News Archive

  • Poetry, Prose and Rhythms at the Temple of Light

    The usually tranquil Meditation Garden at the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living, 4-6 Fairway Avenue, Kingston10, will become a lot less peaceful this Sunday afternoon, April 29. For a couple of hours, starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be poetry and prose readings, a fashion show and lots of music there.
    Organised by Dr Lilieth Nelson, the entertainment will be led by popular trumpeter-vocalist Dwight Richards and will include readings by educators Dr Victor Chang, Dr. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson and other writers. Six models will also be showing off samples of the latest in fashion.
    The event is designed to raise funds for the church’s Prison Outreach Ministry, which will be explained by the pastor, Rev. John Scott, and practitioner Carol Charlton. Further details are available from the church office, telephone 9276145, or email:
    Contact: Rev John Scott or Rev Ann Shand
    Telephone: 927-6145

  • A beautiful prayer by Rev. Charles Geddes - In Honor of Inter-Faith Gathering as “One World Family”

    A Prayer
    Beloved Presence ….
    Eternal Spirit, Creator of all,
    I hold a sacred call …
    the Call to Love.
    I am a part of One World Family.
    Let your Light shine through me today,
    revealing the path and the way,
    that I might listen to others,
    building bridges, not walls.
    Let my words be as healing balm,
    with compassion, and care for everyone.
    One World Family,
    the same stardust brought us into being.
    May I embrace the divinity we all share,
    and know the power of forgiveness for myself,
    and for all humanity.
    Let the inner work I do create a sense of Peace,
    Whereby I make heart prints upon all I touch.
    Let me rise to tell a simple story …
    I am here for one great cause ….
    The call to Love – One World Family.
    In Honor of Inter-Faith Gathering as “One World Family”
    Bridges of Wellness – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Charles D. Geddes

  • On this International Women's Day, Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living salutes the women of the world as we praise and bless the Sacred Feminine in all people.

    On this International Women's Day, Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living salutes the women of the world as we praise and bless the Sacred Feminine in all people.
    Woman Work by Maya Angelou
    I've got the children to tend
    The clothes to mend
    The floor to mop
    The food to shop
    Then the chicken to fry
    The baby to dry
    I got company to feed
    The garden to weed
    I've got shirts to press
    The tots to dress
    The can to be cut
    I gotta clean up this hut
    Then see about the sick
    And the cotton to pick.
    Shine on me, sunshine
    Rain on me, rain
    Fall softly, dewdrops
    And cool my brow again.
    Storm, blow me from here
    With your fiercest wind
    Let me float across the sky
    'Til I can rest again.
    Fall gently, snowflakes
    Cover me with white
    Cold icy kisses and
    Let me rest tonight.
    Sun, rain, curving sky
    Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
    Star shine, moon glow
    You're all that I can call my own.

  • Christmas Letter 2017 from Rev. John

    Dear Family and friends,
    This Christmas message comes to you with warm wishes for all the good that God has prepared for you and yours.
    Let us make this meditation by Paramahansa Yogananda our Christmas prayer:
    Spreading Divine Joy
    Beginning with the early dawn each day, I will radiate joy to everyone I meet.
    I will be mental sunshine for all who cross my path. I will burn candles of smiles in the bosoms of the joyless. Before the unfading light of my cheer, darkness will take flight.
    Let my love spread laughter in all hearts, in every person belonging to every race. Let my love rest in the hearts of flowers, of animals, and of little specks of stardust.
    I will try to be happy under all circumstances. I will make up my mind to be happy within myself right now, where I am today.
    Let my soul smile through my heart and let my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter Thy rich smiles in sad hearts.
    [This Christmas and always]I will behold in my life the perfect, healthy, all-wise,
    all-blissful image of God.
    And so it is.
    As you celebrate the birth of omniscient, omnipresent Christ Consciousness, may you find the unbroken happiness of all your dreams.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
    Love and blessings,
    Rev. John

  • 2018 Holiday Message

    Happy Holidays!
    It’s really no surprise that there are so many meaningful and sacred celebrations this time of year. After all, the winter solstice not only marks the day with the least hours of sunlight, but also is the beginning of the expansion of light on our beautiful blue planet.
    Since the beginning of humankind, this has been a season that celebrates not only the coming of light, but also the embracing of darkness. In other words, no matter which holiday traditions you celebrate - Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Kwanza, Id al-Fitr, Yule, Saturnalia, - the winter solstice, or any of many others, is a day to celebrate our wholeness; a day to embrace the totality of humankind both individually and globally.
    Dr. Holmes in his magnificent Christmas prayer encourages us to “let our minds be like a stable,” in that we include all of who we are as individuals and as a global society in our love and light. This “wholeness” is the true meaning of this season. The ability to see the Divine in the Ox and the Lamb, as well as the Babe in a manger, is the true meaning of a Divine and Sacred Life.
    So let this season be the time that all of us put aside our critiques, judgments, and prejudices and embrace ourselves and others as complete. Let’s uncover those parts that we secretly condemn as not being good enough and bring them into the light so that they may become part of the light rather than persist as a shadow that lies hidden and covered in darkness.
    Our beautiful Archives Executive Director, Kathy Mastroianni, has shared a couple links below highlighting 2 messages from Dr. Holmes in 1929 and 1951. I feel that they are worth your time to listen to or read.
    This is an audio file that can be purchased of Dr. Holmes sharing his view on the meaning of Christmas:
    SOM Archives
    This is a free 18 page PDF file Entitled "Christ and Christmas,"
    by Dr. Holmes from the December 1929 Science of Mind Magazine:
    Please enjoy these days and know that you are loved and honored.
    Happy Holidays and Many Blessings,
    Dr. Kenn Gordon
    Spiritual Leader


    As a member of the CSL Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee, I am proud to represent the committee in this call for prayer-treatment. We join with spiritual leaders from around the globe in praying for peace as the United States of America makes the decision to relocate its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is an action with very strong repercussions in the religious world. Messages from Pope Francis, the Catholic Patriarchs of Jerusalem, and many others have taken the position that the action is likely to raise tensions in the historic city and the larger Middle East Region.
    I urge our membership to join me in a prayer treatment for peace.
    I know there is only One God, One Intelligence, One Mind. I know each person on this planet is an inlet and an outlet of this One Mind. We and all of our brothers and sisters on this planet are one. As I accept this Truth at the depth of my being, I am filled with an expression of love, of good will, and of peace for all people.
    I celebrate the three great Abrahamic faith traditions who claim Jerusalem as significant and holy place. I declare that all peoples share this holy place in peace. I know wisdom prevails in all leaders, spiritual and secular. I claim a way forward is now found which is inclusive of all three faith traditions and cultures.
    I know if there is to be peace on this planet, it begins in my own heart. I find peace within, and extend it out to all involved with the sharing of Jerusalem. My heart fills with gratitude for all of the good done for humankind by the Abrahamic faiths - and it expands to allow that good to expand for future generations. May peace prevail on earth today.
    Releasing these words into the Law of Mind, I trust in its immediate response. I trust in right action and right outcome, now. I give thanks as I release this prayer. And so it is.
    The committee urges all of our spiritual leaders to engage in spiritual practices - alone and in your communities - during this time of apparent fear. Let us be centers of Love, Peace, Wisdom, and Possibility.
    Thank you for contributing your continued prayers for peace, wherever and whenever they are needed!
    Love and Light,
    Dr. Jim Lockard
    CSL Minister
    SMSE Committee Members:
    Dr. Kenn Gordon Dr. David Alexander
    Dr. Petra Weldes Dr. Kathy Hearn
    Dr. Edward Viljoen Rev. Andriette Earl
    Rev. Sarah Nichols Rev. Glenn Swain
    Dr. Jim Lockard
    Catholic Statement:
    Text of Letter from the Patriarchs of Jerusalem
    Text of Statement from the Parliament of World Religions

  • A prayer in response to Charlottesville and indeed hatred wherever it arises

    Kathianne Lewis, Spiritual Director of CSL Seattle, shares the following prayer:
    Father, Mother God;
    Make me an instrument of thy Peace.
    Where people feel hatred, may my prayers for love be felt.
    Where there is fear, may my blessings of peace bring comfort.
    Where there are prejudices, may the Holy Spirit reveal the Spiritual
    Magnificence of all people.
    Where this is a human wounding, may Divine Healing take place.
    God, may all of my conversations, thoughts, and actions contribute to
    the rising up of love and Goodwill, in and for all people in this
    country that I love.
    Let it be so Now!
    And so it is.

    Sent with Love from my iPhone,
    Kathianne Lewis

  • EMANCIPATION DAY BLESSING 2017 from pastor Rev. John Scott



    Dear Temple of Light Family & friends,
    Happy Anniversary
    Every Sunday when we say the Prayer of Our Centre together, we are actually articulating a powerful Mission by stating our intention “To touch, to heal, to bless, to prosper and to liberate anyone who comes into contact with us” -in short to transform lives.
    As we celebrate the 36th Anniversary of our beloved Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living, we are deeply grateful for the consciousness of our founding Minister Dr. Elma Lumsden and the small band of pioneers who founded this church . and built a ministry which over the years which has truly touched and transformed many lives. We are grateful too to the ministers, practitioners, and church staff as well as the many volunteers who give themselves so lovingly in service to our community. Thanks to them, we have a thriving church and are entering our new year in a healthy financial position.
    I believe that in order to build on this foundation and to continue this positive trend we need to move from the early pastor/flock model of ministry to a mission-centred model which involves everyone in the ministry of our church. The process of being mission-centered is one where each one of us embodies the fulfilled state we are seeking to bring forth. Simply put, we have to Be our mission.
    We are calling this forward thrust our “Thriving Ministry Initiative.” Your involvement is critical to its success and so you are invited to a Gathering here at the Temple of Light on Saturday July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Together we will create a mission tipping point that will translate into a community-wide witness of making a difference; of being part of something bigger than ourselves; something that truly transforms our own lives and the lives of those we encounter.
    Each of you in your own way, has touched, blessed, healed, prospered and liberated me to serve as you spiritual leader. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are.
    With Love & blessings,


    “One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the father prayed, Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.” - Unknown
    There is only One; one Power one Presence; One Father – God. This All-Powerful Father is with us now and always -- divinely guiding all our actions -- lighting our pathway as we joyously walk this road of fatherhood.
    I think at a level of spiritual perfection, and align myself with The Heavenly Father who is always there as the template to help us guide our beautiful children through life. I am consciously open and receptive to the divine guidance of God --- I see all children as The Heavenly Father sees them … perfect, whole, complete, a constant blessing to our world. As fathers we are the earthly representatives of our Heavenly Father and take pride in reflecting His teachings by being open, receptive, and loving --- knowing these beautiful lives are given to us to care and lead in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
    With love, thankfulness and joy … I follow the perfect guidance of God who is co-parenting all our children. Thank you Father … and so it is.
    -Carmen Clarke, Temple of Light
    Sunday School teacher