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. Soni Cantrell-Smith

Rev. Dr. Soni Cantrell-Smith is the founding Minister of Ahava Center for Spiritual Living in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Holmes Institute under the Direction of Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith in 2006, and was ordained in 2011. Dr. Soni is steeped in the principles of Science of Mind and is a lifelong student of the philosophy.

Dr. Soni began her studies in 1992 at Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science in Huntington Beach, California. For 10 years, she was the music director at Namaste CSL in Long Beach, California. She has co-written a successful musical titled “Last Call,” which has been performed in numerous venues throughout the country.

Dr. Soni has been active in 12 Step work for more than 30 years. She teaches spirituality classes at the Hope Center Rehabilitation for Women and is a co-founder of Bluegrass Rainbow Faith Communities, dedicated to supporting faith communities in becoming open and affirming to all.

Dr. Soni has served the CSL Minister Council for six years, two of those as co-chair. She has served on the CSL Nominating Council as well as the CSL Sacred Activism Task Force. Dr. Soni has been serving the CSL interim ministers’ team for two years. She was the recipient of of the Ministers Meritorious Award in 2023.

Dr. Soni believes we are all spiritual leaders. We, as leaders, must be able to articulate our vision and keep it alive through our faith in it, and we must create a sense of belonging and hope that this vision can transform our world.

Centers for Spiritual Living Leadership Council
Rev. Alice Reid

Rev. Dr. Alice Reid


Rev. Dr. Alice Reid is a synergistic, dedicated and committed Spiritual Leader with more than 40 years of exploring, studying and practicing spiritual principles. She currently serves as the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley in California. Prior to that, she served as the spiritual director at CSL Santa Cruz. She was the founding minister of CSL Central Maryland. Dr. Alice was licensed by CSL in 2007 and ordained in 2014.  

Dr. Alice is a collaborative leader and perpetual learner. Currently she serves Centers for Spiritual Living on our Leadership Council as the chair after serving four years as the treasurer. She has a strong vision that all our Centers are thriving healthy communities and is devoted to the CSL vision of a world that works for all. To this end, Dr. Alice also enjoys serving communities as a Co-Creation and Quantum Process facilitator. 

Centers for
Spiritual Living
Executive Director
Rev. Michelle Arellano

Rev. Michelle Arellano

Michelle is a licensed ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living and has 30 years of nonprofit executive experience serving as CEO, Executive Director and Director of Organizational Development as well as consulting.  Her previous career was in banking for 13 years, her last position in banking was Vice President, Branch Manager.  Her purpose in life is to be of service, aligned with her divine purpose.   

Michelle is currently the Executive Director for Centers for Spiritual Living, residing in Ashland, Oregon. Her hobbies are hiking, traveling and enjoying time with her family and friends.  She is a mom of 2 grown sons, Michael and Ryan, who bring great joy into her life.

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.  Peace starts within, then our families, then the community, then the world.”     – Dalai Lama



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


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.

Creating a World that Works for All by Teaching and Practicing Science of Mind Through Social Engagement – 2023 SMSE Report

Real Hope for 2023 and Beyond

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.


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.