The Center for Spiritual Living, Redding
The Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, California provides spiritual tools to transform our personal lives and help make the world a better place.
The Center for Spiritual Living is a spiritual community and way of life that honors all paths to God and helps people to discover a personal relationship with God. When God is the focus of our spirituality, then other areas of our lives fall into place — we are happier, we can do more for others, be better stewards of the Earth and bring peace and harmony to the world.
We extend a warm welcome to all people in search of a spiritual community where they are embraced, respected, accepted for who they are, inspired and supported to grow to their highest potential.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.
Are you feeling alone, lost, empty or disconnected? Are you in crisis? Are you lacking fulfillment, looking for answers, healing and a spiritual home?
At the Center for Spiritual Living, you will belong to a like-minded community, a spiritual home, where you can discover peace of mind, healing, inspiration, and live with a personal relationship with God. We look forward to meeting you in person!Back to Top
Minister's Message for December 2013
Dear Members and Friends,
We are grateful for all of the blessings and wonderful events that we have shared at the Center this year. As 2013 winds down, we are very pleased to report that the Center continues to be in good financial condition thanks to your continued support.
A few highlights from the year: The mortgage was paid down from $302,000 to $259,088 as of October 30, 2013. Part of the interest earned on the Endowment Fund was used to replace the floor in the foyer and many hours of Seva were spent painting the walls in the social hall, hallway, office and foyer. Thanks to generous donations, the foyer was enhanced with new furnishings. Our Shoes for Souls and Food for Hope programs, which began last December, have become an important resource for the homeless on the third Monday of each month. Living Hope Ministry and the Women's Refuge are also grateful recipients of the shoe program. Rev. Sharon Kennedy and Rev. Kay Stewart were ordained. A wide array of classes, ongoing groups, seminars and workshops were offered by many dedicated teachers. And we are so grateful that Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living, visited our Center and presented Sunday services as well as a seminar that focused on our movement's goal of a world that works for everyone.
In honor of Rev. Lolita Hughes, whose Celebration of Life will be December 7, 2013, at 11:00 AM here at the Center, we republished her book, Christmas: Christ is Born in the Manger of Human Consciousness, and presented the books as gifts at the Thanksgiving Eve Taize Service. Rev. Lolita wrote about the four advents to be celebrated during the month of December. She wrote, "When Christ is born in our hearts, we do awaken to the wondrous glories and possibilities of man made in the image and likeness of God. THIS IS THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, THE AWAKENING within each one of the divine birth."
The Christmas season is always a special time to reflect on the life of Jesus of Nazareth. We are grateful to member Bob Rock, an Associate of Westar Institute. Founded in 1986, Westar Institute-home of the Jesus Seminar-is an educational institute dedicated to advancing religious literacy. Bob has written several essays to update us on the scholarly findings about Jesus in the discovered documents entitled, The Gospel of Q and The Gospel of Thomas. In brief, Bob describes the new research and reinterpretation of the life of Jesus, which lays the groundwork for a scholarly rediscovery of Christianity based on knowledge, respect, practice and love. We have compiled several of Bob's essays about these messages from the past in a booklet available at the board desk or in the Center's lending library along with Rev. Lolita's book. Enjoy their wisdom and passion for learning during the holidays.
Wishing you a blessed Holiday Season and prosperous New Year!
With Great Love and Respect,
Rev. Mary Mitchell and Sue MillerBornBack to Top
Peace Practice for December 2013
This December the invitation is to take the time to simply sit and stare into the many forms of light that are artfully created to decorate our homes and surroundings for the holidays. This time of year many faith paths celebrate the season with candles and lights to remind us of the indwelling Light of Spirit. Recently, in a class, we watched the mystery of lighting a candle and pondered the question, "At what point does the spark of the match become the light and where does the flame end and become the light?" Sitting quietly with a lit candle invokes a depth of silence from within. It allows our mind to rest. As we become more still we become closer to our thoughts of God. When we dwell in our thoughts of God, we draw on the strength and wisdom that we long for. Sri Daya Mata reminds us that, "...in that thought we draw the strength, the wisdom, the great love for which our souls hunger. Be mentally anchored in that which alone is changeless in this changing world: God." May you be peaceful and present with Light that sparkles in your life.
Blessings Always, Rev. Sue MillerBornBack to Top
Visitors and newcomers are always welcome!
- Join us in the Social Hall after each service. Refreshments will be served!
- Interested in becoming a member? Attend The Essence Class, a newcomer's orientation class, on the 3rd Sunday of each month following both the 9:00 and 10:30 AM services.
- Pick up a Friendship Packet at the back of the Sanctuary.
- Call our 24-hour recorded prayer line: 530-221-HEAL (4325).
- Browse the Awareness Bookstore for inspirational reading and listening material.
- Call us at 530-221-4849 or e-mail us for more information.