Rev. Dr. David Alexander

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Community Spiritual Leader
Link to contact Link to http://www.newthoughthistory.org Link to http://www.revdavidalexander.com

David Alexander is a life-long student of spiritual principles, having been born and raised in the New Thought tradition. Called to the ministry at age thirteen, Rev. David has made the study and application of universal spiritual principles his life devotion. Rev. David became a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner in 1999, received his ministerial license in 2004 and was ordained in 2006, and affiliated with United Centers for Spiritual Living in 2007. Rev. David serves on the Board of Directors for the Community of Welcoming Congregations. Rev. David writes the monthly column "Philosophy in Action" for Science of Mind magazine. Rev. David has a deep passion for New Thought history and manages the site www.newthoughthistory.org In April of 2009 Rev. David was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. As one of the youngest and most dynamic ministers in the New Thought movement, his messages are inspiring, humorous and relevant to today's world. Rev. David serves as the co-founding and Senior Minister of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living (2004-Present). In 2012 Rev. David was elected to the first Leadership Council of the newly formed Centers for Spiritual Living organization and is currently the Chairman of the Council. Rev. David also serves as director of Strategic Alliances for Centers for Spiritual Living and on the governing board of the Association for Global New Thought with Dr. Michael Beckwith. Rev. David received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Centers for Spiritual Living in October 2014.

Lynne Taylor

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NTCSL Artists' Group Coordinator

Lynne has been painting watercolors since 1985. Her most recent works feature abstract symbolism, blending nature, spiritualism and scientific futurism.
As an award winning watercolor artist, her art has been featured in many prominent group exhibitions and several solo shows. Her art is regularly featured on the covers of the ISEPP science lecture series programs, and many other area event programs, and music CD covers. Her art is shown at the Linus Pauling House in Portland, and she is resident artist at “Of Earth and Air” in Hillsboro, OR. She also does graphic design for brochures, programs and pamphlets for various events and organizations. Incorporating her art, Lynne owns a fine art sales and custom framing business: Laurelwood Art. She is a professional custom framer, with notable clients, such as the Portland Opera. She does professional art photography and newsletter photography. Her work is featured on giclees, posters, and cards, as well as originals. She shows her work at various galleries, shops and shows throughout the northwest, including the NTCSL Book store, and through her own arts’ studio, Laurelwood Art.

Michael Doss

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Event Promotions
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Michael has been attending NTCSL since 2006, and has been active in many of the programs and ministries here. Michael is currently in his last year of training to be a Religious Science Practitioner.

Through his own company, Michael has created and promoted a variety of events at the Center, bringing transformational speakers and musicians to our community. Find out more at www.luminaryvoices.com.

Michael Doss

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Event Promotions
Link to http://www.luminaryvoices.com

Michael has been attending NTCSL since 2006, and has been active in many of the programs and ministries here. Michael is currently in his last year of training to be a Religious Science Practitioner.

Through his own company, Michael has created and promoted a variety of events at the Center, bringing transformational speakers and musicians to our community. Find out more at www.luminaryvoices.com.

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.

Michael Unger, MS

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Chair of the Environmental Team

Mike is a native Oregonian raised on a farm near Hillsboro. He went to high school at Central Catholic in Portland and college at the University of Portland. He earned a Masters in Engineering from Stanford University.

Mike is married to Rev. Cheri Unger and they have three children – Joe, Rachel and Karen -- and three grandchildren – James, Alex and Kelly.

Mike has had a forty year career in electrical engineering being a member of three consulting firms specializing in providing services to electric utilities generally located in the Pacific Northwest. He was President of Engineering and Design Associates for five years and then started and owned Power System Engineers, Inc. for 10 years. In 2005, Mike sold PSE to Elcon Associates and currently works at this firm as a Principal Electrical Engineer. Mike also served as President of the Consulting Engineers Council of Oregon.

Being active in environmental related groups for some time, Mike's main area of concern is global warming. He was instrumental in the formation of a group of engineers called Engineers for a Sustainable Future (ESF), its purpose being to promote sustainable practices with an emphasis on technology through an education program of members, government officials and the general public.

Mike served on the NTCSL Board of Trustees for two years and as Treasurer for one year. He is a founding member of the choir. He is now chair of the NTCSL Environmental Team (ET) which works to promote a sustainability culture within the NTCSL community.

Inger Easton

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Coordinator -- Peace Now

Inger has long been active in the Portland Metro New Thought movement. She is an active volunteer in many areas within our NTCSL community, including the children's ministry, the choir and Peace Now. In her personal life she lives in a Cohousing community and supports the National Cohousing organization as a way to build more sustainable living. As mother of an active-duty US Marine, she is personally involved in encouraging debate about our nation's policies and supports the plans for a Department of Peace. As a graduate of the PSU Conflict Resolution Program, she has a great passion to build peace in the world and is a local task force leader for the 2011 Season for Nonviolence.

Jacquie & Dwayne Perkins

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Children's Ministry Coordinators
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Jacquie and Dwayne moved to the Pacific Northwest from Phoenix Arizona where they attended the New Vision Center for Spiritual Living. They are committed to raising their children in the Religious Science Philosophy and are inspired to bring these spiritual truths to all the children and families at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. Their collective energy and experience in working with children and families brings an authentic opportunity of growth and learning to everyone involved in the Youth & Family Ministry.

Amanda Bywaters

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Teen Program Coordinator
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Amanda began her journey in the New Thought movement at age 12. As a teen in New Thought, Amanda was very involved in her youth group and church community. This was such an influential part of her life that she knew she wanted to volunteer with youth and be a part the positive same support system that she was given growing up. Amanda began volunteering as a youth group leader when she was 19. In addition to being the Teen Program Coordinator here at NTCSL, Amanda enjoys her job working in a special education classroom in the Lake Oswego School District.

Dean Forseth

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Spiritual Growth Circle Coodinator
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I am a retired (mostly) technology executive and business owner who has no doubt that his most important achievement in life is a beautiful family of 4 grown kids and 8 grandkids, created with my wife of 48 years (Leone) and my Higher Power.
I've been on my current New Thought spiritual path for over 25 years (previously Lutheran). The single most important contributor to my personal spiritual growth over the last 15+ years is my involvement with Spiritual Growth Circles, as a participant, facilitator and host. I have co-led church-wide programs at LEC, Celebration Church, and now at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living (of which I was founding member and Treasurer on the original Board of Trustees). My very simple objective with this program is to help others accelerate their personal spiritual growth, and in turn be motivated to help others.

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