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Rev Linda Finley
I received my early spiritual education in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches. My memories are pleasant, and I felt supported – yet began to question some of the doctrine we were asked to take as literal.
Leaving high school, I knew mainstream “church” was not for me, though I hungered for spiritual food. I did a lot of independent reading, and spent a lot of time away from spiritual community. My relationship with God and Jesus were way different from everyone I knew.
I was in my forties when I happened upon Deepak Chopra and metaphysics, which led me to the Spiritual Awareness Center in Visalia, California. I felt as if I had “come home.” It was wonderful discovering there were all kinds of people who believed as I did. The concepts of unity and wholeness resonated to the depths of my being.
In addition to attending services each week, I began taking every class I could, usually taking two at a time, while volunteering for any service I could do for the Center. I knew this was something big!
I became a Practitioner in 1997, a minister in 1999, when I founded the Center for Spiritual Living in Petaluma, California. I was hired as the Spiritual Director of the Eugene Center at the end of 2006.
Rev Drew Johnson
I began my spiritual journey by reading Krishnamurti in the early ‘70’s. Upon first attending the Center for Spiritual Living Eugene in 1996 classes became a steady diet. My life, inwardly and outwardly, has been utterly transformed by this teaching, and I have complete faith in its principles.
I have been a member of the Center for nineteen years and became a licensed practitioner in 2003 and a licensed minister in 2014. I have served on the Board of Trustees for three separate 3-year terms, with terms as President and Finance Chair. I also teach classes at the Center, and am a co-chair of the Center’s annual northwest new thought conference.
I received my law degree from the University of Oregon in 1975, and have been an attorney for forty years specializing in Social Security Disability law. I am also the owner, with my spouse Diane Moen, of the Wonder Wash car wash in Eugene. I am the father of two sons, Max and Luke. I am a passionate fan of the Ducks, and also of Rumi and have given several multi-media presentations on the 13th century poet.
Rev. Shirley Foster
I think I first entertained the idea of being a practitioner in the 1950’s when my husband’s aunt, who was a practitioner in one of the Religious Science International churches in the Los Angeles area, used affirmative prayer, or treatment, for healing the bursitis in my upper left arm. Until the treatment work was done I had experienced excruciating pain in my arm. No other type of treatment had helped.
Soon after this healing, my family and I joined the Redondo Beach, California, Church of Religious Science, and I started taking accredited classes. I found that the teachings gave me such a wonderful feeling of peace, and helped me be a better parent for our children. I also noticed other church members were leading more fulfilling lives. I wanted to bring all of this to others.
I continued taking classes until I became a licensed practitioner in 1967, and then went on to become a minister in 1980. Somewhere along the line Religious Science International awarded me my Lifetime Practitioner License. I am glad I can be an active practitioner in our Center for Spiritual Living(™) and help others live happier, healthier lives.
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