2018 Spiritual Living Convention Schedule

*Schedule subject to change without notice. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19

9:00am - 4:15pm     (SOLD OUT) Pre-Convention: Marketing Symposium

(*Additional Registration Required*)

2:30pm - 8:00pm    Registration & Convention Check-In Open 

4:00pm - 5:00pm    Convention 101 - First Time Attendee Meeting 

First time attending a CSL convention? The CSL Member Council would like to invite you to join other first-timers as they help introduce you to the Centers for Spiritual Living's programs and venue for this year's CSL Convention. When we say "We Are CSL" we mean YOU! Join us and kick off your week with a new set of companions and a greater understanding of the exciting adventure ahead!

7:00pm - 9:00pm    Opening General Session: Emerging Leadership

We are Centers for Spiritual Living and we are "emerging leaders" in our communities and in the world.  During this session we will celebrate what is emerging as our spiritual convention and for the future of our organization. We will hear from emerging leaders in Centers for Spiritual Living about what calls them to leadership and their vision for the future of our movement. Our featured speakers will be Rev. Abigail Schairer, Rev. Masando Hiraoka, and Rev. Brian Akers.

9:15pm - 10:15pm   Kirtan Devotional Chanting

Join us in singing your prayers with Gary Lynn Floyd, Amy Steinberg and Martin Kerr.

9:15pm - 10:15pm   12-Step Meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

7:00am - 10:00pm    Prayer Room Open

7:30am - 9:30am      Registration Open 

8:00am - 8:45am      Morning Spiritual Practices

Meditation with Nicole Atzingen, RScP

Poetry as Spiritual Practice with Johanna van Gelder

Yoga & Tai-Chi (Conscious Donation Suggested) 

8:00am - 9:30am      Breakfast (Included in Registration) 

9:00am - 10:00pm    Body Work & Private Massage Rooms Open

9:30am - 11:30am    Morning General Session

This General Session will feature a State of the Organization by Leadership Council Chair, Tracy Brown, RScP. In addition, we will continue to celebrate our global work with a special talk in Spanish from Dr. Rebeka Pina about how Science of Mind is growing in Mexico and the impact on the community from it. Finally, Dr. Christian Sorenson will share his wisdom from his decades of experience within Religious Science and his insights on where we are going as a movement. 

State of the Organization with Tracy Brown, RScP

An old world is dying, and a new world is ready to be born. This is happening everywhere, including within Centers for Spiritual Living. Where have we been? What are we birthing? And, how can we move forward to create the future together? Tracy Brown, Chair of the CSL Leadership Council, will share how our organization is being transformed from old to new.

11:00am - 1:00pm    Registration Open 

11:30am - 1:00pm    Lunch Break (On Own)

1:00pm - 4:30pm     Centers for Spiritual Living Business Meeting

4:30pm - 7:00pm     Dinner Break (On Own) 

5:30pm - 7:00pm     Registration Open 

7:00pm - 9:00pm     Special Evening Concert with Rickie Byars

9:15pm - 10:15pm   Movie Night: CSL Youth Documentary Viewing

Have you ever wondered what actually happens at a CSL teen camp? Why do the teens always come back so excited? A professional film crew attended a weeklong summer camp in the mountains, filmed everything, and has made a 30 minute documentary! The six current elected teen leaders will answer questions following the documentary.

9:15pm - 10:15pm   12-Step Meeting 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

7:00am - 10:00pm   Prayer Room Open

8:00am - 8:45am     Morning Spiritual Practices

Meditation with Rev. Masando Hiroaka 

Poetry as Spiritual Practice with Johanna van Gelder

Yoga & Tai-Chi (Conscious Donation Suggested) 

8:00am - 9:30am     Breakfast (Included in Registration) 

8:00am - 10:00am    Registration Open 

9:00am - 10:00pm    Body Work & Private Massage Rooms Open

9:30am - 11:30pm   General Session: You Are the Messenger with Rev. Cynthia James

Centers for Spiritual Living has a powerful message that is much needed today. We must model the message. Self-care is a spiritual practice and is essential for transformational leaders. Rev. Cynthia will guide us through a journey of self-discovery and our relationship to authentic self-care.

11:30am - 1:30pm   Lunch Break (On Own)

11:30am - 1:00pm   Registration Open 

1:30pm - 2:45pm    Workshop Session I

Undoing Implicit Bias with Rev. Michele K. Senegal, MCS

Our implicit biases unknowingly preclude us from creating and maintaining an atmosphere of inclusivity within Centers for Spiritual Living at all levels. To truly inculcate “oneness” we must identify, then uproot any assumptions, feelings and attitudes about people based on characteristics that in any way make us separate.

Creating the Beloved Community with Dr. Jim Lockard

This workshop is designed to provide guidance in bringing local spiritual communities into a place of spiritual integrity to allow effective participation in the world around them. Based on Dr. Martin Luther King’s concept of The Beloved Community, the workshop will provide principles for developing inner integrity and an interactive process to put them into practice.

The OhMyGod Practice with Rev. Dr. Melissa Phillippe & Rev. Z. Egoff

Join us for an experiential introduction to our powerful OhMyGod Practice. This technique will support you in 1. Transcending your current challenges, 2. Gaining a greater appreciation for current good, and 3. Opening to greater good in the future. You’ll leave this workshop with all the tools you need to put this practice into action – and change your life and community for the better!

Not Your Parent's Church - Redefining Church for the Next Generation with Michelle Scavetta, RScP

A new paradigm of church is being birthed to serve and support the next generation of congregants including Generation X, Millenials, and beyond. Is your church/center prepared to make that shift or are you attached to the old paradigm of traditional church? Join Michelle in this workshop as she helps identify the needs, desires and trends that will attract the next generation of congregants to your center and how being part of the shift can support the evolution of your center. 

Emotional Intelligence and Manifestation with Rev. Dr. Judy Morley

This workshop will give participants a framework to understand the role their emotions play in their ability to manifest, teach, and lead.  Through interactive exercises, audience members will be given a context to understand their own emotional intelligence and specific strategies for individual growth.

2:45pm - 3:15pm     Break

3:15pm - 4:30pm     Workshop Session II

Putting Self-Care into Practice with Rev. Cynthia James

After participating in Rev. Cynthia's General Session in the morning, join her for a deeper dive into the importance of putting Self-Care into Practice. In this session, participants will create a realistic action plan to support strengthening their mind/body connection, activate a health and well-being delivery system for the message they carry, and generate commitments for healthy transformational leadership. 

Moving in Spirit...from Physics to the Metaphysical with Beth Williams, RScP

Learn to consciously use optimal body mechanics and movement with corresponding spiritual principles to move through daily life with greater ease, strength, flexibility, balance and alignment.  In this fun and practical class, Beth Williams, RScP, P.T., combines her expertise as a physical therapist and a licensed prayer practitioner, as we explore the correlations of physical and spiritual laws. 

Finding Your Spiritual Funny Bone! with Rev. Nadene Rogers & Rev. Amy Shukat

Where does your funny bone live and what activates it? Are you aware of using humor inappropriately at times, do others not laugh at things you think are funny? Come to terms with why you use humor and when your humor becomes a knee-jerk reaction. Become more spontaneous, imaginative, authentic and self-trusting in order to increase engagement, intimacy and inclusion with your students and congregants.

Conscious Leadership with Rev. Dr. David Alexander & Shelly Walker, LSP

Learn how to create a culture of Sacred Leadership in your community by moving from drama to Presence to Covenant. 

4:30pm - 7:00pm     Dinner Break (On Own)

5:30pm - 7:00pm     Registration Open 

7:00pm - 9:00pm     Keynote General Session

The Power of Alignment, A Created Future for Spiritual Living with Treya Klassen

Watch this special preview of Treya's upcoming presentation! Click here. 

9:15pm - 10:15pm    Musicians Unplugged

Join us for an informal and fun evening of chilling with our awesome musicians...impromptu and unplugged. 

9:15pm - 10:15pm    12-Step Meeting 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22

7:00am - 10:00pm    Prayer Room Open

7:30am - 9:00am     Breakfast (Included in Registration) 

8:00am - 8:45am      Morning Spiritual Practices

Meditation with Dan Granda, RScP

Poetry as Spiritual Practice with Johanna van Gelder

Yoga & Tai-Chi (Conscious Donation Suggested) 

8:00am - 10:00am    Registration Open 

9:00am - 10:00pm    Body Work & Private Massage Rooms Open

9:00am - 10:00am    Morning General Session

Featuring a special message from Rev. Dr. Linda McNamar and a community ritual led by Rev. Norm Bouchard. 

10:30am - 12:00pm  Mini-Gathering Meetings 

11:00am - 1:00pm    Registration Open 

12:00pm - 1:30pm   Lunch Break (On Own)

12:15pm - 1:15pm   Lunch n' Learn with the Hefferlin Foundation 

The Hefferlin Foundation was created for the purpose of providing funds in the form of grants to ministerial students, teachers, writers and presenters to promote the Science of Mind and Spirit philosophy to the world. This presentation focuses on how applicants successfully obtain grants for scholarships, for churches and centers and for media presentations.

1:30pm - 4:00pm    Key Steps on Creating a Future Fulfilled with Treya Klassen

The power of creating the future. Learn the critical steps to creating a clear vision for your Center. Design the critical steps and pathways to fulfill on the future you have created. You will walk out with your very own blueprint for the future. 

1:30pm - 2:45pm     Workshop Session I

Staying In Your Lane: Effectively Navigating Co-Ministry with Rev. Staci Hylton, Rev. Cheryl Bell, & Rev. Dan Gerome

In a time when churches, temples and Spiritual Centers are less and less attended, now is the time to combine our gifts and talents to diversify and maximize our ministries. As ministers, we have been under the impression that it is all ours to do, but what if we released that idea, focused on that which we love: our personal mission, and our vision as an organization. Co-Ministry could be the answer for those ministers that physically and/or energetically need a break, those thinking of retiring, and for those that are brand new that have not had the opportunity to develop their skills.

Finding Your Prophetic Voice at the CSL Convention with Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon and The Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee

The Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement (advisory) Committee, convened by Dr. Kenn Gordon, would like to invite you into the conversation on Thursday, February 22nd from 1:30 to 2:45pm at our Centers for Spiritual Living Convention. Learn how to better speak about and respond to national and world events within your local and greater communities.  Rather than an opportunity to debate whether to comment on current events, Dr. Kathy Hearn will facilitate a conversation and presentation on how to do it effectively.

You will have an opportunity to explore:

  1. Finding Our Voice--Grounding in Our Culture and Dialogue- Establish a foundation of our shared values, reflect on the values and their expression in our organization. Dr. Kenn Gordon,  Dr. Edward Viljoen, Rev. Abigail Schairer

  2. The Prophetic Voice--Speaking to Our Communities--skills for finding your voice to speak and represent your organization in presentations and social media. Dr. David Alexander, Dr. Jim Lockard, Rev. Andriette Earl

  3. The Public Voice -- How and When to Spread the Word -- learn how to write opinion pieces and press releases reflecting the spiritual truth and spiritually motivated engaged action on issues of the day.  Rev. Glenn Swain, Rev. Sara Nichols

You're SO Invited! How to Create & Facilitate Great Gatherings! with Rev. Dr. Michelle Medrano and Karin Lewis, RScP

A successful gathering is like a jigsaw puzzle. Discover all the different pieces and how to put them together in this fun workshop. You will walk away with ideas and practical tools and feel empowered to create your next workshop, event or gathering!

Science of Mind Archives: Your One Stop Spiritual DIY Store with Kathy Mastroianni, RScP

The Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation is here to be your “Spiritual Home Depot”—your source of Spiritual Truth at the click of a mouse.  Join us to learn about easy ways to access abundant treasures of SOM history and wisdom—in fun and interactive ways. 

2:45pm - 3:15pm     Break 

3:15pm - 4:30pm     Workshop Session II

Getting Published: The Basics of How to Get Your Book Into the World with Joel Fotinos

Isn’t it time to get your message into the world?  In GETTING PUBLISHED, led by publishing executive (and CSL minister) Joel Fotinos, you will learn what publishers look for in authors, as well as how to move forward with your publishing project.  Whether you have written a book or are thinking of writing one, this workshop will help you gain clarity and action steps to bring your wisdom to others, both within and beyond your Center.

Making It Count with Daniel Nahmod

Daniel Nahmod’s music is performed by thousands of soloists, choirs, music ministers, New Thought and other faith communities around the world. In this powerful and information-packed experiential session, Daniel will share (and sing to demonstrate) ten of the most impactful techniques he uses to make the most of every musical moment in a service. Discussion will include congregational songs, soloist performances, contributions from bands, singers and choir, sound systems, and more. Plus, this intimate experience of Daniel’s own music is sure to inspire, center and remind you of your calling and purpose at the convention, in your CSL community, and in humankind at this complicated and potential-filled moment in history. 

Creating Financial Security for Your Community with Gary Schrenk & Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins

Spiritual principles of Good Stewardship and Integrity build trust within our spiritual communities. This is the foundation on which we begin to build financial security. This workshop will explore ways to secure the financial future of your Center – dare we say “forever.”  Fellow CSL Ministers from various sizes of Centers will share how they created successful endowments. The workshop will clear up concerns and questions standing in the way of financial freedom for your Center and explain how an endowment can bring new and unexpected gifts to your Center.  Finally, the workshop will explain the details of the new Science of Mind Foundation Endowment Matching program that can help your Center create your endowment program. Handouts will also be provided with excellent information on creating and developing endowments.

Science of Mind in Action Around the World with Rev Mark Gilbert, Rev Pattie Mercado, Rev Rob Applegate, Dr. Rebeka Piña, Rev Barbara Leger, Rev Alex Escudero…and other members of our Global Services Committee and representatives from our global communities!

Did you know that Centers for Spiritual Living has groups and representatives in 27 countries beyond the US and Canada?  Did you know that many of the works of Ernest Holmes can be purchased in 8 other languages besides English?  Did you know that there are groups all around the world holding collective peace meditations as a part of our “Heart of Peace” program?  Come find out about these and many more of the exciting things that are happening around the globe with the expansion of the Science of Mind philosophy.  Listen to representatives from a sample of our global groups briefly discuss their community’s activities. Hear from our Global Services Committee about the many projects that are under way to support our worldwide growth.  And as a special highlight of this session, we will be taking a moment to experience together a Heart of Peace meditation!  But most of all, find out how you and your community can play an important part in support of our global evolution!

5:30pm - 7:30pm      Registration Open 

6:00pm - 7:00pm      Community Reception

7:00pm - 9:00pm      Awards Celebration Dinner Gala (Included in Registration)

The Dinner Gala will honor those receiving the annual awards and honorary doctorates for Centers for Spiritual Living. The evening will close with a powerful message from Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon

9:00pm - 11:00pm    We Are CSL After-Party!

Come celebrate our wonderful CSL Community together with music, dancing, games and fun! Plus, capture the joyful event in our special CSL Photo Booth! 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

7:30am - 9:00am      Breakfast (Included in Registration) 

8:00am - 9:00am      Registration Open 

9:00am - 2:00pm      Community Service Project (Optional - More Details to Come!)