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  • CITATION FOR MR. NOEL DEXTER On the occasion of the 38th Anniversary of Temple of Light CSL
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    CITATION FOR MR. NOEL DEXTER On the occasion of the 38th Anniversary of Temple of Light CSL
    Today we honour our longest serving and much loved member, our Musical Director Mr. Noel Dexter.
    Fondly called "Maestro," and "Missa D." this living national treasure and musical icon made the Temple of Light his Spiritual Home in 1979 and helped our Founder, Rev. Elma Lumsden lay the foundation of this ministry. Rev. Elma relied heavily on his musical expertise and he would help her choose the hymns for services, rewriting some of the lines of the traditional hymns to give them a positive slant and make them more reflective of the Science of Mind philosophy.
    A study in humility and grace, his unwavering faithfulness to the Science of Mind teaching and his devotion and loyalty to our spiritual community have been a Sermon in Truth as well as a source of strength and inspiration to those who, throughout the years, have been blessed by his music and his presence amongst us.
    Maestro has a birds-eye view of the congregation from where he sits behind the piano on the upper platform and if he notices that any of our regulars are missing, he will enquire after them. In addition to the immense joy that music brings him and which has been his gift to our church, Jamaica and indeed the world, it is his genuine love of people, his deep caring for the human condition and his generosity of spirit that have endeared him to our congregants over the years.
    Missa D! We love you, we bless you and we give God Thanks for you. May God's Grace continue to guide and sustain you and may your Life forever be a Song of Praise and a Psalm of Thanks-Living to the God whom you have served with the sweet melody of your Life.

  • Happy Mother’s Day! For all of you mother’s — we celebrate you!
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    Happy Mother’s Day! For all of you mother’s — we celebrate you!
    And we celebrate all aspects good and bad of motherhood:
    To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
    To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
    To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
    To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
    To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
    To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
    To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
    To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
    To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
    To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
    To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
    To those who lavish love on grandchildren – ENJOY!
    To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
    To those who have emptier nests – we grieve and rejoice with you
    To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
    This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
    All of you.
    ~~Written by Amy Young, Life & Love Coach

  • Please Welcome the Next CSL Executive Director!
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    Congratulations to Rev. Sonia Byrne! Centers for Spiritual Living is in some very talented and innovative hands!
    After a thorough search process, the Leadership Council has offered the position of Executive Director to Rev. Sonia Byrne, and she has accepted.
    The Leadership Council is excited about working with Sonia to take Centers for Spiritual Living into our next decade of success and growth. We believe her business experience, spiritual grounding and international experience are the perfect combination to lead this organization at this time.
    We are grateful for the thoughtful attention to detail demonstrated by the search committee: Rev. CC Coltrain, Dr. Petra Weldes, Rev. Sunshine Daye, David Powers, Gregg Moss, Tracy Brown and chaired by Rev. Jack Elliott. The Search Committee recommended Sonia because:
    “We found her to be an experienced business leader, aligned with Science of Mind Principles, and passionate about enhancing our work as a global organization.
    Furthermore, Sonia Byrne presents herself to be highly organized and eager to lead. She demonstrated that she has a vision and passion for our Mission and Vision and work that we do in the world. She also presents herself to be spiritually grounded and simultaneously equipped, organized, systematic, and strategic regarding the business endeavors of CSL. She offers an entrepreneurial mindset and a successful track record for working with leaders and boards and she has valuable global experience.”
    Sonia’s official start date has not yet been determined, so please be patient during the next few weeks. She will begin participating in selected calls and meetings before her relocation from the island of Newfoundland to the mountains of Colorado is complete.
    I invite you to join the members of The Leadership Council in affirming Sonia’s success in this role through Spiritual Mind Treatment or other spiritual practices of your choice.
    Leadership. Love. Legacy.
    Tracy Brown, RScP
    Chair, Centers for Spiritual Living Leadership Council

  • With love to you...
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    With love to you...
    "Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekend, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude, Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything."
    Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J., Finding God in All things: a Marquette Prayer Book
    Let transformative Love be the way of your heart and the heart of your way. Happy Valentine's Day.

  • Jamaican Pioneers of Science of Mind
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    A proud day! Acknowledgement of Jamaica's New Thought contribution.
    The role played by pioneers Marcus Garvey and our founder Dr. Elma Lumsden in spreading the ideas and establishing the teaching of Science of Mind.
    https://www.facebook.com/templeoflight.centreforspiritualliving/videos/2...

  • Flashes of Illumination: Archives June 2018 Newsletter from Science of Mind Archives
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    Welcome Rev. Steve Yarborough to the Archives Board!
    July 22nd Tea & Treasure Talk featuring Dr. Patty Luckenbach!
    Important Archives Website Update!
    A Student's Perspective Blog by Kathy Mastroianni, RScP
    https://mailchi.mp/somarchives/flashes-of-illumination-som-archives-may-...

  • Sound gift from Mr. Douglas Orane
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    Sound Gift- Temple of Light Pastor Rev. John Scott (Left) with Mr. Douglas Orane at the commissioning and dedication of Hi-definition sound equipment donated to the church by Mr. Orane.

    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPp2TtBCGkR2tvdtV9mv5-4f6UuT7VdUvjy...

  • Poetry, Prose and Rhythms at the Temple of Light
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    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: templeoflight@cwjamaica.com
    Contact: Rev John Scott or Rev Ann Shand
    Telephone: 927-6145
    Email:templeoflight@cwjamaica.com

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