Monday, May 14, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara, Eight Pillars of Joy, Part 1," 7 pm, May 16



Joy is a way of being in the world. This week, as we continue with The Book of Joy, we will focus on four practices that help us to see with the eyes of joy. They are perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Rev. Tara will highlight how these spiritual practices contribute to joy, and, time permitting, we'll practice them a bit as well.

This free class begins at 7 pm. There is no need to sign up or even have read the book, though it is a great read.  Just come to learn and to be in community.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara Steele, "Obstacles to Joy," 7 pm, May 9



Joy is a way of being, an invitation to maintain a "joyful mind". This week our topic is some of the obstacles to our ongoing experience of joy: fear, frustration, grief, despair. How do we move through these human experiences without losing the underpinning of faith in the unfolding? Plan to join in the conversation at 7 pm on May 9. Our meditation room opens at 6:15 pm if you would like to sit in stillness before the class. All are welcome to this free class. There is no need to register.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Tara Steele, "The Nature of True Joy," 7 pm, Wednesday, May 2

The three authors of The Book of Joy

This Wednesday we begin a new class, based on The Book of Joy. The material was put together during a weeklong visit the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu shared in honor of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday. Rev. Tara is excited to be teaching this class. It is filled with "well duh" wisdom like the purpose in this human life is to be happy -- and then the follow-up practices and beliefs that turn that possibility into daily life. 

This free class begins promptly at 7 pm; there's no need to register ahead or have taken other classes.  The meditation room upstairs is open from 6:15 to 6:50 pm if you would like to sit in stillness for awhile before class.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Practitioner Kathleen Kearney, "Ten Steps in Personal Achievement", 7 pm, April 25

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This week concludes our 11-week exploration of Ernest Holmes's book It's Up to You.  The final chapter provides practical simple (but not always easy) suggestions to move in the direction of your dreams.  Here are a couple of examples: "Overcome negative mental attitudes." and "Learn to make your work easy."  

Plan to join Practitioner Kathleen Kearney as she brings this chapter to life and invites you to consider what you choose to do.  This free class begins at 7 pm. All are welcome. There is no need to register.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Practitioner Kathleen Kearney, "Thinking Creatively," 7 pm, April 18

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The world, spiritually speaking, is in better condition than it has been
because out of all the controversy, the mental turmoil will come some
kind of an answer. And the new answer must provide a bridge between
the intellect and the emotions. It must be intelligent, scientific and artistic.

                                                                                    Ernest Holmes, It's Up to You


Join Practitioner Kathleen Kearney this Wednesday as she explores what it means to think creatively. This free class begins at 7 pm; there is no need to register, just come ready to explore the teachings of the Science of Mind. All are welcome.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "The Power of Prayer, 7 pm, April 11

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"Prayer is essential...to the conscious well-being of the soul. [T]here is a subtle transfusion of some invisible force as we pray, weaving itself into the warp and woof of our own mentalities."    It's Up to You, pp. 84-85

Affirmative prayer, what in Science of Mind we call Spiritual Mind Treatment, is one of our central spiritual practices. It is not a petition for God or Spirit to do something, it is for us to align our awareness with the essential Truth of our being and open to infinite possibilities.


This Wednesday, prayer is Dr. Edward's focus at the free Wednesday evening class.  Plan to join in at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  All are welcome, no registration or previous attendance is necessary.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Special Wednesday Evening Service, "In Support of Our Youth: Love, Prayer, Action", 7 pm, April 4

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For those of us who joined a March for Our Lives last Saturday or watched one of the many marches around the country, it is clear that young people are taking a stand for their future and our country's future. At this Wednesday evening's special service, we will hear from some of our emerging leaders and have the opportunity to support them with our presence and our love.

There will be music, readings, sharing of experiences, and community prayer. Everyone is welcome. The service begins at 7 pm and is open to everyone.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "The Choice Is Yours," 7 pm, March 28


Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, does not mince words.  He opens Chapter 8 of It's up to You with the following statement: "...historians may record this age as the period of [humanity's] greatest stupidity."  Why? Because we have yet to choose to receive all the good that is available to us as expressions of the Divine.

At Wednesday's free class, Dr. Edward guides us through a chapter that invites us into a deeper belief in the Good that is in, through and as all that is.  The class begins at 7 pm and is open to everyone, no need to preregister. If you missed earlier classes, you can order audio CDs in the bookstore and download handouts from the link at the bottom of the sidebar to the right of this blog.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "As You Believe," 7 pm, March 21

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"All humanity is Divinity waking up to Itself through
self-discovery and self-realization."
It's up to You, page 60

This week's reading challenges us to begin where we are, to believe that we are good enough right now. What do you believe about who you are and what's possible? Your belief matters. 

Join Dr. Edward at Wednesday Night Wisdom, a free class open to all as he explores this topic, based upon Chapter 7 of Ernest Holmes's book, It's up to You. The class beings promptly at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  The silent meditation room upstairs is open from 6:15 to 6:50 pm before class.






Friday, March 9, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "Your Personality", 7 pm, March 14

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At Wednesday's free class, Dr. Edward's topic is personality, based on Chapter 6 of Ernest Holmes's book, It's up to You.  Personality reflects our preferences in life. 

How do we align our personality in ways that support our purpose? What creates an attractive personality? Come learn more Wednesday evening at 7 pm.  No need to register, all are welcome.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "The Real 'You'", 7 pm, March 7

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In this chapter, Dr. Ernest Holmes reminds us that although we are not God, God is what we are and and God is much more.  This Divine heritage is the basis of our life and creative thought. Join Dr. Edward on Wednesday night as he distills the nuggets of wisdom in Chapter 5 of "It's up to You."  You don't need to register for this free class and you are welcome, even if you've missed some or all of the previous classes.

Handouts for the past classes are available HERE for download. You can order audio CDs of past classes in the bookstore at the center.

   



Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "Who Am I?", 7 pm, February 28



"Who am I?" is the topic of Chapter 4 of It's up to You.  It's a question that merits revisiting as a regular spiritual practice. Here is how Ernest Holmes describes the value of this practice on page 37:

"Always when there dawns upon any individual member of the human race the realization of [their] own Divinity, the eternality of [their] own nature, the unity of [their] own life with the Eternal, and the immediate availability of the Law through the power of [their] word--there Christ is born again." 

Come learn more as Dr. Edward leads Wednesday night's free class that begins at 7 pm. The meditation room is open from 6 to 6:50 pm if you would like to sit in stillness before class.  All are welcome.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Rev. Joyce Duffala, "You Create Your Destiny," 7 pm, February 21

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In the first two weeks of this free class, Dr. Edward Viljoen presented the spiritual foundation and worldview put forth by Ernest Holmes in It's up to You.  It is now Rev. Joyce's great thrill to explore with you Holmes's concrete suggestions for aligning with spiritual Reality so that -- as the title of Chapter 3 says -- You Create Your Destiny. 

This free class begins at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  No need to register, no prerequisites.  Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "Successful Living," 7 pm, February 14

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Our free Wednesday night classes continue with Chapter 2 of Ernest Holmes's book, It's up to You. What is the key to a successful life? That we are in a mental condition to receive the gift. That means more than having the knowledge, it means using that knowledge in our daily living.

Want to know more? Come to Dr. Edward's free class on Wednesday, February 14. No need to register, just arrive by 7 pm. If you would like to meditate before the class, the meditation room upstairs is open from 6:15 to 6:50 pm.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom with Dr. Edward Viljoen, "Escape to Life", 7 pm, February 7



In this free eleven-week course, Dr. Edward will identify key Science of Mind teaching points in Ernest Holmes’s book “It’s Up To You.” This week starts with the chapter one, Escape to Life, which explores how fear of life keeps us from thriving, the importance of having a clear and superstition-free idea of Divinity, and the powerful practice of looking beyond appearances to the spiritual truth. 

This one-hour class is open to everyone, and will take place in our Sanctuary at 7 pm. If you would like, come early and sit in the Meditation Room upstairs, 6:15 to 6:50 pm.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Season for Nonviolence Begins: "The Heart of Nonviolence", 7 pm, Wednesday, January 31

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In 1998, Mahatma Gandhi's son Arun introduced a resolution in the United Nations to mark the anniversary of his father's death on January 30, 1948, and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968. The Season for Nonviolence is now in its 20th year, with events around the world. Here in Sonoma County, our season begins with a program at the Center for Spiritual Living on Wednesday, January 31, at 7 pm.


Kazu Haga, Founder of the East Point Peace Academy, is the keynote speaker.  He is joined by Lyndsey Burcina, a student who facilitates listening circles at Elsie Allen High School; and Dion Martin, who will share his story of adopting nonviolence while in prison.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and also to reflect on how nonviolence might be a part of your daily practice. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

"How to Use It", Dr. Kim Kaiser, 7 pm, January 24


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Wednesday, Dr. Kim completes his four-week series on "The Heart of the Science of Mind." He discusses "How to Use It", based on the fourth chapter of the Science of Mind textbook. Central to Dr. Holmes' teaching is the importance of not just knowing the material but applying it to one's life. As he says, let's not "indulge in too much theory and too little practice".

Our free Wednesday Night Wisdom class begins promptly at 7 pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome, even if you have never attended another class. For those who wish to center in stillness before class, the meditation room upstairs is open from 6:15 pm to just before class.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom, "What It Does", Dr. Kim Kaiser, 7 pm, January 17

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At Wednesday's free class on January 17, Dr. Kim invites us to appreciate how Life, The Thing Itself, creates in response to our thoughts and beliefs.  "What we draw from It we must draw through the channel of our own minds."

Wednesday Night Wisdom begins at 7 pm in the sanctuary where all are welcome.  The meditation room upstairs opens at 6:15 before class.  We are now recording the class, beginning with the second class.  CDs are available for sale in the bookstore.  As always, your love offerings are gratefully received.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wednesday Night Wisdom, "The Way It Works", Dr. Kim Kaiser, 7 pm, January 10

Last week we began our free Wednesday Night Wisdom classes with Dr. Kim Kaiser's four-week series on "The Heart of Science of Mind".  Together we explored our concepts of God, Spirit, The Thing Itself, as well as our illusions of being separate from that One.

This week the class focuses on how "The Thing Itself" (one name for Spirit, God, Creator ... ) works, how we can align and co-create by tapping into Its infinite wisdom and possibilities.

All are welcome -- if you missed last week's class, come anyway.  We'll have copies of Dr. Edward's adaption of our textbook's first four chapters, The Science of Mind for Beginners available.  Class begins promptly at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  The meditation room upstairs from the social hall is open from 6:15 to 6:50 for those who wish to sit in silence before class.