United Palace House of Inspiration
All-inclusive, Non-denominational Spiritual Community

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Under the leadership of Xavier Eikerenkoetter, UPHI┬┤s staff of over 40 Prayer Ministers administers spiritual, educational, and social programs for adults and youth alike.

Sunday Service


We are glad your spirit has directed your path to the United Palace House of Inspiration (UPHI). UPHI welcomes you with outstretched arms to join our family of love and light! If you remain open in mind and in heart, you will discover something quite powerful and life-changing during our services. You will also notice that you have begun to express more of the qualities of a loving, talented and perfect child of God, and more of the things that you delight in having are being demonstrated in your life effortlessly.

12:00 noon
In this service, children and youth are taught spiritual principles and practical applications of the Science of Living in creative ways including art, drama, singing, role-playing, and crafts. Rev. Gerald Beckles provides leadership for this service. This service is held in the Educational Annex. OPEN TO ALL YOUTH.

UPHI Sunday Service Experience is a place where everyone, regardless of race, or spiritual orientation, can come together in unity and share in our oneness with God, Spirit, Love. We believe above and beyond all scriptures, doctrines and holy teachings in the world, that God is all that is, active in the universe and in our lives. This service is OPEN TO ALL and also available on live stream. Speakers include Spiritual Director Xavier Eikerenkoetter, UPHI ministers, and inspiring special guests. We recently had New York Times best-selling author Marianne Williamson speak during The Gathering UPHI, an annual celebration of UPHI's anniversary and to honor our founder, Rev. Ike.

Community Circles and Classes UPHI



A Course In Miracles (full year) 

Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

Annette Eikerenkoetter, Instructor
Free, but donations are appreciated

Course Description and Objective: A Course in Miracles is a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love, inner peace, miracles – or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiveness.

The Workbook for Students consists of 365 lessons, an exercise for each day of the year. A Course in Miracles was “scribed” by Dr. Helen Schucman through a process of inner dictation she identified as coming from Jesus. A clinical and research psychologist and tenured Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, she was assisted by Dr. William Thetford, her department head, who was also a tenured Medical Psychology at the Medical Center where they both worked. Community Circles and Classes UPHI brings you this course as a one-year training program. This training program begins the process of changing the student’s mind and perception so that the student can come to know that all-encompassing love has now opposite, and the blocks to this awareness (fear) be removed. This course of study is not intended to bring one’s learning to completion. Even though the language of the course is that of traditional Christianity, it is a universal spiritual teaching, such as the Science of Living, and not a religion. 

Textbook: A Course in Miracles, 3rd ed., includes: Text, Workbook, the Manual for Teachers and the two supplements: Song of Prayer and Psychotherapy.


Prosperity: Ask and It Is Given

Thursdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cicely Bland, Instructor

Free, but donations are appreciated.

It's your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good! The study of Ask and It Is Given in our UPHI Prosperity Circle will show you how to make it so in every way!

During this Circle, participants are guided through experiential processes and hands-on techniques to strengthen their innate creative abilities. The Ask and It is Given Circle creates a foundation for the participants to manifest their desires with confidence in their oneness with Presence.

Now you’ll have a chance to join in an in-depth study of The Teachings of Abraham in this book Ask and It Is Given. Our Circle focuses on how the Universe provides for our every need when we give up struggling for our desires and simply align with our Inner Being. Manifesting our good – whether as loving relationships, vibrant health or abundant prosperity – is meant to be struggle-free.

If you’ve ever tried to “force” your life to get better, this Circle is designed to teach you how to approach the creative process with ease and contentment. In addition to working with the book, we’ll also listen to a variety of audio clips from Esther Hicks-Abraham as she coaches people through challenges that may probably sound very familiar.

You’ll also learn some practical exercises that will strengthen your understanding of the material and support you in your ongoing creative process. As you study, you'll come to understand how the Universal laws that govern your reality influence your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more. And you'll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.

Required Text: Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks (available for purchase at UPHI Bookstore)

Supplemental Texts:

The Holy Bible
Prosper Yourself with Faith: Your Powerful Daily Companion for Attracting Wealth by Cicely Bland
Prosper Yourself with Love: Your Powerful Daily Companion for Happy, Abundant Living by Cicely Bland


Introduction to Zen: Do Not Squander Your Life!

Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei

Course Description and Objective: Ever feel like you’re in some way just going through the motions of your one precious life? Join Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei, in this series of workshops exploring the essence of Zen. Known as a joyful yet serious and direct teacher, Myotai Sensei will open this new series at UPHI for those new to Zen as well her long-time students. Sensei: "Zen is not about tips, tools and strategies: it is about realizing directly and intimately who we are and the nature of things. And living our lives out of that realization. It is a reflective and meditative practice that brings us back to a vital, centered life that has real integrity. That’s why it’s relevant, and why it doesn’t contradict any belief system. It will, however, require dropping whatever baggage we’re carrying, masks we’re wearing, and committing ourselves. About time, don’t you think?"

Workshops are held Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Donations of $10-$50 requested from those able to make an offering to help support the teachings and provide possibilities for those who cannot otherwise attend. Please call to register, 212-568-6700 ext. 226.

Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei founded the Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society. Sensei was for almost two decades Vice-Abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery, one of the largest Zen monasteries the West. She also established the Zen Center of New York City, and served as its first Abbess. Over the years she has led over 500 retreats, conferences, and workshops and is particularly known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry (Snapshot Poetics, with Allen Ginsberg; Writer's Island) interfaith work and environmental advocacy. Sensei's teaching now focuses on water and personal (hermitage -style) meditation practices that foster resilience and clarity. She has advanced degrees in literature and hydromechanics. Her most recent published works include Zen Moon: A Season of Zen Teachings (Hermitage Heart Publications), and a chapter in Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications).



Youth Program

Each child is a unique soul who has incarnated into a new expression of life with a distinct and individual destiny. The gifts of that soul express in the form of special propensities, interests, strengths, and talents. The United Palace is dedicated to protecting and fostering the special gifts that each and every child has while supporting their successful growth through youth, and eventual transition into adulthood. This is achieved through UPHI Youth Programs (see below) and our sister program called the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA), which is a nonprofit with a mission to uplift, educate, and unite through cultural arts in Washington Heights and beyond. UPCA runs a performing arts academy with free classes in hip hop, theatre, African drumming and circus arts. UPCA's residency programs include the Harmony Program, Creative Art Works and Dance Project of Washington Heights. Click here for more information on our community arts programs. 


Monday through Friday, 2:00pm until 6:00pm
Sign your children up for an after school program where your children will be provided homework assistance, academic enrichment and arts and cultural activities. The cost is $40 per week. For more information, call (212) 568-1157.


Sundays, 12:00pm
In this service, children and youth are taught spiritual principles and practical applications of the Science of Living in creative ways including art, drama, singing, role-playing, and crafts. Rev. Gerald Beckles provides leadership for this service. This service is held in the Educational Annex. OPEN TO ALL YOUTH.


Sundays, 2:00pm
Calling all children! Give your children an opportunity to develop their talents in the UPHI Youth Choir under the direction of Kharisma Mitchell. Contact Tim McAfee-Lewis at 212-568-6700 ext. 214.

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