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Rev. Dr. Ouida Joi Cooper-Rodriguez

Community Founder/Facilitator/Senior Minister




Rev. Dr. Ouida Joi, or Rev. O as she is called, is a Spiritual Explorer! She is honored to be a Licensed Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) Minister, and has been an Ordained Interfaith Minister for over two decades. She is also a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, Hypnotherapist, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, and Amherst Certified Writing Workshop Facilitator. She is indeed an Explorer! Rev. O's faith tradition is Interfaith-New Thought, and her spiritual practices embrace many of the world's spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoruba, American Indian Spirituality. She has studied world religions, New Thought (Centers for Spiritual Living & Unity), Metaphysics, Mysticism, and meditation for over three decades. 


Rev. O 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 Co-Founder and Administrator of the Interfaith Ministers Alliance (IMA). She is a Unity Prayer Chaplain Trainer and developed and facilitated the Certified Prayer Chaplain Program at THOTSC. She was ordained through All Faiths Seminary International in New York City, Celebration Center!, and One Light Interfaith Seminary. She is a former member of the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco and founding member of the Alameda Interfaith Network. She is a member of the International New Thought Alliance (INTA) and is currently the INTA District President for Delaware. She is also a member of the Affiliated New Thought Network (ANTN). 


Rev. Dr. 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."


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 M.A. in Management and a B.A. in Behavioral Science/Psychology (Magna Cum Laude). She has an Honorary Doctor of Ministry from The New Seminary in New York City. 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 is a transplant to the charming state of Delaware after living in the San Francisco/Bay Area for over four decades. She is the very proud mother of an amazing son, and grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters. She enjoys Miksang 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 individual sessions.


She also provides strategic planning, community building, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) workshops, training, and coaching for churches, faith-based spiritual centers, and organizations. You may contact her at: 510-350-6249 or


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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

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