Can you believe it? 2017 is almost here! We have one more Sunday service on December 18, complete with Christmas potluck and white elephant gift exchange. We won’t be having service on Christmas Day, but I hope you will join us for a very special candlelit service on Christmas Eve at 6 pm.
Onward to 2017! Once again, we are joining many other Centers worldwide in speaking to a values based spiritual living theme all year long. I am so excited that once again our Center is a participant in this world wide effort! Here is a list of monthly topics and Sunday titles:
2017 Values Based Spiritual Living
“We stand together in a shared commitment and devotion to our spiritual principles, practices, and values.”
January – Spiritual Living
January 1 – Creating a Value-Based Life
January 8 – The Thing Itself
January 15- The Way It Works
January 22 – What It Does
January 29 – How To Use It
February – Spiritual Living as Diversity and Inclusivity
February 5 – To Be Human is to Embody Paradox
February 12 – God Comes Through the Wound
February 19 – Thin Slicing
February 26 – Active Listening
March – Spiritual Living through Education and Continuous Improvement
March 5 – Reachable & Teachable
March 12 – Webs and Boxes
March 19 – Being Vulnerable – Strength or Weakness?
March 26 – Aging as a Spiritual Practice
April – Spiritual Living through Transformation and Evolution
April 2 – 99 Years of Private Lessons
April 9 – The Science of the Absolute
April 16 – Easter – The Science of Christ
April 23 – Dealing with Conditions
April 30 – The Joy of Living
May – Spiritual Living through Creativity
May 7 – FLIP – Creative Confidence
May 14 – Mother’s Day – DARE – Fear to Courage
May 21 – SPARK – From Nothing To Insight
May 28 – LEAP – From Planning to Action
June – Accountability
June 4 – The Courage to Do the Right Thing
June 11 – Creating a Culture of Accountability
June 18 – Father’s Day – Fix It
June 25 – Aligning Your Values with Your Actions
July – Open Communication
July 2 – The Multi-cultural America
July 9 – From Racism to Gracism
July 16 – Prejudices and Sins
July 23 – Honoring our Differences
July 30 – The Art of Inclusion
August – Love, Compassion and Caring
August 6 – Compassion in Action
August 13 – Accepting What Is
August 20 – Kindness Toward Ourselves
August 27 – Being Kind in a Cruel World
September – Community Service
September 3 – Self-Absorbed – It’s All About ME!
September 10 – Your Life Isn’t For You.
September 17 – Choosing Where to Give
September 24 – You Can Change The World
October – Love as Safety
October 1 – We Belong to Each Other
October 8 – Undefended Love
October 15 – Fear of Intimacy
October 22 – The Perfect Relationship
October 29 – The Love that Lives Within
November – Financial Health and Prosperity
November 5 – Your Fortune Begins in Consciousness
November 12 – How To Reverse Financial Adversity
November 19 – The Grateful Heart
November 26 – Money is God in Action
December – Integrity
December 3 – Wandering Off Your Path
December 10 – A Life of Character
December 17 – A Life of Courage
December 24 – A Life of Truth
December 31 – New Beginnings
I hope you will make a commitment to your spiritual growth this coming year and join us!
Whew! It’s been a busy summer hasn’t it? Life is so full and rich! But school will be starting soon and so are our classes! We are blessed now to have two ministers at The Center and both of us will be teaching a class this fall! All the details are at the right, but I’m so excited that Rev. Maggie will be teaching New Foundations….and I’m excited to be able to offer a reduced tuition to you if you have already had this class! Come join all our new folks and renew your spiritual stuff!
I’m excited to be teaching Self Mastery. This class has been around for a while, but I’ve discovered an updated curriculum that features two of my favorite books: This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes, and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I’m so jazzed about what this class offers I can barely sit still!
Of course you are welcome to join us every Sunday as we continue our participation in the Global Vision theme along with about 150 other Centers around the globe. It is truly an honor to be a part of this.
Our Circles discussion group on Monday nights is also growing! If you are new to our teaching, this discussion group will be a great way for you to explore.
And of course I hope you will join us for my formal installation as Senior Minister! All the details are in the photo, please remember to RSVP Rev. Maggie if you plan to attend.
Whatever you decide to participate in for your growth and transformation, this is Rev. Karen holding the high watch for you and sending you love, light and laughter!
Can you imagine a life totally free from discord? It is possible. Freedom from Discord is our Global Vision Theme for June and we will be discussing it every Sunday during the month of June.
Our primary aim at Center for Spiritual Living Carson City is to provide tools for people to live happy and successful lives. Services on Sundays are only part of what we do. We also do workshops, classes (both accredited and non accredited) and ongoing study groups. Although what we are currently offering is listed in the side bar to the right, I thought you might like to have a look see at everything. Something might interest you, if so, come and join us!
These are the ongoing events
Mondays from 6-7, beginning March 28: Join us for Spiritual Circles led by Rev. Karen. This ongoing discussion group is based on articles in the Science of Mind magazine.
Wednesdays from 4–6, join the Unity group as they explore their current book, My Grandfather’s Blessing by Rachel Naomi Remen. Love offering
Wednesdays from 6-7 through April 6: Join Ministerial Student and Practitioner Maggie Wattle as she leads a guided meditation and discussion group based on the Season for
Peace and Non Violence. Love offering
Second Saturday of Every Month from noon to 2 pm: Reiki Practitioners provide healing energy. Love Offering
And here are the workshops:
March 26 from 9 am to noon: join Maggie Wattle, RScP for “Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice.” This 3 hour experiential workshop will focus on meditation, compassionate communication and 36 spiritual practices to use in your daily life, making the promise of Easter and the power of Resurrection more than just a day but a way of life. $25
March 31: from 6 to 9 pm, Join Rev. Karen as she brings her “on the road” and very popular workshop home: from “Limitation to Infinity.” Working through fear to forgiveness as a bridge to an unlimited way of living. $25
April 2 from 10 am to 4 pm: join Rev. Karen as she co-leads a workshop called “From ICK to joy!” This workshop will be held at Equinimity in Washoe Valley and is co-facilitated Barbara Richmond Chastain, PATH registered Instructor. Featuring wonderful and gentle Halflinger horses Meg and Buttercup, this workshop will allow you to move from fear to love to eliminate the ICK from your life. You need not be a horse person to particpate. Cost is $140, or bring a friend and the cost is $195 for two! That is a significant savings so grab a partner and come join us! Contact Rev. Karen to register and for more information.
For the month of March we will be taking a deep dive into the power of Mind, and the power of our minds.
I’m so excited to be talking on this deep and wonderful topic on Sundays in March. The first Sunday will be about that indwelling presence, a God that is personal to all of us. The second Sunday is all about the creative power of our thoughts. The third Sunday examines one of our core beliefs: “We Believe in Control of Conditions through the Power of this Mind.” Indeed. This might be the most controversial topic of them all. And yet, Ernest Holmes said it, and as an organization, we’ve adopted it. So let’s explore and see how this could be true for us. The last Sunday of March features one of my favorite topics: empowerment, and taking that personal empowerment even further to be able to do our part to create a world that works for everyone.
Won’t you join us?
We’ve been discussing all month about awakening to our spiritual magnificence. What comes to mind for you when you think about this? How, exactly, does one awaken to their spiritual magnificence?
We certainly have a lot of material to work with on this topic! Oneness…”no difference between your own being and God.” Unity….with God and with ourselves and with other people. Love….of ourselves first, then others.
These are just some of the ideas we have been talking about and thinking about this month. I hope you will join us as we continue on this journey of #TheGlobalVision to do our part to create #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone.
The principle this week is probably THE ONE that attracted me to this movement when I was a kid. Somehow I always knew and felt that God was not separate from me, in spite of what I was being told by the more traditional religions that it was some powerful entity judging from afar and doing things. I didn’t listen to that because it made no sense. This makes sense: from the 2016 Theme of #TheGlobalVision: creating #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone, week three, “We see all people as expressions of God.” The implications of this are far reaching and powerful. If I am an expression of God, and you are an expression of God, what does that say for us, how does that show up in our lives when we can no longer say that God does things because God is us? For some reason people get angry when I say God doesn’t do things. I’ve never understood that. God simply is. We do things. God is the force and the power behind what we do. I am an expression of God, and thus I have all the power and force of God within me. For me, the implications of personal responsibility and personal power when looked at like this are far reaching. This one idea is what makes life work for me. Everything else in my life stems from that. This is what I will be speaking to this Sunday at the Center for Spiritual Living in Carson City. If you are looking for a way to be and live that provides you will joy and love and power, perhaps you will come check it out.
Is it difficult for you to imagine living in a world that works for everyone? It may be difficult, but it isn’t impossible, and guess what? When we imagine a world that works for ourselves, we contribute to a world that works for everyone. So that is what we will be discussing in 2016, and I am so proud to announce that our Center, the Center for Spiritual Living Carson City, is one of over 100 Centers and Teaching Chapters around the world that will be participating in this same theme. When you join us every Sunday, you can know that all over the world, other ministers are discussing the same topics. Personally, I think that is very exciting!
I hope you will join us this year in this exciting time of creating a world that works for you, and thus a world that works for everyone.
I’d like to just express my gratitude. I include gratitude as a regular spiritual practice in my daily routine: every night I go through and reaffirm all the things I am grateful for that occurred for me that day, both inner and outer. But now I’m speaking to a different sort of gratitude. You see, in my neck of the woods, November has always been gratitude month. I have some personal historical events that happened in November for which I am very grateful. But I am also additionally grateful for our community, this wonderful group of people who have begun to bless us with their presence at CSLCC. You see, we are growing. We’ve got young people and elderly people, we have couples and single people. Soon the children will come and we are ready for them. Our classes are full with excited people who are willing to experience growth. We have great guest speakers visiting us when I’m speaking at other Centers. Our very own Maggie Wattle, RScP, is graduating ministerial school in June and is showing up in a huge way for this community. And last but not least, I have begun teaching Practitioner classes to two wonderful students.
If you haven’t been to see us in a while, I would love to see you and I’m sure you will be very pleasantly surprised at the “new” CSLCC! And if you have been thinking of coming but haven’t, I think November would be a perfect time to begin, and GET YOUR GRATITUDE ON!
Sending you love, light and laughter: Rev. Karen
Fall is coming, and with it comes more changes! It seems as if life is one never ending change sometimes, doesn’t it? But as my friend and Practitioner Carol Davis acknowledges in her book “Changeless Change,” change is truly changeless. How’s that for a brain teaser?
If you are confused by that, don’t worry. I am too, but always always I am comforted by the Force within me that knows all things, and allows me to do the same, if I will simply sit still long enough to listen.
I’ve been doing a lot of sitting still lately, and what has come up for me is opportunity! And so we are creating opportunities for you to effect change in your own life.
The Core Council and I have lots of wonderful things planned for you. Check out the events section on the right for more details, but here’s a synopsis…take a big breath…..Prosperity Plus Two, Metaphysical Bible, It’s All God, Forgiveness, Gospel on My Knees, Lent. Those are the classes coming up for you beginning this fall!
And, we are holding a community visioning session on October 22. This is in advance of our annual community wide meeting, where we give you the State of the Center reports, but I’m a so excited about our session on October 22! This is your opportunity to join us and have a say in how you want YOUR spiritual community to look and feel. Think out of the box for Sunday formats! And so much more to be revealed when you show up and provide your input. You may or may not know that Ernest Holmes did not initially envision that we be a churchy type of organization. Nor do I. And studies show, as does the chatter amongst people who like to chat about such things, that church attendance is at an all time low, and getting lower. So we…the Core Council and I, are thinking in terms of Un-Church. A spiritual community yes. Church? Not so much. But after that, we would like your input as to how that would look and feel. So I hope you will join us on October 22. Meanwhile, be thinking about it. What excites YOU about being a member of a spiritual community? I look forward to hearing from you!