Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Kirtan with Jens Jarvie and The Heart Wide Open", Wednesday, November 29, 7 pm

Come chant the traditional sacred mantras and raise up your voice and hearts in remembrance & celebration! Kirtan is the spiritual practice of devotional chanting that has existed for millennia.  All are welcome to this special evening service at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.  No experience is necessary. The service begins at 7 pm.

Or watch a short video about Jens' music on YouTube:


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wednesday, November 22, 7 pm

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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we gather in spiritual community to focus on our blessings.  This family-friendly service includes beautiful music by the Thanksgiving Choir, a message from our senior minister Dr. Edward Viljoen, and the opportunity to declare some of our intentions for the coming year.  What we write will be collected and mailed back to us this time next year -- so remember to bring a postage stamp.

This special evening service is one of our community's traditions.  All are welcome, including friends and family visiting for the holidays.  The service begins at 7 pm.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Gratitude, The Bridge to Grace", Rev. Joyce Duffala, 7 pm, Wednesday, November 15, Waggoner Hall

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Gratitude has the ability to uplift our present, past, and future. Let’s come together and encourage ourselves to make more use of this transformative tool.

Join Rev. Joyce Duffala on Wednesday, November 15, as she explores the ways in which gratitude transforms our experience.  The service begins at 7 pm in Waggoner Hall, North Wing.  All are welcome.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

"When I Say Thank You", Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, November 8

By Aaron Burden,

How many of you remember a parent prompting, "What do you say?" when someone gave you something?  "Thank you" can be an automatic response, programmed from when you were young. 

This Wednesday, Rev. Tara explores her experience of "thank you".  There are so many possibilities:  

  • It is the fourth step in our form of affirmative prayer.  
  • It is a way of gracefully receiving a compliment.  
  • It is a practice that can reconnect us with a deep sense of grace and peace ... and so much more.

The evening service begins at 7 pm in Waggoner Hall in the North Wing.  All are welcome and invited to share conversation and light snacks following the program.

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Remembrance Service", Rev. Joyce Duffala and Prayer Practitioners, 7 pm, Wednesday, November 1

Hosted by Rev. Joyce Duffala and members of the Grief and Loss Support Ministry, we honor those who have made their transition in the past 12 months. You are invited to write their names in the Remembrance Book at the Spiritual Support table near the drinking fountains in the Social Hall through Sunday, October 29. The names will be read at the service. You are welcome to bring flowers, photos, or other mementos to place on the community altar. 

The service begins at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  All are welcome.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"In God I Trust", Rev. Janet Tobin, 7 pm, Wednesday, October 25, Waggoner Hall, North Wing

Photo by Joyce Mellander

In times of change, questions arise. How can I help? What’s the best way to do this? How do I know that what I can offer is what’s needed? We often wonder what to do, and how to serve others who are distressed. Reliable guidance and an expectancy of good are parts of the way forward in difficult times.

Connecting with Spirit within and the support of loving friends are both sources of strength for us and help us to restore our equilibrium. We are all part of the solution, so we are called to bring our own gifts and talents to the conversations that are happening around recent events in the world.

This coming Wednesday, October 25, Rev Janet Tobin will speak about this topic, and explore our reliance on Spirit in her talk entitled “In God I trust.” Join us at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa at 7 pm, and plan on staying a bit after the service for light snacks and conversations with others in our community.

 See you on Wednesday, in Waggoner Hall (Room 10), North Wing!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Community Prayer Service with Rev. Tara Steele, Wednesday, October 18, 7 pm

Many in our CSLSR community, family, friends, colleagues, have lost their homes.  All of us are stunned by the surreal experience of the firestorms that have come through our neighborhoods.  It's time to do what we do, gather in prayer, to know that beyond the grief, the shock, the devastation, there is renewal.  There is guidance, courage and Love allowing the new to emerge.

Please come to join in prayer, connection, heart shares -- that which heals and restores and gives hope.  Rev. Tara leads the service, which begins at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  The meditation hall upstairs will be open from 6:15 to 6:50 for those who want to sit in the stillness.  All are welcome.