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Our Community 💗 April 10, 2024

What's Happening This Week at CSL Kelowna

  • IT WAS UNANIMOUS.  Members elect Rev. John DePalma as new Senior Minister and Spiritual Director

  • Sunday. April 14th: A Gentle Reminder, with Rev. Melody Bailey

  • More on this Month’s Theme: Giant Gentleness

  • Last Week’s Talk: Gentle, Patient and Kind, last Sunday’s talk with Rev. Corinne Crockett

  • Member Spotlight: Cathleen Rivard

  • Holmes History: Part 5

  • Inspirational Song of the Week: Patricia Bahia

  • Photos! Photos! Photos! Highlights from last Sunday’s Special Meeting

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The vote to offer Rev. John DePalma the position of our new Spiritual Director/Senior Minister was unanimous! Everyone was in favour!

Thanks to everyone who showed up in person and online at last Sunday’s Special General Meeting. The excitement and happiness were palpable! We can all give a collective sign of relief.

The process of calling in our new Spiritual Director began back on August 6th, 2023 as we gathered to participate in the Community Visioning Process, and, in September, Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn lead us in the creation of our Sacred Covenant.

Our New Minister Selection Committee worked diligently, reviewing applications, and holding interviews with candidates. Spirit responded perfectly to our Community’s heart-felt desires, as Rev. John DePalma answered our call as the perfect reflection of our Sacred Covenant.

We’re thrilled Rev. John said ‘yes’, and our community members voted yes, to extend him a Letter of Call.

There are lots of photos from this special general meeting below.

NEXT STEPS: Everyone is eager to know when Rev. John will start.

The process of contract negotiations now begins. The Board of Trustees has been meeting to refine Rev. John’s Letter of Call/Contract (Offer Letter) and Job Description. Our team is working with an immigration consultant right now to streamline his arrival.  We promise to keep you updated on the process.



Sunday, April 14th

A Gentle Reminder

with Rev. Melody Bailey

We are reflections of each other.  As we cultivate gentleness for ourselves, we begin to recognize Love expressing Itself as the others in our lives.  

Last week, Rev. Corinne talked about being Gentle, Patient and Kind with ourselves; and to not listen to the committee of idiots in our heads telling us we are less than (aka the ego).

Today is a Gentle Reminder, a reminder to be gentle not only with yourself but gentle with others. Whether interacting with them or even thinking about them.



"When we let the love that is within us go out to the God who is in all people … then we are loving God with all our heart and with all our soul and mind, because we are recognizing that the Spirit within us is the same Spirit that we meet in others.  This is loving our neighbors as ourselves." ~ Ernest Holmes


Last Week's Talk

Gentle, Patient and Kind

With Rev. Corinne Crockett

Last week, Rev. Corinne Crockett talked about being gentle, patient, and kind as the way to personal transformation. If you missed her talk, or want to hear it again, click here:


Member Spotlight: Cathleen Rivard


Sometimes friends give really good advice.  When Cathleen Rivard’s friend told her about the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna and brought her to a service, Cathleen found something she was looking for, and she’s been coming back ever since, for more than ten years.

Cathleen is a Wiccan, and she felt welcome at our Centre. She became a fan of our philosophy.  She loves the idea that we are all one, and nobody is considered “The Other.”

Cathleen grew up in Ottawa and she came to Kelowna 17 years ago to change her life and start anew.  So, she got a one-way ticket to Kelowna and never looked back.

Thanks to her friend, Cathleen found CSLK and that helped change her life!


Holmes History: Part 4

The life and times of the founder of Science of Mind

In Part 4 we learned more about Ernest Holmes, the man, and about his marriage to Hazel Foster.  This week we read about how Holmes’ teaching influenced luminaries of the day.

Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author of The Power of Positive Thinking, studied Ernest’s teachings from the time he was a young man, and the two men became friends many years later.

“Two things struck me forcibly when I came to know Ernest Holmes – his power as a speaker and as a personality. Ernest Holmes was a true student, a real scholar,” Dr. Peale said “but he was primarily a thinker. You couldn’t be with him long before finding this out because he was full of questions, always wanting to know something, constantly prodding, pumping, seeking for new ideas, new material for thought.”

Ernest Holmes and Albert Einstein had an opportunity to share ideas over dinner, where each spoke on science and abstract laws. Ernest shared with Dr. Einstein his views on world peace, saying that “permanent world peace is not an illusion but a potential possibility and an evolutionary imperative, and science will aid in that evolution.” He heard from Dr. Einstein many illustrations about principles, which affirm that “good” ultimately, must vindicate itself. “Give them time, and physicists and metaphysicists will use the same textbook,” Ernest said.

Actress and singer Peggy Lee discovered the Science of Mind and became a close friend of Ernest Holmes and Hazel. They “adopted me as one of those daughters they ‘didn’t have,’” she said. “Ernest Holmes was the greatest spiritual influence in my experience…. His teaching reached into every corner of my life.”

Ernest’s philosophy was also important to actress Rhonda Fleming. “He took the teachings of Jesus,” she said, “and presented them in an exciting, contemporary way that manifested tremendous feelings of love and joy. He was a lovable, wonderful, warm friend – very sweet and kind, yet also down-to-earth, very real, and most comfortable with life. He was always willing to take the time to have fun and be light about things and not take life so heavily – a secret of youth from which we could all benefit!”

And so, Ernest Holmes and Hazel were deeply involved in many aspects of the culture of Southern California. They entertained and dined out frequently, attended the opera, the Hollywood Bowl, important openings, and motion-picture premiers, and took their place at civic events.

Next Week: Earnest Holmes explains Spiritual Mind Treatment

Source: Science of Mind Archives


Inspirational Song of the Week

Every Heart One Love

Patricia Bahia

An award-winning songwriter, singer, cancer survivor and coach, Patricia Bahia (pronounced Bah HEE yah) is a multi-dimensional artist and songwriter-in-service who lives her bucket list and helps others to do the same.



Look who showed up for our Special General Meeting Last Sunday

Dr's Kenn and Deborah Gordon opened the meeting with a Treatment.



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April 14: Rev Melody Bailey

April 21: Irene Kowalchuk

April 28 : Rev. Barbara Samuel – Soul Food Sunday


Regular Events at CSLK

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Sunday Celebrations start at 10:30am PT at Studio 9, 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna. Please park on the street or at Ben Lee Park (1.5 blocks from the school). You can also watch us live on Facebook or watch the replay later on YouTube.


Our volunteers are immensely valuable to CSLK! If you can help out with making coffee, setting up and/or after-service taking down, please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at 250-868-9090 or email


Do you have an idea for CSLK community opportunities you’d like to experience? We'd love to hear your thoughts! Please contact Rev. Corinne Crockett at 250-868-9090 or email

Practitioner Support

Our ministers and practitioners are in service to all of us. If you need help to see the Truth in a situation; if you are looking for clarity; if you are struggling; our ministers and practitioners are here to support you. You can contact them through the About page on our website, or you can submit a prayer request on the Contact page.


Bring Nature’s Fare Receipts to CSLK!

Nature’s Fare grocery store receipts are worth a pretty penny to us! Bring your shopping receipts to Sunday service and place them into the receipt box on the table in front of the stage in the Studio 9 auditorium. Nature’s Fare will donate 3% of the total of your purchases to CSL Kelowna! Every receipt helps! Thank you!


Your Support Means So Much to Our Community!

We’re grateful for the ways CSL Kelowna is able to accept donations:

  1. Online via the Ways to Donate page of our website (PayPal or credit card).

  2. By Interac e-transfers sent to 

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

For more information, please contact Rev. Melody Bailey.



"The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment"

– Thich Nhat Hanh


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Vol. 1, Issue 9

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