Today a friend and I visited the famed Agape International Spiritual Center in West Los Angeles (Culver City.) "Agape,"
as you probably already know, is the Greek word for selfless love.
I'd heard great things about this New Thought megachurch
for well over a decade, but had never been. The 1500-seat sanctuary was full for both the 11:00 service and the special Love Concert to benefit Haiti
which followed at 2:30. The congregation is racially diverse and the
teachings of the church are on the adventurous side of Science of Mind.
They really take the whole metaphysical ministry thing to a whole other level, as they affirm that each person is a unique expression of beauty, freedom and joy
- not just theoretically, but with such an energetic delivery, that you can really feel it as a living reality, right now.
Dr. Michael Beckwith and his partner, Dr. Rickie Byars Beckwith, have set a
tone of exquisite tenderness and authenticity that is disarmingly
effective, especially for a gathering of that size. I finally
understand why this is the church of choice for all of my "spiritual
but not religious" friends in Southern California.
Some great quotes from the Agape materials:
Living as love is a way of life that brings heaven on earth.
You don't have to "get your act together" to start being a positive presence on the planet, a spiritual revolutionary.
Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of God, the One, indefinable yet
unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and
The Concert, to raise funds and supplies for Haiti,
love-filled and full of surprises and celebrity appearances. Agape's
ministry is very music and art-oriented, and we were treated to one
knockout performance after another. But I think my favorite moment was
when Teena Marie
came on stage looking like the lady you might
be standing in line behind at the grocery store - wearing just a simple
sweater and jeans, her hair pulled back in a ponytail. Then, with
outrageous verve and mastery, she belted out a full-choir gospel tune about...reincarnation!
Where else on the planet
are you going to experience something like that?