Spiritually In The World
The Science of Mind philosophy teaches us that we are co-creators of our reality. If we want to have a different experience, we must put a new cause into motion. As citizens of the United States, we have a duty and responsibility to participate in the democratic process. …in the words of Marian Wright Edelman, “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”
Black Lives Matter – A Message from Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen, Spiritual Leader. Centers for Spiritual Living stands with people all around the world who are advocating for justice, equity, inclusion, and peace. We are motivated by our vision of a world that works for everyone and, therefore, we affirm with the people of the world that Black Lives Matter. Not only do Black Lives Matter, but according to our teaching, they are sacred.
Racism in the United States. Centers for Spiritual Living calls for it to end! We are grieving lives that ought not to have been lost. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, are the most recent in a list of countless unarmed African-American and Black people who have been murdered for the color of their skin over the past 400 years in the US. Too many generations have suffered and it has never been, and is not now, acceptable.
This weekend alone we must face, yet again, a peculiarly American tragedy – 3 mass shootings in the USA. The shooting in El Paso, like so many others, appears to have been driven by bigotry and the hatred and fear that bigotry creates. It is tempting to turn away from this news because we are numb from all the other days we’ve woken up to similar news of mass shootings, of bombings, of all manner of violence in the USA, and around the world, carried out in the name of division, fear, and bias so deep it rots the bones.
CSLDallas is Radically Inclusive and we know how priceless this can be for people, especially in finding a spiritual home where they can fully embrace all areas and aspects of themselves. Eddie Bush share his touching journey of living in Dallas as a Gay Man and finding his spiritual home.
Centers for Spiritual Living’s open and affirming response to the United Methodist Church vote to exclude LGBTQIA Clergy and deny marriage to their LGBTQIA members.
As another horrific tragedy occurred in our country, we hold the Tree of Life Synagogue and all our Jewish brothers and sisters in love and light. We take a stand for Love – knowing that this stand and our Light ensures hate dissipates into the nothingness from which it came.
In light of the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment of women, we have a powerful opportunity to recognize the unacknowledged pain body in our collective space. This is the power of community – that we come together to feel and heal, to honor and recognize what no one will say – but so many in our community and our world feels. Today, we did that for the women in our community and all women.
This fall citizens across the United States will have the right and the responsibility to go the polls to elect federal, state and local officials and participate in the US democracy. The word election means choice.
On Tuesday, October 2nd, CSLDallas and Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) invoked the Power of Prayer and Meditation to heal the consciousness of racism in America. Botham Jean is the latest name on an unimaginably, long list of men and women, who have lost their lives for being black in the United States.
The spectacle of children of refugees, most fleeing violence in their homelands, being separated, often with force, from the arms of their parents at the United States border, is an offense against humanity devoid of any sense of compassion.
The committee urges all of our spiritual leaders to engage in spiritual practices – alone and in your communities – during this time of apparent fear. Let us be centers of Love, Peace, Wisdom, and Possibility.