To our communities in the United States of America, we extend our compassion as many take in the meaning, relief, and complex emotions that follow on the Derek Chauvin trial verdict. As a result of worldwide protests following George Floyd’s death, this moment is significant beyond one nation, touching on the common hope from countries across the globe for accountability and meaningful steps toward healing. And we grieve with the Floyd family, understanding that a verdict does not take away the pain of their loss.
Tuesday’s verdict represents a small but significant step in healing the consciousness that has brought us to where we are, and it points to the work ahead of us to dissolve bias, inequity, and injustice so that our world may indeed work for all.
We know that love is still the most powerful energy in the universe. As one of the many names of the Divine, we invoke Divine Love to keep our thoughts, actions, and words rooted in our Oneness so that as a human race, we come to embrace a new reality where racial equity and social justice are the operating norms in society.
We understand that when we stand for the dignity and safety of others, we ourselves come to a deeper understanding of our Oneness and shared sacred heritage. We have faith that the consciousness of Oneness we are calling in is what transforms the unjust into the just, separation into unity, and empowers each of us to co-create safe and healthy communities for all.
Blessings, Rev. Edward Viljoen, DD (hon.), Spiritual Leader, CSL Rev. Masando Hiraoka, Chair, Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Cmte. Rev. D. Jaqueline Edwards SMSE Rev. Cindy Grimes, SMSE Ayodele Mcclenney, RScP. Leadership Council Rev. Martha Quintana, Global Services CSL
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
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
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.
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!