Welcome Home

A Message from Reverend Ron Fox

Ron FoxI'm so grateful you are taking the time to visit the Center For Spiritual Living Space Coast web site.

But, before you start exploring, think about a spiritual place you'd like to visit that welcomes people of all races, religions, sexual orientations and social backgrounds in dignity and love. A place where they believe in diversity and provide a multitude of opportunities for anyone, in any stage of life, to grow spiritually.

Imagine a place that communicates and celebrates the positive aspects of humankind, the world around us, and our relationship to the Power Within.

What would it be like to be a part of a spiritual community that is practical and provides tangible steps and programs for individuals and families to change and apply spiritual principles in their lives immediately?

What if you could find a place that is alive and exciting on Sundays -- one that leaves you feeling wonderful and optimistic about you and your life?

Well, look no further. You've found your spiritual home and it's waiting for you.

I hope you will allow us to support you wherever you are on your path with all that is available through our dynamic and growing spiritual community.

Remember: It's different here. We're not here to judge. We're here to give you spiritual tools to transform your life and to make the world a better place.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Voice
By Rev. Ron Fox

The voice … always, always the voice. Sometimes it's like a drum pounding out its message with unrelenting intensity. And at other times it's as soft and gentle as the evening breeze rustling through the trees on a warm spring night. But always, always it's there, the voice that reminds us, "There is more, you can be more."

Jimmy hears it often. The drugs, the alcohol, and the parties can't drown it out. Even in the midst of a hangover, another night lost in memory, something deeper calls out to him. From the depths of his soul it whispers to him, " Jimmy, life is more than parties, more than getting high. Go beyond the surface, dive into life not death, Jimmy."

Matthew hears the voice, too. The high prestige job doesn't still it, nor do the perks that come with the job. It echoes through the big new house, and in the fancy new car with the latest CD system.  "Life isn't a collector's game. It's not about toys, Matthew. It's about love. Look at your wife, look at your children. Do you know them, do they know you? Embrace them while there is time, don't wait until all you have is a pocketful of regrets."

The voice speaks to Sally too, from Palm Springs, to St. Moritz, to La Jolla. On the golf course, the ski slope, or someone's big brass bed, Sally hears it. "Stop running, slow down, know you are lovable. Let it be Sally, let it be."

Do you hear the voice? Is it calling you to be more? Is it reminding you to love, to forgive, to reach out with compassion, to heal a relationship? To turn to God?
 
We know all about the voice. We are the Center for Spiritual Living Space Coast. We believe that each of us hears our own divine voice that needs to be honored,
blessed, and nurtured. We are here for you, not to put our words to your voice, or to tell you how to live. We are here to support you on your journey. Our mission is to honor the sacred in all of us, to love you just as you are, and to be present as you continue to unfold into the beauty that God wants you to be.
 
We respect all traditions; each has its own truth. We know there are many paths to the One Source, and we bless all of them. We are not about dogma. We are about love and the freedom to be what you are called to be.

We seek the wisdom of the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad-Gita. All of the master teachers from Jesus to Buddha, from Mohammed to Gandhi, are respected in our house. Our founder Ernest Holmes reminded us, "to be open at the top," because truth is everywhere.
 
Perhaps we can help you see your own truth more clearly, or hear the voice with greater clarity - not our voice but your voice.
 

    SCIENCE OF MIND - A PHILOSOPHY, A RELIGION, A WAY OF LIFE

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Center for Spiritual Living Space Coast  welcomes All LGBT people. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you've ever gone into a place of worship and felt out of place, you will be able to relate to this video. We are radically inclusive in our Centers and understand that whenever we are looking into someone's eyes, we are looking into the eyes of God. The video was created by Centers for Spiritual Living's Diversity Commission to share the message that we are comprised of welcoming, inclusive communities and we want everyone to be a part of our Centers and churches.Click this link to view video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNZSbdSA9Dg

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Below is Dr. Kenn Gordon's message about the Zimmerman verdict announcement.

Dear Colleagues,
Centers for Spiritual Living speaks in favor of seeing beyond fear to the truth, especially in such cases as the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the response to the George Zimmerman trial. These events have brought heightened attention to needed conversations about race relations in our society, as well as to the deeper spiritual issue of our interconnectedness to one another.

In the case of Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman, we are faced with the underlying racial tensions and issues that simmer below the surface of our society. These tensions play out in tragedy when the "us versus them" thinking embedded in stereotyping is perpetuated and allowed to generate fear of an unknown, unsafe "other." This fear-based "us versus them" thinking can bring forth violence and we must somehow find a way to stop being afraid of our differences so that tragedies like this don't continue to happen.

Centers for Spiritual Living acknowledges the deep emotional pain that this tragedy has triggered in our communities. Maya Angelou captures this in the current issue of Time magazine, "A number of people think that only blacks were hurt, that African Americans were hurt by this decision, but that is not true. All you have to do is look at the protesters---they are white and black, Spanish-speaking and Asian. What is really injured---bruised, if you will---is the psyche of our national population. We are all harmed." Therefore Centers for Spiritual Living is committed to ongoing dialogues that foster healing and restoration within our communities.

Our founder, Ernest Holmes, wrote "We cannot afford to hold personal animosities or enmities against the world or individual members of society. All such thoughts are outside law and cannot be taken into the heavenly consciousness. Love alone can beget love. People do not gather roses from thistles." With this in mind, let each person begin within his/her own heart and mind to take the first step of healing, by mindfully eradicating any sense of "otherness." Let us each in our own way continue to affirm and declare that there is only One Life in which we all live, and above all, let us seek to live from that awareness, and by doing so, step justly and gracefully toward a world that works for everyone.

Centers for Spiritual Living affirms the unity of all people and the essential goodness of all life in every person. We celebrate the unique and precious gift that is every individual human life, as part of the one Life we hold sacred. Rather than fear, Centers for Spiritual Living teaches love for one another, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, style of dressing, lifestyle or economic social position. I invite you to let this incomprehensible tragedy spur you on to continue working toward a consciousness of oneness, and to trust that this work helps  the collective awareness of inclusivity awaken in humanity now.

In Peace,
Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon
Spiritual Leader
Centers for Spiritual Living

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Below is Dr. Kenn Gordon's media release regarding today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality. It is a clear message about where Centers for Spiritual Living stands on this important issue.

June 26, 2013
Marriage Equality is a Basic Human Right says New Thought Spiritual Leader
"Everyone is equal in the eyes of God"

Marriage equality is a basic human right,  says Dr. Kenn Gordon, spiritual leader to more than 250,000 adherents worldwide of the New Thought philosophy known as Religious Science. "This is a spiritual question, not a political one. Today's U.S. Supreme Court decisions are important steps toward the ultimate goal of full marriage equality. It is inane for us to put laws  forward in our social contract like marriage and say it is OK for some but not for everyone. Everyone is equal in the eyes of God. We believe that love is the foundation of all major religious philosophies, and therefore we support the expression of love in same-sex couples and the right of same-sex couples to marry."

He adds, "Religious Science endeavors to get to the spiritual truth of the matter and through that lens we see that marriage equality is about human and civil rights.  It is not up to a court to deny basic human rights to anyone."

Begun in 1924 by Dr. Ernest Holmes, Religious Science, also known as Science of Mind,  was founded on the belief that all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.  Gordon notes that from the beginning, a large percentage of adherents and ministers within the Centers have identified as LGBT and that continues today.

ABOUT CENTERS FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING: Founded in 1924 by Dr. Ernest Holmes, there are now more than 250,000 adherents in over 400 centers and communities worldwide. Centers for Spiritual Living's vision is to awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence and create a world that works for everyone.  www.CSL.org

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Marriage Equality Affirms Basic Human Rights
Centers for Spiritual Living, Golden, CO
May 15, 2012

Centers for Spiritual Living, a trans-denominational spiritual organization that has been in existence for over eighty years, today affirmed its view that marriage equality is not about politics, but rather about basic human rights.

Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living, said, "We support marriage equality. We consider marriage equality a human right and see it, therefore, not as a political question but as a spiritual one."

Centers for Spiritual Living teaches that there is an essential unity underlying all apparent differences, and consequently honors all faiths, understanding that each religion has a golden thread of truth. "We believe that love is the foundation of all major religious philosophies, and therefore we support the expression of love in same-sex couples and the right of same-sex couples to marry," says Gordon.

Centers for Spiritual Living welcomes gays and lesbians into their spiritual centers. "We endeavor to get to the spiritual truth of the matter and through that lens we see that marriage equality is about human and civil rights."

Centers for Spiritual Living is a global organization that provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place. Centers for Spiritual Living has over 250,000 members worldwide.