Thanks for creating my spiritual home."
Our service on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Wednesday Night Inspiration--7:00 to 8:00 pm
A Special Winter Solstice Taize Service, celebrating the return of light, with Communion, and facilitated by Rev. Barbara Wuest and the Practitioners.
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.
Rev. Barbara Wuest graduated from Western Oregon University in 1982 with a teaching degree in Mathematics & Physical Education, along with a minor in Psychology. After working as a teacher for 3 years, she changed focus to work in a computer company in Beaverton.
1989 was the “new beginning” for Barbara. Her father had just died, she was going through a divorce becoming a single parent of a 4-year old, and then an amazing God moment occurred! “It is amazing how there was a door open for me, that I never saw until I decided to begin walking again on this Spiritual path.” Walking through this door, Barbara began taking numerous classes at her Spiritual church, becoming more and more comfortable with New Thought and how perfectly it fit into her life.
After two years of classes, Barbara went to a new spiritual community to be in leadership on the board, and then created/gave Sunday sermons during the ministers’ vacations. Naturally this led Barbara into the desire to further her studies and in 2000/2001 she became a licensed and ordained minister.
Rev. Barb began volunteering at NTCSL in 2010 and was then hired as the assistant minister by the end of that year. In addition to her work at NTCSL, Rev. Barb is fortunate to have the opportunity to speak in a variety of churches in Oregon, mainly on the coast. “I love meeting people from many different denominations and sharing our stories of spiritual growth! I am truly blessed.”
In June 2016, Rev. Barb begin a new chapter in her life. She will be spreading hugs and joy everywhere she goes now!
“Joy is the way it is! I love to have fun, laugh and share the many things I have learned from my life experience AND I enjoy hearing about how others have come to their own spiritual awareness in their lives.
Come into my life and live JOY! Let’s laugh, cry and BE together. That’s what I truly want!”
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.
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.
MADRONA VIOLA DUO has developed a noteworthy reputation as a viola duo since 2011, playing a wide range of music spanning Bach, Bartok and Beatles to Ysaye and Zipolli. They have been recipients of funding from the Oregon Regional Arts Cultural Council and the Music Education Assistance Project (MEAP) to perform in area public schools. The Madrona Viola Duo frequently perform as guest musicians with the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, and they also play at community events, private functions and citizen enrichment programs, among many: LifeWorks NW, Robison Center and Mary's Woods.
Michelle (Shelley) Mathewson is an active freelance violist in Portland, Oregon. Currently a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra where she served as acting principal viola from 2010-2012, she was also principal violist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre for more than two decades. She is a member of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, has played in the Oregon Symphony, plays principal violist with the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra in Coos Bay, and is founder of the Delphinum String Quartet, which performs regularly at two McMenamin locations: John Barleycorn's in Tigard (every 2nd Sunday) and N.E. Broadway (last Wednesday of every month). Shelley holds bachelor and master degrees in viola performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and for many years served as principal violist with the Omaha Symphony.
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 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.