People of African Descent New Thought
People of African Descent New Thought

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Celebrating Our Soul Conference

We invite you to attend “Celebrating Our Soul”: A Conference by People of African Descent. This conference will be held at Unity Village, Kansas City, MO, August 11-14, 2022. We will retrieve the richness together and remind each other of the sacred victories that have brought us to this moment in time. For this leg of our evolution, we become poised for our divine future.    

This conference will feature the wisdom of some of the greatest spiritual teachers, workshops to inspire and transform you, music to open the heart, and laughter and compassionate service to affirm our spiritual humanity. It will truly be a gathering for the ages, and you can help make a difference with your financial support and participation.     

Organizations such as Unity Worldwide Headquarters, Centers for Spiritual Living, Hillside, Agape, the Unity Urban Ministries, the Universal Foundation for Better Living and UNESCO are coming together for this spectacular event! 

Our speakers include Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, Rev. Dr. Derrick Wells and Rev. James Trapp. Our workshop presenters include Dr. Will Coleman, Rev. Sandra Campbell, Rev. Dr. Vionela Vaughn-Austin, Rev. Gaylon McDowell, Rev. Alberta Ware and Rev. Charline Manuel.    

We have a robust youth agenda, spiritual practices including prayer, meditation, and yoga to start the day. 

We have local musical talent such as the James Ward Band, Bukeka Blakemore and Lee Langston, as well as, national talent such as Ester Nicholson, John Stringer and Michelle Jordan.

Keynote Speakers Workshop Presenters Special Presenters Youth Program

Here are our fabulous Keynote Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith
Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen
Rev. Celeste Frazier
Rev. Dr. Derrick Wells
Bishop Jack Bomar
Rev. James Trapp
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Rev. Sylvia Sumter

Here are our wonderful Workshop Presenters:

Rev. Gaylon McDowell, Dr. Liza Swedarsky, Dr. Will Coleman, Rev. Carolyn Douglas, Rev. Alberta Ware, Rev. Vernelle Nelson,  Rev. Elzia Sekou, Rev. Dr. Vionela Vaughn-Austin, Rev. Kevin Ross, Rev. Michelle Jordan, Rev. Charline Manuel, and Rev. Sandra Campbell.

Special Presenters:   Rev. Paulette Pipe and Rev. Michele Synegal

          "Celebrating Our Soul" YOUTH PROGRAM


Check out our Music Team!

Bukeka Blakemore (MO/KS),
Queen Michelle Jordan (CA),
Lee Langston (MO/OK),
Ester Nicholson (TN) and
John Stringer (GA)

Keyboard – Angela Ward (Music Director/Keyboard)
James Ward (Bass)
Jaylen Ward (Drums)
Billy Von Winston (Sax)

Special Guest Performing Artists

The Wild Women, "Let's Talk" African Dance Troupe


Registration is open.

We invite you to join us at the “Celebrating Our Soul” New Thought Conference: A Conference by People of African Descent. This conference is at Unity Village, Kansas City, MO, August 11-14, 2022. We are hosting a ground-breaking event and we are sure you do not want to miss this celebration of People of African Descent within the New Thought commUNITY.
Registration fee is  $440.00 through June 15, 2022.

To Register clickRegistration  Form 

We are so happy you have decided to join us and we look forward to our journey to "Celebrating Our Soul". Regarding housing, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE UNITY HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER IS SOLD OUT. Please find accomodations at the Hampton Inn or the Hilton in Lee's Summit. Their contact info is visible here when you register/join our network.

We are excited about connecting with you at the “Celebrating Our Soul” Conference.

The general conference schedule can be viewed in the Registration Room.

About Us

Welcome Home! You are in the home of PADNTG (People of African Descent New Thought Group). We are comprised of Centers for Spiritual Living, Unity, Universal Foundation for Better Living, Agape, Hillside and more!

Here is what is unique about our community:

  • We are ministers, practitioners and members in New Thought from various organizations.
  • We are embracing oneness in a unique way, without exception or bias.
  • We are dedicated to the celebration of people of African Descent!

Vision Statement: Our vision is to recover our ancestral wisdom to educate, empower and to transform the consciousness of all participants toward a deeper wisdom and a greater love.

Purpose Statement: Our purpose is to celebrate that we are here, we have survived and we are thriving and poised to thrive even more. We intend for POAD (People of African Decent) to come together and learn and share spiritual principles that can be used to improve their own lives and their communities. Our abundance and wealth include this family of shared values and a dedication to Truth and Goodness.

Founding Members of People of African Descent New Thought Group from left to right. Top Row: Rev. Anna Price, Rev. Carolyn Douglas, Rev. Sandra Campbell, Rev. Gaylon McDowell, Rev. Edith Washington-Woods  Bottom Row: Rev. Celeste Frazier, Rev. Shirley Lawson, Rev. D. Jacquelyn Edwards, Rev. Rodney Gittens, Rev. Vernell Nelson. 

Not Pictured: Rev. Jerry Hobby Rev. Carol Hunt and Rev. Linda McLeod.


Official Sponsors: Centers for Spiritual Living and Unity World Headquarters

Event Sponsor: Unity Worldwide Ministries and International New Thought Alliance 

Program Sponsors: Hillside International Truth Center- Carol Hunt, Spiritual Enlightenment and Truth Focus Ministries, Universal Foundation for Better Living