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Classes Starting in September

By on August 21, 2017 in News
Classes Starting in September

Two accredited classes will be starting in September:

Foundations of Science of Mind

Have you ever wanted to feel really empowered? Would you like to enhance your sense of connection with your Higher Power? Are you ready to discover your emerging direction and purpose and how to make it happen?

Join this powerful ten-week class for a journey of self-discovery within an experiential format of lecture, discussion, sharing, and process. You will learn spiritual principles and practices like meditation and affirmative prayer (spiritual mind treatment), and how to focus your intentions to create more powerful results that will change your life for the better forever.

Upon completion, you will have a solid foundation in order to deepen and grow in your studies, and you will be eligible to participate in additional certificated classes.

Text: The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes

CSL Suggested Tuition: $295; Audit Tuition $105; Pay what you will

When: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 7, 2017 (plus one workshop TBD)

 

Spiritual Economics

Focusing on prosperity issues, the student of this class will gain a greater understanding of the basic metaphysical principles which govern our financial well-being. Participants will learn how to use these principles effectively in everyday life. This is a sensible, solution-oriented class and is appropriate for the new or advanced student. We will check in during the week to report on our prosperity consciousness and support each other in realizing and experiencing our Greater Good.

We will also participate in Unexpected Income tithing. Unexpected Income increases as our prosperity consciousness expands.

This is an accredited Science of Mind class that counts as an elective toward higher studies in Practitioner and Ministry coursework.

Text: Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth

Tuition: $100; CSL Registration fee: $20/student

When: Mondays at 7:00 pm beginning September 11, 2017, 8 weeks

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Centers for Spiritual Living Heart of Peace Meditation

By on August 5, 2017 in News
Centers for Spiritual Living Heart of Peace Meditation

PEACE IN OUR LIFETIME is the Why.  PEACE NOW is the How.

Join us Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm for a Meditation on World Peace

Beginning August 9, 2017

 

Drop In.  All welcome.

Join groups from Switzerland, Ukraine, Germany, and other countries.

 

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living

2840 Graham Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

(703) 560-2030

www.celebrationcenter.org

Sacred Drum Making Workshop, Saturday, September 9, 2017

By on August 5, 2017 in News
Sacred Drum Making Workshop, Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jim and Ashley Cash (Woven Green) will be leading us in a drum making workshop. In this workshop, we are focusing on the universal aspect of drums and drumming, and especially on the sacredness of the act and commitment of giving voice to our deepest and best intentions. This workshop is open to people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to gather together focusing our spiritual intentions for the kind of world wish to build. We appreciate culture and traditions and are inspired by them, but are not claiming any one group’s cultural traditions.

Smudging Ceremony Meditation – Honoring the elements, water, air, fire, earth and the four directions. Calling the spirit of your drum, preparing the hoop, pulling the hides and creating your mallet. Setting your intention – offering your drum in service.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Where: Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, 2840 Graham Road, Falls Church, VA

Cost: Must Register by August 24th – see registration details below

When you arrive for the workshop, the heads and lacings will have been soaked in ceremonial water. After the initial smudging ceremony, meditation and blessing, you will learn to weave the lacing on your drum in the four directions pattern. This will be an opportunity for you to begin connecting with the spirit of your drum.

Once we complete the drum lacing, we will then create the beater for your drum. If you have some special beads or feathers which you’d like to decorate your drum you may also bring them. The drum will take 2-3 days to fully dry before it can be played. The drum face can later be painted if desired.

We recommend playing your drum often for maximum effect! Use it for healing, meditation, or to help empower social justice gatherings and marches! These drums are made with love and intended for service!

REGISTER

Must pre-register on or before 8/24/17
Limited to 10 participantsCOST:
17″ 16 sided Cedar Buffalo – $195 each participant
15″ Maple Hoop Deer – $165 each participant
13″ Willow Oak Hoop Elk – $145 each participant
10″ Cedar Hoop Elk – $115 each participant

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Experience Evensong – the 3rd Sunday of each month

By on November 16, 2016 in News
Experience Evensong – the 3rd Sunday of each month

Immerse yourself in the experience of Evensong, an hour of prayer, meditation, chanting and music to honor the setting of the sun.

When: the 3rd Sunday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Celebration Center Sanctuary

Experience Taize – Melodic Chanting – 2nd Sunday of each month

By on November 15, 2016 in News
Experience Taize – Melodic Chanting – 2nd Sunday of each month

Taizé is a prayer of peace through simple songs and musical lines sung or chanted. Participants immerse themselves in the simple yet profound harmonies allowing themselves to go more deeply into the meditative experience in the music offset by periods of silence and prayer.

When: Every 2nd Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: In the Sanctuary

 

 

Soundscapes – 1st Sunday of the Month, 6:30 p.m.

By on November 13, 2016 in News
Soundscapes – 1st Sunday of the Month, 6:30 p.m.

Experience the amazing healing benefits of live music meditation, as we collectively tap into the sacred energy of sound and transformative conscious intention setting. Using a powerful synthesis of ancient and modern sound healing instruments, techniques, and modalities, Woven Green creates a vibratory state designed to restore resonance in mind, body, and spirit.  Woven Green Soundscapes help guide listeners into theta brain wave states, which are proven to help reduce stress, awaken intuition, enhance creativity and promote an overall expanded state of consciousness and well-being.

Jim & Ashley Cash are a married couple that have devoted their lives to writing and performing the music of Woven Green. Jim is a prolific songwriter and a strikingly versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, his wife a powerful and captivating singer, guitarist, and percussionist. Together, the two create a magical alchemy that is truly uplifting and inspiring. Their music ranges from contemporary folk-rock singer-songwriter to ambient soundscape journeys using a combination of their own field recorded nature sounds, Native American flutes, percussion, and various stringed instruments.

Join us on the first Sunday of each month for this transformational experience. Bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket if desired. Love offerings joyously welcomed.

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Interspiritual Connections – 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm

By on October 20, 2016 in News
Interspiritual Connections – 4th Sundays at 6:30 pm

Join us in an infinitely meaningful time that draws from many traditions and faiths.

Interspiritual Contemplative Circle offers an opportunity to share, draw from, honor, and abide in faiths and traditions, while we see each other as an instrument, a mirror, a channel, in Agape love, with receptive hearts and minds.

June’s theme is Ramadan – Sunday, June 25th is the last night of Ramadan.

The Sanctuary opens early (6:10) for those who would like a time of silent meditation. Our time together includes melodic chanting, brief silent meditation, and reflective writing. You are invited to take part, reflect, contemplate, listen to one another, and to share as you choose.

Love offerings welcome.

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The Facilitator: Interfaith-oriented since birth, Rev. Channahsorah is an ordained Interfaith Minister, chaplain, and a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats. Her callings are in bridge-building and fostering mutual understanding among people from various cultures, faiths, and traditions.

Celebration Center for Spiritual Living is a multi-cultural spiritual community with shared commitments to love, service, and authenticity—all working towards a world that works for everyone.

A Must-See Video from Teen Camp!

By on July 24, 2016 in News

Dear Beloved Field,

It was an amazing week of transformation on the mountain for the recent Centers for Spiritual Living Summer Teen Camp. The theme for this year was “your God is showing.”

God showed Itself in innumerable special moments. One of the most poignant was when five of our young men came on stage and shared their story via spoken word/rap. The bravery of these young men in stating their truth relative to their everyday life is touching, inspiring, and thought provoking.

Certainly, we are all aware that so many of our youth, and especially those of different ethnicities, are perceived and treated in our society today. This video speaks to that. We have created this video for you to share and show in your center so as to start a dialogue regarding this subject.

After eight days with 280 incredible teens and 75 adults at CSL Teen Camp, one thing has become very clear — we must leave our world on a better trajectory for our children and youth. As conscious metaphysicians, we have the tools to impact consciousness, and we have the capacity to take steps to do so.

As you will see in the video, Centers for Spiritual Living provides tools for our youth and children to see themselves in a healthy light. We believe it is time to provide them with so much more!

We trust you will enjoy this video and will use it in a manner that furthers the evolution of our movement.

Oh…………..and your God is showing!

Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Kenn Gordon                 Dr. Keith Cox
Spiritual Leader                   Youth Events Manager

World Ministry of Prayer – “Now is the Appointed Time”

By on May 9, 2016 in News
World Ministry of Prayer – “Now is the Appointed Time”
I have been sitting with this, waiting for the right time and listening for what the message was that wanted to be expressed, regarding the events that have been going on over the last week. I had to sit and process through the pain, the anger and most of all the disappointment. The waiting is over, the fog has lifted, and now is the time for me to speak. I must say I find it interesting that these recent events have occurred during the week that the nation celebrated 4th of July, Independence Day. Oh yes, now is the appointed time.
I can only express from who I Am, a Black Man, living in America, serving Centers for Spiritual Living as the Manager for World Ministry of Prayer. Yes, now is the appointed time for me to use this platform for something other than announcing upcoming trainings or events. Thank you Rev. Carolyn Douglas. I heard you.
Let us not be fooled, we are at war here folks. As evidenced by the events in Dallas, Texas. And let us be clear here, this is a not a battle between white and black or good and evil. It is a battle of consciousness. And this battle is an internal one. Internal to the nation. Internal to ourselves. The phrase jihad was initially longer. It was jihad al nufs, meaning battle of the soul. Yes, this is an inside job.
I know that as Practitioners of Religious Science, which include licensed Practitioners, Ministers and all those who practice the Principles of Science of Mind, some of us may try to fool ourselves by saying that “it is all good” and that “there is nothing to be healed, only truth to be revealed.” However, the truth is, beloveds, there is much to be healed. You see, in order for the Truth to be revealed, we have to heal the blocks, whatever they may be, that would act to block the divine revelation of Spirit from being brought to light.
This sickness of racism against people of color has been plaguing this great nation of ours for close to four hundred years. Yes, four hundred years. No, this sickness, this disease is not new. With the technology of today, the effects of this sickness have been boldly put in our faces like no other time in history. And truthfully speaking, this is a good thing. This a good thing because we need to see the condition of this body we call America. We need to see where we are called to do our work. We need see that putting our heads in the sands of spiritual bypass no longer serves us, or the greater good of humanity.
If there has ever been a call to prayer, this is it. And now is the appointed time to answer that call. I am not saying that we just get together and pray in our communities. This is indeed greatly needed and highly encouraged. However, we have to go deeper, we have to go beyond that. We are called to go deeper in our prayer work for ourselves. We are called to treat ourselves to uncover any and all discord within ourselves. We are called to pray for the courage to look at ourselves and heal whatever needs to be healed. Then after that, we are called to be the healing presence of the Divine wherever we go, and to be that healing presence in the ways that only we can on an individual basis. As Dr. Kenn stated, this is a call to act. It is written that faith without works is dead.
Dr. Holmes taught that we are to treat then move our feet. My beloved friends and colleagues, now is the time to get busy. Now is the time to put aside, for good, all of our petty gripes about how the organization is run or not run. Now is the time to stand together as a united front, as Centers for Spiritual Living, proclaiming that we are here for Love. That we are here for Peace. That we are here for God.
Now is the appointed time to have dialogue for the purpose of seeing the differences in people. Then to accept and celebrate those differences without judgment or agenda. Now is the time to ask ourselves; how may I serve today sweet Spirit. Now is the time to take a bold stand for what is right. Not just for one race of people but for all the races that make up this divine family called the human race.
To repeat what Dr. Kenn stated: If you or anyone in your community needs prayer, please seek out a CSL Center, a Practitioner or contact the CSL World Ministry of Prayer: worldministryofprayer.org. You can also send email prayer request to: 1prayer@csl.org.
If you would like to learn more about how you and your community can be part of the solution to racism, please contact the diversity commission for a training in your center.http://diversity.csl.org/component/phocadownload/category/16-brochure?download=31:centers-for-spiritual-living-diversity-brochure
Do whatever works for you,, and do it today.  Your consciousness is needed.
My beloved friends and colleagues, now is the appointed time and we are the ones appointed to make the change. Join me and thousands of others in knowing the Truth. In spite of the appearances, there’s a healing going on, and it is going on right here and right now.
I am grateful for a time such as this. I am grateful because we get to practice what we say we teach.
And always remember; Life is Precious, handle with prayer.
Peace and Abundant Blessings,
Eugene

Message from Dr. Kenn Gordon – Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence

By on May 9, 2016 in News
Message from Dr. Kenn Gordon – Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence

A Letter from Dr. Kenn:

Let Us Raise Our Consciousness and End This Senseless Violence

Our hearts are broken open once again by senseless violence and unjustifiable use of force against African Americans in the United States. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest names added to a list that is far too long.  Like many, I am tempted to decry a growing epidemic, but in truth this violence is not new.  What is new is social media and cell phone cameras that have raised the level of general public awareness of a persistent issue. And let us be clear about what the issue is; this is not a policing issue, nor is it not a gun issue.  This is a consciousness issue.  Our modern technology is giving us a gift.  The gift to see what is really going on.  Our social media reveals that which has always been true – that we are all connected.  To quote Mother Teresa “we belong to each other.”  Through this connection we see the devastating pain and discomfort that comes when we engage in behavior that breaks the bond of that inherent spiritual connection.  We must be willing to be uncomfortable and stay uncomfortable.  What do we do as we sit in this discomfort once again?

Of course we pray.  We pray not to take the pain away, but to enter into it and ask it to speak to us.  It is time to come together to feel our collective pain so that we may reestablish our sacred covenant of belonging to one another.  Once established in this bond we must act in accordance with it.  This not just a call to prayer, this is a call to act.  To act in affirmation of our sacred connection with the One Life of all.  This is a time to affirm that all life is sacred.  That #BlackLivesMatter and to do what is ours to do in helping create a world that works for everyone.

I encourage you to take time to pray and I encourage you to take time to discern what you can do to add to the awakening of humanity to its spiritual magnificence.  There are many resources online to better educate ourselves of racism, white privilege and social action.  We all can do something, read a book, take a class, join a movement….and we must.    There are no quick and easy answers, there is only the measure of our willingness to create change.

If you or anyone in your community needs prayer, please seek out a CSL Center, a Practitioner or contact the CSL World Ministry of Prayer: worldministryofprayer.org

If you would like to learn more about how you and your community can be part of the solution to racism, please contact the diversity commission for a training in your center.http://diversity.csl.org/component/phocadownload/category/16-brochure?download=31:centers-for-spiritual-living-diversity-brochure

Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person

http://www.justinccohen.com/blog/2016/7/6/advice-for-white-folks-in-the-wake-of-the-police-murder-of-a-black-person

And for immediate possible action.

https://www.facebook.com/TheUUA/posts/10154317611223749

Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader

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