Holmes did not consider his work to be a religion, but more of a philosophical study. He felt that a person of any religion could benefit from studying and applying the Science of Mind principles.
Religious Science views the universe as Consciousness, or Infinite Mind - expressing itself in and as all creation.This Consciousness is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent; God or Spirit or whatever name it is referred to is everywhere at all times and is the all-knowing intelligence and the one and only power.
Humans are centers of self-awareness within this Consciousness. The Bible statement that we were created “in the image and likeness of God” is taken literally. This Consciousness is the creating, maintaining, and sustaining Principle of all that there is, invisible and visible. Because we are It as us, our lives are created through the action of our own thoughts and we experience the dominant state of our own consciousness.
Consciousness is a combination of thought and feeling. This puts full responsibility for an individual’s life within him or her. As thought or deeply held beliefs are changed, the circumstances of the individual change. Without a change in consciousness there is no real change in experience and outer circumstance. Religious Science teaches that there is only one power, God or Consciousness. It works on a conscious (choosing) level and subjective or sometimes called subconscious (accepting and creating) level.
We all have beliefs that do not serve us, as they are based on a false idea of who and what we are, and on the effects of those beliefs. We think of people as being ignorant of truth, but not as being sinners or bad. We think of forgiveness as not only not condemning another or oneself, but of now knowing a Truth that replaces an error so a person is literally a new being having a new experience.
Religious Science is wonderfully freeing as well as very demanding. Knowing that God really is present as every individual leads to a great respect for and care for all people.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Patty Powers, RScP
Marianne Cordova-Breen, RScP
Kendall Bryson became our minister in 1951. Rev. Bryson was a former radio announcer and New York stage actor, and it didn’t take long for his skills and ministerial spirit to bear fruit in the congregation. Our current sanctuary was officially dedicated on Sunday, November 22, 1959. Dr. Ernest Holmes was the featured speaker. In October 1960 construction began on the Sunday School and Junior Church assembly building. Our fellowship hall - Holmes Hall - was built in 1964.
In 1981, Dr. Alex Alacchi came to Claremont from the Las Vegas church. 1984 saw the arrival of Rev. Rick Toth as an Assistant Minister, and under their joint leadership our church had its greatest period of growth since Rev. Bryson. We added our chapel to the existing Junior Church classrooms in 1986
Rev. Greg Dorst JD, CAS came to Claremont in 2014. His talks combined real world issues with solutions centered around his vast knowledge of the Science of Mind along with traditional religious and philosophical views. His experience as a business leader while employed as the CEO of the non-profit Cedar House Life Change Center as well as his legal background, brought a unique spiritual flavor to his lessons concerning spiritual direction and transformation.
Rev. Tracy Earlywine became a Practitioner 2000 and received her Master's Degree and ministerial license from The Holmes Institute in 2011. Before becoming a minister, Rev. Tracy logged over thirty years in hospitality management and training. Rev. Tracy describes herself as a teaching minister. In her own words, “I seek to recognize Love and Law in everyday life, to reach the deep silence of Spirit and the mystical heights of transformation. I live life with delight and a deep commitment to empowering others to live their lives more abundantly.”
CLAREMONT CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
509 S. College Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
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PHONE: 909.624.3549 (with 24-Hour Prayer Request Line)
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