What is Panorama of Truth Conference (POT) you might ask? Panorama of Truth Conference gave birth 40 years ago by the first African- American woman, Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman who started The Universal Foundation For Better Living Ministry, and Theology Seminary, A New Thought idea asking each of us, “where do we go from here, who we are, and affirming our intention to move forward and behold the Christ Consciousness within us.”
Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman, a former member of Unity Church, practice the teachings of Charles Fillmore and Rev. Butterworth, in her ministry, and so I was excited to be a part of this conference and retreat for 5 days in Chicago. The conference was held in Chicago from Jul 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency Copley Place, and on Sunday morning a healing service was held at the mother church, Christ Universal Temple. This was the church Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman founded. I was invited by my friend Ms. Fern Luecke who attends the conference each year, and a member of the ministry in Kingston Jamaica. The conference is held in a different city each year and have been held outside the USA, in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Mexico. This is the 40th year anniversary, and what an amazing experience to be apart of this retreat with like-minded people, who come together to know the Truth, and embrace and hold each other in love and light. As a Unity Truth student, it was refreshing to be with these amazing people, and develop a more understanding of spiritual principles that will help me overcome anything that keeps me from my highest good. It was refreshing also, to see all the young people developing a deeper understanding of spiritual practices, by participating in programs and activities that help them to become more creative, and awaken the Christ Consciousness to Truth, and inspire them for greatness, while having fun as well. People came in droves from all over the USA, Canada, Bahamas and the Caribbean, anywhere that a ministry is being held, to partake in the different sessions that was so empowering and uplifting, to be more than you could ever dream it was possible. This was a return to a spiritual community with family and friends, working to live life at a higher level.
It was a power filled conference with amazing speakers. Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, Minister from Agape ministry in Los Angeles, helped us to embrace the future and honor the legacy started by Rev. Coleman to move forward with the spirit of God guiding the way. Expanding the Christ Consciousness with the prospering power of God was the theme throughout the conference by the speakers. Minister Louis Farrakhan from the Nation of Islam, gave a dynamic speech on the black community in embracing the youth who are lost to gun violence. Helping to be the guiding force in our youth’s lives was a powerful message. Helping them to see a brighter future by embracing the love of God and awaken the Consciousness of Truth in their lives. What an amazing and brighter future awaits them if they become one with Spirit! So many dynamic speakers included; Senior Minister from the mother church, Rev. Derrick Wells, who oversees thousands of members at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago. Rev Kevin Ross, a Unity Minister from Sacramento California, who grew up in Chicago and was mentored by Rev. Dr. Mary Thumpkin. It was a memorable experience to be in the presence of a large group of African-American and Caribbean people, young dynamic Ministers and female Ministers, honoring the legacy set forth by an amazing leader, Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman, and continued by Rev. Dr. Mary Thumpkin, Senior Minister from the church in Miami Florida. Rev. Mary was the second president of Universal Foundation for Better Living, and she made her transition last year. The Interim president Rev. Bernette Jones, Minister from One God One Thought Ministry in Maryland was also powerful in her message in moving forward and spreading the message of Spirit. Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen, Senior Minister from the Universal of Truth in Kingston Jamaica, who became the newly elected President for the Universal Foundation for Better Living Ministry. She is the third African-American female leading this organization. The announcement came after the conference, and all praise and honor go out to Rev. Sheila. She is following in the footsteps of her mentor Rev. Dr. Mary Thumpkin, a dynamic and powerful leader of the organization. Rev. Sheila a dynamic leader in her own right, have been the minister in Kingston Jamaica for 19 years. In being in her presence for this conference, my thoughts, words, and actions, reaffirm my purpose in life. I once wrote an article on this subject, and being in the presence , and one with spirit during this time at the conference, I continue to nourish and feed my soul with unlimited goodness of God in my life, and know that spirit continues to guide me every day. The spirit of God leads the way and I follow the unlimited goodness along the path. I know after the conference, each and everyone returned to their communities ready to teach, inspire, and live life, enriched in the goodness of Spirit.
We had a lot of fun together. Early morning Yoga at 6am followed by T’AI Chi CHIH, and early morning and midnight meditations was also a part of the conference. We learned line dancing, a graduation ceremony of new teachers ready to spread the word, an ordained minister ceremony, along with a barbecue at one of the minister’s home, where we had fellowship with each other. Some of the attendees went on a boat cruise along the river, and a wonderful luncheon was had by everyone. The amazing speaker at the luncheon was Rev. Dr. Thurman Evans, Minister at Morning Star Community Christian Center in Linden New Jersey. Dr Evans, a medical doctor practice a holistic approach to medicine while having a Ministry. It was quite refreshing for me as a holistic health coach where one combines the health of a person, knowing it can only be accomplished when spirit feeds the soul.
A power filled week was had by everyone, and we are ready to embrace the Truth and honor the legacy set forth by Rev. Dr. Johnnie Coleman, and Rev. Dr. Mary Thumpkin. Leading Universal Foundation for Better Living into the future, Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen, who is awakening the Consciousness of truth, by expanding our minds and soul to the healing presence of God. Are you ready to embrace the Truth? My purpose in life, is being one with Spirit and embracing the Truth.
Thank you God. And so it is.