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 Michael Rogers
Rev Michael J Rogers, has worked in the field of Human Services, as a Program Director for over 35 years while serving as Human Rights Chairperson and Self-Advocacy Advisor for the greater of 2 decades. He received many awards and accolades. While pursuing a more formal education he became a student of New Thought over 35 years ago. He was first ordained as a Minister with The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness in August of 1990 and was introduced to Religious Science over twelve years ago and has since acquired a license in both Religious Science and Inner Faith Ministries from Emerson Theological Institute. Presently, He happily serving as an Interim Minister with The Center for Conscious Living.
Rev Paul Hoyt
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
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
We continue to delight in the service of our dedicated Interim Ministers, Rev Michael Rogers and Rev Paul Hoyt!! These magnificent ministers filled with Light and Love are serving as our Spiritual Leaders guiding our congregation as we continue to grow and transform as this Radiant Spiritual Community.
Our search for the new senior minister continues. Job announcements have been shared with the entire congregation, spiritual communities and organizations around the country.
We are confident that the perfect senior minister will come forward to spiritually lead our congregation at the Divine Right Time.
Much Love, Kathy Miller, RScP Selection Committee Chairperson
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
Chuck Karstens, Vice President
Brian Beddo, Treasurer
Sherry Daves, Secretary
Ahaji Schreffler, Member at Large
Kathleen Miller, Member at Large
Rev. Paul Hoyt, Interim Minister
Rev. Michael Rogers, Interim Minister
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.