In 1986, Dr. Beckwith's inner vision revealed a world united on an ethical basis of humankind's highest spiritual and social development. As founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center—one of the most rapidly expanding transdenominational spiritual communities with a membership 9,000 strong and 35,000 friends worldwide-his goal remains the same: to build community, locally and globally.
Dr. Beckwith's renown as a harbinger of the world's quest for peace has drawn into his visionary orbit individuals whose names are
synonymous with this goal. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, shares with Dr. Beckwith the National Co-directorship of "A Season for Nonviolence," an organization that promotes and teaches the principles of nonviolence embodied by the great Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His commitment as a world citizen is evidenced by his position as founding member and President of the Association for Global New Thought, convening organization of the annual Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and as an elected Assembly Member of the Parliament of the World's Religions. In a personal letter about his
dedication, Coretta Scott King recently wrote, "I greatly admire what you are doing to bring about the Beloved Community, which is certainly what my dear husband worked for and ultimately gave his life."
A sought-after meditation teacher, Dr. Beckwith is the author of Forty Day Mind Fast-Soul Feast, and A Manifesto of Peace. He and Rickie Byars Beckwith are co-authors of a catalogue of over 120 songs performed in many parts of the world popularly known as the Sound of Agape. His humanitarian activities have attracted to him and Agape International accolades from many civic leaders and organizations, just a few of which include: 2001 Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award from Morehouse College; 2000 Thomas Kilgore Prophetic Witness Award from the Southern Christian Leadership; 1999 Induction into the Assembly of the Parliament of the World's Religions; 1999 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Compassion and Justice, and a Doctorate in Religious Science from the United Church of Religious Science in 2003.