WE BELIEVE in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause.
This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
WE BELIEVE in the individualization of the Spirit in us, and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit.
WE BELIEVE in the eternality, the immortality and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
WE BELIEVE the ultimate goal of life to be a complete freedom from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
WE BELIEVE in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God. We believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling presence.
WE BELIEVE in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
WE BELIEVE that the Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God; and that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thought and acts upon it.
WE BELIEVE in the healing of the sick and control of conditions through the power of this Mind.
WE BELIEVE in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness and the eternal Givingness of Life to All.
WE BELIEVE in our own soul, our own spirit and our own destiny; for we understand that the life of all is God.
Our roots run deep.
Our dreams reach high.
Synthesis combines Universal Principles and Practices with Individual Projects. We move from profound ideas to tangible manifestation.
Together we thrive.
Who We Are
Rev. Elisha Christopher
Rev. Elisha Christopher
Rev. Grace Lovejoy
Rev. Grace Lovejoy has been a licensed and ordained minister for Centers for Spiritual Living since 2007. She has now retired from her pulpit in Camarillo, Ca. and is pleased to be serving as a staff minister at CSL Santa Cruz. Ministerial services are available, including weddings, memorials, blessings,
and consultations for matters of great import and/or matters of intense frivolity.
And first, last, and always, she is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner. Practitioners are the Healing Arm of Centers for Spiritual Living and she knows the power of prayer.
For help with matters of Health, Wealth, or Relationship, she is available.
Fees are based on equitable giving for the services provided.
Call for a consultation.
(805) 910-9795 text preferred.
Rev. Tamara Merrill
Tamara is a staff minister who has been involved with Science of Mind for many years and has recently, February, 2019, become a new minister. She is available for ceremonies, memorials, weddings and is a talented officiant for your event.
Chap. Cheryl Stromstad-Snyder
Cheryl became a licensed practitioner in 2004 through Centers for Spiritual Living, Santa Cruz, CA. She studied at the University of Santa Monica and received her Master’s in Spiritual Psychology in 2009.
Cheryl completed her Clinical Pastoral Education in Chaplaincy in 2015 through Centers for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy, College of Saint Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, 1980. She is married to Owen Snyder and is retired from owning residential care facilities for adults with intellectual disabilities for 25 years. Owen and Cheryl live in Watsonville, CA. Cheryl can be reached at 831-818-2704 for prayer or chaplaincy services. Either text or leave a voicemail message. Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been an active member of our community for 22 years and a licensed Science of Mind practitioner for 16 years. Through the Science of Mind teachings something new and pure was kindled deep inside me, a sense of personal power,
fully supporting me in all aspects of my life and it is my passion to support others to flourish and thrive in their personal and professional lives.
Currently my Science of Mind services include:
• Adult Education administrator
• Science of Mind accredited classes instructor.
• Ministry of Prayer participant
• Spiritual Living Circle discussion group facilitator
I am available for spiritual counseling sessions at the Center or in my home. In addition I am available to attend and/or facilitate spiritual meetings and retreats.
Lucy has been a licensed Spiritual Practitioner since 2005. She offers an Animal Ministry for all concerns or needs that you may have for your beloved animals. She’s available for prayer, home visits, veterinarian visits, transitions, creating ceremonies,
rituals, blessings, and welcomings for new pets. This ministry includes all animals, not just dogs and cats. As a complement to her work as a CSL Practitioner, Lucy has been volunteering as a hospice counselor since 2005, working individually and in groups, supporting those who’ve lost loved ones and are in grief. Call 831-688-6623 or email email@example.com.
I am a licensed Practitioner for CSL Santa Cruz and have been in practice since 2005. Praying with individuals and watching the Christ consciousness blossom within them is his favorite and most rewarding part of the work. Some important things to know about me are:
• I served as a non-profit hospice volunteer visitor for several years, focusing primarily on providing spiritual support to institutionalized dementia/Alzheimer’s patients and their family members.
• I served for several years as a certified community mediation volunteer through the small claims court, focusing on fostering healthy communication between parties entering with adversarial positions . . . working toward win-win solutions.
• I have a number of years of experience serving on church boards of directors, both with and without a designated community spiritual leader. My gifts in this role were to be able to listen to the wants and needs of all affected parties, focus in on what the key issues at play were and recommend resolutions that were embraced by consensus.
• As long-time “12 stepper” I am well versed in the disease of addiction and its effects on the family system.
• I have previously served as a member of the CSL World Ministry of Prayer prayer team, and as a Unity Prayer Chaplain, both of which provided me with experience in providing remote prayer support
• I identify as transgender and I possess a special sensitivity for the wants and needs of the LGBTQ+ community and their family members.
I relocated to Minnesota with my lovely wife Shannon in 2016, but my practice still holds a very high priority in my life and I am available for in-person (if you ever find yourself in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area), phone, Zoom/Facetime or e-mail Spiritual Mind treatment.
Phone (651) 529-4078 (please leave your preferred contact info and I will get back to you within 24 hours)
Jessica started her spiritual journey at a very young age, but her practitioner studies began in 2009 at Center for Spiritual Living San Jose. From there, she took classes at the Peninsula, and also at The Launching Pad, a spiritual community for young adults.
She created an eight-week program for men and women to help them heal, as she has been trained to work within Shadow and Darkness. There is no light without it, and she is incredibly passionate in this work and holding. Practitioner sessions with her may also include some energy magic, as this is where she expresses herself in her fullness—helping others heal.
I’ve been blessed by spontaneous spiritual experiences ever since I was a child, which have given me a felt experience of Divine Love. It is my joy and honor to be a vessel for this Love through prayer. I became a licensed practitioner in 2011, and I am happy
and grateful to serve as a practitioner here at our Santa Cruz CSL community!
I am also a licensed psychotherapist and a sound healer. I use alchemical crystal singing bowls along with my voice for Spirit to uplift my clients and bring healing to emotional wounds. I am passionate about integrating the personal with the spiritual so that we can go from being fragmented into a state of wholeness. I love helping clients get in touch with their emotional wounds that are present in their body, then evoking a felt experience of kindness and compassion through sound and prayer. Bringing Love to places in the body where shame, fear, and pain live allows transformation into greater peace, faith, and confidence.
If you are interested in working together, you can call/text me at 831-207-6088 or email me at