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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, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Night Inspiration--7:00 to 8:00 pm

SPECIAL TAIZE SERVICE: "Mindful Moments" presented by the Wed Night Ministry team: Rev Noel McInnis, Christine Ruddy, RScP, Gary Skye, and Alison Hilber, RScP.

A Taize service includes: Silence, Candlelight, Readings, Prayer, Meditation and Repetitive song or chanting.

The origins of Taize began in a little village in Burgundy France over 60 years ago, when Brother Roger Shultz founded a community devoted to prayer and living a parable of reconciliation with the church and within the human family. Thus, the Taize service is inclusive and ecumenical with persons of all faiths being invited.

Speakers

Rev. Dr. Noel McInnis

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Associated Field Minister
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Rev. Noel was a member of NTCSL's founding Interim Board, and has ever since served as NTCSL's Board Chaplain, attending nearly 300 meetings since the summer of 2004. He participates in teaching NTCSL's "Foundations" course and regularly offers self-transformational seminars on the Tao of New Thought, self-dominion, and global transformation.

Rev. Noel is a doctorate minister of Religious Science, ordained in 1989. He has immersed himself in ongoing studies of consciousness, spiritual metaphysics, contemporary cosmology, systems theory, ecology, transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy, subtle energetics, and other integral perspectives, while sharing and applying his learning in a variety of college, university, editorial and ministerial settings. He has authored or co-authored several books on the bridging of science and spirit. He is currently co-authoring a book entitled The Science of Causing Outcomes.

From 1985-2002 Rev. Noel was the senior pastor of several churches of Religious Science. He is a former columnist for Science of Mind magazine, and from 1979 to 1996 was a faculty member of the School of Ministry (now Ernest Holmes Institute) for the United Centers of Spiritual Living (UCSL), teaching New Thought related courses in science, mysticism, philosophy, and ethics on its campuses in Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Jose, Denver and Seattle.

Christine Ruddy, RScP

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Operations Manager
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Christine and her daughters have been active members of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living for several years. After four years of intense study, she has recently become a Licensed Practitioner. Christine was our Children's Ministry Director for a year and a half. She has also worked closely with the Ministry team to develop the current Operations Systems at the current location in Lake Oswego. She has been a student of New Thought principles since 1999, following a series of life changing events, when she had the blessed opportunity to attend a New Thought retreat. Christine has a degree in psychology, is a published author and has worked in social services, specifically in childcare and mentoring for the last 20 years. Christine shares "It is my honor and joy to work closely with Volunteers, Staff and the Ministry Team to ensure smooth Operations at the Center. I am also excited to be part of a vision in which the Community will play a greater role in the growth and development of all aspects of our Center."

Alison Hilber, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Alison Hilber is a licensed practitioner through the United Centers for Spiritual Living and is affiliated with New Though Center for Spiritual Living. Alison received a BA in Transpersonal Psychology in 1999 at the age of 49. In 2006, Alison met her partner, Pamela Potter, who introduced her to New Thought at the CSL in Seattle. Alison took a Foundations class that same year and before long she knew that being a practitioner was the calling she had been allowing to be revealed. She and Pamela resolved their long-distance relationship by moving to Portland in 2008, finding their spiritual home at New Thought CSL, where they were joined in holy union on September 16, 2011. In addition to her practitioner service, Alison is the NTCSL Team Lead for the HUG Team (Holy Usher/Greeters) and coordinates the Wednesday Night Life Groups. She also facilitated the 10,000 Cranes for Peace project in 2011, which has expanded into her ongoing Crane Ministry. The proceeds support the “flock” and provide assistance to children wanting to attend Peace Camp. Alison participates in all practitioner service areas and is available for private practitioner sessions for a sliding scale fee. Alison loves to assist and witness people find and express their Truth. “I vow to love fully and live authentically. Love is my path.”

Gary Skye

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Wednesday Service Music Lead
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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.

Musicians

Lauri Jones

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vocalist
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Lauri has a diverse performance background, having sung professionally in regional theatres, jazz clubs, on cruise ships, and on a variety of recordings. Over the past few years, she has been moved to sing and write music that reflects and expresses her growing spirituality. She is deeply grateful to NTCSL for providing the teachings and community that has inspired and nurtured the love of song as Divine Expression. She currently has a CD of jazzy cabaret tunes, appropriately entitled “Have You Met Miss Jones?” (available at CD Baby) and looks forward to releasing a CD of inspirational, spiritually based songs in the near future!

Michael Ray Walker

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Musician

Michael Ray Walker is a singer-songwriter whose passion is writing and performing inspiring songs.
Michael grew up in a house filled with music and it quickly infected his soul as a means of expression. He began writing and performing songs at the age of 18 and has spent the ensuing years honing his craft. He knows that, for him, there is no joy without life-giving music.
Michael has played in many bands from his early punk rock days to emo-core power trios and performing solo on accoustic guitar.
Music and family are the two most important things in his life. Michael is blessed to live and play in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three children.

Gary Skye

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Wednesday Service Music Lead
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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.

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