(Frequently Asked Questions)
What goes on at your Sunday Assembly meetings?
Our Sunday Assembly begins at 11:30am and consists of a standard church-like service with announcements, ministration (prayer) and enlightening spiritual messages that are practical, logical and empowering. We also participate in dialogue (Q&A Session) after the message so that those who have questions can get answers.
NOTE: Always see our "Calendar/Event" page to Verify & Confirm if a meeting is taking place each week.
At 11:00am we host a 20-Minute Group Ministration; an intensive & empowering prayer/meditation/affirmation session. This unique “Inherently Affirmative” Ministration process is another factor that sets us apart from other spiritual communities. If you'd like to participate in the Group Ministration, please be on time. To avoid service disruption, our door closes at precisely 11:00am and re-opens at 11:25 for Sunday Service.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of our 20-Minute Ministration service (necessity for silence/minimal disruption), we are unable to host small children, however, all children are welcome at our General Sunday Service. We simply request that parents endeavor to keep disruptions to a minimum and kindly escort their child from the room if disruption persists. We thank everyone for their understanding and collaboration.
How can one be Omnist (observe all religions) when many practice judgment, oppression and the killing of living things (sacrificing animals for example) for sacrificial purposes?
C.A.L.M is not just Omnist; we’re Affirmatively Omnist. Although we respect all religions, we actually “recognize and observe” positive, peaceful, non-oppressive views and conduct of all religions; love, respect for others, respect for all of life. C.A.L.M does not recognize/observe/support practices of judgement, oppression or killing living things for religious purposes. Individuals who wish to support such practices are encouraged to seek out a community that aligns with such beliefs.
Are You Christians?
Some of us are, some of us aren’t. Some believe that Jesus is God; others believe Jesus was the Son of God with a special task; others are discovering. Then there are others who observe different practices which are in alignment with Christianity; Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Religious Scientists, and yup, even agnostics who just want to be part of a great group of people working together to make the world a better place while learning to apply Conscious Affirmative Living Mindset concepts in their lives. Although we are not labelled a Christian organization, our beliefs are based upon the foundation of Christ's teachings and the New Testament. We observe Omnism; recognizing, and respecting ALL religions.
What if I’m not a Christian?
Although we observe the teachings of Jesus Christ, C.A.L.M is not in the business of converting or oppressing individuals. We are here to share, encourage, teach and learn together. If you don’t believe in Christ or His teachings, join us anyway and just take in what does work for you. There’s no obligation to participate (and we do not send missionaries to your home or try to sell you anything). Just be YOU and enjoy your journey!
Are you New Age?
We are a progressive spiritual community recognizing that the teachings of Jesus Christ were – and are – “New Age”. They were advanced for their time, just as they are today. In fact, not only are the more progressive ideals on science and spirituality (law of attraction & cause and effect for example) in absolute alignment with the teachings of Jesus Christ, but research and Bible study clarifies that the more recent, progressive principles being taught today were originally taught by Jesus and are even evident in the Old Testament. (Note: Insofar as we recognize certain “New Age” perspectives, we do not participate in rituals requiring crystals, tarot, divination, fortunetelling, speaking in tongues, “angel work” and so forth. Those who participate in such rituals are welcome among us but are requested to not perform/promote such rituals within our community or sell ritualistic services to our members. C.A.L.M does not judge such practices; they are simply not in alignment with our mandate.)
Are you a "Science of Mind" church?
Insofar as we are a "New Thought" and "Mind & Science" community, and we recognize many of the same insights and philosophies as the Science of Mind organization and its founder, Ernest Holmes, we are not affiliated with the the Science of Mind organization. Like all people of all faiths, Science of Mind members and practitioners are perfectly welcome among us.
I have been rejected by other churches because of my personal issues or lifestyle.
We ask that individuals respect each other and our environment, but what goes on in your life is your business; that you know that God loves you and wants you to come home to Him is our business. Welcome Home!
I am gay or bi or trans-gender and/or married to the same sex. Am I welcome?
Newsflash: God loves you! Perfectly! Without judgement; without oppression. So do we. Nobody’s going to try to change you. Welcome Home!
I am a "Christian" who doesn't accept divorcees, drug addicts, alcoholics, gays or other sinners.
Newsflash: Then you’re not a Christian! The job of a Christian is to not judge, but to preach the gospel (word and action) and to remind everybody–sinners and righteous alike–that God loves them! The good thing is, God loves you! Perfectly! Without judgement; without oppression. So do we. Our community–our family–needs your love and compassion. Welcome Home!
Do I have to pay tithing?
Tithing is a personal process between you and God. Although we accept and rely on tithing to help support us, we don’t solicit tithing from anybody. Your tithing practices are between you and God.
But isn’t tithing an Old Testament thing?
Tithing is in fact in the New Testament:
“…not to leave the other (tithing) be undone” (Matt 23:23)
“…and not leave the other (tithing) undone” (Luke 11:42)
But I’m not into biblical stuff; I’m more “new age” and don’t need to tithe.
The power of tithing is as much a scientific concept as it is a spiritual and religious one. Nothing creates abundance in one’s life better than the process of tithing. Beyond the rewards of tithing, people often feel that churches don’t need or shouldn’t accept money, however, every upstanding spiritual organization that has bills to pay and outreach programs to facilitate, needs the financial support of their members and participants in order to carry out their works in a world where money makes things happen as much for good as for bad. Again, nobody is obliged to pay tithing to our community. We do appreciate support from those who feel compelled to do so.
How do you use tithing & donations?
We use tithing to pay for expenses and community outreach programs and promotional endeavors. There is nobody currently employed by the ministry; all money truly goes to serve and help grow the ministry.
I'm spiritual but not religious.
The term religion means to "join" together or "connect". As such, anyone who claims to be spiritual must be religious about their spirituality. Don't confuse "religion" with "religious radicals" who have zero understanding of the true glory and magnificent love of God. You do not need to be "traditionally" religious in order to participate.
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