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AGAPE BAY AREA: A CENTER FOR AWAKENED LIVING

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We value and celebrate diversity.  We welcome, cherish, and embrace everyone and all forms of expression.  We know and affirm the One Life that expresses in infinitely diverse forms.  We are a safe, empowering environment for all.

AGAPE BAY AREA SUNDAY SERVICE

AGAPE WILL HOLD SUNDAY SERVICES VIA ZOOM

and LIVE STREAMING ON FACEBOOK

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Sunday Celebration Service

May 16

 

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

  "Will You RSVP?"

 

Musicians:

 

:

Helen Bernard Gray    Debra Santa Maria

­Helen’s musical career started with a tour with Richard Penniman (Little Richard).  toured Canada as part of the New Supremes and Switzerland, Germany, U.S. and Italy with her sister as the Duncan Sisters. While living in Memphis, TN, she worked at Ardent Studio with William Tanner Productions as a jingle singer and on-call session singer.  She also worked at Shoe Productions as an on-call session singer and with Willie Mitchell and Al Green in the Studios.  She opened the “new” Club Handy on Beal Street and Marmalade’s in Memphis, TN.   She recorded 5 albums for Three Hats Production (THP) out of Toronto Canada when Disco was popular music. She did back-up on U2’s “ Rattle and Hum” album. She longs to sing for an appreciative audience.

Helen has been singing since the age of four and started singing in the Baptist Church with her family.  Helen is the Musical Director for Agape Bay Area and has also served as their Choir Director. Helen joined the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living (First Church of Religious Science) in 2004 where she met Larry Steelman and was a featured soloists in the choir.  She worked as director of the Joy! Choir for the past ten years with Larry and also in a group called Shugga.  They play local clubs in the Bay. She is featured soloists in many of the Spiritual Centers in the Bay area.

Debra Santa Maria is keyboardist from Oakland California. She has extensive experience in entertaining live audiences from touring internationally, to Bay Area clubs such as Yoshi’s Oakland, the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, to concert venues, including the Oakland Coliseum, in addition to many different spiritual centers around the bay.


 

Her deep compassion and enthusiasm for playing music can always be seen and definitely felt, when performing for live audiences. Her extended use of layered sounds in her keyboard playing, always creates a very full and thoughtful instrumental foundation. It’s in this awareness, that many vocalists, fellow musicians, and even those in the audiences, appreciate and continually request for Debra’s playing presence.

Much could be said, but suffice it to say that Debra and Helen love to share their music to an appreciative audience.

Join Our Service

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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    12:40 AM - 1:10 PM

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Pleas use this same link for all services.

 

Infinite love,

Rev. Joan

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GOOD NEWS!  Agape Bay Area is now on Amazon Smile, which means that it receives a small percentage of every sale when people select Agape Bay Area as their charity of choice.  Simply go to smile.amazon.com and choose Agape Bay Area  Center For Awakened Living.  Every time you make a purchase, go to smile.amazon.com, make your purchase, and Agape will automatically receive money.  It's such an easy way to support our community financially.  Thank you!

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Agape Bay Area Membership 

If you desire to become a member of Agape Bay Area,

please contact  Val Roberts with your interest:  robertsv991@gmail.com

Name

Address

Phone

Email

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

WHO WE ARE

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

Virginia Chapman, President - 

virginiajillchapman@gmail.com

Valerie Roberts, Vice President/Interim Treasurer - Robertsv991@gmail.com

Jennifer Quesada, Secretary - iamjenniferquesada@gmail.com

Rev. Cindy Edelson -

 cindy.edelson@gmail.com

Rev. Verona Garland -

 revverona1@gmail.com

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman -

 whollyone@comcast.net

Jim Binder -

conocejames@gmail.com 

Lucy Ragnelli

lucyragnelli@gmail.com

R Lane

rlane@luxuryspatherapy.com

An AGAPE Community

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Rev. Verona Garland

Assistant Minister

Rev Verona is an Emerson Theological Institute credentialed Interfaith and Religious Science Minister.

With the recent launch of “ Uniting In Love”, which celebrates life’s passages, her joint ministries ( Blossoming Truth Global Ministries) expansively serve in delight, joy, exhilaration, and sacred thanksgivings.

Rev Verona’s ministerial endeavors include inspirational speaking, spiritual counseling, curriculum writing, teaching, Playshops, and global exploration in Oneness. She specializes in abundance mentoring, prospering possibilities, and ageless source and supply teachings. As a Certified Freedom Coach, she brings emotional integration processes to the depths of transformative growth.

Rev Verona’s verve, effervescence, and joy are sourced in her desire to serve, grow in, and radiate the Divine. In playfulness, innovation, and sacredness she holds, uplifts, and affirms all Beings in the discovery, acceptance, and celebration of their own Luminescence, Power, and Presence!

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Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman is the Senior Minister of Agape Bay Area, A Center For Awakened Living, a satellite of Agape International Spiritual Center. She was the Spiritual Leader at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living for fifteen years. While there, she established Season For Nonviolence in the community. Rev. Joan was a founding member of the Agape International Spiritual Center with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith where she served as a practitioner, an assistant minister, and founding director of One From The Heart, the Pastoral Care Ministry. She also served as interim minister at the East Bay Church of Religious Science in Oakland for a year. At an early age, her spiritual roots were fostered as a Roman Catholic nun in the Immaculate Heart Community for nine years.

 

Rev. Joan is widely known as an authentic and skilled facilitator and a dynamic speaker. Currently, she oversees the Education Ministry at Agape Bay Area where she facilitates certified Agape classes. She has spoken and facilitated workshops and retreats nationwide at New Thought conventions and conferences, as well as secular organizations. She has written curricula for Centers for Spiritual Living and for the Agape University and has authored articles and meditations in the Science of Mind Magazine, New Thought Magazine, and Inner Visions. Rev. Joan has been on the faculty of Holmes Institute and the Agape University. She continues to mentor students and new ministers. In addition to her many ministerial activities, Rev. Joan is also a widely sought out spiritual counselor and serves clients nationwide.

 

For several years, Rev. Joan was on the Advisory Council of Association For Global New Thought. She has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and received the Gandhi King Ikeda Award for fostering the spirit of peace and unity in the community. She has received honorary Doctorates of Divinity from Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape International Spiritual Center. On the occasion of releasing the Oakland Center For Spiritual Living, Mayor Jean Quan presented her with the Mayor’s Proclamation from the City of Oakland, and Representative Barbara Lee honored her with a special congressional recognition.

 

Her two daughters, Sara Nielsen and JoAna Edwards, and three granddaughters, Amber, Annabelle, and Emma, have blessed her with unconditional love and joy.

 

Rev. Joan’s vision is to contribute to the evolution of humanity through the embodiment of Divine Love, and her primary orientation is mysticism, which informs all that she does.

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Rev. Cindy Edelson

Staff Minister

Rev. Cindy Edelson is a new graduate (2020) from the Michael Bernard Beckwith School of Ministry at Agape International.  She has served as interning Minister of our beloved community since January 2018.

 

Rev. Cindy has been a practitioner and Spiritual Counselor since 2002. Being a practitioner of almost 20 years is Rev Cindy's passion paved the way into two businesses she owns:

Letting it Go - Helping people Declutter, emotions, beliefs, and stuff that no longer serve and Letting it Flow - Providing a space to create Art from the Heart, teaching Paint Parties and Spiritual Principles that help clear the path for the flow of creativity.

Both of these businesses provide workshops, classes, and one on one counseling. Rev Cindy utilizes her Energy Codes Master Trainer education certification from Dr. Sue Morter in everything she offers. 

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Rev. TJ Woodward

Founding Minister

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. 

www.tjwoodward.com

Assistant Minister

 
 
 

Upcoming Events

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Somatic Practice Class

In this class, you have the opportunity to become aware of stressful holding patterns which can be undone by initiating small incremental, step by step, micro movements within your bodily form. These exercises are practiced while seated and have the ability to manage fear, doubt, worry, and anxiety. 

The class consists of two consecutive Saturdays, two hours in length.

May 15, 2021: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

May 22, 2021: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

In the initial class meeting, an overview of somatic practice will be defined. You will be provided an opportunity to practice subtle somatic movements.

The class is designed for individuals to share with the facilitator; however, there is no pressure to share. 

This is a safe space.

In the class you will learn:

• To disorganize bodily tension utilizing subtle micro movements.

• To form inner peace and calm by disorganizing anxious bodily patterns of stress.

• How your body overextends itself gearing up for action and how to work with oneself to form inner stability.

• How to form healthy boundaries.

 

Facilitators:

The class is facilitated by Robert Pomonis, ALSP, 20 years of somatic practice experience, and MM Riccio, MA, Teaching Assistant, 37 years of somatic practice experience. 

Tuition: Love Offering

Disclaimer:

The class format is not designed to treat psychological or medical issues such as trauma, pain, and or recovery. Please contact licensed professionals specializing in these areas of treatment.

Here is the Eventbrite Link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somatic-practice-class-tickets-150434524713

Senior Minister

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The Agape Hour

 

        Every week on Friday.

  

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Every 2nd Sunday

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Contact:

Robyn Rice Olmstead, ALSP

robynriceolmstead@gmail.com 

 Community Visioning

Every 4th Sunday

at 1:30 pm

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2021  Soaring to New Heights

SUNDAY MORNINGS ON ZOOM

Morning Meditation

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sunday Celebration Service

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

COMMUNITY VISIONING

Every 4th Sunday

12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

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Sunday Celebration Service

May 16

 

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

  "Will You RSVP?"

 

Musicians:

 

:

Helen Bernard Gray    Debra Santa Maria

­Helen’s musical career started with a tour with Richard Penniman (Little Richard).  toured Canada as part of the New Supremes and Switzerland, Germany, U.S. and Italy with her sister as the Duncan Sisters. While living in Memphis, TN, she worked at Ardent Studio with William Tanner Productions as a jingle singer and on-call session singer.  She also worked at Shoe Productions as an on-call session singer and with Willie Mitchell and Al Green in the Studios.  She opened the “new” Club Handy on Beal Street and Marmalade’s in Memphis, TN.   She recorded 5 albums for Three Hats Production (THP) out of Toronto Canada when Disco was popular music. She did back-up on U2’s “ Rattle and Hum” album. She longs to sing for an appreciative audience.

Helen has been singing since the age of four and started singing in the Baptist Church with her family.  Helen is the Musical Director for Agape Bay Area and has also served as their Choir Director. Helen joined the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living (First Church of Religious Science) in 2004 where she met Larry Steelman and was a featured soloists in the choir.  She worked as director of the Joy! Choir for the past ten years with Larry and also in a group called Shugga.  They play local clubs in the Bay. She is featured soloists in many of the Spiritual Centers in the Bay area.

Debra Santa Maria is keyboardist from Oakland California. She has extensive experience in entertaining live audiences from touring internationally, to Bay Area clubs such as Yoshi’s Oakland, the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, to concert venues, including the Oakland Coliseum, in addition to many different spiritual centers around the bay.


 

Her deep compassion and enthusiasm for playing music can always be seen and definitely felt, when performing for live audiences. Her extended use of layered sounds in her keyboard playing, always creates a very full and thoughtful instrumental foundation. It’s in this awareness, that many vocalists, fellow musicians, and even those in the audiences, appreciate and continually request for Debra’s playing presence.

Much could be said, but suffice it to say that Debra and Helen love to share their music to an appreciative audience.

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THEME FOR MAY

EMOTE, INVITE, EXTEND

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - May 2

"Your Soul’s Invitation"

 

Rev. Verona Garland - May 9

"Where Did I File That Evite? "

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - May 16

  "Will You RSVP? "

Rev. Cindy Edelson - May 23

"Mrs. Toad’s Wild Ride"

Rev. T.J. Woodward - May 30

"Saying Yes to the Summons

of Your Soul"

Sunday Mornings

SUNDAY SERVICE CELEBRATION

PLEASE JOIN US every Sunday morning for our

Sunday Celebrationon on ZOOM.

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 2021:

Soaring to New Heights

January - Beginning Anew;

February - Wings of Love;

March - Roots and Fruits;

April - Your Vibrant Life!;

May - Emote, Invite, Extend;

June - Cosmic Order.

THEME FOR JUNE

COSMIC ORDER

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - June 6

"God’s Got This!"

 

Rev. Verona Garland - June 13

"Our Extraterrestrial Role "

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman - June 20

 “On Purpose With a Passion”

Rev. Cindy Edelson - June 27

"A Cosmic Birth"

 

 

 

 

Beverly Green namasteyou57@gmail.com

Bonnie Sita

princesssita@aol.com

Christine Breit

breitchristine@yahoo.com

 

Robyn Rice Olmstead  ALSP

rcrice1@aol.com

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OUR PRACTITIONERS.
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Our Agape Bay Area practitioners are available for free 30 minute sessions on Thursday afternoons during this time of COVID-19.  The following practitioners are available this Thursday between 3 and 5 pm:  Michael Allen, Beverly Green, Lina Quesada, Rena Keslar, Robert Pomonis, and Robyn Rice Olmstead.   Please email your name and phone number, and they will call you. We are blessed to serve you!
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PRACTITIONER?
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

“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

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Jacquie Onipede baybaby369@gmail.com

Robert Pomonis robertpomonis@gmail.com

Lina Quesada linaquesadaalsp@gmail.com

Sandra Smith

sansmils@yahoo.com

 

Rena Keslar

kahunarena@gmail.com

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​​MINISTRY TEAMS

Practitioners Ministry

Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman

whollyone@comcast.net

Education Ministry

Rev.Dr. Joan Steadman

whollyone@comcast.net

Community Outreach Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

revverona1@gmail.com

Heart to Heart

Cindy Edelson

cindy.edelson@gmail.com

Prayer Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

revverona1@gmail.com

Youth and Family Ministry

Bonnie Sita

princesssita@aol.com

The Authentic Heart Singles Ministry

Beverly Green

namasteyou57@gmail.com

Beautification Ministry

Alison Williams

alison.allwill@gmail.com

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.

​MINISTRY TEAMS

Greeter/Usher Ministry

Robert Pomonis

rpomonis@earthlink.net

Prosperity Ministry

Rev. Verona Garland

revverona1@gmail.com

Music Ministry

Helen Bernard Gray: Music Director

bernard20@earthlink.net

Hospitality Ministry

Ellen Woods

ellengerneaux@gmail.com

Special Events Ministry

Cindy Edelson

cindy.edelson@gmail.com

Media Communications

Website -

Kent Dorsey

SpiritSong52@aol.com

Email & Instagram -

Jacquie Onipede

baybaby369@gmail.com

Facebook -

Amy Treeheart Raab

amy.treeheart@gmail.com

 
 
 
 

We look forward to connecting with you!

510.424.5777

info@agapebayarea.com

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