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New Thought Center for Spiritual Living is a spiritual community and way of life that honors all paths to God. We provide spiritual tools for personal transformation and help make the world a better place.

As an Open and Affirming Community and member of the Community of Welcoming Congregations, we extend a warm welcome to all people in search of a spiritual community where they are embraced, affirmed and accepted for who they are and inspired and supported in growing into their highest potential.

Our service on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Called to Act: Perspectives on Social Change" at 7:00 pm

We see in front of us diverse people trying to make a positive impact in their communities by confronting injustice in vastly different ways. What do we think of when we think of 'Social Change'? What does that mean to each one of us as individuals and as a part of this community? How do these different conceptions of social change motivate us to act and what are their potential impacts? Come join us for the discussion!


Manuel Padilla

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Guest Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

Manuel Padilla is the executive director of Portland Meet Portland and is a teacher and consultant in the areas of dialogue, conflict transformation, social change, and international aid and development. He has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University; an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace; and has done peace building and human rights work both domestically and internationally. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability, transform conflict, and build civil society.


Lauri Jones

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Lauri Jones is a Pacific Northwest based singer/songwriter/performer who originally hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. An accomplished, multi-dimensional artist, she has appeared in regional theaters, jazz clubs, cabaret venues, in pop and dance bands, has sung back-up on major label recordings, and traveled the world on cruise ships. Most recently, Lauri has been focused on writing and performing music that reflects and expresses her deepening spirituality, in large part thanks to the teachings and community of NTCSL. She is currently celebrating the release of her new CD "Walk Your Life", a collection of uplifting, heart-centered songs with profound insights and empowering declarations. While the album features mostly originals, it includes a deeply moving arrangement of John Lennon's "Imagine" and a heart-thumping, bluesy rendition of Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good". For more information, please visit www.laurijones.com.

Sharon Eng

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Musician, Workshop Leader and Facilitator

Sharon Eng has held principal viola positions in many parts of the world, among them: Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, New York City Symphony, and the Polish Sinfonietta in Poznan, with whom she toured China on two occasions. For 14 years, Dr. Eng directed the Middle and High School strings programs at Jakarta International School, conducting her orchestras to rave reviews in Bangkok, Budapest, London, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore and Vienna. Sharon holds BMus and MMus degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School, is an active chamber recitalist in the United States and abroad, teaches violin/viola at Multnomah Arts Center and plays with the Raphael Spiro Quartet (www.raphaelspirostringquartet.org). She has been on the faculty of the International Music Institute and Festival at Mount St. Mary's University at Emmitsburg, Maryland since 2002 (www.imif.us).

Gary Skye

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Wednesday Night Music Director
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Gary Skye has studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and most recently, Portland State University where he earned his master’s degree in piano performance. Gary’s work as a church musician began at Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living where he also attended as a child. He’s served as a pianist, organist, and vocalist in various churches including San Jose CSL and Whole Life CSL. Gary has worked as a staff accompanist and vocal coach for many organizations and academic institutions, including Sonoma State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In addition to his service through the music ministry at New Thought CSL, Gary maintains an active teaching studio of piano and vocal students and is a prolific composer of spiritual songs and chants.


I love this community because I am with people who know my inherent perfection and I know the same for them.

– Kevin K.

This community is where I come to celebrate Divine Source within me and looking back at me through everyone I meet.

– Pamela P.

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– Louis D.

Since joining this spiritual community four years ago, I no longer think of myself as a chronically ill person. I am well in mind, body, and spirit.

– Wendy T.
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