Monday, September 18, 2017

"Do Be Do Be Do", Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, Sunday, September 24

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Human beings or human doings?  Do be do be do ...  There is a still point beyond the doing, there is a call to be the change we want to see in the world. In our form of affirmative prayer, we know the what and leave the how to Spirit. Do be do be do ...

Join Rev. Tara this Sunday as she leads a conversation about the dance of do be do be do and how it unfolds.  The service begins at 7 pm, in the North Wing, Room 10.  All are welcome.

Monday, September 11, 2017

"Full Circle," Sherry Vieerra, RScP, 7 pm, Sunday, September 17

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At Sunday's evening service, Practitioner Sherry Vierra explores key questions about community service: "Why do I serve? Who do I serve?  How do I serve?"  

Together we will peek underneath the action of service and examine the non-action of intention.  The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Conversations in Circle: Community Service", Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, September 10, Room 10 North Wing







Join Maggie Cole in a conversation about service as we connect and communicate with each other in an atmosphere of love, compassion and caring. The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome to bring your voice to this conversation.

Monday, August 28, 2017

"Balance: Giving and Receiving", Maggie Cole, RScP, Sunday, September 3, 7 pm



“Giving and Receiving, 2 sides of one coin, giving and receiving, oh what a joy”, lines from a song by Tom McCurry. 

Here are Maggie's words about this service:  

We are certainly told that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I have learned something else.  Unless and until I am willing to receive, my giving may feel like one of many things; obligation, duty, what is expected of me, even control. Receiving requires openness, vulnerability, surrender, trust and faith. “It’s holy, yes to give, and to receive is holy too”. Thank you, Tom, for this reminder.

Calvin Johnson lovingly gives of himself and his music and we on Sunday Evening eagerly receive his generous offering.

Monday, August 21, 2017

"Across the Interfaith Table 2017", Sunday, August 27, 3:30 to 7:30 pm



Our Sunday evening service on August 27 has expanded to an afternoon and evening celebration of interfaith connection.  From 3:30 to 7:30, there will be workshops, a group program, and a vegetarian potluck.

Learn about Islam, Judaism, Christianity or Sikhism -- or join in Dances of Universal Peace.  After one of these workshops from 3:45 - 4:45, come into the sanctuary for a beautiful program of interfaith prayers, readings and music that begins at 5 pm. Following that group program, there is a vegetarian potluck where you can get to know your neighbors.

Doors open at 3:30 pm for this free event.  Come to one part or all.  If you plan to attend the potluck, please bring a vegetarian dish to share -- free of all meat and alcohol.  And, if possible, bring your own plates and utensils to save on clean up and trash.

All are welcome to this free event, an annual Interfaith Council of Sonoma County gathering.  Have questions? Contact Rev. Tara at tara@cslsr.org or go to Across the Interfaith Table 2017 website 

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Compassion It", Marielle Taylor, RScP, 7 pm, Sunday, August 20



Marielle Taylor, RScP, facilitates this Sunday's evening service.  Her topic is "Compassion It",  moving from self-judgment to self-acceptance through mindfulness.  Come participate in an evening of active meditation and embodiment practices to open your heart and body-mind.

The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10.  All are welcome.

Monday, August 7, 2017

"Conversation in Circle: Love, Compassion and Caring", Practitioner Maggie Cole, 7 pm, Sunday, August 13

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Join Practitioner Maggie Cole as she facilitates a conversation in circle to open to ourselves and each other as we explore our availability to Spirit.  This interactive evening service begins at 7 pm on Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

"Being Available to Spirit", Maggie Cole RScP, 7 pm, Sunday, August 6




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Spirit is always and ever available to us: a guiding light, an infinite source of love, joy, intelligence, wisdom and so much more. It provides us with everything to live a life of love, compassion and caring. The question is, "Am I available to Spirit to garner the gifts that are forever being given?" 

The Sunday evening service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing. Join Practitioner Maggie Cole as she explores who we open to love, compassion and caring in our lives.

Music: Tom McCurry shares his love with us through his presence, his music and his beautiful expression.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

5th Sunday - Communication Is a Two-Way Street, Practitioner Maggie Cole and Friends, 7 pm, July 30



Practitioner Maggie Cole has gathered an outstanding team of ministers and practitioners to explore the many ways that one listens to and communicates with the One.  This special Fifth Sunday evening service begins with a welcome and prayer in the sanctuary, then attendees choose among the seven workshop-style offerings, from prayer to writing to body awareness to meditation and more.

This program is open to all.  Please plan to join Maggie and friends on Sunday, July 30, beginning at 7 pm in the sanctuary.

Monday, July 17, 2017

"How Well Do You Listen?", Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, July 23

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This Sunday's service focuses on listening.  In that spirit, Rev. Tara invites you to take some time in the coming week to listen to this simple chant created by Paramahansa Yogananda.  It's on youtube so you may have to skip an ad at the beginning.

Have a listen then come share your experience and hear the experiences of others. Sunday evening service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Cookies and Lemonade in Community", Rev. Tara Steele and Friends, 7 pm, July 16

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This Sunday evening, you're invited to get to know others who attend Sunday evening services.  We often are so busy with all that we do that there isn't time to simply sit and listen to each others' stories and experiences.  We will have some time to sit in prayer and in silence -- most of our time together will be deliciously simple, being in community, sharing a bit of who we are.

We gather at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome.

PS:  If you would like to bring some home made cookies to share, please do.

Monday, July 3, 2017

"Conversations in Circle: Open Communication", Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, July 9



What value do you place on communication? You are invited to engage in conversation and practice communing with God, yourself and each other in the lovely, open and gracious atmosphere of the evening service. 

Practitioner Maggie Cole leads the conversation on Sunday evening.  All are welcome, the conversation begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.


Monday, June 26, 2017

"The Secret of Life", Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, July 2


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“I believe in a direct communication between the Spirit and the individual - the Universal Spirit personifying itself through each and all; this is a beautiful, a logical and an unavoidable conclusion.”  Ernest Holmes, Can We Talk to God?

In Maggie Cole's experience of being alive on the planet, she has heard this question again and again, “What is the secret of life, the meaning of life?”. Maggie's response is that the secret of life is “communication and timing”. This has been an ongoing discovery. When life reveals itself, it is important to pay attention. God always has something wonderful for us and the art of communing with God, ourselves and each other is an art to be valued and practiced.


Music: Tom McCurry, Maggie's beautiful and talented friend, will inspired us as he communicates with song, story, presence and power. Love it.

The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Walking Your Talk", Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, June 25



In Rev. Tara's words: "Perhaps it's actually about "talking your walk".  I don't know about you but I can spend a fair amount of time second guessing myself, wonder what I'm doing, whether I'm on track, on purpose.  Please join me to see where we are, what our walk looks like, and whether it's something we need to talk about."

The Sunday evening service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome to this informal, interactive time of community spiritual practice and exploration.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"How Much Do Your Values Weigh?", Practitioner Sherry Vierra, 7 pm, June 18




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Can our values be the "rock of our salvation" when the wind of change and challenge blows our way?  On Sunday at our evening service, we will explore some ideas on how to stand firm (maybe flapping about a bit) without being "blown away."  We hope you will join us for a conversation about how we might let our values hold us so we don't have to struggle to hold them.

The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome

Sunday, June 4, 2017

"Conversation in Circle: Accountability", Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, June 11


What does accountability mean to you? Where does it show up in your life? What is yours to do? Are you willing to recognize the call? These and other questions give us an opportunity to share and witness each other in our community circle.

Join Practitioner Maggie Cole in a conversation about accountability on Sunday evening, June 11.  The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.

Monday, May 29, 2017

"What Is Mine?", Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, June 4


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In this year focused on value-based spiritual living, here is the June affirmation: “We account for our activities, disclose them in a transparent manner, and accept responsibility for our actions and the obligations entrusted to us.”

In Maggie Cole's words:  "ACCOUNTABILITY! A powerful value, for me, right up there with integrity. It is a constant in life that we are given the opportunity to choose, to stand for who and what we are and what we do in this life. When we are willing to say YES to what is ours to do, to be accountable and take responsibility for our words, deeds and actions, we align ourselves with the truth of who we are." 

Music: Calvin Johnson blesses us with his presence, his beautiful voice and songs that lift and inspire. Come early and revel in his gifts. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

"Is Your Artist in Residence?" Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, May 28


This month we've talked about many aspects of creativity.  It is at the heart of who we are and is not defined by artistic ability.  As we bring the conversation to a close, Rev. Tara and musician Jewel Shield offer an opportunity to touch into your inner artist.

With music, with silence, with spoken word and practice, this service will take us within to where our artist always is present.  No special skills or talents are required, simply show up and be present.  The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10; the music will begin a bit earlier.  All are welcome.

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison", Megan Rooney RScP, 7 pm, Sunday, May 21

Photo courtesy of Martha McCabe


The tulip does not turn to the rosebush in the flowerbed next to it and suddenly feel inadequate because of its simple petals and slender stalk. It embraces the creation of beauty that it is and is meant to be.  

We humans tend to fall prey to our comparing mind and judge ourselves for being, having, or expressing as less than, rather than simply embracing the unique creative expression that we are.  Join Practitioner Megan Rooney to explore, embrace and celebrate our Divine creative nature!

The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Conversation in Circle - Creativity", Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, May 14

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Let’s join in community to share our creative genius. Let us inspire and celebrate this luscious gift.

Join Practitioner Maggie Cole as she facilitates a conversation about creativity, one of the qualities of the Divine always expressing in, through, and as us.  
The service starts at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing, all are welcome.

Monday, May 1, 2017

"To Be Spiritual Is To Create", Practitioner Maggie Cole, 7 pm, Sunday, May 7





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“We allow the ongoing activity of Spirit into our hearts, minds and activities to bring forth new forms and expressions to inspire and guide”

Here's what Practitioner Maggie has to say about this Sunday's evening service: “If I couldn’t create, I might as well be dead”. My son said this to me one day and at the time, I don’t know that I understood the depth of what he was saying about himself. I have since revealed the truth of this in my own life. The absolute joy of accessing the wealth of ideas God is always and forever supplying and once in a while capturing it and bringing it to form. Glory Hallelujah. The realization of the infinite creativity of Spirit is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Let us always revel in it. 


Music: Maggie's intuitive and creative friend, Andy Graham, brings his musical expression to us this Sunday. He and other artists are Maggie's mentors for witnessing her own intuitive nature and bringing forth what is inside.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

"IT's Happening Now - Say Yes to IT!", Rev. Michael Gott and Practitioner Maggie Cole, 7 pm, April 30



April 30 is a fifth Sunday -- come celebrate life at the Sunday evening service. We are blessed to have renowned musician songwriter Rev. Michael Gott, who joins our own Maggie Cole in magnificent, magical, musical musings around the theme of Saying Yes!

For those of you who subscribe to Science of Mind magazine, Rev. Michael is featured in the April issue.

If you would like, come early at 6:30 to join in meditation in the upstairs Meditation Room.   The service begins at 7 pm, where all are welcome.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Where Do Heart and Mind Meet?", Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, Sunday, April 23


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Our "textbook", when first published, was titled The Science of Mind and Spirit.  Although there is much focus on our thoughts and beliefs, the realms of intuition and insight, more commonly thought of as heart-centered, are also important.  Sunday, Rev. Tara speaks to the rest of the story, drawing from our book of the month Love and Law, as well as other materials.  Please join us this Sunday evening at 7 pm for learning and practicing the wisdom of the heart.

All are welcome to this spiritual community service, in Room 10, North Wing, at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Walking the Talk of Jesus: Faith", Practitioner Elias Owens, 7 pm, April 16






This Easter Sunday evening's conversation focuses on Jesus' teachings on Faith. Practitioner Elias Owens will lead a time of contemplation.  There will be scriptural readings as well as an opportunity to share personal experiences of activating faith.  All are welcome at the Sunday evening service which begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing..

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Conversation in Circle: Transformation and Evolution", Practitioner Maggie Cole, 7 pm, Sunday, April 9

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Second Sunday evenings are an opportunity to discuss the values of the month in a welcoming, safe circle of spiritual seekers.  Prayer Practitioner Maggie Cole brings her wisdom and experience as a starting point for questions and shared conversation.  All are welcome to this spiritual community which comes together Sunday evenings at 7 pm in Room 10.  This month's Second Sunday topic is "Transformation and Evolution".

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"I Am What Thou Art!", Practitioner Maggie Cole, Sunday, April 2, 7 pm

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“We do deep inner personal work of self-discovery and healing to reveal the greater truth of our divinity, wholeness and freedom”

"I am what thou art and thou art what I am." What a powerful statement of truth. Maggie's mother used to say, “If you want to get anything done, go to the top”.  She got Maggie a job doing this very thing. 

When we want to step into the truth of who we are, where are we to go? Why not go to the top, the Source, the Infinite, the Divine to realize that this, indeed, is who and what we are. We are made in the image and likeness of God, all that is attributed to Spirit is ours. Transformation and evolution take place when we align ourselves with the truth. Let’s do it, NOW!

The service begins at 7 pm, in Room 10.  All are welcome.

Music: Our beloved Tom McCurry joins us to provide his beautiful voice and music to lift up up, open our hearts and feed our souls.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Daring Greatly -- You Can Do It" Rev. Tara Steele, Sunday, March 26, 2017, 7 pm

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According to Bronnie Ware, one of the top five regrets of people in their last days of life is that they didn't live their life, instead they lived according to the expectations of others.  What holds us back? What are we afraid of? There is so much to gain and not so much to lose.  

Join Rev. Tara Steele as she explores this topic at Sunday evening's service in Room 10 at 7 pm.  On Sunday evenings, we come together in spiritual practice and talk about what matters in our lives.  We are doing it, here and now. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Band Aids, Can We Live without Them?", Sherry Vierra, RScP, Sunday, March 19, 2017, 7 pm



Join Practitioner Sherry Vierra in a conversation about how and why we cover our pain.  There are rewards and consequences to exposing the pain.  What does it require to live wide open, at least some of the time?  

Sunday evening service offers the opportunity to sit together in spiritual practice and talk about what matters.  All are welcome to this service which begins at 7 pm in Room 10.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Conversation in Circle: Open to Our Evolution", Practitioner Maggie Cole, Sunday, March 12, 2017, 7 pm


Practitioner Maggie Cole invites us to come together and explore the ways in which we can use spiritual practice to assist us in keeping our minds and hearts open to what she calls “honoring the process of our evolution”. Behold, all things are made new. 

Sunday evening services are an opportunity to get know others in our spiritual community in a safe, supportive environment where all are welcome, seen, heard and appreciated.
The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing, Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

Friday, March 3, 2017

"A Beginner's Mind", Practitioner Maggie Cole, Sunday, March 5, 2017, 7 pm




Ernest Holmes said in the Science of Mind textbook “…our outlook on life must be transformed by the renewing of the  mind…”. In every moment, we have the opportunity to begin again, to choose again, to open ourselves to  the infinite wellspring of inspiration, information, insight and wisdom that is always available to us. 

Maggie's invitation is to make ourselves available to all that is being offered, being given freely by God the Living Spirit.  May we come to each moment brand new, making room for what is happening now for in the present moment, all is truly well.

All are welcome at our Sunday evening service which begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"How Is Your Story Working for You?", Rev. Tara Steele, 7 pm, Sunday, February 26, 2017


What do you tell yourself about who you are, about your purpose, about what's possible?  Are those beliefs, those stories about your world serving you or do they need some editing, or even a total rewrite?

Join Rev. Tara Steele this Sunday evening, as she invites us to examine our stories and consider being the hero or heroine of the tale.  The service begins at 7 pm in Room 10.  All are welcome as we share in spiritual community and learn together.

Friday, February 17, 2017

"The Promise Beneath the Problem", Practitioner Siota Belle, 7 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017






At this Sunday's evening service, Practitioner Siota Belle offers a step by step plan to reconnect to Spirit and support ourselves as we deal with challenge and change in today's world.  Please join us in spiritual community, where we  help each other remember the Truth of who we are. The service begins at 7 pm in the North Wing.  All are welcome.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Conversations in Circle: Diversity and Inclusivity", Maggie Cole, RScP, Sunday, February 12, 2017, 7 pm

Variety can bring things to life, monotonous gray dances into lively color.


"Diversity" and "inclusivity" are our values focus this month.  What do these terms mean to you? Are they important?  Have you had experiences in your life where they made a difference, by their presence or their absence?  Join Practitioner Maggie Cole as she leads a conversation exploring these questions and others.  The Sunday evening service begins at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing.  All are welcome.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"What's Underneath the Appearance?" Maggie Cole, RScP, 7 pm, Sunday, February 5, 2017


Maggie Cole writes:  Remember the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, many of us have done it. We hear a lot about diversity and inclusivity these days.  What does it mean to us as individuals, as a community, a society. Let’s talk about it and look underneath the appearance and see what is wanting to be revealed in our experience. Let us see as God sees.

Sunday evening services begin at 7 pm in Room 10.  This Sunday, Maggie is joined by Calvin Johnson who brings his gift of song.  Come a bit early to enjoy Calvin's music before the service.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Our Aspirations for the Community of Sunday Evening Service at the Center for Spiritual Living


Our conversation during the Sunday evening service on January 22 focused on what it means to be a spiritual community or sangha.  There were powerful shares about Saturday's Women's March, a moving example of community coming together in Love.

Those attending wrote out what they desire in a spiritual community.  Here are some of their beautiful statements:

  • A place to feel known and welcome.  A safe and friendly place to open up and share my heart and hurt.
  • Trust, acceptance.
  • Being in community with generally like-minded, open-minded people.  A safe place to share from the heart, knowing I  won't be judged or made wrong.  A place to learn from the facilitator and each other.
  • Peaceful communication.
  • A clear focus, theme.  Community sharing.  Connection, person to person.  Fun and interesting topics.
  • A place to share spiritual wisdom and our individual journeys on our spiritual path.
  • Fellowship, getting to know like-minded people around me.
  • Inspire me by sharing your details of spiritual journey.  Where are you today?
  • Acknowledging and hearing each other's presence.


Do any of these statements speak to you?  What draws you to spiritual community? Join in by commenting online.  And join in the conversation in person on Sunday evenings at 7 pm in the North Wing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"What Is Spiritual Living?" Maggie Cole, RScP, Sunday, January 15, 2017, 7 pm


Practitioner Maggie Cole is back!  Join her in talking about spiritual living, what it is, and how it is alive in us, no matter what.  

Star Tom adds his beautiful songs to our spiritual community service.  All are welcome at 7 pm in Room 10.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"What Are Your Intentions in this New Year?" Marielle Taylor, RScP, Sunday, January 8, 2017, 7 pm

What Do You Choose in the New Year?

One of our familiar traditions is to reflect upon our lives as the New Year begins. At the Sunday evening service on January 8, Practitioner Marielle Taylor gives us opportunities to explore our intentions. How are intentions different than goals? Come to the service to learn more.

As Marielle describes it, "there will be opportunities to explore and to activate our intentions".  Those who attend may experience the power of creating, claiming and setting into motion their New Year's intentions, to have those intentions feel vibrant and alive.

Our spiritual community gathers at 7 pm in Room 10, North Wing. All are welcome as we learn and grow together.