Rochelle Alicia Strider
Rochelle is a Life and Spirit Facilitator at Universe Spirit. She is a spiritual philosopher, educator, interfaith minister, performer and writer, along with her husband Errol Strider, founded STRIDER INNERTAINMENT. Through a theatrical modality of humor and insight they have been inspiring audiences with their unique and integrative approach to spiritual transformation for over thirty years.
In addition to her work with STRIDER INNERTAINMENT, Rochelle has been on the board of directors of Creative Spirit Inc., Creative Recovery Inc., and Educare Inc. over a span of twenty-eight years. Each of these non-profit institutions produced workshops, seminars, performances pieces and continuous meetings for the purpose of educating and ministering to audiences and religious communities.
As a spiritual philosopher, minister and writer she studies human behavior and reports how we as humans grow spiritually, noting the obstacles we create and the solutions we find to grow and become more mature and inclusive. She ministers to individuals and groups on her observations for the transformation and evolution of humanity.
As an educator she has taught countless classes across the United States and Europe. She has taught acting for actors and acting as a metaphor for spiritual growth. She continues to teach the integration of mind body and spirit using acting tools to enlighten and inspire her students.
Lawrence Wollersheim is a director of Universe Spirit (www.UniverseSpirit.org) an organization that has helped birth the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview, the principles of Sustainable Prosperity, Universe Citizenship and Evolutioneer qualities, the Job One for Humanity Climate Restabilization Plan and the Evolution Spirituality "secular meta-religion of evolution."
Since 2002 Lawrence has been the Executive Director for all operational aspects of Universe Spirit's evolution science and Universe Evolutionary Worldview research, educational activities, publishing, web operations, online Universe College and all related marketing.
Since 1983 as a major part of his life’s passion, Lawrence has been continuously studying, experiencing and being committed to the forwarding the balanced and healthy relationship of science and spirituality particularly evolution science and the healthy and effective aspects of personal direct spiritual experience of Ultimate Reality found within both science's discoveries and the world’s great eastern and western spiritual traditions. In addition to his management administrative and research and writing duties at Universe Spirit, since 2002 Lawrence also performs all of the normal ministerial functions of an Evolution Spirituality Life and Spirit facilitator.
Lawrence Wollersheim is also a director of several sister organizations of Universe Spirit; the Universe Institute, (www.UniverseInstitute.org) Universe College (www.UniverseCollege.org ) and Universe Day (www.TheUniverseDay.org.)
For the last 22 years Lawrence has also been a managing director at FactNet Inc., (www.factnet.org) a nonprofit educational organization that is the oldest Internet resource for victims of cults and abusive religious practices who are seeking information and recovery. For over 20 years Lawrence was mentored by and became a protégé of Dr. Margaret Singer, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, who was, before her passing, the world’s leading authority on mind-control, destructive religious practices and destructive cults.
Over a 32-year period, both before and during his tenure at FactNet, Lawrence was involved in a series of lawsuits against the infamous Scientology cult. His success in these lawsuits against Scientology established important new legal precedents on freedom of thought and informed consent in alleged religious settings. These new legal freedom of thought and belief precedents are now part of the first-year constitutional law studies of many US law students. To date, Lawrence has been the only individual to ever successfully sue, win and fully collect from the Scientology cult.
As a social advocate Lawrence also helped to win the largest California SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) lawsuit to date against an organization that was using excessive litigation tactics to unfairly financially overwhelm, harass and intimidate an under-funded non-profit social advocacy organization. His SLAPP legal precedent has been a powerful legal aid to all non-profit organizations in legal battles with big corporations filing meritless lawsuits designed to bankrupt their less-wealthy opponents.
In addition, Lawrence spent over 20 years as the founder and managing director of HealthKeeper Inc., a software company specializing in assisting dieters, diabetics and individuals with cardiovascular problems related to weight and nutrition. At HealthKeeper, Lawrence invented the NutriCode, which is a colored bar code that allows the user to understand a food label’s nutritional content and its impact on their daily diet goals without having to do any math. From his various experiences, Lawrence has an extensive 30-year background in both day-to-day business operations and information technology, which he is able to draw from for his work in the non-profit, for-profit and social advocacy sectors.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, and a groundbreaking thinker, writer, and spiritual teacher. Her passion for the realization of untapped human potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises — her fervent wish is that we “wake up in time.” She holds Master's and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Human Health along with lifelong studies of healing, mythology, history, sociology, systems theory, and mystic spirituality. She is also a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, considered to be one of the country’s foremost experts on the combination of chakras and therapeutic issues and on the interpretation of the Chakra System for the Western lifestyle. She teaches across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Central America.
She is best known for the chakra classic, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System, (Llewellyn, 1987, revised 1999), an illustrated 435-page manual that has come to be considered the definitive work on the subject. With approximately 200,000 copies sold in English and additional printings in 15 languages. Her second book, The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body, and Spirit through the Chakras (Crossing Press, 1993, 289 pp.), was co-authored with Selene Vega and arose out of the popular Nine-Month Chakra Intensive, taught by Judith and Vega for over two decades. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self, released by Celestial Arts in February 1997 charts childhood development, related difficulties and techniques for healing them, all within the chakra model and is a popular text in healing schools across the country. In March of 2000, she released a six-tape audio course called: The Chakra System: A Complete Course in Self-Diagnosis and Healing through Sounds True, Inc., followed by the popular boxed kit: Chakra Balancing. Her artistic expression combines with her mystic passion in her award-winning DVD, The Illuminated Chakras, a co-creation with her son, Alex Wayne, an artist and animator.
Her most recent book, Waking the Global Heart: Humanity's Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love, won two literary awards in 2007. It charts the history of human development into our present crisis and necessary transformation, with an inspiring message of hope for our future.
Anodea conducted a private somatic therapy practice in California for over 20 years, but now travels worldwide as a speaker and seminar leader.
(Please note that Universe Spirit is a DBA of Integrative Spirituality inc., a non-profit spiritual organization. We changed our name from Integrative Spirituality to Universe Spirit in 2010.)