9th Annual Prayer Symposium

East Bay Church of Religious Science Presents
Ninth Annual Prayer Symposium

“Transformation: A Season of Change”

October 25 & 26

Join us for a weekend of renewal and rejuvenation through
spiritual practices: Meditation, Prayer, Music, Spoken Word


Friday October 25

Prayer Symposium Concert Featuring Reverend Michelle Jordan

About Reverend Michelle Jordan

“The great books say, “in the beginning was the word”. The word was significant because it was a sound that set a vibration in motion and brought forth creation.  You create that kind of vibration in a room full of people and for only five minutes souls are united and there is a sense of Amen in the room.” – Lamitsoi Jordan

Michelle Jordan is an extraordinary singer, musician, actress, storyteller and muse.  She is also known for being a spiritual counselor, teacher, facilitator, and role model. She is known as Queen Michelle by those who have been touched by her strength, beauty, and depth of spirit.

Ms. Jordan has performed in theaters around the Bay Area including Theatreworks, A.C.T. and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. She is a member of the performance ensemble WINGIT! and was a star in the hit musical Crowns, produced by Theatreworks in San Francisco.

 Ms. Jordan’s theatrical appearances include the Oakland Ensemble Theater Company’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin, the San Francisco production of Cole, TheatreWorks productions of Hi Hat Hattie, Go Down Garvey and Dreamgirls, for which she won a Critic’s Circle Award for her portrayal of the character Effie.

Ms. Jordan takes the love for theater to the community of CSLSJ as the Minister of Music. Since 2013 she has lead the music ministry and the Global Heart Choir. The music ministry aligns with the leadership to impact the lives of those that come to worship. We welcome desire to serve. Encouraging them to make their contribution. This impact whether great or small is the foundation of the relationship of ONENESS.  Within the individual, the community we do commit to self-introspection to  examine our individual thoughts utilize the power of sound to shift our response and it’s out-picturing in the world.

Saturday, October 26

All-day Event

Guest Speakers:

Reverend Dereca Blackmon

Reverend Dereca Blackmon is a spiritual activist with over 25 years experience supporting communities in radical healing. She has a distinguished history of leadership and service in local and national organizing efforts on subjects as diverse as ethnic studies and police accountability. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Diversity and First Generation Office at Stanford University where she has introduced groundbreaking work on authentic engagement, intergroup dialogue, and first-generation and low-income student support services to over 15,000 students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Reverend Blackmon co-led the effort to organize the Bay Area community response to the murder of Oscar Grant III. After mobilizing thousands of protestors and holding countless meetings and rallies she began to question the strategy of organizing “against” rather than “for.” She entered ministerial school and has never looked back, becoming one of the nation’s leading speakers on spiritual activism to packed audiences nationwide.

She served as a nonprofit leader for 20 years, and has raised over $5 million dollars for urban youth. As a member of the Braintrust of Susan L. Taylor’s A New Way Forward Initiative she helped design their healing and mentoring work in Oakland, Chicago and Detroit. Her awards and recognitions include commendations from Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), The County of Alameda Distinguished Citizen’s Award as well as Essence Magazine.

She is the CEO and co-founder of Inclusion Design Group, which employs experiential training models that cut through “diversity fatigue” and allow participants to engage in deep, authentic and meaningful dialogues. For over 25 years, she has consulted with a wide variety of corporate, educational, nonprofit and community-based groups to facilitate “uncommon conversations” on issues of race, gender, class and social justice. Recent clients include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy, Chevron, Bain, SAP and LinkedIn, among many others.

James Weeks

James Weeks is an Oakland-based, Caribbean-raised writer, healer, and priest in the Yoruba tradition known as Ifa. In the early 2000s, a family crisis brought this father of three to his knees and to a babalawo (Ifa priest) then visiting the Bay Area. What James learned took him and his son on a journey to the sacred city of Ile-Ife in Nigeria, where he was initiated into the priesthood.

So deep was James’s immersion into the healing Yoruba traditions, that he also began developing a script for a documentary film about Ifa’s affect on his family, as well as its global influence, called Across the King’s River. Then came his daily Facebook blog.

James’s insights, inspirations, updates, and occasional trailers resonated with readers and soon, audiences from around the world began to write back in record numbers. One reply at a time, James cultivated friendships, clients, and a fanbase among readers right here in Olympia and across the United States and Canada, South America and the Caribbean, and East, West and South Africa, too. Fans in the United Kingdom, Europe, India, New Zealand, and Qatar sought him out as well.

Now in book form for the first time, — using wit, insight, warmth, and humor — James Weeks’s book, Meditations Across the King’s River, offers the hope and wisdom needed to sustain readers on their life’s path.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Musical Inspiration Featuring:

Vanessa Wynn, Musical Director


The Prayer Symposium Choir

East Bay Band

Trevelyn Lee

Deb Santa Maria, Guest Pianist

Shazam, Guest Musician

Isis Drumming Circle

Vanessa Wynn

Vanessa Wynn began her musical training as a classical pianist in St.Louis, Missouri. She attended Harris Stowe State College, where she was the pianist for the concert choir and an active member of the music department.

During her five years of active duty in the US ARMY, Vanessa toured as a vocalist and pianist for the USO Gospel Ensemble in Europe. This ensemble was honored to be the opening act for Bebe and Cece Winans as well as other European artists.

After moving to California in 1992, Vanessa served as Musical Director in several churches in the Bay Area. She has been a member of the Music Ministry at East Bay Church of Religious Science since 1995. Vanessa currently serves as the Musical Director at East Bay. She is a highly sought after vocalist and she performs at special events and weddings around the Bay Area.

Vanessa believes that music is not only entertaining but it is transforming, healing, and simply magical.


Time: 10:00am – 5pm (registration begins at 9:30am)

Register online:


Donation: $50 before October 22nd, $55 at the Door

Get Tickets with Prayer Symposium Registration

Early Bird Prices:

Friday Concert: $35.00

Saturday Only: $50.00

Both Days: $70.00

Post early bird prices:

Friday Concert: $40.00

Saturday Only: $55.00

Both Days: $80.00

For more information call 510.420.1003


Mail Checks made payable to: EBCRS Prayer Symposium

Attn: Prayer Symposium
4130 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

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