Temple Talks

The Connection Between Social Justice and Mental Health - One Temple Fitness Co-Founders

For the month of February in honor of Black History Month, we are discussing the connection between social justice and mental health.  

According to House Bill Resolution 194, it reads: Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) acknowledges that slavery is incompatible with the basic founding principles recognized in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal;
(2) acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow;
(3) apologizes to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow; and
(4) expresses its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future. 

Although the house bill has recognized the impact of slavery and post slavery, what has occurred to remedy the effects? What outlets do we have when processing and expressing our emotions when discussing the daily traumas we face? It feels at times that we are constantly fighting for our humanity and we are told to not "call out" systems of oppression. However, as Bishop Desmond Tutu says, “My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together,” thus it is necessary to have this conversation because it is a we-humanity problem. This month we are focusing on the connection between mental health and social justice because until we are seen as human beings in society and until society recognizes healing from a collective approach, we cannot begin the discussion on how our experiences contribute to our mental health.

We encourage you to reflect on these two points as you listen to this Temple Talk:

  1. The impact of racial trauma on the Mind, Body and Spirit

  2. The impact of cognitive dissonance to perpetuate cycles

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The Path to Purpose is Through Patience - One Temple Fitness Co-Founders

Hello One Temple Fitness Family! We decided to do something different for this Temple Talk. We are combining December’s topic of Patience with January’s topic of Purpose. As, patience is something that is needed when living in and on purpose.  

According to Google, patience is defined as "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” What stands out in this definition is "the capacity to accept" and "without getting angry or upset". Acceptance requires trust and the absence of anger requires restraint and discipline. As Christians, we are taught to put all of our trust in God and to spend time in His Word to develop strength to endure life's challenges. In Ecclesiastes 7:8 it states, "The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride." We all want the end result, whether it is to reach our fitness goals or transition into a new career, we know that God wants to mold us through the process. Join Rev. Dr. Gimel Rogers and Erin Haywood as they discuss how God has help them develop patience through their spiritual journeys, and tools they utilize to help them stay grateful and focused during times of waiting on God's Word and God’s purpose for their lives. As we know from Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Therefore, even before our existence God purposed us.

We encourage you to reflect on these two points as you listen to this Temple Talk:

  1. Before you start your day, do you take a dose of spiritual patience? Always remember, if the Spirit is the source, then let the Spirit direct your course!

  2. Living on and in purpose means not settling and taking risks by trusting God. However, trusting God is not taking a risk because God will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Key patience take aways:

  • We need to be patient with God because God is not impatient with us

  • We are reminded if we want real power then it is wise to embody patience

  • When we are wronged, it is necessary to be patient with the person as God is patient with us 

  • Perseverance is the action word of patience, and love is an action word that involves patience

  • It is important to go to our prayer closet to keep up our endurance which will aid in controlling our emotions

  • Be inspired to know that the frustration, isolation, misunderstanding or suffering  that we are experiencing during this waiting season does not compare to the promise God has for us!! 

Key purpose takeaways:

  • God wants everyone to know that they have been called for a purpose

  • Being successful and living on and in purpose are not the same; you can choose certain apects about your life but you cannot choose your purpose

  • God purposed you, so you must believe that God created you for a specific reason 

  • You may be successful, meet your goals, have a financially flourishing life, and still miss your purpose

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God and Politics: Should we separate Church and State?

November’s Temple Talk focuses on God and Politics. In 2018, the narrative has been centered on how our country is divided...by political party, religious beliefs, personal values, and race. Some might fear that there is no middle ground when it comes to policies that pull on our moral heart strings. In this month's Temple Talk, we discuss the topic of "God and Politics: Should we separate Church and State?" with Matthew Seawright, a socially conscious individual working to change lives through ministry and community outreach. Mr. Seawright assists people within the church and beyond to find a resolution for social issues. We are going to explore the topic of separation between Church and State looking at matters like women's sexual health, prayer in schools, or same sex marriage but also include activism and the role of church. 

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Currently residing in Birmingham, Alabama; Harry Matthew Seawright is a man of many hats and talents. From administration to music, Matthew, is active in a variety of organizations and ministries assisting in the resolution of social issues. Matthew is a licentiate in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and is a member of Payne Chapel AME in Birmingham, AL.    Contact for more information: IG:  @mseadrums  FB:  @Matthew Lebone Seawright  Twitter:  @DrumMatt87

Currently residing in Birmingham, Alabama; Harry Matthew Seawright is a man of many hats and talents. From administration to music, Matthew, is active in a variety of organizations and ministries assisting in the resolution of social issues. Matthew is a licentiate in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and is a member of Payne Chapel AME in Birmingham, AL.

Contact for more information: IG: @mseadrums FB: @Matthew Lebone Seawright Twitter: @DrumMatt87

God and Finances: How to Tithe & Financial Planning

October’s Temple Talk focuses on God and Finances. "Money makes the world go round" or "Money doesn't grow on trees" are just a few of the phrases that showcase how our society thinks about money. Whether you agree with the above statements or not, money is a tool that we use to exchange or access resources, services, or opportunities. Since money is a part of our life, why not learn how to manage it. Financial discipline is a vital skill to have when developing a healthy and happy life. In this month's Temple Talk, we discuss the topic of "God and Finances: How to Tithe & Financial Planning" with Chris Bell, a financial advisor and consultant for a major financial services corporation.  Mr. Bell assists people every day to make more sound and practical choices for both their short and long term goals.   


In addition to discussing becoming more financially savvy, we also discuss the role tithing has within the Christian faith and how to become a tither. Tithing in a biblical sense has been taught as a way to show obedience and your faith in God's provision. Listen as we discuss tips and strategies to view, manage, and invest money while still giving God your first tenth. 

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Chris Bell is a native of Southern California. He is also an alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. During his time at the University, he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Gamma Xi. After graduating in 2013, Chris went on to pursue his Master of Business Administration at Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles. Currently, Chris works as a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual where he works diligently with clients to identify their financial needs and focuses on creating solutions to ensure their goals become reality. Chris’ knowledge and experience, along with the expertise of his team, allows him to offer the highest . He can also provide world-class insurance services and internationally recognized investment products. Chris aims to serve you, those of your family or business by offering a holistic approach to assist you with financial planning to foster a financially fruitful life.  “Plan Differently; call it our motto! My team and I are a group of innovative specialists, here to help you discover what’s financially possible and plan for the unexpected. We work hard to help ensure that our clients’ money outlasts them. We are setting the standard, pushing limits, and powering what’s next for your goals.”   Contact for more information: email:  Chris.Bell@NM.com  website:  chrisbell.nm.com

Chris Bell is a native of Southern California. He is also an alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. During his time at the University, he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Gamma Xi. After graduating in 2013, Chris went on to pursue his Master of Business Administration at Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles. Currently, Chris works as a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual where he works diligently with clients to identify their financial needs and focuses on creating solutions to ensure their goals become reality. Chris’ knowledge and experience, along with the expertise of his team, allows him to offer the highest . He can also provide world-class insurance services and internationally recognized investment products. Chris aims to serve you, those of your family or business by offering a holistic approach to assist you with financial planning to foster a financially fruitful life.

“Plan Differently; call it our motto! My team and I are a group of innovative specialists, here to help you discover what’s financially possible and plan for the unexpected. We work hard to help ensure that our clients’ money outlasts them. We are setting the standard, pushing limits, and powering what’s next for your goals.”

Contact for more information: email: Chris.Bell@NM.com website: chrisbell.nm.com

Faith and Fashion: Fashionista Christian

Hello One Temple Fitness Family! We hope you enjoyed your summer break and are ready for some new awesome topics. We are kicking off this season with a conversation around being a “Fashionista Christian.” Some might argue that fashion is an extension of our identity and what we wear communicates our values, personality, or way of life. What we put on our bodies has been a topic of discussion since the moment we were born; even certain colors have been associated with gender (pink is for girls and blue is for boys). It might be cliche to think that what we wear matters. This month, One Temple Fitness has invited the founders of "Called 2 Create Apparel" a Christian fashion line to discuss the intersection between faith and fashion. As a Christian, you might of had conversations with peers, parents, or adults regarding what was and was not appropriate to wear in and outside of church. You might of heard comments like,  "Your pants are too low" "Your dress is too tight" or "That pattern is too busy."  On the other hand, coming to church could feel like New York's fashion week where you could spy on who is rocking the latest and coolest new outfits on Sunday. Understanding that our faith makes us a walking billboard, we hope after listening to today's podcast you will take a deeper dive into what your brand is and how it is connected to your faith.  

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CALLED 2 CREATE WAS FOUNDED IN LATE 2017 RIGHT IN THE LIVING ROOM OF A “SEEMINGLY ORDINARY”, HUMBLE FAMILY IN LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA.  HERE TO INFLUENCE THE MASSES THROUGH FASHION. WHAT YOU ARE CALLED TO CREATE IS A MANDATED DUTY FROM GOD, TO USE THE GIFTS HE HAS GIVEN SPECIFICALLY TO YOU.  WITH OVER 23 COMBINED YEARS IN THE HAIR INDUSTRY, OVER 20 YEARS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, AND A DEGREE IN FASHION MERCHANDISING, YOU CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED! CALLED 2 CREATE IS THE CATALYST TO INSPIRE THE, “GOD CONSCIENCE.”   Contact and follow at: IG- @Called2createapparel

CALLED 2 CREATE WAS FOUNDED IN LATE 2017 RIGHT IN THE LIVING ROOM OF A “SEEMINGLY ORDINARY”, HUMBLE FAMILY IN LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA.

HERE TO INFLUENCE THE MASSES THROUGH FASHION. WHAT YOU ARE CALLED TO CREATE IS A MANDATED DUTY FROM GOD, TO USE THE GIFTS HE HAS GIVEN SPECIFICALLY TO YOU.

WITH OVER 23 COMBINED YEARS IN THE HAIR INDUSTRY, OVER 20 YEARS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, AND A DEGREE IN FASHION MERCHANDISING, YOU CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED! CALLED 2 CREATE IS THE CATALYST TO INSPIRE THE, “GOD CONSCIENCE.”

Contact and follow at: IG- @Called2createapparel

Dating and Christian #Summer18 - One Temple Fitness Co-Founders

May's Temple Talk focuses on the dynamics of dating and being Christian as we approach summer 18'. 

Does being Christian make dating complicated? What are the struggles that single Christians are facing at the time of online dating and texting? In this month's Temple Talk, co-founders of One Temple Fitness, Reverend Dr. Gimel Rogers, and Erin Haywood have an open dialogue about their own struggles of dating while Christian in Los Angeles. They discuss how Christianity is a hot topic and some people believe falsehoods that all Christians are prudes, bigoted, or boring. I do not know about you, but while dating in LA I have definitely gotten the label "nun" "church girl" or "goody two shoes." Or my favorite, I believe in God, but I don't go to church. The struggle of being celibate is hard enough, but to find like-minded partners that are supportive can seem like we are searching for a needle in the haystack. Who knows, maybe God has placed my soon to be husband at the hottest day party, but I doubt it...  

On top of all that, summer is right around the corner, and as everyone prepares for day parties, beach parlays, and hot nights how do Christians who desire to be married make sure they don't fall into the typical traps of casual dating. In this Temple Talk, we explore questions like

  • What are the benefits and challenges of dating as a Christian?

  • What are some tips to stay true to the Christian values during the summer season?

  • What advice do you wish you had during your younger years?

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Breaking Cycles: Addressing Generational Curses - Minister Aja Adeagbo

April's Temple Talk focuses on breaking cycles known as generational curses. One Temple Fitness is committed to bringing healing to those who are trying to break out of old habits or negative ways of thinking that keep them from living their full potential. This month we want to focus on breaking generational curses, especially since Mother's and Father's day are approaching. It is our hope that you are delivered by listening to this Temple Talk and be able to see and name the spiritual wickedness generationally that you are fighting against such as - strongholds of abuse, addiction, manipulation, laziness, fornication, extramarital affairs, poverty, and lack of vision.

My Name Is NOT, A Prayer to Break Generational Bondage - By: Dr. Gimel

Prayer: Lord today I break and dismantle every generational curse in my family and myself, I bind up every demonic spirit and force that has been passed down from generation to generation from my parents to my grandparents, my great grandparents, my great great grandparents, and the forefathers and mothers which came before them. Lord today for any sacrifices that they made that were not of Christ for any words that they spoke that we’re not of Christ I break it today and I bind it up in the name of Jesus, I cover it and seal it with the blood of Jesus so it does not touch anyone, and send it back to the pit of hell from which it came. Today Lord, my soul wounds are healed and unhealthy and ungodly soul ties are forever severed. Thank you Lord for revealing and continuing to reveal specifically the spiritual bondage that has been passed down from generation to generation that I could not see or name in which I, a representative of my family__(insert your family’s name)__, and myself have been freed from. I thank you that no retaliation will befall my family, friends, or myself as I stand in the gap to set the captives free. I drench my family, friends, and myself with the blood of Jesus. I am not afraid because the Holy Spirit which you sent is our comforter and will protect me from the enemy. All I need to do is believe. Today and this day forward, I believe! Amen.  

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Aja Adeagbo is a poet, dancer, songwriter, singer, and activist. She was raised by a single mother who kept her grounded in the word of God. She is currently the Young Adult Minister at Walker Temple A.M.E Church in Los Angeles where the Rev. Rosalynn Brookins serves as Senior Pastor. She accepted her call into the ministry in 2012 and is now a member of the Board of Examiners in the African Methodist Episcopal Church to become an Itinerant Elder. In 2013, she received an Associate of Science degree in Recycling and Resource Management and is currently working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies.  As a youth, Lady Aja toured France, South Korea and Monaco with the Crenshaw High School Gospel Choir. It was in this season of her life where she was exposed to the power of the Holy Spirit. Her love for music has allowed her to serve as a intern with Sony Pictures, Universal Music, Myspace Records and The Recording Academy. Such an endeavor has equipped her to utilize her creative voice to be herd globally through music, spoken word and visual media.  In 2014, she created a ministry and entrepreneurial endeavor entitled “Indigo Boulevard”, which specializes in aromatherapy products that heal spiritually, physically and mentally. Currently, Lady Aja teaches teenagers in an after school program, called “Rashion”, which concentrates on sustainable fashion and environmental stewardship. This program gives her the opportunity to inspire, uplift and guide creative teenagers’s by developing their entrepreneurial, leadership and industry skills. Thus, student’s have the opportunity to grow by attending runway show’s, college tours and selling their merchandise at campus events. She also serves as the Executive Administrator at her local church where she assist in community outreach, social programs and event planning. Her mission is to encourage, empower, and coach young women through the power of God’s Holy word.   Contact her at: IG- @Daholyhipster    LOOK OUT FOR AND PURCHASE HER BOOK -    SEASONS: THE CONFESSION OF THE PROPHETIC POETIC, VOL. 1

Aja Adeagbo is a poet, dancer, songwriter, singer, and activist. She was raised by a single mother who kept her grounded in the word of God. She is currently the Young Adult Minister at Walker Temple A.M.E Church in Los Angeles where the Rev. Rosalynn Brookins serves as Senior Pastor. She accepted her call into the ministry in 2012 and is now a member of the Board of Examiners in the African Methodist Episcopal Church to become an Itinerant Elder. In 2013, she received an Associate of Science degree in Recycling and Resource Management and is currently working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies.

As a youth, Lady Aja toured France, South Korea and Monaco with the Crenshaw High School Gospel Choir. It was in this season of her life where she was exposed to the power of the Holy Spirit. Her love for music has allowed her to serve as a intern with Sony Pictures, Universal Music, Myspace Records and The Recording Academy. Such an endeavor has equipped her to utilize her creative voice to be herd globally through music, spoken word and visual media.

In 2014, she created a ministry and entrepreneurial endeavor entitled “Indigo Boulevard”, which specializes in aromatherapy products that heal spiritually, physically and mentally. Currently, Lady Aja teaches teenagers in an after school program, called “Rashion”, which concentrates on sustainable fashion and environmental stewardship. This program gives her the opportunity to inspire, uplift and guide creative teenagers’s by developing their entrepreneurial, leadership and industry skills. Thus, student’s have the opportunity to grow by attending runway show’s, college tours and selling their merchandise at campus events. She also serves as the Executive Administrator at her local church where she assist in community outreach, social programs and event planning. Her mission is to encourage, empower, and coach young women through the power of God’s Holy word.

Contact her at: IG- @Daholyhipster

LOOK OUT FOR AND PURCHASE HER BOOK - SEASONS: THE CONFESSION OF THE PROPHETIC POETIC, VOL. 1

Women in Business: A Road to Entrepreneurship - Melanie Eke

In honor of Women's History Month, March's Temple Talk focuses on "Women in Business: A Road to Entrepreneurship." With the birth of technology, it has allowed for society to connect to a range of information and resources, it makes sense that younger and younger generations are wanting to start their own projects or build their own businesses. It seems that whether you are at happy hour or catching up with old friends you cannot escape hearing the word "entrepreneurship." Today we are so excited to discuss the pathways to entrepreneurship and how this road can be filled with challenges and rewards. Here are some quick stats:

  • 27 is the average age of Millennial who are starting businesses, which is much lower than the baby boomers who started at 35.
  • 11.3 Million businesses are women-owned in the U.S.
  • U.S. is the number 1 country for Entrepreneurship

On a personal note, in more recent years I have even catch the entrepreneurship bug and had the privilege of meeting some amazing female bosses that have paved the way for future generations. For instance, Lin Bolen was my mom's best friend who was the first female daytime television producer and through her dynamic spirit, she trail-blazed the entertainment industry. She started her own production company and her personal motto  was to support other women as she rose to fame, including my mother: she helped move her and my brother from New York to Los Angeles and helped my mom get into radio sales. Today in her honor, we are excited to open up this space to discuss the power of creating our own lane but also giving homage to female entrepreneurs.

Listen to this amazing discussion as we explore women in business and share some pearls from Expect to Win by Carla A. Harris. Do not forget to comment below.

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Melanie Eke is a TV/Radio Personality and Personal Development Influencer from Los Angeles, CA.  Melanie Has Hosted local TV, digital radio, and numerous live events around Los Angeles.  Currently, Melanie is a Media Personality for Rich Girl Network in addition to producing her own content.  She's also a Co-Host on KLBP 99.1 FM's Hollywood Show Live- On the Air radio show in Long Beach, CA, which is also televised via syndication.  In 2017, Melanie participated in Oxygen's competition reality series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties," where she embarked on a one-of-a-kind competition experience testing her physically, mentally, and emotionally! This experience inspired Melanie to found My Friendship Values, a nonprofit that empowers young ladies to develop and maintain healthy friendships.  Beyond her work with young ladies, Melanie strives to empower all young adults to develop and maintain not only healthy friendships, but healthy relationships of all types.  Melanie also launched the empowerment brand People U Should Know, which highlights people positively impacting their industries and communities.  Her ultimate vision is to empower countless individuals to become their best selves and achieve fulfillment in everything they do!   Contact her at: FB, Twitter, IG- @MelanieCEke

Melanie Eke is a TV/Radio Personality and Personal Development Influencer from Los Angeles, CA.  Melanie Has Hosted local TV, digital radio, and numerous live events around Los Angeles.  Currently, Melanie is a Media Personality for Rich Girl Network in addition to producing her own content.  She's also a Co-Host on KLBP 99.1 FM's Hollywood Show Live- On the Air radio show in Long Beach, CA, which is also televised via syndication.  In 2017, Melanie participated in Oxygen's competition reality series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties," where she embarked on a one-of-a-kind competition experience testing her physically, mentally, and emotionally! This experience inspired Melanie to found My Friendship Values, a nonprofit that empowers young ladies to develop and maintain healthy friendships.  Beyond her work with young ladies, Melanie strives to empower all young adults to develop and maintain not only healthy friendships, but healthy relationships of all types.  Melanie also launched the empowerment brand People U Should Know, which highlights people positively impacting their industries and communities.  Her ultimate vision is to empower countless individuals to become their best selves and achieve fulfillment in everything they do!

Contact her at: FB, Twitter, IG- @MelanieCEke

Coping Strategies: The Impact of Generational Trauma - Crista Jackson

In honor of Black History month, we are examining the effects of generational trauma and the use of coping strategies within the African American community. Research has shown that trauma, especially childhood trauma, can cause adverse effects on individuals’ mental and physical health.  When dealing with trauma or stress-related incidents we tend to lean on coping mechanisms to deal with our emotions. Moreover, research has been done to explore the correlation between racial oppression and mental health outcomes on communities of color. For instance, in the United States, slavery has a generational imprint that has effected people of African descent for years. A question we can be left with is, “What are impacts of generations of slavery and adverse childhood experiences on the African American community today, particularly our males?”  

According to Dempsy (2002), African American youth tend to engage in negative coping strategies such as avoidance, aggression and internalizing behaviors. Bryant-Davis (2005) research on coping strategies within the African American community noted the importance to recognize cultural context when cultivating positive coping strategies such as activism,  creativity, community support, spirituality, humor, therapy, and racial reframing (Bryant-Davis, 2005).  She defined Activism as, “helping others to gain a sense of empowerment and counter feelings of self-doubt or to make sense of the trauma by finding a way to take the negative experience and use it for good of others in similar situations” (Bryant-Davis, 2005). Furthermore, other researchers have continued to underscore the importance of creativity such as expressive arts. Rogers (2017) cites writing is a tool that enhances personal growth because it brings forth feelings and a learning about one’s self leading to an improvement in identity.  Research has also found unofficial storytelling possess strengths and weaknesses, such as the survivors gaining validation for their experience and only having limited effect on the “structures of silence,” respectively (Hackett & Rolston, 2009, p. 370).

It is necessary to under the impact trauma has had on people of African descent for generations and how we as a people have coped with these traumas. One Temple Fitness is so excited to have a public affairs professional and comedian, Crista Jackson, be our guest speaker for this month's talk.

Listen to this amazing discussion as we explore coping strategies and the impact of generational trauma. Do not forget to comment below.

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Crista Jackson is a Public Affairs professional with a Communication degree from Howard University in Washington, DC.  As a former women’s ministry leader at One Church International, Crista fostered an inclusive environment for women of all ages and ethnicities to connect as daughters of the King and grow as effective women. Her love for seeing people blossom has led her on missions to teach in China, a mentor in her local Toastmasters club and serve others recovering from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  As a Stand-up comedian, she has performed across the country giving people life’s very best medicine – laughter! Contact her at: www.CristaJackson.com

 

Accept Me: Steps and Strategies to Self-Love - Author K. Lee

The founders of One Temple Fitness and Author, Publisher, and Philanthropist K. Lee take on this month's Temple Talk entitled, "Accept Me: Steps and Strategies to Self-Love!" In this Temple Talk, K. Lee discusses the importance of self-love and ways to gain a greater sense of self. What better way to set up the new year than to discuss strategies and approaches to bringing balance into our lives. Thinking about self-love, we read in a Huffington Post article entitled "5 Science-Backed Reasons It’s Important To Love Yourself." The article indicated that research suggests self-acceptance could lead to greater satisfaction with your life — but it’s a habit that many people practice the least.

  1. Accepting yourself can make you happier.
  2. It could encourage you to reach those health goals.
  3. Self-compassion may help with mental health issues.
  4. It can push you to stop procrastinating.
  5.  Loving yourself can lead you through adversity.

In a world where depression, anxiety, and low-esteem seems to be prevalent, along with overwhelming social and political distress and pressures, it seems like self-love might be the first under attack. Further, people who identify as helpers tend to get caught up in helping others and end up forgetting to take care of themselves first. These are the reasons why One Temple Fitness is so excited to have author, publisher, and philanthropist, K. Lee, be our guest speaker for this month's talk.

Listen to this amazing discussion as we explore the strategies to achieve self-love and confidence. Do not forget to comment below.

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Author, Publisher, and Philanthropist K. Lee   was born to be a writer. After writing her first story at age 10, she hasn't looked back since. Author of the popular, inspiring novel  A New Normal,  which gained national momentum at its publication, K. Lee frequently shares her message of self-love in speaking engagements to women and teens at seminars and conferences around the country. Her ultimate goal is to adapt her writing into films that transform the world one life at a time through relatable characters and an inspiring message of hope, love and laughter.  In addition to writing and speaking, K. Lee serves as a Los Angeles traffic officer and leads a non-profit. Inspired by close family and friends who selflessly led their families through difficult times, K. Lee set out to pay homage to men seeking to become more effective, empowered parents through a philanthropic effort for single fathers. She is the CEO of Single and Networking Dads, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping men to confidently nurture and provide for their children when their mothers are absent.  Most of all, K. Lee uses her platform to shift culture and make a difference in the world. Whether she's authoring, speaking, or serving others through philanthropy, K. Lee leverages her many gifts to reflect purpose, hope, and love. It is her hope that those she reaches through her work will experience true inner peace, so they can spread love to those around them.  Connect at:     Facebook:  Kleewrites4you         IG / Twitter:  @Kleewrites4you              http://Kleewrites4you.com

Author, Publisher, and Philanthropist K. Lee  was born to be a writer. After writing her first story at age 10, she hasn't looked back since. Author of the popular, inspiring novel A New Normal, which gained national momentum at its publication, K. Lee frequently shares her message of self-love in speaking engagements to women and teens at seminars and conferences around the country. Her ultimate goal is to adapt her writing into films that transform the world one life at a time through relatable characters and an inspiring message of hope, love and laughter.

In addition to writing and speaking, K. Lee serves as a Los Angeles traffic officer and leads a non-profit. Inspired by close family and friends who selflessly led their families through difficult times, K. Lee set out to pay homage to men seeking to become more effective, empowered parents through a philanthropic effort for single fathers. She is the CEO of Single and Networking Dads, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping men to confidently nurture and provide for their children when their mothers are absent.

Most of all, K. Lee uses her platform to shift culture and make a difference in the world. Whether she's authoring, speaking, or serving others through philanthropy, K. Lee leverages her many gifts to reflect purpose, hope, and love. It is her hope that those she reaches through her work will experience true inner peace, so they can spread love to those around them.

Connect at:     Facebook: Kleewrites4you        IG / Twitter: @Kleewrites4you            http://Kleewrites4you.com

Our Daily Bread: Is Your Food Bringing You Life? - Dr. Naima Lett

The founders of One Temple Fitness and Dr. Naima Lett take on this month's Temple Talk entitled, "Our Daily Bread: Is Your Food Bringing You Life?" In this Temple Talk, Dr. Naima Lett discusses the importance of being mindful of the food we put into our temples. Food's purpose is to give us nourishment, but it can also be the cause for so many diseases and ailments like diabetes, chronic heart disease, and much more. For instance, according to Kansas State University, recent data found:

"adults ages 20 years and over - 34.2 percent overweight, 33.8 percent are obese and 5.7 percent are extremely obese. Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are the major contributing factors to overweight and obesity in the U.S. In addition, people have to be aware that major diseases are on the rise..."

  • 37% of Americans have cardiovascular disease.

  • 34% of U.S. adults have hypertension, a major risk factors for stroke and heart disease.

The above statistics lets us know that food can have a major impact on our quality life, but we wanted to dive deeper into what the bible says about food. Dr. Lett uses her personal experiences, one including her husband's battle with cancer, to highlight how food could be linked to our own liberation. In addition, when we make lifestyle changes it can be revealed to us what our relationship to food is. Are we addicted to some foods? Are we unwilling to let go of some foods because of the way we were raised? 

Listen to this amazing discussion as we explore the power of food from a biblical perspective and how we can honor our temple through our diet.

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Dr. Naima Lett  loves helping folks find their purpose and follow their dreams while deepening their faith. She’s co-pastor of Hope in the Hills in Beverly Hills and co-founder of Lett’s Rise! Productions with her husband Kevin. They recently celebrated 16 years of marriage, and they're grateful to have survived Kevin's stage four cancer diagnosis the first year of their marriage. Dr. Lett is an award-winning actor, producer and author. Her candid and humorous storytelling and preaching make her an in-demand speaker, lecturer and performer who cares for souls in Los Angeles and across the globe. Her  Hollywood Christian  blog and social media continually engages the community, and she has toured her one-woman plays internationally. Studio credits include Fox’s  Prison Break , Paramount’s  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , Lifetime’s  Living Proof , Lifetime’s  Inspector Mom , and BBC’s  Wire in the Blood . She graduated with top honors and a BFA from Howard University. She is Dallas Seminary’s first MA in Media & Communications recipient and BIOLA’s first female with a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Talbot School of Theology. She loves the beach, movie date nights, dancing and finding great vegan restaurants.  Connect at:     Facebook:  DrNaimaLett                                   Twitter:  @NaimaLett              http://NaimaLett.com

Dr. Naima Lett loves helping folks find their purpose and follow their dreams while deepening their faith. She’s co-pastor of Hope in the Hills in Beverly Hills and co-founder of Lett’s Rise! Productions with her husband Kevin. They recently celebrated 16 years of marriage, and they're grateful to have survived Kevin's stage four cancer diagnosis the first year of their marriage. Dr. Lett is an award-winning actor, producer and author. Her candid and humorous storytelling and preaching make her an in-demand speaker, lecturer and performer who cares for souls in Los Angeles and across the globe. Her Hollywood Christian blog and social media continually engages the community, and she has toured her one-woman plays internationally. Studio credits include Fox’s Prison Break, Paramount’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Lifetime’s Living Proof, Lifetime’s Inspector Mom, and BBC’s Wire in the Blood. She graduated with top honors and a BFA from Howard University. She is Dallas Seminary’s first MA in Media & Communications recipient and BIOLA’s first female with a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Talbot School of Theology. She loves the beach, movie date nights, dancing and finding great vegan restaurants.

Connect at:     Facebook: DrNaimaLett                                  Twitter: @NaimaLett            http://NaimaLett.com

Addressing Church Hurt in 2017 - Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover & Rev. Nicole Slater

The founders of One Temple Fitness, Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover, and Rev. Nicole Slater take on this month's Temple Talk entitled, "Addressing Church Hurt in 2017." Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover and Rev. Nicole Slater joined One Temple Fitness to discuss the impact of church hurt on the body of Christ and ways to bring healing to those affected.

What is church hurt? In this month's Temple Talk, Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover defines church hurt as "hurt that comes from a source you trust." In 2015,  Daniel Burke wrote an article for CNN, which stated that "almost every major branch of Christianity in the United States has lost a significant number of members... more than one-third of millennials now say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007." So, you might ask yourself what is causing the decrease in membership? Well, according to Christian Today,  it reports that new research by the Barna group states that "six in 10 young people will leave the church permanently or for an extended period starting at age 15."

Additional information: The Barna data indicate that 28% of the adult population has not attended any church activities, including services, in the past six months. That translates to nearly 65 million adults. When their children under the age of 18 who live with them are added to the picture, the number swells to more than 100 million people.

One of the biggest surprises to some people, however, is that a large majority of the nation’s unchurched population is drawn from the sector comprised of people who consider themselves to be Christian. In the United States, 83% of all adults label themselves “Christian.” The percentage is lower among the unchurched, but such self-identified Christians still outnumber those who do not embrace Christianity by a three-to-two margin (61% vs. 39%).

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The Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover, D.Min. enthusiastically serves as Senior Pastor at Historic Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Prattville, Alabama, and is committed to passionate worship, community-focused ministry and the anointed preaching of God's Holy Word. Committed to life-long learning, Dr. Lover received the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.  Her dissertation,  “From Preying to Praying:  Exposing the Effects of Spiritual Abuse in the Church,”  establishes a psycho-ecclesial model to equip church leadership with the necessary knowledge concerning spiritual abuse and utilizes a biblical behavioral model to illustrate how church leadership should implement spiritual authority. Beyond the local pulpit, Pastor Agnes also compassionately serves in several capacities across the Ninth Episcopal District in the AME Church.  Prior to serving in ministry fulltime, she pursued a corporate career that extensively evolved around 24 years of telecommunication experience combined in systems engineering, project management, sales and marketing. 

The Rev. Dr. Agnes Lover, D.Min. enthusiastically serves as Senior Pastor at Historic Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Prattville, Alabama, and is committed to passionate worship, community-focused ministry and the anointed preaching of God's Holy Word. Committed to life-long learning, Dr. Lover received the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.  Her dissertation, “From Preying to Praying:  Exposing the Effects of Spiritual Abuse in the Church,” establishes a psycho-ecclesial model to equip church leadership with the necessary knowledge concerning spiritual abuse and utilizes a biblical behavioral model to illustrate how church leadership should implement spiritual authority. Beyond the local pulpit, Pastor Agnes also compassionately serves in several capacities across the Ninth Episcopal District in the AME Church.  Prior to serving in ministry fulltime, she pursued a corporate career that extensively evolved around 24 years of telecommunication experience combined in systems engineering, project management, sales and marketing. 

Rev. LaChaune Nicole Slater, M.Div. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She currently serves as pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church, located in Selma, Alabama where she has elevated the congregation spiritually and renovated the church structurally. She is also a Licensed Funeral Director in which her pastoral skills bring to bear. Rev. Nicole is a volunteer with several civic organizations, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rev. Nicole is the embodiment of one who walks by faith and not by sight and who leads by example and precepts. Her deeds and tireless efforts clearly personify her deep and compelling commitment, courage and compassion.

Rev. LaChaune Nicole Slater, M.Div. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She currently serves as pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church, located in Selma, Alabama where she has elevated the congregation spiritually and renovated the church structurally. She is also a Licensed Funeral Director in which her pastoral skills bring to bear. Rev. Nicole is a volunteer with several civic organizations, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rev. Nicole is the embodiment of one who walks by faith and not by sight and who leads by example and precepts. Her deeds and tireless efforts clearly personify her deep and compelling commitment, courage and compassion.

Social Justice: A Christian Perspective - Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis

This month's Temple Talk entitled, "Social Justice: A Christian Perspective" the founders of One Temple Fitness and Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis discuss how social justice is a core value of Christianity and the role the body of Christ should take against oppression.

This talk was inspired by the current political climate in the United States and how systematic oppression is present in so many facets of our lives. Whether it is the debate on access to health care, police brutality, or the rise of hate crimes or demonstrations.

As our 45th president was inaugurated, the national dialogue has been about the racial divide in our nation, but also the increase of civic engagement and activism. According to USA Today College article, it stated, "a long-running annual UCLA study published in 2016, college students are more likely than ever to be involved in political and civic engagement. The study found one in 10 students expected to be involved in some kind of protest during their college career – the highest the survey had recorded since it began in 1967."

So, what does all of this have to do with Christianity? People have argued that some of our top social justice advocates and leaders were birthed from the church and communities relied on the church for support, services, and guidance. So, what is the role of the church today?

According to a HuffPost article titled, "Social Justice is A Christian Tradition, not a Liberal Agenda," the author wrote, "Participating in social justice is a Christian tradition inspired by Jesus, not liberal causes, populist agendas, media platforms, lawmakers, or mainstream fads. It’s a deeply spiritual practice."

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Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD MDiv is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University. She is also an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Bryant-Davis is a published author whose areas of expertise are trauma recovery, the sacred arts, and women's ministry. Dr. Bryant-Davis is a former psychology representative to the United Nations. She was named by ESSENCE magazine among women who are shaping the world. She is co-editor of the book Religion and Spirituality in Diverse Women's Lives. Dr. Bryant-Davis is a media mental health consultant who strives to live by the words of her mother, "God is speaking. My life is God's vocabulary."