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Happy Monday, April 26, 2021

What a wonderful Sunday we had yesterday! I loved Rev. Barb Samuel and Neal Klassen treating us to a Sunday of “music, music, music”! Judging from all the great comments I saw on Facebook Live, you enjoyed it, too! Much gratitude to both of them for continuing to bless us with their musical talents and uplifting energy of connection each and every Sunday.

I am very, very excited!! Ever since Kenn retired, and since our Board of Trustees did some Strategic Community Planning work that went over many months, we’ve had the intention to recreate our leadership structure.

Our strategic community planning identified four pillars of leadership that are essential to fully support the mission of our Centre. These pillars are: spiritual leadership, community development, operations management, and Board governance. Unfortunately, before we were able to move forward with rolling out this new structure, we were faced with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

As things have stabilized over the past few months, the Board has been able to revisit the plan and adjust it to address our increased need for leadership in building our online community. The Board, in consultation with the practitioners and staff ministers, created a job description for a new role that will provide oversight for community growth, operations management, and of course, the technological aspects of this new online world.

Last month, the Board struck a hiring committee. Yesterday, the hiring committee presented an excellent candidate for the Board to consider. There is nothing finalized yet, but I am very excited about the possibilities!

I’ll keep you all informed as things progress, but please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This feels like such a positive step into our future, and personally, I’m so looking forward to collaborating with a partner again!


We also had some sad news this past week. I’m sad to say, we’ve had the passing of another community member. Delmar Hunter passed this week of a massive stroke. I bless his sweet soul as it moves onto its next adventure.


I also wanted to put the word out again that our Peace Centre gardens could use some spring clean-up and TLC. If anyone has a desire to help, please let me know. It could be a one-off, or a regular loving tending.


And finally, our Board member profile feature this week is Rev. Melody Bailey. Rev. Melody has been a long time member, practitioner and staff minister, and I’m delighted she’s back on our Board of Trustees for a second round! Thanks, Rev. Mel!


Rev. Melody Bailey is a staff minister and Board of Trustees member for the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna. She started coming to the Centre in 2003, began taking classes, and never stopped! One of Melody's favourite classes to teach is Thomas Troward because she likes the logic of his thinking. Melody is passionate about the Science of Mind and is excited to see how far around the globe this teaching will go.

After travelling to Kenya last year for the CSL Kenya conference, Melody found herself very passionate about helping out in whatever way she could. She was invited to be on the Board for CSL Kenya and is also the Board liaison between the CSL Kenya Board that is in North America and the Board that is in Kenya (called the Conscious Living Foundation). Melody teaches Science of Mind to the students in Kenya (via Zoom) and is also learning to speak Kiswahili.

Melody moved from Bristol, England, to Canada in 1988 and has spent nearly all of her time since here in Kelowna, which she absolutely loves. She is proud mum to two young adults, Kizziah and Ben, who are both still living with her (she also has 2 cats).


Blessings galore,

Dr. Deborah


If you missed yesterday’s Soul Food Sunday service titled My Idea of a Perfect Sunday: Music, Music, Music!, you can watch it (and other past services) on the CSLK YouTube channel.


Practitioner of the Week is Rev. Melody Bailey. If you are looking for one-to-one prayer treatment support for ANYTHING, you can contact this practitioner directly via email at



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Roy T. Bennett


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Kathy Gottberg
Kathy Gottberg
Apr 26, 2021

Sounds great Deb! Looking forward to hearing how the evolution of your Centre continues to unfold. ~Kathy

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