DR. REVEREND LINDA McNAMAR - SENIOR MINISTER
As I look back, my life has always been an adventure. I just didn’t know it was a spiritual adventure until I was in my thirties. It really became a deeper exploration when I realized that it didn’t mean I had to choose just one religion or philosophy in which to find my truth. I also began to realize that there were other people
who felt the way I did. I found a place where people gathered to explore spirituality, philosophy, and ordinary experiences as a way of connecting to a Higher Power. My life has not been a smooth path. Who’s has?
My ministry in the Centers for Spiritual Living enriched my marriage, my parenting, my friendships, and all aspects of my life. I invite you to see if this is a pathway for your exploration of the core spiritual truth of what and who we are.
REVEREND JANET BRADBURY - MINISTER
I am a lifelong learner, spiritual seeker, singer, and music lover. As an active participant in a Protestant church teen group in high school, I found their belief system was too limiting. At college I explored a variety of spiritual groups. I could not accept the idea of God up in the sky, deciding whether or not people are worthy. I accept all religions as a way to reach God.
I was inspired to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi during my twenties and I became a teacher in the Transcendental Meditation movement. I could accept Maharishi’s Vedic description of God and our oneness with God which is both personal and a force in the universe. After I married and had children, I wanted them to participate in spiritual education. I eventually felt at home in Ernest Holmes’ teachings in the group now called Centers for Spiritual Living. I found that CSL’s new thought principles resonated with my practice of TM meditation and its philosophy. As soon as I walked in the door I felt at home and enrolled in Science of Mind classes, became a practitioner, and now a minister.
CANDACE WITT - PRACTITIONER
I have always known, even as a small child, that I was spiritual. Over the years, I tried to touch that spirituality through organized religion... teaching classes, studying, and trying to fit myself into that mold... but it never felt right. Finally, through the words of our then 14 year old son, I had my "Aha" moment, and walked out the door. Many years later, through a serendipitous meeting of a group in Portland Oregon, I met a woman who was a Center for Spiritual Living minister... and her center was only 8 blocks from my house! Even with this, it took another 6 months before I was willing to walk in the door... but that day was a seminal day for me... and I knew I was home! I had found a philosophy without dogma, and where I was accepted for who I was. It was easy then to follow that path to become a Practitioner, and every moment since, I’ve known without a doubt that I’m in exactly in the right place, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, and filled with gratitude.