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Centers for Spiritual Living

Nov 30, 2022 09:31AM ● By Wendy Nadherny Fachon

Through a variety of events and classes, Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) are uplifting humanity through the teachings of Science of Mind. CSL founder Ernest Holmes (1887-1960) studied the world’s many religions and identified commonalities, including the concept that our thoughts create our reality. Holmes correlated his findings to establish a unifying set of new thought principles that are scientifically provable in practice.

Holmes’ work and the Science of Mind teachings are rooted in transcendentalism, the philosophical movement that developed in New England in the late 1820s and 1830s. CSL has grown into a global community comprised of more than 400 spiritual communities, teaching chapters, study groups and other ministries in 30 countries. The Concordia Center, in Warwick, Rhode Island, is preparing to celebrate its 35-year anniversary, and it has inspired the emergence of more CSL communities around the region.

“Wherever you’re at on your spiritual path, you are welcome here,” says Rev. Alan Vukas, community spiritual leader at the Concordia Center. He shares CLS’s vision, which is to create a world that works for everyone. “This begins with creating a life that works for you,” he continues. “We provide the new thought teachings and equip you with tools to use for your own personal growth. Change your thinking/change your life.”

One of CSL’s guiding principles is a belief in the individualization of the Spirit in us and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit. Rev. Gina Colvario Krupka, who leads CSL activities in the Greater Boston area, explains, “Spirituality means the relationship with Spirit is within each one of us. Through spiritual connection, we learn that Source is right where we are, and this awareness shifts our world.”

Vukas adds, “When we discover this inner awareness, it is up to us to demonstrate it to others. When we connect with peace within, we become peace, and this effects the people around us.” He alludes to several great spiritual leaders—Jesus, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.—who led and taught this to others through living by example.

Barbara M. Fuyat, RScP, spiritual director of CSL SouthCoastal MA Teaching Chapter, explains their unique approach to integrating into the community and sharing the Science of Mind philosophy, faith and way of life. “We are passionate about the principle of Oneness—Oneness with each other and all of creation. One way we live this belief is by holding our ceremonies and services at local beaches, parks and farms, without walls or borders, honoring nature as our spiritual temple,” Fuyat states.

While these New England centers offer different celebrations, classes and services, they are unified in their vision, purpose, principles and spirit. The CSL community embraces people of all faiths and beliefs. An emphasis on unconditional love allows everyone to be free to be whoever they are, while also understanding that all are connected in Oneness. Visit a center and experience a change of thinking that can light up your life.

Locations: See below for locations and contact information. For more information on Science of Mind new thought principles, visit

Wendy Nadherny Fachon is a regular contributor to Sustainable Living News and host of the Story Walking Radio Hour on the Dream Visions 7 Radio Network. Visit and search out her podcasts on sustainable living. 

Science of Mind Local Communities

Center for Spiritual Living Greater Boston

Contact: Rev. Gina Colvario Krupka

Phone: 617-947-2743

Email: [email protected]

Center for Spiritual Living South Coastal MA

Contact: Barbara Fuyat, RScP

Phone: 401-793-1753

Email: [email protected]

Concordia Center for Spiritual Living

Contact: Rev. Alan Vukas

Phone: 401-732-1552

Email: [email protected]