Based in Golden, Colorado, Centers for Spiritual Living™ is a global community comprised of more than 400 spiritual communities, teaching chapters, study groups and other ministries in 30 countries. These communities teach a New Thought philosophy that brings religion and science together and offers spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place.

This is done through the study and practice of Science of Mind® and Spirit, also known as Religious Science®, which holds that all life is sacred—that each human being is an expression of God. We believe in Cause and Effect and teach that “it is done unto you as you believe.” In essence, our thinking and expectations create our reality.

Our teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and others — are welcome in our communities. We help people experience a personal relationship with the creator; promote a community of tolerance, understanding and respect; provide classes, programs, prayer and meditation; and advocate a safe spiritual community of like-minded people interested in living a spiritual life.


Our Global Vision: “A World That Works for Everyone”

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Executive Team

Centers for
Spiritual Living
Spiritual Leader

Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen

Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen



As Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen is the public face of Centers for Spiritual Living. Edward Viljoen (pronounced full-YOON) lives in the beautiful Sonoma County wine country, leads spiritual retreats worldwide and is a prolific author of published spiritual articles and books (Penguin Random House, Saint Martin’s Press.) Edward received two honorary doctorate degrees from Centers for Spiritual Living, and in 2018, he was awarded our movement’s cherished Ernest Holmes Award for exemplary demonstration of Dr. Holmes’s teachings.

Edward started his spiritual journey in the 1980s with Science of Mind classes in Hollywood, California, and is Santa Rosa’s 30-year senior minister. Edward is passionate about education and is well-known for sharing his curriculum and organizational resources with ministers nationwide. He served on the Minister’s Ongoing Education Conference for 20 years, and, moved to provide spiritual support for peace officers in the tumultuous 1990s, Edward became a Law Enforcement Chaplain.

Edward was the Chair of the Transition Team that ushered the United Church of Religious Science into a new organization model and a new way of being. As a member of our Cultural Integrity and Evolution Committee, Edward initiated a movement-wide values audit and created the annual grassroots themes program. While leading a thriving Center in Santa Rosa, he served on the Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee, Honorary Doctorate Committee, International Board of Trustees, and Asilomar Committee.

When not teaching classes, leading retreats, raising funds for AIDS/HIV services, and education, Edward can be found walking his dog Quentin, reading science-fiction, and binge-watching documentaries.

Dr. Edward Viljoen, is available for speaking engagements and press interviews.  For more information, contact Centers for Spiritual Living Marketing Department at:

Centers for
Spiritual Living
Field Leader

Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen

Rev. Sunday Coté



Rev. Sunday Coté is an experienced and passionate facilitator of spiritual growth practices based on Universal Principles. A graduate of Ernest Holmes College, (now Holmes Institute’s School of Spiritual Leadership) she is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living and is the founding minister and spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Living in Leesburg, VA.

In 2018, she celebrated 25 years in ministry. She has advanced training in mindfulness, spiritual counseling, and positive psychology. She has completed professional training in positive neuroplasticity with Dr. Rick Hanson, is a certified Q Process Shadow Work Coach. and a certified Level 2 Unified Mindfulness Coach.

On the international level, she serves as a teacher for the Centers for Spiritual Living On-Line Education program, teaching continuing education to ministers and practitioners and teaching the Professional Practitioner Training Program. She was elected to the Minister’s Council for Centers for Spiritual Living in 2018.

Centers for Spiritual Living Leadership Council

Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen

Rev. Dr. David Alexander



David was raised in New Thought had a profound awakening at age 13, after which he dedicated his life to helping others. He became a licensed Religious Science Practitioner in 1999 and graduated from the University of New Mexico with honors in Child Development and Family Relations. In 2004, David co-founded the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living and served as its Senior Minister for 15 years. He was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2009. A social justice activist, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Community of Welcoming Congregations, a Portland-based alliance with the mission of ‘providing a voice for LGBTQ and allied people of faith.’ Rev. David writes a monthlycolumn – ‘Philosophy in Action’ – for Science of Mind magazine and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Centersfor Spiritual Living in 2014. In 2015 Dr. David was inducted into the College of Bishops and Affirming Faith Leaders by the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and in 2016 was recognized with a Force for Good Award from Unity of Sacramento. He currently served as director of Strategic Alliances for the Centers for Spiritual Living, where he helps direct and coordinate partnerships between organizations in order to foster the creation of a world that works for all. Additionally Rev. David serves on the leadership councils for both the Centers for Spiritual Living and the Association for Global New Thought. Locally Rev. David was selected to serve on the Social Justice, Race and Equity Commission for the city of Brookhaven, Georgia. Dr. David is the 4th senior leader of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in its proud 41 year history.



Centers for Spiritual Living has 5 councils which represent
the various constituency groups across all CSL Member Communities.


The Leadership Council leads our Organization through the application of  our Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles, Intentions, Shared Values, and Culture while conducting the  business of our Organization. This Council serves the function of a board of directors and it is the final decision‐making body for the Organization.

The Leadership Council deals with issues of timing and organizational priorities, as well as with the overall health and unfolding future of the Organization. The  Leadership Council is also responsible for financial oversight, allocation of resources, management review, and all policy‐making activities of the Organization.

The council is made up of nine elected members; three ministers, three practitioners and three laity.  CSL’s Spiritual Leader and the President serve on the council as does the three staff directors for a total of 14 members.


The Minister Council represents their constituency by working closely with committees, members of staff and the Leadership Council in representing the interests of their constituents.  The council is served by six elected members.


The Practitioner Council represents their constituency by working closely with committees, members of staff and the Leadership Council in representing the interests of their constituents.  The council is served by six elected members.


The Member Council represents their constituency by working closely with committees, members of staff and the Leadership Council in representing the interests of their constituents.  The council is served by six elected members.


The Nominating Council is responsible for the recruitment and vetting of candidates for all elected offices. 


Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement (SMSE) Committee

Centers for Spiritual Living identifies and addresses global social issues by offering its considered opinion based in conscious and peaceful spirituality and the Science of Mind teaching.

Centers for Spiritual Living communicates its position throughout the organization, and offers principled guidance and insight to local communities who wish to engage in their own conversation.

United Nations International Day of Peace: September 21, 2022

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples August 9, 2022

Statement on Loss of Constitutional Protection

World Food Security

CSL Stands with the People of Buffalo, New York

Sacred Season for Climate Justice

International Transgender Day of Visibility

A Call to Prayer

CSL COVID-19 Vaccination Update

CSL Statement on PRIDE Month

CSL Statement Ethnic and Cultural Genocide

CSL Statement on Chauvin Verdict

Earth Day Our Holy Home

CSL Statement of Solidarity with Asian and Pacific Islanders Communities Worldwide

CSL Celebrates International Women’s Day

CSL Statement on Racism in the United States


Diversity Inclusion Commission

Centers for Spiritual Living values, embraces and celebrates the individual uniqueness and contribution of all people as they express through differences of gender, ethnicity, culture, history, experience, talents, and sexual orientation. We invite representatives from all our organizational constituencies in leadership, sacred service, and decision making.

The Diversity Inclusion Commission is charged with supporting Centers for Spiritual Living’s efforts in developing plans and programs for attracting and retaining a diverse population in its communities and for inclusion in leadership, education programming, committees, and all aspects of the organization in support of continuous global growth.

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Chaplaincy Committee

Centers for Spiritual Living realizes and appreciates the growing number of ministers and practitioners serving in professional chaplaincy and spiritual care. The inception of the CSL Chaplaincy Committee is the manifestation that answers the call for a voice, support, preparation, mentorship and ecclesiastical endorsement for CSL ministers and practitioners dedicated to the Ministry of Presence, chaplaincy.

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