East Bay – A Center for Spiritual Living
You are welcome here!
East Bay is a loving community here to support the healing and freedom of the individual, the community and the world. We use spiritual principles and Love to encourage self-enrichment and growth as we become our greatest yet to be.
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Our Mission, Purpose and Sacred Covenant
The East Bay Church of Religious Science is dedicated to the spiritual transformation of the entire planet. We are committed to being a point of empowerment allowing Spirit to direct every thought, word, deed, and action…
What We Believe
Science of Mind is a metaphysical teaching that blends spirituality, science, and practical application. It provides the way to leading a spirit-filled life without the dogma so…
Ours is not a once a week church/faith/spirituality. It is a way of life. Spiritual Living involves spiritual practices…
Giving and receiving are both part of a divine continuum of prosperity and abundance. Sacred Service Angels give freely of their time and talent, and in doing so, the church thrives. The church, in turn…
What Does Membership Imply?
Thanks for you interest in discovering what it means to be a member in this loving spiritual community fondly called East Bay! Whether you are brand new or you have been attending for some time, we are glad you’re here!
While we love our friends who occasionally visit, who take some classes or attend special events, and we appreciate their interest in the many opportunities we offer and their donations that help keep the Center fully functioning, Membership is a journey that offers the opportunity to:
- Deepen your understanding of spiritual principles and how they work in your life
- Feel supported by friends and members also on their spiritual path
- Benefit from the power that is found in commitment
Most of all, membership is about a relationship between you and this healing community. We are here to help reveal your personal power to become more authentically, spiritually, and purposefully YOU!
Membership also implies a deep affiliation with the New Thought philosophy of Science of Mind® and a commitment to become a steward and active participant of this community, its assets, and its future.
Membership is the first level of ownership of the Center. We ask that, as the heart of our organization, members are loyal, active and support the Center in identifiable ways, including an annual pledge. We support members in growing in consciousness and spiritual practices, encourage their participation in spiritual development classes and workshops, and in supporting the up-keep and ownership of this beautiful physical space and property. We encourage members to form lasting friendships with others who share an interest in this life changing and dynamic community.
Lastly, Membership says that you want to guarantee that this Center and the teaching go on to serve the community for as long as possible, that you care about the community, that you have grown from this teaching and want others to be able to grow from this teaching as well.
- Be a minimum of 18 years old
- Complete a membership form
- Attend a meeting that covers: Exploring Life at East Bay and Spiritual Practices
- Attend services and programs regularly, as able
- Commit to be in service on one of the Sacred Seva teams
- Attend annual business meetings and any special member meetings to be informed and exercise the privilege to vote
- Make regular financial contributions through the Better Together Program in an amount that is right for you
- Expand your understanding and practice of tithing as divine circulation
- Commit to ongoing spiritual practice and personal growth
- Take a foundational class as identified by Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) and offered by East Bay
- Prayer with ministers and licensed Religious Science Practitioners
- Pastoral support
- Mid-day meditation Monday-Friday
- Six-month subscription to Science of Mind magazine
- Free CD when giving sacred service on Sunday or during an event
- Monthly Women’s Loving Heart Empowerment Circle (first Saturday 11am-1pm)
- Monthly Spiritual Man men’s meeting (fourth Saturday 10:30am-12pm)
- Helping Hands emergency assistance program
- Prayer Partners Program
- Opportunity to share and expand your passions, talents and abilities in our 20-plus ministries
Reverend Badia Cooper
Badia and her family were members of Apostolic Home Assembly, a Pentecostal church in Los Angeles. At the age of 14, Badia realized something within her was crying out for more understanding of who and what she was. She began asking for clarity from the church elders about the Bible but was told by them to just take the Bible word for word, which caused her to lose faith and just go through the motions. At age 17, she began teaching Sunday School to pre-teens and she loved it. Although she did not follow the rules of the Pentecostal church, she had a strong faith and belief in God and a desire to serve. As a young adult, Badia was introduced to Islam. It felt right and she became a Muslim. She took to Islam with the same enthusiasm with which she took to Christianity. “There is only one God that is in and through all things”. This felt like the truth to her.
About thirty-five years ago, Badia walked into a New Thought church. It felt like home to her and spoke to her sprit in a way she had never heard before. They said things she had always thought about but could never articulate into words. After joining East Bay Church of Religious Science, she became a licensed practitioner. In 2010, Badia accepted the calling to become a minister and enrolled in the Barbara King School of Ministry.
Badia has over twenty-five years of experience as a family counselor, and fiscal administrator for non-profits; is also experienced in finance, and proposal writing. She has served as chairperson for Season for Nonviolence in Oakland, CA and in Marietta, GA, and founded Women’s Breastfeeding Support Group.
Badia has an AA degree in Social Science from Laney College, Oakland, CA. She attended Mills College, Oakland, CA, and transferred to the UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Psychology.
Badia has four children and seven grandchildren. Her son is a board-certified surgeon specializing in Urology. In 2018, Badia Cooper was ordained as a Minister by the Barbara King School of Ministry.
Luretha Senyo-Mensah, RScP
Greetings Beloveds!! I have been a Practitioner at East Bay since 2012. I have studied World Religions, including African-based Spiritual Systems, for a long time. I received my BA in Religious Studies at UC Santa Cruz and spent a year studying Theology at the Pacific School of Relgion, in Berkeley.
I am an educator, with classroom teaching credentials and an MA in Education. I have taught youth in public school classroom settings. I currently work with adults who are re-entering the education process at different points.
I have traveled in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America and throughout the United States. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. All of these experiences have made me keenly aware of the interconnectedness of the human spirit and conscious of the “One” the “Divine Presence” behind it all. This awareness is how I move in the world.
Sandee Dennis, RScP
Throughout my many years in this community I have built a solid inner foundation that has allowed me to grow in my faith and develop my inner spiritual muscles. This philosophy is a way of life that allows me to live my life in a way that enables me to express the gloriousness of The Living One that resides within me.
I am a self-designated professional “lifelong learner,” as well as a lover of all things political. I am always trying to derive the spiritual component of the complexities of human nature, with the awareness that we are all a continual work in progress.
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