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  • 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

  • Statement on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability from Centers for Spiritual Living, Golden, Colorado

    For Immediate Release
    Call to Action for all Centers... June 2, 2017
    Centers for Spiritual Living
    Golden, Colorado
    Press Release:
    Climate Change Statement and Position
    The Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) stands in support of the Paris Climate Accord (Paris Agreement). We view Thursday’s decision by the Trump Administration to back out of the agreement to be a significant setback for any global effort to curb global warming.
    The Paris Agreement was created to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to help reverse the devastating effects of Global Warming. It is unfortunate that a Nation, which is one of the largest polluters historically, is taking such a step. The United States now joins Syria and Nicaragua, who did not sign the Agreement because it was viewed as too weak. The Agreement has been signed by nearly 200 other countries.
    We believe that God acts through creation, not independently of it. Statements which have been made to the effect that, “God will take care of Global Warming,” fail to recognize that each of us individually and us as a whole are responsible for our own experience - that God acts through creation. If we want a green and verdant planet, we will have to act in ways which support that outcome.
    “Centers for Spiritual Living believes climate change and environmental deterioration are moral issues and as a spiritual organization, we must take a stand,” said Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, CSL Spiritual Leader. “Climate change will not only affect our generation, but our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations of humanity, as well as other forms of life. We stand united with other faith communities in our call to care for the earth and to protect the poor and suffering.”
    CSL recognizes the evidence of science: Human activity is the main cause of the climate crisis. This crisis is seen in the extreme weather, changes to seasons, rising sea levels, species extinctions, the melting of glaciers, and shrinking of the polar ice caps. The scientific consensus is clear.
    The United States can best serve its own interests and those of all of humanity by continuing to be an environmental leader of the world in reducing emissions. Today’s decision to exit from the Paris Agreement moves in the opposite direction. “We recognize that our good is within us, so we awaken to our individual responsibility and empowerment to properly steward our planet. So, let our voices be heard and let our actions speak of our love for our planet,” said Dr. Gordon.
    Below find two links where your members can get information about how to be good stewards of our planet:
    Centers for Spiritual Living
    Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon - Spiritual Leader


    Today is being celebrated as earth Day.

    Let us bring our awareness to that which is so important for Earth’s well-being … our Trees.
    Today we thank the Spirit of Life for the Earth and its plant life, its forests and jungles.
    We plant our prayers in the Creative medium of Mind, just as we plant seeds in the earth
    knowing that they will grow as we nurture them and all of life.
    Thank you Mother Earth.
    And so it is.

  • Science of Mind Magazine 90th Anniversary Cruise Info Meeting, April 2

    Science of Mind Magazine 90th Anniversary Cruise Info Meeting April 2
    Dear Colleagues:
    The response to Science of Mind Magazine’s 90th Anniversary Cruise has been tremendous! We’re already 25 percent sold out! The timing is right to have an informational meeting to answer specific questions as well as begin to create community among those who have already registered.
    WHO               Dr. Kenn Gordon, Mr. Steve Burton, Dr. David Goldberg and Guests
    WHAT              Informational Meeting about Science of Mind Magazine’s 90th Anniversary   Cruise
    WHEN              Sunday, April 2 at 1 PM Mountain Time and available for viewing anytime after that
    WHERE            In Person at Centers for Spiritual Living Home Office or Via Zoom Online Conferencing
    HOW                Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    To listen from your phone, call 1-408-638-0968 or 1-646-558-8656. Enter meeting ID: 981 242 220
    WHY                To learn more about the cruise and for those who have already registered to begin to create our sacred Spirit at Sea community
    Cruise Speakers       Rev. Dr. Roger Teel, Spiritual Leader of Mile Hi Church and Best-Selling Author
                                        Erica Teel, RScP, Improv Actress Extraordinaire
                                        Rev. Temple Hayes, Spiritual Leader, First Unity Spiritual Campus, St. Petersburg, FL
                                        Rev. Michael Gott, Associate Minister, First Unity of Houston, TX and Acclaimed Recording Artist
                                        Crystal Davis, Ph.D., Leadership Consultant, Author and Blogger
                                        Rick Finbow, Psychic, Medium and Animal Communicator
                                        Rev. Dr. David Goldberg, Publisher, Editor and Leadership Expert
    Most importantly, when we fill our allotted 400 spaces, that will create an endowment of $80,000 to support Science of Mind magazine into its next 90 years and beyond. We wanted to leave more than the proverbial party hats at the end of our 90th anniversary and this is a beautiful way to do just that.
    The Cruise
    • The Ship: Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean (passenger capacity is 4,300) 
    • Dates: Sunday, January 28 – Saturday, February 3, 2018
    • 6 nights, round trip out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
    • Ports: Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Mexico & Cozumel, Mexico
    • Two full days at sea for our unique, spiritually themed program
    • Book online at event web page: 
    • Book by calling 1-800-828-4813 and guarantee the exact room you desire
    • *Current prices by cabin category
    ○ Inside $$899* per person
    ○ Ocean view $1,029 per person
    ○ Balcony $1,228 per person
    ○ Suite $1,558 per person
    ○ Early booking encouraged to guarantee pricing before possible increases
    ○ $250 per person fully refundable deposit to hold space until full payment 3 months prior to departure date (approximately October 31, 2017)
    • Taxes and port charges are $110.52 per person
    • Airfare and shore excursions in each port are additional
    • Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale pre- and post-cruise additional
    The Ship
    The Itinerary
    Please plan to join us!
    With Great Love,
    Rev. Dr. David Goldberg
    Editor and Publisher
    Guide for Spiritual Living: Science of Mind Magazine