Rev. Ruth has been a spiritual counselor and teacher since 1995. She became a minister in 2000. Her commitment is to support clients/students in using spiritual principles to navigate through the nitty gritty of life's experiences. She is a speaker and retreat facilitator, with a great love of teaching our practices of prayer and meditation. She is a member of the Heart in Hand team, supporting people with health challenges and those approaching their transition. Her greatest desire in ministry is for all people to know their inherit worthiness and in experiencing their connection with the divine and all life.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 03 April 2013 09:06
I started attending the Center in January of 1994. My experience with the Center matches so many of the stories that have been shared with me: I immediately felt I had found my spiritual home, but sat in the very back row for the first few months. I cried at every Sunday talk. And I have been coming every week ever since. The tools and principles of Science of Mind have enriched my life more than I can express.
I joined the staff in January 2011 as Chief Operating Officer, and spent the first year focusing on implementing sound financial procedures and internal controls.
I’ve had several careers in my work life – eight years as a computer programmer for Pacific Bell, ten years as a property manager for a local company, and 23 years as an operations analyst in the wine industry. My responsibilities in all of these career paths included budgeting and long range planning, culminating in operations analysis for multiple wineries and vineyards.
I am so happy to share my talents with the Center. I love working here! It is truly a labor of love.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:35
Christopher Fritzsche is a performing artist, an educator, a frequent soloist with Bay Area vocal and instrumental ensembles, currently serves as Music Director for the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa and is a member of the vocal ensemble, Clerestory. Internationally recognized for his effortless countertenor voice, he can be heard on well over a dozen recordings on Warner Classics’ Teldec label. From 1992 until 2003, he performed with the world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. In those 11 years he sang over 1,000 concerts world-wide, appearing with the New York Philharmonic (Emil de Cou), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, (Christopher Hogwood and Hugh Wolff), and more recently the Santa Rosa Symphony, (Jeffrey Kahane and Robert Worth) and has sung concerts in some of the world's most renown venues: The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), New York's Lincoln Center, as well as national concert halls across Asia and Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall. He has also appeared with the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago as soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and, as a member of Chanticleer, earned two Grammy awards for the CDs Colors of Love and Lamentations and Praises by the celebrated British composer Sir John Tavener. His singing has been described as “crystalline artistry,” Cleveland Plain Dealer; “crystalline rich soprano,” Los Alamos Moniter; and as having “extraordinary range and purity,” New York Times. As an educator Christopher was on the voice faculty of his alma mater, Sonoma State University, (B.A. in Music, 1998) from 2004-2009, and continues to lead vocal workshops for choral and solo singers of all levels.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 05 June 2012 22:28
Rev. Dr. Joyce Duffala believes that our lives are easiest and richest when we live from the awareness of our oneness with Spirit, and that everyone should have spiritual support whenever needed in their daily lives.
It is with joy that she has served as the Assistant Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, since January, 2005, for this position allows her to help make ongoing spiritual support available to our spiritual community and beyond. Her duties include serving as the director of the Licensed Prayer Practitioners, the Heart in Hand Spiritual Care Ministry (providing hospital and home visits, and Grief and Loss Support), the Telephone Prayer Ministry, and the midweek spiritual tune-up known as the Wednesday Evening Service. She also enjoys opportunities to speak at services, teach in the Education Ministry and at the Holmes Institute, and offer service in the Music Ministry.
Rev. Joyce has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa since 1996, and became licensed as a Practitioner in 2000. She pursued ministerial studies at the Holmes Institute, receiving an M.A. in Consciousness Studies in June 2004. Rev. Joyce also holds a B.A. in music (Oberlin College), an M.A. in English/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (San Francisco State), and a Doctorate in Multicultural Education (University of San Francisco).
Prior to ministry, two decades of Rev. Joyce’s professional career were dedicated to teaching interpersonal communication and teacher training courses in the US and abroad, in universities and in corporate venues. She is a founder of a non-profit educational organization (The American Working Theater) and a consulting business (Corporate Scenes).
Rev. Joyce has been married to Rev. Kim Kaiser since 1981. They have one daughter, Ariana Kaiser, an actress who resides in southern California. Formative experiences in Rev. Joyce’s life include serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda and Ethiopia, living with the San Francisco Zen Center community (introduced to her by husband-to-be Kim Kaiser), and providing choral classes for incarcerated women.
Rev. Joyce is co-author, with Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen, of Seeing Good at Work: 52 Weekly Steps to Transform Your Workplace Experience (Science of Mind Publishing, 2004) and The Five Pillars of Spiritual Practice (2009). They have also collaborated on an audio CD entitled Rise in Joy, Sleep in Peace: Affirmative Words to Begin and End Your Day (Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, 2009).
Rev. Joyce is committed to making available the healing and transformative power of the Science of Mind philosophy. She holds the vision for the Center for Spiritual Living of increased individual inclusion and empowerment, and collective reaching out to new populations. Dedicated to the Global Heart vision of a world that works for everyone, Rev. Joyce’s ongoing prayer is that we always know ourselves to be agents of blessing and healing for ourselves, for each other, and for the planet.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 05 June 2012 17:07
Music has been a longtime passion for Claire; a passion she combines with a strong commitment to hone, stretch and expand her talents and the talents of others. Currently, Claire exercises her considerable abilities leading the “One Heart Choir” at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. An inspiring facilitator, she shares a variety of vocal teaching methods, which she has garnered from a lifetime of training and experience in multifaceted musical arenas. In addition to directing, Claire teaches private vocal development, and conducts transformational workshops with the vibrations of crystal and Tibetan sound bowls and voice.
Claire's diverse background in music has led her into a career that is exciting and varied. Whether working with the choir, expressing the muse with her vocal group, “Heaven 'n Earth”, or performing original inspirational music from her CD “Richly Blessed and Highly Favored”, Claire creates a vocal style that is uniquely, and expressively, hers. Originally from New York, she received her B.A. in Theater Arts from East Stroudsburg University, PA. In bicoastal performances, she has shared the jazz stage with the likes of Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Bob Dorough. Theatrically, she has performed leading roles in numerous musicals including: Stevenson By Heart under the musical direction of Grammy award winner Peter Matz, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road (for which she received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award nomination), Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, and Cabaret. Her writing talents have resulted in Cinnabar Theatre productions of “Cole Porter’s People”, “Don’t Ask Me Not to Sing”, and her own compelling cabaret shows. In addition to teaching private voice and presenting her own voice classes, Claire has been a guest faculty artist at BYU - Hawaii, where she has taught master classes in jazz vocal technique, cabaret singing, musical theater and lyric interpretation. She most recently has been a guest artist at the Global Sound Institute, San Francisco, as well as at the Sound Healing Conference, Los Angeles in February 2008.
And, while music is certainly Claire's focus, she is also a respected and deeply committed Religious Science Practitioner. Claire blends her spiritual practice with her skills as a director to provide a safe, playful, heart-opening atmosphere for others, a place where one can experience their authentic nature in a co-creative singing environment. In sharing her vision of the “One Heart Choir” Claire says, “Know that whatever you bring to the choir, you can trust it, and it is enough. Who you are is enough and is part of the perfect pattern that forms the unique tapestry of the One Heart Choir. Show up and let the music sing you.” Anyone who joins hands and voice with the “One Heart Choir” will be sure to experience a deeper connection in their lives both inwardly and in musical community. Together we ignite and rekindle the passion that is in all of us. Contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or to go to her website click [here].
Last Updated: Monday, 20 June 2016 09:52