiritual author, inspirational speaker, awakening coach and revolutionary recovery specialist who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. 


He is the founding minister of Agape Bay Area and served as the senior minister for over a year. Previous to serving as the senior minister of Agape Bay Area, TJ served as the founding spiritual director of Awakened Living from 2012- 2017. He also served as the ministerial associate of Unity San Francisco from 2008-2011.


He is the graduate of both the Spiritual Development and Spiritual Leadership programs, at Unity Institute. Additionally, he is the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method which is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and  treating addiction.

TJ is also in private practice as a spiritual counselor and awakening coach, and the host of Conscious Being Radio on Unity Online Radio. TJ is the author of the books, Conscious Being: Awakening to Your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction.

Rev. TJ Woodward
Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman has been an ordained Agape and Centers for Spiritual Living minister for 19 years.  She has served as the Senior Minister of our beloved community since January 2019. Prior to that, she served as the assistant minister and assistant spiritual director of Agape Bay Area starting in 2015. Our community is blessed to be guided by her consciousness and leadership.


A few years ago, she reFIRed, releasing her position as Spiritual Leader at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living where she served for fifteen years.  Previous to that, she was an assistant minister at the Agape International Spiritual Center for two years and a licensed spiritual practitioner for thirteen years.

In 1986, she joined Dr. Michael Beckwith and was a founding member of Agape where she served in many capacities.  Rev. Joan was on the Vision Core and the original Board of Trustees. 


She was the founder and director of One From the Heart, the pastoral care ministry at Agape.  Under her leadership, that ministry grew and became one of the largest pastoral care ministries in the New Thought movement.  While at Agape, she also facilitated accredited classes and many workshops centering in the mystical aspect of New Thought/Ancient Wisdom.

   Rev Verona Garland is an Emerson Theological Credentialed Interfaith and Religious Science Minister.


She serves as the founding minister of Blossoming Truth Global Ministries-a ministry dedicated to joyously opening to Spirit's Invitation of Delight, Play, and Transformation and as Assistant Minister at Agape Bay Area.

   Rev Verona's ministry encompasses classes, workshops, spiritual exploration, global cultural learning, prosperity mentoring, and spiritual counseling.


Her speaking includes: The Lighthouse Center for Spiritual Living ,The Gathering, Unity Center for Inspired Living-Brentwood , 1st Church of Religious Science Vallejo, Corinthian Baptist Church,  Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, and Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living.

   Rev Verona's effervescent enthusiasm is sourced in her desire to bud, blossom, and bloom in Spirit. She serves playfully, boldly, wondrously, and joyously opening to the Divine Potentiality within each and every Expression of the One.

Rev. Verona Garland

Assistant Minister


Upcoming Events

Sunday Celebration Service

 April 5th

Rev. TJ Woodward

Rising Above Collective Consciousness

Accepting Impermanence


Nothing is permanent in the outer realm. When we make peace with this fundamental truth, we allow ourselves to shift into a way of being in the world that connects with what is permanent, which is Source ­– that which we truly are. So, as we open and let go of our normal way of seeing and being, we recognize that there is a deeper level of awareness, and we can live from this greater reality.


When we struggle to grasp onto or control things in the outer realm, we are usually acting from a sense of helplessness about what's happening internally. We don’t know how to process what lies in the shadow, so we clutch at permanence, at security, at “stuff.” If we need to believe that things last forever, then we won’t have the perspective that comes with the longer view. It will feel as if whatever we’re experiencing now is all there is, whether that’s a depressive episode, a bit of good fortune, or a loss. Fortunately, when we make peace with impermanence in the outer realm we get to connect with what is permanent. And once we have made a deep connection with the bedrock of our being, we can recognize that what’s happening in the outer realm is far less significant. From this space of Spirit, we get to witness the changing events of life as fleeting on a fundamental level. 


Rev TJ Woodward  Conscious Recovery, page 114


Sunday Celebration Service

 April 5th


Rev. TJ Woodward

Rising Above Collective Consciousness


2020  Unlimited Possibilities


Morning Meditation

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sunday Celebration Service

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Magnify Your Life

12:30 AM - 1:00 PM

 “The purpose of the Magnify your Life Circle, which takes place post-Sunday-service for 30 minutes one the back of the sanctuary.  It is an opportunity for individuals to share how the service impacted them and how they are going to apply the teachings in their lives.”



1:30 PM - 3:30 PM



Rev. TJ Woodward - April 5

Rising Above Collective Consciousness


Rev. Joan Steadman - April 12

The Birthing Season

Rev. Verona Garland - April 19

 What’s This Yeast For?

Rev. Joan Steadman - April 26

Service To the One That We See

Sunday Mornings

PLEASE JOIN US every Sunday morning for our Sunday Celebration!

MEDITATION -10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

SERVICE - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Kehilla Community Synagogue

1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont, CA 94610

Theme for 2020:

Umlimited Possibilities

January - Welcoming the Vision

February - Love Unlimited

March - Planting Seeds of Possibilities

April - Rising to Your Unlimited Possibilities

May - Abundant Acceptance

June - Just Say Yes

July - Freedom As

August - Ego’s Blessings -

The Gifts of Imperfection

September - See It, Know It, Feel It

October - Reaping Our Harvest - 

All Needs Met

November - Commitment to the Divine

December - Powerful Points of Light.



Rev. TJ Woodward - March 1

Living in the Infinite Possibilities 


Rev. Joan Steadman - March 8

The Probability of Possibility


Rev. Verona - March 15

Horticulturalist Supreme or Seedling Rookie, What Do You Choose?

Rev. Joan Steadman - March 22

 From Possibility to Visibility

(Cindy Edelson, ALSP - March 29

 A Watched Pot Never Boils -

Letting Your seeds Grow in Faith and Trust





Michael Allen

Beverly Green

Bonnie Sita

Christine Breit

Robyn Rice Olmstead  ALSP

Spiritual Practitioners are available for prayer support and spiritual counseling sessions. (for a fee) Please contact them directly to set up an appointment.

“A practitioner is not merely a body of knowledge, but rather a state of consciousness that realizes oneness with the Infinite.  Dedicated to first demonstrating New Thought / Ancient Wisdom principles within their own life, a practitioner then serves as a spiritually therapeutic agent of the Spirit for the upliftment of every man, woman and child who requests healing of body, mind and spirit."

-Rev Michael Beckwith

Cindy Edelson  ALSP

Leena St.Michael, ALSP






Jacquie Onipede

Robert Pomonis

Lina Quesada

Sandra Smith

Rena Keslar


Practitioners Ministry

Rev. Joan Steadman

Education Ministry

Rev. Joan Steadman

Community Outreach Ministry

Sandra Smith

Compassionate Care

Cindy Edelson

Prayer Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

Youth and Family Ministry

Bonnie Sita

The Authentic Heart Singles Ministry

Beverly Green

Our Ministry Teams are here for you.

"Being part of a service team has been one of the greatest joys in my life."

- Member of Agape Bay Area

Please join one of our ministry teams and assist us in fulfilling our mission to awaken human consciousness.


Greeter/Usher Ministry

Robert Pomonis

Expansion Ministry

Rev. TJ Woodward

Prosperity Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

Music Ministry

Jescie France: Choir Director

Helen Bernard Gray: Music Director

Hospitality Ministry

Alison Williams

Special Events Ministry

Cindy Edelson

Facilities Ministry



We look forward to connecting with you!



Kehilla Synagogue,

1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont 94610