Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith is founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought, and co-chair of the Season for Nonviolence along with Arun Gandhi.In 1986, he founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a transdenominational community which today counts a membership of 9,000 individuals who study and practice New Thought–Ancient Wisdom. Agape’s outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals and their families, advocate the preservation of the planet’s environmental resources, and globally build and support orphanages whose children have survived the ravages of war and AIDS.Beckwith was one of the featured teachers in The Secret (2006) movie and the bestselling book by the same name that followed The Secret movie.Beckwith teaches meditation, affirmative prayer, and speaks at conferences and seminars. He is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, a technique purporting to offer its practitioners a method for putting a stop to being a passive tourist in one’s life. He is author of Spiritual Liberation, which won the Gold Medal Nautilus Book Award, Inspirations of the Heart, which was a Nautilus Book Award finalist; Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast; A Manifesto of Peace; and Living from the Overflow. In 2011, Beckwith released TranscenDance, a collection of remixed lectures set to electronic dance music by Stephen Bray and John Potoker.
Reverent June Juliet Gatlin
An internationally recognized spiritual advisor and healer, Reverent June Juliet Gatlin is considered a foremost authority in matters of the human spirit. Operating within the realm of prophecy and healing, she is a “seer” who brings our innermost feelings to verbal expression. June is a lover of words. She believes words are like musical instruments, creatively used to give exciting entry into new worlds. She acknowledges words as the basic foundation for expressing her existence. Her initial introduction into the world of words began about age three. At three years old, in her birthplace of Akron, Ohio, she was proclaimed to be a child of prophecy by officials of her
church. In traditional African culture, a child with “knowing” powers such as June’s was said to be “born with the veil.” Having this early ability contributed to Gatlin’s desire to learn more about how to express what she was sensing. She began to write at age five and continues to the present day, having amassed a lifetime of daily journals and personal communications. “As a child I learned to enjoy the companionship of words, especially reading them. They became my first and best friends,” she says. June uses the power of words to touch the audiences she lectures. Speaking about self-esteem and positive values of personal worthiness, the Reverent encourages youth from preschool age through college to get involved with words—not just reading them, but understanding and experiencing the soul and root of their meaning. June Gatlin has uplifted the spirits of audiences of all ages through lectures in public schools, universities, and churches, where she devotes her energy toaffirming and developing spiritual qualities as well as offering messages of hope, faith, enlightenment, and personal responsibility.