Rev. Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez
Founder & Senior Minister
Rev. Ouida Joi, or Rev. O as she is called, is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, and Spiritual Explorer! Ouida Joi’s faith tradition is Interfaith and her spiritual practices embrace many of the world spiritual traditions, including New Thought.
Ouida Joi has studied world religions, New Thought (Centers for Spiritual Living), metaphysics, mysticism, and meditation for over 25 years, and has been an independent Ordained Interfaith-New Thought Minister for over 18 years. She was the Founding Minister of the Alameda Spiritual Living Center and One Light Interfaith Seminary, both in Alameda, CA, and served as the Senior Minister of The Home of Truth Spiritual Center (THOTSC), also in Alameda, CA. She is a Unity Prayer Chaplain Trainer and developed and facilitated the Certified Prayer Chaplain Program at THOTSC. She recently completed advanced studies and ordination at All Faiths Seminary International in New York City. She will begin a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) with an emphasis on Interfaith Ministry and Leadership in the Fall at The New Seminary in New York City.
Rev. Ouida Joi practices many world sacred traditions and customs from American Indian spirituality, Hinduism, Yoruba, Religious Science/Science of Mind, Christianity, Buddhism, Vedanta, Brahma Kumaris, Christianity, and Pantheism, to name a few. She studied at One Light Interfaith Seminary and was ordained through All Faiths Seminary International. She is a member of the International New Thought Alliance (INTA) and is the INTA District President for the Capital District (Delaware, DC, Maryland, and Virginia). She is also a member of the Order of Universal Interfaith, Council of Interfaith Congregations of the United States, and United Interfaith Ministries. She is a former member of the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco and the Alameda Interfaith Network.
Rev. Ouida Joi's ancestry is African-American, American Indian, and European and she honors her Ancestors who gave her a deep sense of the Divine. Her maternal grandfather was Afro-Cuban and was a Baptist Minister. Her maternal grandmother was African-American and followed Rev. Ike. Her paternal grandfather was Jewish. Her paternal grandmother was Native American...a rich heritage indeed. Ouida Joi's American Indian Medicine name is "Butterfly Dancer."
Rev. Ouida Joi facilitates Shamanic Drumming, Mindfulness Meditation, Meditation in Motion, Writing, and Crystal Bowls Healing Circles. She developed the HeartSpirit Mindfulness Meditation practice that combines many healing modalities and spiritual practices for renewal, growth, healing, and transformation. She is a student of traditional Shamanism and a form of Neo-Shamanism called “Trance Dance.” She is also a Hypnotherapist and Certified Spiritual/Intuitive Counselor. A Contemplative Photographer and writer, she will self-publish a book of poetry, prose, and photographs in 2020.
With over 30 years in executive non-profit executive leadership, small business development, and strategic planning for community and faith-based organizations, Rev. Ouida Joi has an MA in Management and a BA in Behavioral Science/Psychology (Magna Cum Laude). She has served as a nonprofit and small business development consultant and has served on several Boards of Directors.
Rev. Ouida Joi loves to travel and experience new cultures, locales, and people. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she recently relocated to the charming state of Delaware after living in the San Francisco/Bay Area for over 40 years. She is the very proud mother of an amazing son, and GRANDmother of two beautiful granddaughters. She enjoys photography, singing, writing, cooking, yoga, and spending time at the ocean.
Rev. Ouida Joi is honored to walk with others through their sacred/spiritual life journeys.
Rev. Ouida Joi is available for ceremonies, events, classes, workshops, speaking engagements, spiritual counseling, and strategic planning and community building for faith-based spiritual centers and organizations. You may contact her at: 510-350-6249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested Reading List to Learn More About Interfaith and New Thought
Practical Interfaith: How to Find our Common Humanity as We Celebrate Diversity, Rev. Steven Greenebaum
New Thought: A Practical American Spirituality, C. Alan Anderson & Deborah G. Whitehouse
Heart-Centered Metaphysics: A Deeper Look at Unity Teachings, Paul Hasselbeck
Videos About Interfaith & New Thought
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