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Our Community 💗 April 3, 2024

What's Happening This Week at CSL Kelowna

  • Sunday, April 7, 12:00: Special Membership Meeting: VOTE for our new Senior Minister

  • Sunday, April 7 Talk: Gentle, Patient, & Kind, with Rev. Corinne Crocke

  • Last Week’s Talk: The Windows to My Soul are Open, a Soul Food Sunday with Rev. Barbara Samuel

  • Theme for April: Giant Gentleness

  • Member Spotlight: Judi Chapman

  • Holmes History: Part 4

  • Inspirational Song of the Week: Richard Mekdeci

Join us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Studio 9, 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna, BC. Doors open at 10:15 am. Please visit the event page for more details and a map. Everyone is welcome!

Or, WATCH US ON Facebook Live



MARK APRIL 7th IN YOUR CALENDAR.  This is the day of the Vote to accept Rev. John DePalma as our new senior minister.

  • When: The vote will take place after our regular Sunday Service, 12:00 noon

  • Where: Studio 9, 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna, BC

  • Online: If you can’t make it there in person, you may vote via Zoom.  See link below.

  • Who Can Vote?: Members of CSL Kelowna


Resolution: “To offer Rev. John DePalma the position of Senior Minister/Spiritual Director of the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna”

Click on the link below if you are a member but can't attend the meeting in person:



Sunday, April 7, 2024

Gentle, Patient, & Kind

With Rev. Corinne Crockett

“There is something about you and me that is cosmic, universal, that stretches over time and space; let us learn to think better of ourselves.”

~Ernest Holmes

Part of being in this human form is living with fear, anxiety, and doubt. You have been you for a very long time. You have decades of other people’s voices, opinions, judgements in your head.

On top of that you have made their voices your voice. You talk to yourself in worse ways than you would let anyone else. Let’s get real, folks. You deserve better!

Join Rev. Corinne Crockett this Sunday as she talks about being gentle, patient, and kind as the way to personal transformation.


Last Week's Talk

The Windows of My Soul are Open

With Rev. Barbara Samuel

Last week, Rev. Barbara Samuel talked about new and fresh ways of knowing, living, sharing, and opening to the Truth. If you missed her talk, or want to hear it again, click here:



SPECIAL THANKS to Rev. Corinne Crockett for providing treats and decorations for our Easter service.  They were Eggs-ceptional!  Rev. Barbara Samuel also offers profound gratitude to our volunteers who went the extra mile to help set up and then clean up everything for our Sunday service.


Centers for Spiritual Living Theme for April


I let my gentleness reveal my giant Self. 

In those flashes when we are conscious of our Oneness there is an openness and all-encompassing Love. In all the other moments in our lives we need or, really, deserve Giant Gentleness.

This month we remember that gentleness is a powerful thing.  And giant gentleness opens us up to who we say we want to be.  It lets all the moments of our lives be sacred and holy, even the sucky ones. 

Each week we expand our awareness of gentleness. Starting of course with ourselves, we acknowledge how we can allow all the moments to be for our highest and best. We’ll move beyond judgment and embrace active compassion in our relationships with others. We breathe gentleness into our communities, our politics, and our activities. Finally, we celebrate the moments of embodying the giant and continuing the journey.

This week’s theme: 

Your Gentleness is Showing

Forgetting who you are is part of the journey.  Therefore, let gentleness be your most trusted travel companion. 

Gentleness is not just letting yourself off the hook and giving yourself a free pass.  Nor is gentleness weakness or meekness. 

At its core gentleness takes awareness, compassion, and gratitude for who you are and where you are.  It takes courage to choose to be gentle, but it is a worthy exploration. 

Gentleness reminds you that you are so much more than you give yourself credit for.  It allows the pain, sorrow, fear, & doubt to be for your highest good.  It opens you up to see things differently and to be okay with being yourself.  

“If we are to have an active faith -- the faith of God instead of merely a faith in God -- our thought must be centered in Universal Mind.  We are convinced that under Divine Law all things are possible, if we only believe, and work in conformity with the principles of that Law.  Such a faith does not spring full-orbed into being, but grows by knowledge and experience.” 

~Ernest Holmes – Science of Mind, p 162


Member Spotlight: Judi Chapman


Along with her husband, Bert, Judi Chapman has been a member of CSL Kelowna for more than twelve years.  They moved to Kelowna from the Fraser Valley and opened a successful Real Estate office in Downtown Kelowna. 


It was there that someone (we don’t know who) dropped off a flyer advertising CSL Kelowna.  Judi thought it looked interesting, so she and Bert attended a Sunday service and they just kept coming back. 


Judi enjoys music and singing and was a member of the CSL Kelowna choir for many years. Thanks to whomever dropped off that flyer.  Because of that, we are blessed with the presence of Judi and Bert.


Holmes History: Part 4

The life and times of the founder of Science of Mind

In Part 3 we learned about Ernest Holmes’ formation of Religious Science and School of Philosophy, Inc., as a non-profit religious and educational organization. 

Ernest Holmes published The Science of Mind in 1927.  That same year was significant for another reason in Ernest’s life - in 1927 he married Hazel Foster.

Although Hazel had a promising operatic voice and studied music in Paris, she decided as a young woman that a public career was not for her. “An operatic career,” she said, “didn’t fit with my own wishes for a way of life.”

Hazel, who became a Religious Science practitioner and for years had an office next to Ernest’s at the Institute, was a beautiful, stately woman, who remained unruffled in all circumstances.

Riding in their open car, Ernest and Hazel presented almost an amusing contrast. He wore a baseball cap, sport shirt with open collar, and a sports coat, while she sat primly wearing a stiff hat and white gloves.

Although Ernest Holmes and Hazel had no children of their own, they “adopted” scores of young people. Theirs was a large, loving family, and the comings and goings of people in their lives spanned almost half a century.

They were deeply in love with each other for thirty years. Ernest and Hazel – not only in their work but in their social life as well – were part of the bustling activity of Southern California.

They had the opportunity to be in contact with a great many people from different backgrounds, and the number of people influenced by Ernest’s teachings grew.

Next Week: Earnest Holmes meets Norman Vincent Peale and Albert Einstein.

Source: Science of Mind Archives


Inspirational Song of the Week

Take it Easy on Yourself

Richard Mekdeci

Richard Mekdeci is a singer, award-winning songwriter, musician, speaker, author, and fan. He is a leader of a non-profit organization (Itoi Ministries), a church music consultant, and a promoter of Posi music and its artists.



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April 7: Rev. Corinne Crockett

April 14: Rev Melody Bailey

April 21: Irene Kowalchuk

April 28 : Rev. Barbara Samuel – Soul Food Sunday


Regular Events at CSLK

See Upcoming Events on our home page. Stay informed of all the latest news from CSLK! Subscribe now to receive notifications of future blog posts.


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 8

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