Membership at the Center
Center for Spiritual Living San Jose
A philosophy, a faith, a way of life
An Invitation to Partnership: What Membership Means
The decision to identify yourself as a member of Center for Spiritual Living San Jose is something that happens in your heart as a result of your careful exploration of the teachings and practices of Science of Mind. The New Member Orientation Class is designed to give you sufficient information to determine if becoming a member is the right choice for you at this time.
Membership implies an affiliation with the philosophy of Science of Mind and a commitment to becoming a steward of this community, its assets, and its future. Our members are vitally involved in our community; more than just loose associations, we commit to be there for each other, holding one another in times of sickness and sorrow, and celebrating one another in times of joy and success. It is presumed, therefore, that an individual will become a member after becoming familiar with the teaching and culture of the Center by attending the New Member Orientation Class.
A member is one who is vitally involved in an organization. Our vision for our members is that they are alive with genuine spirituality that improves the quality of their daily experience. This aliveness becomes a beneficial contribution to their families, workplace, and community. Science of Mind is spread throughout the world by the example of its members.
Committing Oneself to Membership is a Threefold Commitment
Membership is a commitment to living the Science of Mind philosophy. This means that you are willing to learn about and to apply Science of Mind in daily life. In addition, members also commit to remaining loyal to the Center, its leadership and the congregation, through their words and deeds; choosing to resolve any conflict or concern in a loving and responsible manner.
Membership is a commitment to enter into community with the existing members. This means deepening your level of participation from that of “observer” to “owner” through volunteering time and skill; attending events, classes, workshops, and other activities, as appropriate to your life; and attending the Annual Member Gathering.
Members support the Center’s commitment and vision through their actions, attitudes and prayers. Members agree to give financially (via the annual Intentional Giving Program or its equivalent), which demonstrates a pattern and a rhythm – and creates consciousness.
Considerations and Commitment of Membership
- Attending services regularly
- Serving as a volunteer at the Center
- Deepening one’s learning of the 5-point balanced spiritual practice
- Participating in the Annual Member Gathering (Becoming a member of record affords voting privileges in annual elections, changes to by-laws, etc.)
- Supporting the Center financially via the annual Intentional Giving Program
What are the Benefits of Membership?
- To increase your personal commitment to your own spiritual growth
- To strengthen your experience of being fully alive and living with purpose
New Member Orientation
New Member Orientation is a one-session class facilitated by Dr. David, wherein attendees explore the Science of Mind – what it is, what it does, and how to use it. This class is a requirement for Center for Spiritual Living membership – it gives you the opportunity to make sure this is the right choice for you at this time. Everyone is welcome to attend – even if you’ve taken the class before or are not considering membership at this time! Opportunities to become a member happen three times a year.
New Member SundayA week or two after the New Member Orientation class, the entire congregation will confirm, honor, and welcome new members into our spiritual community during our Sunday Service. New Member Sunday is a life-changing event that is not to be missed!
Download our Membership Brochure here: Membership Brochure & Interest Form
For more information, contact: NewMembers [at] cslsj.org