Ministers

Reverend Andriette Earl, Founder and Spiritual Leader

Rev. Andriette Earl is a well-known leader, life coach, author and teacher with decades of experience in both corporate and spiritual settings in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  She has engaged hundreds – if not thousands – of people in conscious and intentional living through an adoption of proven spiritual practices.

In 2009, Rev. Andriette founded Heart and Soul Center of Light (HSCL), a Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) affiliate. In just over 10 years she has grown HSCL into a vibrant, world-class teaching and empowerment ministry.  She has been an exceedingly popular instructor at the Holmes Institute School of Spiritual Leadership for more than a decade.

As a teacher, Rev. Andriette embraces creative spiritual processes to support self-actualization and transformation.  She has invented ingenious methods for inspiring others including creation of a transformational board game entitled, Speak Your Word: The Freedom Game.  Readers of her monthly column, From the Inside Out, in Science of Mind Magazine cite her as bringing “…a tremendous heart, a healing presence, and great enthusiasm for transforming one’s life.”  She is the author of Embracing Wholeness: Living in Spiritual Congruence and is the creator/producer of HSCL’s weekly video blog and podcast, Point of Power

As a CSL leader, Rev. Andriette has become a sought-after facilitator and team-builder.  She currently serves as co-chair of the CSL Minister’s Council. She has served as a pre-CSL visioning facilitator, on the Nominations Committee, the CSL Convention Committee and the spiritually Motivated/Socially Engaged team.  revandriette@heartsoulcenter.org

Heart and Soul Staff Ministers

Reverend Angelo Allen, Director of Video Ministry

Rev. Angelo Allen is affectionately known as “Revelo”. He currently serves as the director of Heart and Soul’s Video Ministry and is a faculty member at the Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies where he teaches Church Organization and Management. Revelo brings a steadfast belief that prayer, spiritual practice and continued spiritual education constitute an essential three-legged stool that supports an upward spiral of personal growth and spiritual liberation. revangelo@heartsoulcenter.org

Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry at Heart and Soul is comprised of Music Ministers Branice McKenzie and Valerie Joi Fiddmont, our choir – HeartSong, our Vocal Ensemble and all of our magnificent instrumentalists who share in accompanying the music each Sunday. At Heart and Soul our Music Ministry is in service and partnership with our founding minister Rev. Andriette Earl and our Ministerial Staff. Our purpose is to support the teaching, wisdom and inspiration from the pulpit that inspires, heals and loves us “through it all”. Our choir, HeartSong, ministers every 4th and 5th Sundays and on our special calendar days (Church Anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Easter). On our other Sundays we have the most outstanding guest artists who represent the very best of vocal artistry. These artists bring to our Music Ministry the expanse of genres and styles so that we explore all the possibilities of artistic communication and inspiration. At Heart and Soul, on any given Sunday, you can experience the artistry and telling in any of these musics from A cappella, Jazz, New Thought to Traditional Gospel, Spoken Word and Opera.
We are committed to ministering to each of us and all of us. We are grateful to be in service.
 

Branice McKenzie,  Co-Minister of Music

Branice McKenzie is the Founding Minister of Music at Heart and Soul Center of Light. Ms. McKenzie is a vocalist, composer, teaching artist, music director and children’s artist. As the daughter of a Seminarian, Eunice, and a Concert Tenor, Bradford, Branice has been a music minister from the start. She grew up singing in church and school. Then as a student at Brown, Branice was the Founding Director of The Black Chorus of Brown University.

Branice’s performing career includes worldwide concertizing as a critically acclaimed artist in Jazz (Umbria and Newport Jazz Festivals), musical theatre (Shades of Harlem, I Can’t Stop Loving You) and touring with Harry Belafonte, Gregory Hines, Iyanla Vanzant and Hugh Masekela. Her New Thought CDs “Music Is” and “I Fly” are favorites as well as her children’s CD, “I Am Me: Melodies, Lyrics and Lessons”. Her latest recording project, “Branice McKenzie: The New Standard” is in the works and she is the composer of the new musical, “Planet For Children”.

Branice loves the power and richness of music that speaks to us and supports transformation via various genres, rhythms and styles. Ms. McKenzie holds a Master’s in Music Education from New York University and her music can be found at www.watchfiremusic.com.

Valerie Joi Fiddmont, Co-Minister of Music

A gifted and multifaceted musician, Valerie Joi is a recording artist, pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer and choral director. She directed the UC Santa Cruz Gospel Choir for thirteen years, where she was named a Porter College Faculty Fellow in 2013. She also served as the founding Minister of Music for Inner Light Ministries in Santa Cruz, CA for 16 years. During her tenure, she featured, accompanied and sang alongside artists such as Rickie Byars-Beckwith, Tammy Hall, Charles Holt, Nadine Risha and many more. Another great honor for Valerie Joi was singing background vocals for living legend Quincy Jones at the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl in September 2017. Her greatest joy, however, is witnessing transformation and healing through song. She is currently a PhD student in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she is focusing on the interconnection between music, spirituality and social activism. You can find out more about her and her music on her website www.valeriejoi.com.

Our Leadership Model

Heart and Soul Center of Light enjoys a leadership model that actively promotes accountability and commitment through loving engagement. We lovingly enroll and inspire our members to embrace a shared sense of belonging and ownership. Informed by this dynamic, “leadership” becomes more than just a word that describes the people who make the rules. For us, Leadership is an enduring value that we consistently practice to conduct Love, Light and Intelligence through every aspect of our center. The result is that we are forever growing new leaders!

HSCL Leadership Circle

All Heart and Soul circles, teams and groups have a trained leader or co-leaders to guide their activities. These leaders work in collaboration to support our intention to be a loving and compassionate, world-class teaching, and empowerment ministry. They are organized under a leadership group we call The Ignite Leadership Circle. Our founding Spiritual Leader, Rev. Andriette champions the work of this dynamic group.

Centers for Spiritual Living

Heart and Soul Center of Light is an affiliate with Centers for Spiritual Living  

Centers for Spiritual Living™ is a global community comprised of more than 400 spiritual communities, teaching chapters, study groups and other ministries in 30 countries. These communities teach a New Thought philosophy known as the Science of Mind, which brings religion and science together and offers spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place.

Our Purpose: To awaken humanity to it’s spiritual magnificence.

Our Vision: A world that works for everyone.

Our Mission: To provide spiritual tools for personal and global transformation.

A Message from CSL Leadership

Racism in the United States

Centers for Spiritual Living calls for it to end!

We are grieving lives that ought not to have been lost.  George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, are the most recent in a list of countless unarmed African-American and Black people who have been murdered for the color of their skin over the past 400 years in the US. Too many generations have suffered and it has never been, and is not now, acceptable. 

We denounce racism in all its forms: the starkness of unapologetic, intentional racism; the racism of silence in the face of injustice; the systemic racism inherent in our education, justice, income and opportunity inequity; and the racism that lies hidden in our individual hearts and minds. 

We envision a world where personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sectors. We value a community-wide climate of safety that arises from compassion, justice, mutual respect, and kindness. Therefore, we join our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes, who, echoing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “You and I should form the habit of taking definite time each day to contemplate and affirm peace with justice—for there is no peace possible without justice. But faith without works is dead. We should not only pray, we should act, each contributing the best [they have] to the common purpose, each willing to make any sacrifice necessary…[for] there can be no individual self-preservation without the preservation of all . . .”*

We call upon ourselves and the faith communities in the US to take action that shows we have heard the cry of suffering, and we own our responsibility for it. Whether that action is prayer, donations to organizations that promote racial justice, rigorous self-education, or active engagement, let not this moment in history pass unattended. May the actions we take be steeped in peace and respect for the sacredness of each life, knowing that whatever we do, individually and collectively, must be Divinely directed from a higher consciousness. When we apply our proven spiritual principles through rigorous practices and compassionate action, the desired results cannot fail to demonstrate. 

* Quote From Ernest Holmes’ Spiritual Armament, found in The Essential Ernest Holmes edited by Jesse Jennings 

Resource: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Centers for Spiritual Living, 

Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee

Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen