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Our Community 💗 March 27, 2024

Special General Meeting – April 7, 2024

The Centre for spiritual Living Kelowna will be holding a Special General Meeting for a membership vote on the following special resolution:


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

When: Sunday, April 7th, 2024

Time:  12:00pm

Location: Studio 9 – 1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna, BC


For those members unable to vote in-person, a Zoom link is available for you to record your vote, Sunday, April 7th starting at 12:00 pm. It is included below.


Topic: CSLK Special General Meeting

Time: Apr 7, 2024 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting:


What's Happening This Week at CSL Kelowna

In this Issue....

  • It’s Easter Sunday: What will the Easter Bunny bring?

  • Sunday. March 31: The Windows to My Soul are Open, a Soul Food Sunday with Rev. Barbara Samuel

  • Last Week’s Talk: New…Now… What’s Next, with Rev. Diane Hockey

  • Member Spotlight: Ron Becker

  • Holmes History: Part 3

  • Inspirational Song of the Week: Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett

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



When you show up for service this Sunday, you’re in for a surprise.  We’re not going to give it away, so let’s just say that “some-bunny” has been busy preparing special treats!


SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Windows of My Soul are Open

With Rev. Barbara Samuel

"Today, something is happening to the whole structure of human consciousness. A fresh kind of life is starting. Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world are seeking each other, so that the world may come into being."          

 ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


Join Rev. Barb and Neal this Easter Sunday as they dive deeper into new and fresh ways of knowing, living, sharing, and opening to the Truth.

Spring has sprung and we are awakening and rising into new and fresh ways to express the Truth.

We are bigger than we thought we were. We are stepping into our identity as divine-humans - God’s experience and expression of Itself in, through and as us. Now what are we going to do about it?  

March 31 is a Soul Food Sunday, and that means it’s time for Neal’s Science Corner.  It’s Easter, so we hope you are “eggs-cited” about it.


Last Week's Talk

New… Now… What’s Next

With Rev. Diane Hockey

Last week, Rev. Diane Hockey talked about how we become the change we wish to see in the world. If you missed her talk, or want to hear it again, click here:

Diane ended her talk with this beautiful poem written by David Whyte


© David Whyte


Start close in,

don’t take the second step

or the third,

start with the first


close in,

the step

you don’t want to take.

Start with

the ground

you know,

the pale ground

beneath your feet,

your own

way to begin

the conversation.

Start with your own


give up on other

people’s questions,

don’t let them

smother something


To hear

another’s voice,


your own voice,

wait until it

becomes an


private ear

that can

really listen


to another.

Start right now

take a small step

you can call your own

don’t follow

someone else’s

heroics, be humble

and focused,

start close in,

don’t mistake

that other

for your own.

Start close in,

don’t take

the second step

or the third,

start with the first


close in,

the step

you don’t want to take.



Member Spotlight: Ron Becker


That smile. That sense of humour.  That’s Ron Becker, brightening our Sunday mornings.  Ron was introduced to CSL Kelowna by his lovely partner, Irene Kowalchuk over 20 years ago.

Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Ron always wanted to move to the Okanagan, and when a job opportunity came up, he jumped at the chance.  Ron has been a Financial Advisor for over 30 years and is also a long-time Rotarian.

Ron lives by the Rotarian motto, “Service above self.”  Some examples of his volunteer work include helping to build seven Habitat for Humanity homes and working on the decks and rails for eight of the trestles at Kettle Valley prior to the fires.

Keep showing up with that smile, Ron.  Smiling releases endorphins, natural mood boosters, and reduces stress… not just for you, but for everyone you meet.


Holmes History: Part 3

The life and times of the founder of Science of Mind

In Part 2 we learned about Ernest Holmes’ influences and honours.  This week we pick up in 1926, shortly after the publication of his first book.

By the time Ernest Holmes completed The Science of Mind, his following consisted of more than casual spectators. Many people were dedicated students of his philosophy, actively supporting his teaching. They began urging him to set up an organization and incorporate.

Ernest Holmes was only 5′ 3″ but had such a dynamic presence that he walked tall. He presented his religious philosophy with a certainty of one who knows, a philosopher first, minister only when forced upon him.

He was a non-conforming, but reverent man. He had a reverence for God, for Life and Love. He was an unorthodox and an unpredictable man, with a sense of humor and gift of detachment. Ernest Holmes was very sentimental, especially regarding children and believed that children should grow up “with faith, not fear.”

He insisted that none of his ideas were new but were simply a combination of the methods and systems of great philosophers and religious thinkers.

In February 1927, Holmes incorporated the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy, Inc., as a non-profit religious and educational organization. The Institute rented office space on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and lectures were presented at the nearby Ambassador Hotel. Ernest was 40 years old.

As the organization took form, however, Ernest made it clear that the founding of the Institute was not intended to promote Religious Science as a cure-all religion. He would not allow anyone to regard the Science of Mind message as infallible.

A few months after starting the Institute, Ernest Holmes began the monthly Science of Mind Magazine, the purpose of which was to inform its readers of “the subtle powers of mind and spirit, and to show how such powers may be consciously used for the betterment of the individual and the race.”

The magazine’s readership grew continuously and today the magazine enjoys a worldwide circulation.

That same year was significant for another reason in Ernest’s life, for in 1927 he married Hazel Foster.


Source: Science of Mind Archives


Inspirational Song of the Week


Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett

CSL Kelowna is fortunate to have had Lisa Ferraro and Ericka Luckett grace our stage.  The featured song, Sacred, has long been a CSLK favourite.  Sadly, Ericka passed in October 2018, but the music she created carries on. Lisa continues to grace the world with her gift of song and presence.



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March 31            The Window to my Soul is Open


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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