About Us

The Center for Conscious Living is an independent New Thought spiritual community. We are an energetic and alive group of people who gather to express their love in community and celebrate their connection to Spirit. CCL is a non-denominational, independent religious organization sharing the belief that spiritual principles can enhance and alter human experience, and that a consciousness of Spirit enhances all aspects of life.

Based on the Science of Mind, a spiritual philosophy developed by Dr. Ernest Holmes, the Center emphasizes lifting and expanding conscious-ness in ways that lead to a life of full expression, connection, peace and harmony. The Center’s educational mission is the development of faith and trust in God.

Its vision is to equip people with the tools to live a life of wholeness and spiritual connection. In addition to Sunday Celebration and Meditation Sunday, the Center offers: classes, workshops, an extensive library and book store, outreach services and the Synergy Circle (a forum for invited speakers, performers and people who inspire and transform lives). The Center for Conscious Living is a vital, alive, enriching place to express God’s Light and Love.

Leadership & Staff

Rev Paul Hoyt

       Interim Minister

Paul is a Staff Minister and Practitioner at the Center for Conscious Living and has been a participating member of the community for over 20 years. Paul is also a Oneness Blessing giver, and co-chair of the CCL Practitioner Core. In addition to his beloved Foundations, Paul has taught several other classes at CCL.

Rev. Dr. Carol  Lawson

        Minister Emerita

Founder and Spiritual Director of CCL for 27 years, is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Oneness Blessing giver, Past President ANTN (Affiliated New Thought Network), and taught in high school, a store-front school and Cal State LA before becoming a Religious Science Minister and Practitioner. She has inspired and mentored many other ministries. Dr. Jean Houston calls Carol “a luminous lady of spirit, a true wise woman for our time.”

2021 Transformation Update

Dear Beloved Spiritual Community Members,

The Stewardship Council has started negotiations with Reverend Katherine McClelland as a candidate for CCL’s Senior Minister.

For further information about Reverend Katherine, please go to her websites listed below:


The Selection Committee has begun interviewing Reverend Bill Marchiony and we will keep you apprised of his status as things unfold.

For further information about Reverend Bill, please take a look at his links listed below:

Weekly inspirational talks (since 2011) on Vimeo
Practical Prayer channel on YouTube
Practical Prayers & Meditations on Insight Timer
Practical Prayer podcast
My web site at Be-the-light.com
New Thought Philadelphia
God Calls web site & demos

Please continue to pray for Divine Guidance in this decision-making process.

As always, we are grateful for your presence and your continuing support of the Center for Conscious Living.

Much Love, Kathy Miller, RScP Selection Committee Chairperson

Stewardship Council

While spiritual life of  CCL is governed by our Interim Ministers, the workings of the center is handled by the Stewardship council.  Our current members are:

Regina DeBarberie, President
Vacant, Vice President
Brian Beddo, Treasurer
Sherry Daves, Secretary
Kathy Miller, Member at Large
Ahaji Schreffler, Member at Large
Cassandra Butler, Member at Large
Jane Hobson, Member at Large
Rev. Paul Hoyt, Interim Minister

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The day to day activities of the CCL office is handled by our Office Goddess (Office Administrator), Rev. Dr. Marlene Volper. Rev. Marlene is a staff minister at CCL and has been an active member for the past 15 years. She has been studying Natural Health, Feng Shui, and Religious Science for over 30 years.   She holds degrees in Herbalism, Nutritional Counseling and Religious Studies.

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