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Holy Smoke: Do Religious Beliefs Affect the Natural World?


Holy Smoke: Do Religious Beliefs Affect the Natural World?

Neal Klassen


“Freedom is the birthright of every living soul.

Ernest Holmes

Tired of talking about Covid? Bored with the election? Did religion play a part in the climate crisis? Does it have a role in the solutions? This Sunday, Neal Klassen discusses the impacts of various religious beliefs on the environment.

Join Neal and the rest of the Sunday Six on September 5 at 10:30am on Facebook Live.

Tune in early at 10:20am to hear the music of Rev. Barb Samuel and Neal Klassen.



The SOM theme for September is “Reaching Higher”. This month, we begin an ascent toward a greater understanding of ourselves and our place in the Universe. We push past our comfort zones using our understanding in innovative ways to advance us forward. We include (and benefit from) the wisdom and experiences we have gained along the way. We rise.

This Week’s Science of Mind Theme

Reaching Higher

What is our growing edge, personally and as a movement? How are we expanding our understanding and application of our principles to include the collective Good of the planet? How are we being called to reach higher and push past our comfort zones?

From the perspective of Science of Mind, we are ONE. When we embody unity, we live from love. When we get confused in the world of effects, we think and feel that we are separate, and from that place, our judgments begin.

When we are bouncing off duality, between past and future, we are creating karma (cause and effect). Karma can only exist outside of the present moment. Yet it is always the present moment. Staying in the present moment is a constant practice, a way of living.

There is no separation between me and my life. We are integrated as One.


Community Survey

Amanda Pope sent out an email this week inviting our CSL Kelowna community to complete a short survey in which you can share your thoughts about what you would like from your spiritual community in this upcoming year. The inclusion of your voice is so important and valuable to our community as we move forward, and completing the survey will only take a few moments. Thank you so much for participating!


Call for Volunteers

As the summer is coming to an end and we move into the fall, we are looking to start getting the Pandosy Peace Centre ready for use. Amanda Pope would like to arrange a few work parties in the month of September to do some much needed deep cleaning and gardening. If you have a couple of hours you can contribute to either cleaning or gardening, please contact Amanda. It will be fun to get together in some small groups to refresh our Peace Centre.

Also, as we plan for our next iteration of our Sunday Celebrations, Amanda would like to gather a team of people who can assist with the livestream service on Sunday mornings. If you are comfortable using a computer and are interested in being a part of this team, please contact Amanda at


Zoom Meetings

Stay tuned for the return of our Coffee and Connection time.

After-service Fellowship with Joanne, Laura and other members of our CSLK community returns on September 12. Everyone is welcome!


Free SOM Magazine

If you’re in the Kelowna area, drop by the Pandosy Peace Centre to pick up a free issue of the September SOM magazine. The magazines are in a plastic bag outside, on the table that faces Pandosy Street.


Practitioner of the Week

Amanda Pope, RScP: Our practitioners are here for you. They love to serve you with support and positive prayer (also known as Spiritual Mind Treatment). They are as close as your email and will respond to your prayer request as soon as they can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.


CSLK’s Weekly Happenings

Our pre-service Sunday Meditation is back! Join the meditation team prior to our service every first and third Sunday. You’ll have time after the meditation to refresh and switch over to Facebook Live for our Sunday Service. The next Zoom meditation will be on September 5th, from 9:45am to 10:05am.

Meeting ID: 824 2377 7379

Password: meditation


Our Sunday Celebrations are at 10:30am on Facebook Live. Visit our page at and scroll down until you see the video. (The replay can be watched later on YouTube.)


Our children's VIBE program is on hiatus.


We are so Grateful for your Support!

We’re thankful for the many ways we are able to accept donations:

  1. On our website via PayPal or credit card.

  2. Through Interac money transfers sent to

  3. By CAFT automatic transfers directly from the bank.

  4. Cheques can be mailed to: Suite 131, 101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9T1.

For more information, please contact our treasurer, Derek Hinchliffe.



The key to transformation is to make friends with this moment. What form it takes doesn’t matter. Say yes to it. Allow it. Be with it.

Eckhart Tolle


Copyright © 2021, Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna. All rights reserved.

Vol. 30. Issue 36 | Editor: Annie Zalezsak

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