Spiritual leader Sheila McKeithen comes to Baltimore
Tiffany Ginyard and Michael Brodie | 7/7/2017, 6 a.m.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” is a quote that Constance Mann-Leonard, a member and teacher at The One God One Thought Center for Better Living (OGOT), lives by. It reveals a truth that is proving itself right now as OGOT prepares for the arrival of Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen, author and president of the Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL), an international association of New Thought churches, centers and study groups dedicated to spreading the abundant life teachings of Jesus the Christ.
McKeithen will be guest speaker at a special Family and Friends Service held Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. The service is hosted by OGOT, located at 3605 Coronado Road in Baltimore.
“Having Rev. Sheila as a teacher makes me think through the subject that I am learning for myself as I prepare to teach others,” said Mann-Leonard, who facilitates Basic Truth Principles I & II at OGOT— twin courses that teach five practical principles to better living and how to apply them to daily living using universal law.
“Just because you hear someone say something, or even see something written down, you still have to ask yourself, ‘does it make sense to me? Am I in agreement with what I just heard or read?’” Mann-Leonard, recalled her days as a Truth scholar in one of Mckeithen’s classes. She remembers vividly, the spiritual advocate’s posing of the million-dollar question to gauge her students’ understanding of a subject: “Make sense?”
McKeithen, the spiritual leader of The Universal Centre of Truth for Better Living in Kingston, Jamaica, will discuss the art of healing— spiritual, physical, financial— from a New Thought Christian perspective, which essentially teaches the art of saying ‘yes.’
"Rev. Sheila is a living example of what faith, and the principle of true spiritual healing can do," said OGOT Senior Minister Rev. Bernette L. Jones of the much sought-after spiritual activist, speaker, and nine-time author.
McKeithen contributed to Baltimore native Bishop Vashti McKenzie's book, Those Sisters Can Preach: 22 Pearls of Wisdom, Virtue, and Hope (2013); and the documentary and book Discover the Gift (2010); created by Shajen Joy Aziz and directed by Demian Lichtenstein. Twelve Steps To Your Healing is her latest book.
“Whatever you choose will also choose you," McKeithen teaches in the book. "If you choose to believe the worst about yourself and your circumstances, you will likely get the worst possible results. On the other hand, the person who chooses wholeheartedly to expect the best is more likely to succeed than one who chooses to believe that he or she is stuck with no chance of getting unstuck."
“Yes” is an “action of the mind,” according to Charles Filmore, founder of the New Thought movement and author of The Revealing Word. It is the “mental movement of that asserts confidently and persistently the Truth of Being in the face of appearances.”
McKeithen’s got a firm grip on this truth under the tutelage of the late Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon, who founded the UFBL on spiritual principles that helped her to heal and live a long, prosperous, healthy life after receiving the news of a terminal health diagnosis that prescribed her six months to live.