(Frequently Asked Questions)
What goes on at your Assembly meetings?
Our Assembly consists of a standard 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. We are attended by traditional church-goers, and for some, we are their "church".
NOTE: Always see our "Calendar/Event" page to Verify & Confirm if a meeting is taking place each week.
How can one be Omnist (observe all religions) when many religions 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 judgment, 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. We observe Omnism; recognizing and respecting ALL faiths.
Are you New Age?
We are a progressive spiritual community recognizing that most Bible teachings 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 the Bible, but research 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/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, wholly and perfectly, 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 judgment; 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 that God loves them! Our community–our family–needs your love and compassion. If you can do that, or are willing to learn how, then you are indeed welcome among us.
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. We do not collect tithes during services. Your tithing practices are between you and God.
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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