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Giving and receiving are both part of a divine continuum of prosperity and abundance. Sacred Service Angels give freely of their time and talent, and in doing so, the church thrives. The church, in turn, gives of its treasury and ministries to serve members of the spiritual community. Members of the spiritual community share the healing they receive as blessings in the larger world. The world rejoices and supports this healing circulation of unconditional love, which of course, inspires and manifests again as volunteers.
The East Bay Church of Religious Science is dedicated to the spiritual transformation of the entire planet. We are committed to being a point of empowerment allowing Spirit to direct every thought, word, deed, and action for personal transformation.
Our purpose is to serve as a spiritual development center by making available the knowledge and practice of the Science of Mind to all people by fostering their spiritual, cultural and general well being, and to provide facilities for public worship, education and fellowship.
This philosophy is a culmination of ancient wisdom and new thought ideas. The basic premise of this teaching is that we are connected with everything around us and that God or Spirit is the interconnectedness of all life. We believe that this presence and power is within us and that we can tap into it. We recognize the creative power of our thoughts and our beliefs, so we know that spiritual living is an ongoing practice of dispelling the beliefs that hold us apart from the life we want to live and clarify our vision for the life we want.
We also know that as our consciousness expands and our lives improve, the world around us is made better as well. As we create light, love, peace, power, beauty, and joy in our lives, there is a ripple effect out into the rest of the world. A life of magnificence is our birthright, and we can remove the blocks that keep us apart from our natural state of wellbeing. There are spiritual tools that can be used in all areas of our lives — our physical health, our loving relationships, our creative expression, and even in our financial situation.
This teaching is sometimes referred to as Science of Mind or Religious Science; this is a teaching that is open at the top. This means that as we evolve and greater wisdom is discovered, we expand our understanding to encompass new ideas.
Declaration of Principles
Following is a list of the major Principles upon which Religious Science is based. Each Principle is followed by a short declaration from an essay entitled “What I Believe,” written by Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes.
I believe in GOD, the LIVING ALMIGHTY SPIRIT; one, indestructible, absolute, and self-existent CAUSE. This ONE manifests ITSELF in and through all creation but is not absorbed by its creation. The manifest universe is the body of GOD; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of GOD…
Everything is Spirit
I believe in the incarnation of the SPIRIT in all beings and that every person is an incarnation of the ONE SPIRIT…
I believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding…
Heaven on Earth
I believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us and that I experience this kingdom to the degree that I become conscious of it…
I believe that the ultimate goal of life is to be a complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all…
Unity of All Life
I believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest GOD and the innermost GOD is one GOD…
Personification of God
I believe that GOD is personal to all who feel this indwelling PRESENCE…
I believe in the direct revelation of TRUTH through the intuitive and spiritual nature of humanity, and that any person may become a revealer of TRUTH who lives in close contact with the indwelling GOD…
I believe that the UNIVERSAL SPIRIT, which is GOD, operates through a UNIVERSAL MIND, which is the LAW OF GOD, and that I am surrounded by this CREATIVE MIND which receives the direct impress of my thought and acts upon it…
I believe in the demonstration of HEALING through the power of this MIND…
I believe in the control of conditions through the power of this MIND…
Goodness of God
I believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-Kindness, and the eternal Givingness of LIFE to all…
I believe in my own soul, my own spirit, and my own destiny; for I understand that my LIFE is GOD.
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