Welcome to the Certified Prayer Chaplains page!!! The Certified Prayer Chaplains (CPC’s) are folks who hold the prayerful consciousness of the Home of Truth Spiritual Center. The CPC program was started by Rev. Ouida Joy Cooper Rodriquez when she was a minister at THOT in 2013. Our current chaplains have either been trained by Rev. Ouida in her comprehensive program or were trained as Religious Science Certified Practitioners at a Center for Spiritual Living.
Our training includes many types of prayer with a focus on affirmative prayer and metaphysical principles that apply to creating, inviting, or allowing desired outcomes through speaking our word, aligning our hearts, and holding the consciousness of healing and abundance. Our current adviser is Dr. Rev. Joan Steadman who meets with us regularly for consultation and continuing education.
You’ll see us wearing shiny blue and silver stoles, giving the invocation at the beginning of Sunday Service to help us center ourselves and invite Spirit into our midst or mist in a conscious way. We invite the congregation to set aside the cares of the day and get ready to be uplifted and inspired by the words, music and silence.
After the service we are available for brief personal prayer with anyone who would like this. We move to the back of the sanctuary and station ourselves by the couch to signal our readiness for you. Attendees can also fill out prayer request cards found in the seat pockets and put them in the prayer box on the table by the couch. We will pray for these requests for the next 30 days.
For folks meeting us in cyberspace, hello!!! We welcome your prayer requests via email. No request is too big or too small. For example, you may ask for prayer to connect to courage, love, peace, harmony, well-being, transformation, etc. And/or you can celebrate and give gratitude for blessings received. Please email the church and the prayer request will be forwarded to one of us. We will receive the request in sincere reverence and pray over it for 30 days as we do the ones in the prayer box in the sanctuary.
Rev Nancy Joy Gordon maintains a prayer list that she prays over regularly and anyone who would like to be added to her list is welcome. Please indicate this on the card or email so we can convey your request to her.
Know right here and now that peace, abundance, healing, love and joy are shining in the vibrant Oneness of your being! Blessed be and so it is!
Prayer: Bridge to Freedom
by Marilyn Flower
When we stepped forward to begin our CPC training with Rev Ouida joy cooper Rodriquez, she welcomed us thusly: “You are about to embark on a profound journey into the realm of Prayer, into a deeper realm of the Divine. You are opening yourself up to be a vessel and vehicle of Truth. Praying with others is one of the most sacred and greatest honors. It is not to be taken lightly. You will see people at their most vulnerable, and your responsibility is simply to hold and know the truth—“God is all there is, and right where they are, God is.” Each one is whole, perfect and complete in Spirit. You are simply to hold Love.”
We Prayer Chaplains met to plan how to explain our understanding and approach to this most sacred honor. During our discussion, Barbara asked us each--what was our personal history with prayer? The stories that emerged were so powerful, we knew we had to share them with you.
I was raised Jewish, and taught about a God who was old, bearded, judgmental and clearly not for me. In my late teens, I took a leftward path. “Religion is the opiate of the masses”, Karl Marx claimed. Even though I considered myself an atheist, there was a flame, a pilot light then never quite went out.
Later, in a period when my life was falling apart, I found refuge in the salsa clubs of the mission, looking for love in all the wrong places. Luckily, a dear friend pressed a book into my hands, saying, “Here, this might apply to you.” It was about addiction. It took a while but I got the message and got myself into 12 step recovery.
There it became obvious that if I wanted the recovery others had it would take some serious spiritual exploration, growth and surrendering. And working the steps. I started praying without knowing to whom or to what. Often it was to the Sweet, Gentle Night Breeze. The names didn’t matter. I opened my heart to that Higher Healing Essence I desperately needed. Amazingly, the prayers worked and I shed those physical and mental compulsions.
That was 28 years ago. During that time I’ve explored Liberation Theology, Unitarianism, and currently New Thought/Ancient Wisdom. These names refer to the outward forms. They all have unique perspectives on the Divine, but that doesn’t change who God is in my life.
The forms of prayer can vary the same way a poet flows words into a haiku, a sonnet, or a villanelle. I happened to be trained at a Science of Mind church so I learned the 5 step affirmative prayer treatment. Had I been at a unity church I would have learned three steps. What matters is not the form but the heartfelt expectation of greater good.
As a recovering addict, as a Licensed Practitioner and as a Certified Prayer Chaplain, my prayers have worked, for me and the ones I have had the privilege to pray with. I’ve manifested physical healings, job and housing opportunities, seats on planes, and more.
The essence remains—Opening my heart to God. Prayer my invitation to myself to rest in and as God’s wholeness. I was grounded in this at East Bay Church of Religious Science in Oakland, Ca: my consciousness of my Oneness with the Divine powers my words and makes prayers work for myself and for others. Ernest Holmes said in the book, Creative Mind: “Through the door of our own thoughts, we enter into the Universal Consciousness, into a complete realization of life and truth, of love and beauty, and as we sit in the silence of our own souls and listen, it will be the greatest thing that we ever do. We realize that we are One with Cause.”
Prayer is the bridge to get from being stuck to being free, from the bondage of addiction and limited thinking to freedom. Yes, there are times I get stuck. That’s when I need a Prayer Chaplain to remind me of the truth of who I am and who God is in me. We do this for each other. Prayer is a divine healing connection I urge all of you to experience. I urge everyone to get prayer and to pray for each other no matter what your belief, or how you call God, or if you even don’t, check it out. It’s healing, it’s freeing, and it’s free.