Our service on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Mother Earth" An Earth Day Taize Service at 7:00 pm

"We belong to Mother Earth, and she takes care of us.”

Our Special Earth Day Taize Service is being facilitated by the Peace and Environment Team.

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

Lynne Taylor

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Co-Chair-Peace & Environmental Team
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Lynne has been active in New Thought CSL's Peace Now since it's inception nine years ago. She has participated in many activities to create connection and understanding through Peace Now. This included participating as an NTCSL representative in the Interfaith Action Network, visitations to Bilal Mosque, and The Search for Peace Art, both as a contributing artist and juror. She proposed and helped create a Peace Art show at the Kingstad Gallery, coordinating it with the Interfaith Walk. With other members of Peace Now, she helped establish a connection with the Bahi`a community that has lasted many years, and created joint services celebrated at NTCSL. As a member of the NTCSL choir, she helped create opportunities for the choir to sing in local interfaith services. After working on events to help raise awareness of the Parliament of World Religions in the Portland area, she received a scholarship to attend the event in 2009 in Australia, supported by a Peace Now fund-raising event to help with her airfare. She has assembled artists from the NTCSL community to have art shows honoring the AGNT Seasons of Non-violence, the Earth, and Intercultural-Interfaith. Recently she has been involved in several Season of Non-violence NTCSL services, and created two Interfaith services: a meditative service, and a building peace service. She now is the coordinator of NTCSL's Peace Now, and an active member of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland.

Mike Unger

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Co-Chair Peace & Environmental Team
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I have lived in the greater Portland area all of my life except for the time that I was in California getting my Masters in Engineering from Stanford. I come from a large family of eight children. My parents owned and operated farm located south of Hillsboro. It was a family operation and I enjoyed working with my parents and brothers and sisters.

Soon after graduating with my engineering degree, I met and fell in love with Cheri, now Rev. Cheri. We have three children—Joe, Rachel and Karen. Joe lives in Seattle, has his doctorate and works in cancer research for the Fred Hudson Cancer Research Association. Rachel works at the Multnomah County Court House in Portland as a lawyer. Karen works for the US State Department and is currently stationed in Kenya. We have three grandchildren– James, Alex and Kelly whom we see often.

I have spent my career as an electrical engineer working for consulting engineering firms. Cheri and I owned Power System Engineers, Inc. an engineering firm for 10 years and worked together providing services to utilities in the NW. We sold our firm to Elcon Associates nine years ago where I continue to work. I plan to work as a part time employee at the end of 2014.

I am very concerned about climate change and the effect that this could have on our children and grandchildren. For this reason, I chair the Environmental Team at NTCSL and have been instrumental in forming and managing Engineers for a Sustainable Future.

My religions background is Catholic. It was difficult for me as I take my spiritual life seriously but the Catholic Church was just not doing it for me so I left the church. Cheri and I eventually found our way to New Thought joining Unity of Portland and Unity of Beaverton, the Living Enrichment Center and then NTCSL.

I studied the CSL Practitioner courses through LEC and have taken several courses through NTCSL. I am a founding member of the choir and thoroughly enjoy singing and fellowship that the choir offers. I was on the NTCSL Board in 2005 and 2006 and was treasurer for one year. I am interested in doing all that I can to insure the financial health of our church.

Musicians

Lauri Jones

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vocalist
Link to http://www.laurijones.com

Lauri Jones is a multi-dimensional artist with a diverse professional background, having performed in regional theatres, jazz clubs, pop and dance bands, on cruise ships, and as a back-up singer on a variety of major label recordings. She holds a Masters in Music from the Boston Conservatory.

Over the past several years, Lauri has been primarily focused on performing and writing music that reflects her deepening spirituality, in large part thanks to the teachings and community of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. After a wonderfully supported Kickstarter campaign, she released her first studio album in that realm ("Walk Your Life") in 2015, joining forces with partner and co-producer Eric Montgomery, with whom she also has a piano/percussion/vocal duo called Montgomery Jones.

Lauri is currently celebrating the release of her 2nd inspirational album "Watch Love Rise", a collection of mostly live performances (captured right here at NTCSL) with an eye on love, compassion, and unity in these particularly trying and divisive times. She has been enjoying sharing her music in spiritual centers and a variety of other venues, conferences, and retreats in the greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. Lauri also has an album from her cruise ship days called "Have You Met Miss Jones", a collection of jazz/cabaret tunes from her one-woman show of the same name.

For more information, please visit Lauri's website at www.laurijones.com.

Michael Mandrell

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Musician

Michael Mandrell is an artistic and passionate contemporary American fingerstyle guitarist with an ear for the creative side of the world fusion genre. His orchestral compositions offer equal parts world and new age, an array of middle Eastern rhythms and scales, with tinges of folk and an infusion of Celtic overtones.

He is one of those rare artists who has a strong sense of his Western musical roots, yet can make beautiful and sophisticated forays into the music of the East. Michael's guitar playing is extraordinary. His tunes are lyrical—the stuff fairy tales are made of. They are slightly jazzy, seductively smooth and consistently beautiful. His intricate fretboard work and technique reflect an artist of vast creativity and a pan-global vision of the instrument he loves.

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.

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I embody the principles of New Thought in my everyday life and it makes such a positive difference in all that I do and all that I touch -- in my counseling practice and in my spiritual practitioner practice.

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