Our service on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Power of Prayer Partnership at 7:00 pm

Wherever two or more… The simple truth is: It is much easier to know the truth, really know it, for my partner than for myself and visa versa- it is much easier for him to know it for me than for himself. With a partner - prayer really gets traction with practice. Come hear some of the things that make for a good partnership, how to let go of old stories of exhaustive effort and suffering and live with effortless ease through prayer.


Michael Murphy

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Community Leader
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After a six month absence from Portland and NTCSL, I returned in February 2013.  The gift of that "separation" is knowing that this is right where I belong.  I will do what is mine to do to support this community that has supported me and all of us in our Divine Unfolding.

My service experience ranges from being a member of The Northwest Academy Development Committee, and serving as Board Chair of the school's art gallery, The Angry Pigeon.  Other service commitments include personal, local, and world service for 12 Step Fellowships, including serving as the national representative to an upcoming World Service Conference.  

Recently, I started a Wednesday night Life Group:  New Thought 12 Steps. I have taken two NTCSL courses, Foundations and Financial Freedom.

I attended Muskingum College and the University of Cincinnati majoring in Philosophy. I am currently the owner of several small businesses, that include the Buffalo Wings Clothing Co. located in Portland, in the Pearl.

John Duby

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Community Leader

I am a native Oregonian who was born and grew up in NE Oregon. The middle child of a family of nine that lived on a ranch and went to a two- room school house through the sixth grade and St. Francis Academy (Catholic School) through high school. Went to a community college for a year and received an appointment to and went to the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years before resigning. Continued undergraduate and graduate studies until 1972 when I received a General Engineering degree from Oregon State University. At twenty-eight a dear friend asked me to join her in Quest - a very intense personal growth fellowship. It was a wonderful awakening. I met my wife Carol who also participated in Quest. After 9 years and four jobs working in manufacturing, in March of 1981 I started Serbaco, Inc. in partnership with my father-in-law. As the very much hands-on owner and president for over 36 years

I’ve been grown and blessed with wonderful learning experiences and relationships with the most wonderful people. I got my Pilot’s license in 1976 and after owning eight different airplanes have flown more than 4000 hours as Pilot In Command and still dearly love to fly. I’ve continued my education mostly in leadership studies, with some study of finance, science, technology and creative writing. In 1988 Mary Morrisey was giving a talk about the spiritual practice when I showed up at my first New Thought service. I’ve been coming ever since and now know that these are the principles, this is the truth about me and all life and this is the way to be transformed and make the world a better place.


Michael Ray Walker

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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.

Shelly Walker, LSP

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Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, Director of Practitioners
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Shelly Walker’s life focus is prayer and family. After moving to Portland from Texas in the year 2000, Shelly discovered New Thought and her passion about life lived well. As a teacher, speaker, workshop facilitator and spiritual guidance Practitioner, Shelly helps others to empower themselves to access Truth within to help transform, uplift, and renew. When the inner work is done, then the fun begins of helping to make the world a better place - for ourselves, each other and, always, the children.

Service, prayer, tithing and community, with a focus on Love and Spirit, are the foundations of Shelly’s practice. She is honored to serve New Thought Center for Spiritual Living as a licensed Practitioner of Religious Science.

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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– Allison H.

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

– Pamela P.

It is a joy to be within a community of passion and revelation.

– David W.

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– Louis D.
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