Membership implies a deep affiliation with our teaching and a commitment to becoming a steward of this community, its assets, and its future. It is expected, therefore, that an individual will become a member after becoming familiar with the teaching and culture of the Center by taking the foundational course entitled "Beyond Limits" or by regularly attending services at the Center for a period of six months before making the commitment to become a member. Furthermore, prospective members are either already contributing financially to the Center in an identifiable way, or are ready to begin contributing in an identifiable way. Members of the Center are expected to complete an Annual Giving Intention Card letting us know what their estimated contribution for each calendar year might be. This is only an estimate and may be changed at any time during the year. Information about the process is included in the membership class.
The benefits of membership include workshops at reduced prices, voting privileges, access to the Member Assistance Program (MAP), and a free spiritual checkup with a Professional Prayer Practitioner. In summary, membership is a whole lot like everything else in your life. It moves you from sitting on the bench, observing the action, to actually participating on the playing field.
Membership classes are typically held in the Spring and Fall of each year. To become a member, you agree to attend the three consecutive classes. The first two are orientation classes; the third class is the induction ceremony (if you choose to join). The following Sunday you will be introduced to the congregation at the third service.
The membership class is designed to give you sufficient information to make a decision about becoming a member; however, the decision to become a Religious Scientist is something that happens in your heart as a result of your careful exploration of the teachings and practices of Science of Mind.
Everyone is welcome to take these free orientation classes without the obligation to become a member. If you decide you wish to become a member, we ask that you prayerfully consider this self-administered questionnaire to help you decide if this is the right time for you. If you have recently started attending services (within the last six months) you may want to still complete these classes and then sign on to membership in six months time at the next Membership Orientation Class. You won’t have to retake these classes. We’ll keep record of your attendance. Whatever your decision is, we welcome you and hope that you will continue to enjoy the Center at whatever level of participation suits you.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:36
Joining the Center for Spiritual Living
A philosophy, a faith, a way of life
The next three-week new member class begins Monday, July 28 at 6:30 pm. You can sign up at the Information Table on Sundays or just show up.
To assist you in making your decision, the Center offers a free Membership Orientation Class to introduce you to the structure and vision of the Center and the expectations and benefits of membership. Whether or not you decide to become a member, you are welcome to attend this orientation class.
My Personal Check List: Am I ready?
1. I have completed the foundational course "Beyond Limits" or I have attended services regularly (missing very few weeks) for six months or more. (Although not required for membership, it is strongly recommended that prospective members take adequate time to learn about the Science of Mind before committing to membership.)
2. I have served as a volunteer at the Center in the past six months. (Although not required for membership, it is strongly recommended that prospective new members familiarize themselves with our volunteer opportunities as a way of becoming familiar with the culture.)
3. I have made, or I am planning to make, a financial giving intention by completing a giving intention card and by giving in an identifiable manner. (Financial contribution is a condition of membership. Annual giving intention cards give you the opportunity to let the staff and board know what your approximate contribution for each calendar year will be. The amount of your contribution is personal to you and there is no minimum or maximum contribution.)
4. I am ready to commit to attending the Annual Member Gathering which is the business meeting of the Center. (For business to be conducted a quorum of 15% of the membership must be present at each business meeting. As membership grows in size, so does the size of the quorum. Therefore it is very important for members to be present at the Annual Member Gathering.)
5. I understand that attendance at the three weekly Member Orientation Classes is mandatory.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:27
In the Spotlight
First Wednesday Service
First Wednesday services are a devotional evening of prayer, song, and music with Dr. Edward Viljoen and Muisic Director Christopher Fritzsche.
What Is A Prayer Partner and Where Do I Get One?
A Prayer Partner is someone who agrees to exchange prayers with you for an agreed upon period of time. A partnership can be formed for an initial period of time, for example six months, and then concluded or extended as desired.
Prayer Partners do not need to meet in person. You can exchange prayer requests on e-mail, or a weekly telephone call.
Some people prefer to talk on the phone, exchange prayer requests, and pray right there on the phone. Others prefer to exchange the prayer request on e-mail and go about praying in their own time and at their own pace.
Key elements to a successful prayer partnership is a regular schedule of meeting and exchanging prayers. Make a date once a week to connect and stick to it.
It is recommended that the partnership and meeting be restricted to the activity of exchanging prayer and praying and not be extended into socializing.
Heart Coherence Meditation
This is a free drop-in group that meets every Monday from 7 to 8 pm at the Center. Heart Coherence Meditation is a gentle, effective meditation that engages the powerful electromagnetic field of the heart to experience well-being and the beautiful qualities of an opening heart. If you have trouble quieting your mind in traditional meditation, heart coherence may be your answer to peace and relaxation.
On the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm you are invited to a free introduction to Heart Coherence Meditation presented by Linda Marshall, RScP. Linda is a physical therapist who has been specializing in craniosacral therapy and energy balancing for over 20 years. She is also a licensed Prayer Practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. She is passionate about teaching the new science of the heart and providing opportunities to experience the healing potential of the heart field. For more information call Linda Marshall, RScP, at 837-1982.
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Third Wednesday Prayer Service
The Third Wednesday Prayer Service is dedicated to helping you increase your awareness of wholeness and experience of healing in all areas of your life, whether in body, relationships, finances, or work. When you enter the sanctuary, you will see a special altar, where you can light a candle as a symbol of your intention to realize your heart’s desire.
Throughout the service, congregational singing and other music is provided by Chris Fritzsche and other musicians. A key element of the service is an extended affirmative prayer. Those present have the option of stating a prayer request aloud, or holding it in silent sanctity.
The practitioners, musicians, and I are united in our desire to have this service assist you in experiencing the truth that you are part of a Divine Reality that is always conspiring for your good. We look forward to welcoming you on the Third Wednesday.
—Rev. Joyce Duffala
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