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Welcome to the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Cincinnati!

Looking for peace of mind and an uplifting spiritual community? Welcome home to the Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Cincinnati.

If your spiritual journey has taken you in a different direction than literal interpretations of the Bible and traditional Christianity, Center for Spiritual Living will spark and encourage your spiritual intellect.

If The Secret, Louise Hay, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson or Deepak Chopra have spoken to you, you’ll feel right at home at Center for Spiritual Living. Each of these wisdom teachers writes about a philosophy called New Thought. That’s what we explore at Center for Spiritual Living Greater Cincinnati.

Come join our warm, joyful, loving, non-discriminatory community Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for great music and a spiritual message. Center for Spiritual Living’s congregation is a diverse group of singles, couples and families with childcare and children’s classes too. We honor and welcome everyone, wherever you are on your personal or spiritual path.

Lesson for March 22, 2015 – Choosing to Act

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During the lesson, Rev. Dee led the congregation in the Candlelighting Prayer for the eighth Sunday of the Season of Nonviolence. The audio may be a bit spotty during this time, so we have reproduced the prayer below.

The Gandhi King Chavez
Season for Nonviolence
Compassionate Activism for Global Healing

Candlelighting Prayer
Eighth Sunday of the Season

Contributed by: Rev. Carrie Masters, Hemet Church of Religious Science
Modified by Rev. Matthew Long, Peace Unity Church.

As I light a candle and raise this single flame to the highest level of consciousness, where all is Spirit, all is Love, and all is Peace, I know that Love, Peace and Spirit are everywhere.

There is only One Life, One Power, One Presence, and this Power and Presence is God, the Living Spirit Almighty. God is the Infinite being-ness at the center and circumference of all that is. From the center of this Divine One extends an Infinite Pool of Peace forever and ever expressing itself in all creation.

In this Peaceful Presence, we live, move, and have our being. We are creations of the Infinite One and in that Creation, the essence at the center of us is Perfect Peace and Unconditional Love. In the constant awareness of this abiding Love, I speak my word knowing that Love is the Truth of all life. We are all created in the image and likeness of Loving Kindness and Peace and I know that we shine this light of non-violence into our world, infusing everyone we contact with the Power and Grace of Infinite Peace.

In this season for non-violence, I know that we are an example of perfect Peace and thereby we create a peaceful world in which everyone extends their light of kindness and non-violence to everyone they touch.

I give thanks for the knowledge that my word goes forth into the Law of Mind to do it’s perfect work. With a heart deeply grateful for the manifestation of peace and nonviolence I release my word into the Infinite Mind knowing it is done now. And I let it be. And so it is. Amen.

Renew and Restore Wednesday March 25 with Theresa Slusher

Please join us this Wednesday March 25 at 6:30 for the next installment in our Renew and Restore Wednesdays series, which runs through April 8. Theresa Slusher will present ‘Peace Begins With Me’. See the flyer below for more details.

Renew and Restore Wednesday March 25

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Lesson for March 15, 2015 – Choosing Practice Choosing

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During the lesson, Rev. Dee led the congregation in the Candlelighting Prayer for the seventh Sunday of the Season of Nonviolence. The audio may be a bit spotty during this time, so we have reproduced the prayer below.

The Gandhi King Chavez
Season for Nonviolence
Compassionate Activism for Global Healing

Candlelighting Prayer
Seventh Sunday of the Season

Contributed by: Rev. Jane Claypool, Center for Positive Living, Carlsbad
Modified by Rev. Matthew Long, Peace Unity Church

As I light a candle and raise this single flame to the highest level of consciousness, where all is Spirit, all is Love, and all is Peace, I know that Love, Peace and Spirit are everywhere.

I know there is only One God present everywhere at all times. I know that I am a unique and individualized expression of God as is every person on the planet. We are all one in the great Oneness of Life. This Truth means that peace is possible now. 

As a spiritual being I am in a unique position to influence the course of world events through my personal choices. I recognize that I must embody peace in order to have peace.

I choose peace as my personal experience. Every relationship in my life is established in love, harmony and respect. I enjoy diversity as an expression of the richness of Infinite Intelligence. I choose to experience joy in the abundance of life, including the wealth of ways that others live and express themselves.

I choose peace in my national experience. I contribute to that choice in ways that seem appropriate to me as an individual.

I choose peace for the planet. I see every person on the planet as a spiritual being seeking to express God in his or her unique way.

I choose peace as an individual, as a citizen and as a spiritual being living on planet earth. The time for peace is now. I am here now and I choose peace now. And so it is. Amen.

Sandy Dulaney takes a dive

Sandy Dulaney skydiving with her instructor "Kiwi"

Sandy Dulaney skydiving with her instructor “Kiwi”

CSLGC congregant and new board member Sandy Dulaney recently fulfilled a long time goal: she went skydiving! See the article in Senior Life for more details.

Message from Dr. Kenn Gordon — Urgent Request to Support Bishop Yvette Flunder

Rev Dee has received the following message from Dr. Kenn Gordon, spiritual leader of Centers for Spiritual Living:

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to bring your attention to this effort underway by change.org — it involves our sister, friend, Science of Mind Magazine’s 2015 Spiritual Hero and strategic partner Bishop Yvette Flunder.

As you can see from her message below, she has been invited to speak at the American Baptist College this coming week. Unfortunately she and the college have come under fire by conservative voices who oppose her open and affirming message of inclusion, love and equality.

We know the spiritual Truths that she shares to be lasting and eternal qualities of the one spirit that belongs to all. The voices of opposition are based in fear and are applying pressure to un-invite Bishop Flunder. But we know that the tactics of hate cannot cast out the Principle of Love. The consciousness of love and inclusion is expanding and growing everyday.

Bishop Flunder is a true trail blazer in bringing the consciousness of love and inclusion to a wider audience. She is committed to this mission and I am committed to standing with her. I applaud the American Baptist College for their courage in taking the “risk” to allow a more inclusive religious voice on the platform to speak.

In Centers for Spiritual Living we know that love is not a risk but a choice and love has no opposite or opposition, because love is all there is. I believe in religious voices that speak of a God that loves all, no exceptions. Join me in standing on the side of Love by signing and circulating on Facebook this petition asking the President, Forrest Harris of the American Baptist College to not give in to pressures to un-invite bishop Flunder and other voices of inclusion from this historic event. Please forward this message to your networks as well!

Together we can make a difference and send a message that in a world that works for everyone the voice of Love and Inclusion is heard loud and clear.

Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon
Spiritual Leader
Centers for Spiritual Living

Begin forwarded message:

From: Yvette Flunder
Date: March 13, 2015
Subject: Petition

Greetings Family:

As most of you know, I am scheduled to speak at the American Baptist College next week and Dr Forrest Harris, the ABC Board and I have been threatened by a group of African American National Baptist conservatives, with various recriminations if I appear. Of course, God willing I will be attending. This link to a petition in support of this historic event, so close to the 50th Anniversary of Selma, has received over one thousand signatures. I would like to see it overwhelmed with support from our community and our other support networks. Dr. Harris and his board took the risk of opposition and the threat of loss of funds to stand with us for the inclusion of the voices of LGBT folks by inviting me, Rev Dr Delman Coates and Rev Dr Alan Boesak both of whom support marriage equality. Please support his courage and send this petition far and wide.

Blessings and Thank You
Bishop Yvette Flunder

Fearless Freedom…the New Normal for the Once Oppressed!

www.facebook.com/yflunder

Lesson for March 8, 2015 – Choosing to Celebrate

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During the lesson, Rev. Dee led the congregation in the Candlelighting Prayer for the sixth Sunday of the Season of Nonviolence. The audio may be a bit spotty during this time, so we have reproduced the prayer below.

The Gandhi King Chavez
Season for Nonviolence
Compassionate Activism for Global Healing

Candlelighting Prayer
Sixth Sunday of the Season

Contributed by: Rev Nancy Berggren, Fallbrook Church of Religious Science
Modified by Rev. Matthew Long, Peace Unity Church

As I light a candle and raise this single flame to the highest level of consciousness, where all is Spirit, all is Love, and all is Peace, I know that Love, Peace and Spirit are everywhere.

Peace is the Power at the heart of God. In this moment, in this place, I call upon this Peace.

Knowing that this deep and profound peace resides at the center of my being, I call it forth to reign over my life, my mind, my heart and the body of my affairs. I invite this same deep and profound peace to resonate in every heart everywhere, releasing all fear and setting the captives free. All chains of oppression, suppression and depression fall away and a new consciousness of love, trust and open communication is born.

A deep and profound forgiveness washes over the land and across the seas. It rights all wrongs, ends all discord and heals all wounds.

We see in our minds eye now a world that works for everyone, where all people are fed–all people are clothed–all people are safe–all people are free.

Thank you God for this Truth that we feel and know right now at the deepest core level of our being. With a heart full of joy, we let it be so, and so it is. Amen.

Rev. Linda also recited the Buddhist Meditation of Loving Kindness during the lesson:

May I be happy. May I be free from suffering. May I be free from tension, fear, worry. May I be healed. May I be at peace.

Just as I wish to be happy, so might you be happy. May you be happy and free from suffering. May your tension, may your painfulness of heart fall away. May your joy increase. May you be free from suffering.

May we all be happy. May we each come into the light. May we let go of the blocks. May we let go of the suffering and experience our perfect being. May we all be free from suffering. May we all be happy.

May all beings be happy. May all beings be clear-minded. May their hearts open. May they be free from suffering.

May all beings be free from suffering. May they love themselves. May they come to their happiness. May they uncover the joy of their true self. All beings everywhere.

Lesson for March 1, 2015 – Convention Mentions

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During the lesson, Rev. Dee led the congregation in the Candlelighting Prayer for the fifth Sunday of the Season of Nonviolence. The audio may be a bit spotty during this time, so we have reproduced the prayer below.

The Gandhi King Chavez
Season for Nonviolence
Compassionate Activism for Global Healing

Candlelighting Prayer
Fifth Sunday of the Season

Contributed by: Rev. Diane Harmony
(Modified by Rev. Matthew Long, Peace Unity Church)

As I light a candle and raise this single flame to the highest level of consciousness, where all is Spirit, all is Love, and all is Peace, I know that Love, Peace and Spirit are everywhere.

Centered in the awareness that God is the ever present, ever loving Life of the universe I am aware that this holy spirit indwells All of its creation as its peace, joy, harmony And abundant grace.

From this place of unity, knowing there is only God as its creation, I now claim the qualities of the divine expressing as each one of us.

I know that as holy beings of the most high that the vibration of peace and harmony radiates from each sacred soul, and
That the divine quality of peace ignites the peace that is inherent in all beings on the planet.

As we recognize in each other the truth that we are the peace of god, we begin to live from that sacred place, and heaven on earth is realized.

I am grateful for the words spoken.  I thank god that they are imbued with the power of the spirit. I release them into the heart of god and know that they are so.  And so it is.  Amen

Cancellation of March 4, Wednesday Evening Service and Remember to Spring Forward Sunday

We are canceling tonight’s Wednesday Evening service due to the possibility of heavy snow.  See you soon.

Sunday March 8 is the first day of daylight savings time so remember to spring forward and set you clocks forward before you go to bed Saturday night.

Transformational Power of Forgiveness Playshop for March 1 Cancelled

Reverend Linda finds it necessary to cancel the Transformational Power of Forgiveness playshop March 1 immediately following the service due to the forecast of 4-6″ of snow in the area where she lives.   The playshop will be rescheduled for a date later this spring.  Have a great weekend and see you Sunday for our regular service.

Lesson for February 22, 2015 – Convention Mentions

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During the lesson, Rev. Dee led the congregation in the Candlelighting Prayer for the fourth Sunday of the Season of Nonviolence. The audio may be a bit spotty during this time, so we have reproduced the prayer below.

The Gandhi King Chavez
Season for Nonviolence
Compassionate Activism for Global Healing

Candlelighting Prayer
Forth Sunday of the Season

Contributed by Rev. Sharon Hudson, Light of Life Church, Rancho Bernardo
(Modified by Rev. Matthew Long, Peace Unity Church.)

As I light a candle and raise this single flame to the highest level of consciousness, where all is Spirit, all is Love, and all is Peace, I know that Love, Peace and Spirit are everywhere.

Turning within I recognize the wonder and power of the Infinite Presence. The essence of this Divine Life is Wisdom, Peace and Love. I know that every person on this planet is one with this Presence. As I feel my Unity with All, I live a life committed to peace and nonviolence. I see through the eyes of compassion. I listen with understanding. I act from a powerful center of peace within me. My consciousness rests in peace for myself and for the world.

I know that through the power and wisdom of the One Mind, all life on planet Earth is being guided to live in peace. I see clearly that we are one in Spirit, in Life, in Love. I open my heart and mind to this truth now, accepting that the way is made clear for every need to be met, for deeper acceptance and understanding, for a sense of global community. I am grateful for knowing this truth.

In a spirit of Thanksgiving, I release this word to the activity of the Divine, knowing that it is already done. And So It Is.