Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder and Spiritual Director
In 1986, Michael Bernard Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community highly regarded for it cultural, racial, and spiritual diversity, including thousands of local members and global live video streamers. “I greatly admire what you are doing to bring about the Beloved Community,” the late Coretta Scott King wrote to him, “which is certainly what my dear husband worked for and ultimately gave his life.”
Agape’s local community outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals and their families, partnership with community service organizations active in children’s schools and homes for youth at risk, support the arts, and advocate the preservation of our planet’s environmental resources. Agape’s global humanitarian programs provide food programs, retraining programs, schools, libraries, orphanages, hospitals, clinics, homes for unwed mothers, micro-loans, financial support during natural disasters, and human advocacy. Locations range from 8 African countries to Afghanistan, Bosnia, Columbia, Ecuador, India, Iraq, Kosovo, and Sri Lanka.
An eminent representative within diverse religious traditions, in February 2012, Dr. Beckwith addressed the United Nations General Assembly as part of its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, Beckwith is chair of the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence which was launched at the United Nations in 1998 and is currently active in more than 100 U.S. cities in 40 states and in 10 countries. About its mission the Dalai Lama has said: “Both Gandhi and Martin Luther King are inspiring examples of the power and truth of nonviolence and the actions that arise from them. The Season for Nonviolence is a very good tool to remind us of their witness, and also the large unfinished work we have together in transforming awareness on our planet.” AGNT has also been privileged to be the convener of three Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
In 2013, Dr. Beckwith’s book, Life Visioning, received the prestigious Silver Nautilis Award in the category of religion and spirituality, as well as a Silver Nautilis Award in the category of creativity for his book and music CD combination, TranscenDance Expanded.
Beckwith is a sought after meditation teacher and facilitator of conferences and seminars on the Life Visioning ProcessTM, which he originated. He is the author of The Answer Is You, 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, Inspirations of the Heart, and A Manifesto of Peace.
He has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Oprah Show, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You. Every Friday at 1 pm PST, thousands tune into his radio show on KPFK, Wake up – The Sound of Transformation, and his Wednesday Hay House Radio Show at Hay House Radio.com.