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CSL Response to Boulder Colorado Shooting

Above everything else let’s tune into the comforting thought that there is a Love in the universe that by Its very Presence dissolves all hate; a faith in God that neutralizes all fear, confidence that brushes aside every doubt.
Dr. Ernest Holmes
Science of Mind Magazine, August 1971, p 17  

This morning, as we process the events of last evening in Boulder, Colorado our hearts are with the community as they begin to deal with the understanding of yesterday’s mass shooting event where 10 people lost their lives. 

While details of the incident are still unfolding, we join in prayer, love and grief for all those affected by this experience. 

Let us join in knowing that the families of the victims and the perpetrator find peace in their hearts over the coming days and months. Let us know that the community of Boulder is receiving the love, guidance, and support of all those involved in the frontline work of such events. Let us know that, while we do not understand what has occurred – nor its cause – that all involved are held in love by the community, the state, the country, and the world as the news of this tragic event ripples across the planet. 

Know that each person’s thoughts, words, and actions in support of the healing of this experience are felt by those who need it most in every moment. We intentionally and purposefully send our love where it is most needed today. 

Please take a moment to check in on each other today and in the coming days. Our World Ministry of Prayer is available for prayer support and a vigil has been set up in our Hefferlin Chapel at Home Office.

In love, peace, and gratitude for each of you,

Rev. Sonia Byrne and the Executive Team
Dr. Edward Viljoen, Spiritual Leader
Dr. David Alexander, Chair Leadership Council
Rev. Sunday Cote, Field Leader

CSL Statement of Solidarity with Asian and Pacific Islanders Communities Worldwide

The more the world arms for war, the more certain it is that there will be war.
Eventually we shall understand that all human bondage
is an invention of ignorance.
Science of Mind p 107 as quoted in Essential Ernest Holmes, p 167

We acknowledge that violence against Asian and Pacific Islander communities has risen worldwide. We acknowledge the pain, trauma, and fear other communities worldwide may be experiencing as they become aware of the violence occurring in the Asian and Pacific Island communities. For this reason, we offer a call to spiritually motivated social action and invite you to join in solidarity with these communities. To promote understanding, tolerance, and compassion, we offer the resources below as starting points for all who seek to learn more. Furthermore, we offer this statement and spiritual mind treatment written by Rev. Masando Hiraoka. We are grateful for all the hearts who are called to read and share this statement and recognize that, at the very least, the simple act of reading this statement and prayer is an act of resilience, love, and hope. Those who feel called to add their voice are invited to do so with a prayer of their own or request prayer from our World Ministry of Prayer.

From our colleague, Rev. Masando Hiraoka:
On Wednesday morning, we awoke to news of the largest mass shooting in the United States since the pandemic began. Eight people were shot and killed in three different locations, with seven of those being women and six of those seven being AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander). While the shooter’s full motive is still being investigated, we recognize the intersectionality of sexism, misogyny, and racism present in these murders. It must also be noted that this tragedy occurred on the same day that a report was released showing a 150% rise in hate crimes against AAPI, and more than 3800 incidents in the past year alone. Fear and trauma in the AAPI community are very present right now and as an organization that believes in Oneness and holds a vision of peace and human dignity for all, we stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and speak this prayer for the families that are mourning, and more healing of the racism and violence that create suffering in our world.

Spiritual Mind Treatment by Rev. Masando Hiraoka:
We come to the present moment in a place of sadness and mourning, of confusion and anger, and come to know that in the midst of tragedy, in the midst of these natural responses to tragedy and violence, the presence of the Living Spirit, the Divine is still fully here, at the center of our being, providing a healing balm and a place where both grief and the healing that comes with that grief lives, moves and has its being. We know this same healing energy is present for the families that have been directly affected by this tragedy, and we too know that the love we feel for our fellow AAPI brothers and sisters that are experiencing the collective trauma of this incident permeates out and surrounds and enfolds their hearts and minds. It is through this love and through the recognition of our Oneness, that we also stand and mourn in solidarity with the AAPI community and the trauma they’ve experienced in the past year since the pandemic began. We hold a place of safety, of strength, and of commitment to ensuring and upholding the safety and peace of all, giving special attention to our AAPI friends right now. 
 
And it is from this space we extend this prayer to our country and to the world, holding a place of healing from the ravages of separation, racism, misogyny, and the mindless acts that are birthed from hate and power over another. We hold a space for the collective healing that is being called forth from each one of us in this sacred time we are sharing on the planet together, allowing our hearts to build bridges of understanding, of greater awareness, and of the mending of all our relations. We know this work is God’s work, and so take refuge in remembering that this healing is being supported by a power greater than ourselves, with each breath, with each tear, with each rush of anger, or swirl of confusion, we rest in the knowing that healing is happening within us and around us. 
 
And as we rest into that space, where grief, healing, and coming together can all take place at once, we give thanks for the heart-breaking that eventually settles into heart-opening, we give thanks for the ways in which our own hearts are able to be moved, and moved into an active inspiration to stand for one another.

 
With love, with heartbreak, with togetherness, we say, Amen, And so it is.
 
Resources
A coalition of nonprofits, organizers, and educators committed to addressing this issue. Resources to learn, take action, and join the cause to #StopAsianHate https://stopaapihate.org

Create your own prayer through the World Ministry of Prayer online prayer builder
https://csl.org/world-ministry-of-prayer/build-a-prayer/

61 Ways to Donate in Support of Asian Communities
https://nymag.com/strategist/article/where-to-donate-to-help-asian-communities-2021.html

To sign up for a Bystander Intervention training to stop anti-Asian and xenophobic harassment
https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/events

Worldwide Human Rights Watch
https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/12/covid-19-fueling-anti-asian-racism-and-xenophobia-worldwide

To learn more about the impacts of Asian female stereotypes that lead to dehumanization and violence:
https://nnedv.org/latest_update/stereotypes-asian-women/

Time’s article about the worldwide rise of violence toward Asian communities
https://time.com/5947862/anti-asian-attacks-rising-worldwide/ 

Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee
Dr. Edward Viljoen, Spiritual Leader
Rev. Masando Hiraoka
Rev. D. Jaqueline Edwards
Rev. Cindy Grimes
Rev. Martha Quintana, Global Services Committee
Ayodele Mcclenney, RScP, Leadership Council

We’re Back! In-Person Sunday Service

Sunday Service in Person!
Beginning This Sunday
February 21

Meditation: 9:45am, Service: 10:05am

602 Church Street, Redlands, CA

All safety precautions are in place
Masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing
Food following service will not be available

Whether you meet in-person at the Center, or connect with us via Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube, we will all experience the same service at the same time! We’ll have a Zoom window open from the Center and you’ll be able to see people and say hello during the service and our fellowship time!

We also invite you to join us on Facebook and YouTube for our Wednesday Evening service. Here is information for those activities.

Sunday Service: 9:45am
Wednesday Night Service:  7:00pm
Facebook Stream: facebook.com/cslredlands.org
Youtube Stream: cslredlands.org/youtube

Email List Sign Up: cslredlands.org/list
This is the quickest way to get the Zoom link, get our weekly newsletter, and be informed of our services and upcoming events.

Watch for more opportunities to connect with us online. You are loved and treasured. Stay safe. You make a difference.

Big blessings to you,

Rev. Carrie Masters
Senior Minister
Center for Spiritual Living Redlands

February 2021: Black History Month Videos

CSL Dallas has produced some outstanding documentary-style videos on Black evolutionaries in the Science of Mind teaching. We are playing one of these videos every Sunday service in February. These videos highlight influential black brothers and sisters within the Religious Science movement and provide a bit of history about our movement. If you missed one or would like to rewatch them, they are all right here!

CSL Virtual Comedy Night

Center for Spiritual Living’s virtual comedy night takes place this Saturday, August 22 at 6PST.

The show is free to CSL and friends. The point is to relieve stress and connect through laughter during COVID.

There will be four professional comedians performing (clean) from around the country…

Jason Love: HBO, Sirius XM, Dry Bar Comedy
Gina Stahl-Haven: San Fran Comedy Competition
K-Von: Last Comic Standing, Bring the Funny
Carlos Oscar: Princess Cruise Lines Entertainer of the Year

Register at zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LIbGx_0RS4KA1rF4kj6fLA