September 5, 2021

Rev. Jackie is back at the CSL this week!
Join us this Sunday in the Sanctuary
or on Face Book Live at 10:30 a.m.

Beloved Community:

When my grandmother was asked her opinion about something (mostly when I was trying to convince her to side with me in a disagreement with my sisters), she often said: “Every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.”

After all these years, I finally looked it up. The entire quote by African-American writer, Zora Neale Huston is:
“Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural. There is no single face in nature because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle. So every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.”

As I’ve watched events unfolding in our world and read such differing opinions in the news and on social media, I’ve become more and more aware of how we each live in our own world—shaped by our own experiences, our own nature, our own interests, our own values. We all have deeply personal and often much-treasured perspectives. Of course, this is a good thing, but only if we don’t shut ourselves off from each other with our tenacious hold on “our” perspective as the only correct one.

Right now our world seems to be incredibly divided. I despair that we are forgetting our Oneness. In Religious Science we teach that we are all one human family and that we are unique, individual expressions of the Divine. In this Oneness, there is ample room for differing opinions, perspectives, and expressions. We are reminded that what we see very much depends on where we stand.

There’s an old story about a traveler standing on the side of a river, and he’s desperate to get across. He shouts at a man standing on the far bank, “Quick, tell me, how do I get to the other side of the river?” The man pauses and looks puzzled by the question. So the traveler yells again, “Please, please, can you tell me, how do I get to the other side of the river.” And the man answers, “Mister, you are on the other side of the river.”

We each see life from our own angle, and often we cannot see what is right in front of us. Our personal perspective can either close us down or open our hearts to embrace the wider family of humanity. Perhaps we could explore the question “If I am seasoning my own life, what is in my spice-box?” Does it contain the “spices” of curiosity, openness, a listening heart, and willingness to see another perspective? Or perhaps we unconsciously season our lives with the “spice” of stubbornness, close-mindedness, or loyalty to some entity or belief over Truth and Oneness.

It is so easy to forget that the way we see the world is very much shaped by our own perspective. The next time you feel yourself shutting down in disagreement with someone, I encourage you to open your mind and heart to consider a different idea, to look for the common threads between you, and gently move to that place of Oneness.

Perhaps, if seen from a new angle, we. . . and our world. . .can heal together.

Peace and Blessings!

Rev. Jackie Holland
Senior Minister
Guest Musician
Lisa Bittick

Lisa Bittick is an Idaho native who performs in various bands around the Treasure Valley, and as a soloist. She is a vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist including piano, violin, mandolin and bass to name a few. We look forward to seeing Lisa exhibit her many talents this Sunday!
Meditative Thought
by Dr. Ernest S. Holmes, Founder of Science of Mind

The subjective state of man's thought decides what is going to happen to him in his objective experience. The subjective state of his thought is the sum total of his thinking and knowing. It is the medium between the relative and the Absolute, between the Limitless and the conditioned. Whatever is involved in it, will evolve. Therefore, when there is no longer anything in our mentality which denies our word, a demonstration will be made; nothing cab stop it, for the Law is Absolute. Science of Mind p. 300 - 1
Upcoming Events
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Do you LOVE to sing? Have you wanted to sing outside of the shower? 

We are looking for folks to sing at the CSL Sunday Service.

If you are called to sing at least one song on Sunday morning during service, and are a "some-what experienced" vocalist, please e-mail Rex Miller:

We'd love to have you join our musical team!

Prayer of the Week
In this moment, I recognize the Creator of all Life. No matter what that life looks like, it is all God. It is all Divine Intelligence in many different variations. It is the visible and invisible, the dark and the light. This Source of life is known by so many different names, and is all God.

It is from this place of deep calm within that I know and feel my oneness with my Source. The very center of my being is God within. What I know for myself, I absolutely know for all. We are each a divine manifestation of Spirit on Earth.

I accept for each of us:
  • to be compassionate with our fellow human, especially in challenging times
  • to allow the healing power of Spirit into every area of our lives
  • to live each day by the common thread found in all faiths - do unto others as you would have others do unto you

Let us believe in the all empowering goodness of humanity and move this world to Joy!

With great gratitude for this unwavering faith in the Law, I let it go and let God do God's work!

So Be It!

Deborah Whitman, RScP

Special thanks to our Musical Director, Rex Miller and all of the talented
musicians who continue to support the CSL during this time! 
To find out more, and to help support our musicians during
these difficult times, please click on the links to our beloved Musician's Websites.
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Our Center is open for assembly gathering

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Reverend Jackie Holland, Senior Minister