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Spiritual Center expands services

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

From left, Dessie Bauer, Mary Douglas, Rev. Tina Fox and Rebecca Warkentin pausing for a photo after Sunday service at the Masonic Temple, shortly before the move to the new location on Dolan Way.

 

Many churches across the Santa Clarita Valley make their homes in rented spaces belonging to businesses, often setting up and taking down adornments within a few hours on Sunday mornings. The Santa Clarita Center for Spiritual Living was one of those churches, until its move in September 2012.

Since 2000, the Center for Spiritual Living rented space from the Masonic Lodge in Canyon Country. Before that, the congregation rented space from one business or another since the mid-1970s.

The September move to the dedicated church location on Dolan Way off of Sierra Highway now allows the church to host midweek meetings and church services, something they couldn’t do before.

“It took us two years to vision and pray and to find the perfect place,” said Rev. Dr. Tina Fox, Pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living. “This allows us to have a midweek reminder of who and what we are.”

Beginning the first week in February, the church will host Wednesday night services at 6:45 p.m. The midweek service will be a more casual service, which may feature different service formats that are more youth oriented, such as drum circles.

Interfaith community

The Santa Clarita Center for Spiritual Living is named after the denomination it is affiliated with, the Centers for Spiritual Living originally founded by Ernest Holmes and based on religious science.

Fox, who holds an M.A. in psychology and two Ph.D.s in religious studies from Emerson Institute and the University of Sedona, studied with world-renowned spiritual teacher Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City.

“We are an interfaith community and teach from all religious traditions,” Fox said. “We have members who are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim. They are here looking for something a little bit more than what their own tradition offers them.”

Rev. Mary Miller, assistant minister and close friend to Fox, offers the congregation support by preaching and helping with marketing. Miller says the “old fashioned” idea of church is beginning to change from “brick and mortar” building and the Center for Spiritual Living is only one example of that.

“We call on ancient wisdom, drawing from the teachings of Jesus and teachings from all parts of the world,” Miller said. “We want to help people live happier, healthier lives.”

Embracing everyone

The Center for Spiritual Living went through a rocky period and was without a permanent pastor until Fox was called to lead the congregation in 2006. The congregation is hoping the new location and additional service times will continue to help the church grow.

“This is the first church that I have been to more than once since I was 14 years old,” said Howard Stallings, member of Center for Spiritual Living. “At first I didn’t know what to think. The church was in a Masonic Lodge, but everyone is here for the same reason, to be one with the Lord.”

“We think of ourselves as a family,” Fox said. “We embrace and love everyone. We are here to help you have a deeper, more complete relationship with God.”

The Santa Clarita Center for Spiritual Living is located at 18333 Dolan Way, #109 in Canyon Country. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with time for meditation at 9:45 a.m. For information visit www.sccenterspiritualliving.com.

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