Catherine Ellis, RScPAs a child, religion was sparse and seemed neither useful nor logical. Methodist Youth Fellowship introduced me to smoking at age 13. Tammy Faye Baker’s tears, the PTL club, and TV religion in general seemed mostly about asking for money. Dirty secrets were surfacing within Catholicism. Old Charlton Heston type bible movies added to these negative childhood impressions.
In high school and college, I connected with eastern philosophy and came to believe in a god of physics where energy is neither created nor destroyed.
A friend introduced me to Religious Science in the late 80’s after the end of a too long, unhealthy relationship. That initial experience evolved into years of Sunday and Wednesday talks, but regrettably, no classes. The concept that people are created to be happy seemed logical.
About ten years later, my life was showing up like burnt popcorn with loved ones dying, my own cancer and career challenges. I paused.
By early 2004, my life was a disaster. I realized I had a small idea of me and a small idea of god. I just wanted to be happier. I decided to become proactive about my spirituality. I co-formed a three person, weekly study group. I reengaged Religious Science with a vengeance including taking classes, sometimes two at a time.
I learned to discern between constructive and destructive thoughts. Life got better and better, one thought at a time. I have become vigilant about my thoughts, my many spiritual practices, and my repeated choice to live in the present.
I developed an inquisitiveness for wellness, world religions and spirituality while in nursing school. I took a Women and Religions coarse. My mind was blown away, to the vastness and unlimited potentiality of the Universe. Every spiritual teaching I studied contained a common thread of truth. This led me to becoming a Religious Science practitioner at the Atlanta Church of Religious Science, now known as Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta. I continue to expand my daily spiritual growth and practice by integrating what I am learning into the practice I call LIFE. I am continuing my formal education through the Emerson Institute Seminary(Doctoral degree in Spiritual Studies). Locally I am walking the path to take my refuge vow with my Buddhist sangha, Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta and working within the technology and wellness ministries at Unity North Atlanta. I strive to continuously evolve my daily spiritual and wellness practices as THEY ARE ONE! It is not enough to know, we must experience, we must practice!
LeeHuffmanLee Huffman has been a CSL Licensed Practitioner since the summer of 2014 and has been associated with Centers for Spiritual Living since 2008. He is here to serve our community in any way possible, especially through Spiritual Coaching and Affirmative Prayer (aka “Treatment”).
A family man, Lee and Kim have been married for over 25 years (to each other :^). They live in Suwanee, GA. Their son, Matthew is about to end his career serving in the United States Marine Corps. Matt and his wife, Denise, will be returning to the Atlanta area soon. Their daughter, Eliza, is a very active in CSL as the Teen President for another Center in Atlanta. Ask Lee, Kim or Eliza how Eliza used Science of Mind principles and practices to become a full-time college student a full year before finishing high school in Gwinnett County.
On the business side, Lee is the CEO and Master Coach of Professional Development USA. He has a passion for developing business leaders that comes from over 30 years of experience developing successful organizations as a serial entrepreneur and as a Fortune 100 Executive. As “The Business Catalyst”, Lee develops and leads customized workshops and keynote presentations for groups of 25 to 2,000. In addition, he mentors and trains Executives, Business Owners, Community Leaders, and Professionals in small groups and one-on-one.
Feel free to contact Lee by e-mail at Lee_CSL@ProDevUSA.com or by phone at (770) 932-2525.
Bruce Wilmoth was delivered to the United States Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 23rd of September, 1948.
Having spent a few days in the City of Brotherly Love, Bruce then grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Went to public school, made good grades. Liked to draw, make models. Was a Scout, a pretty good athlete. Against the backdrop of all that was unfolding in Birmingham in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Interesting times.
Bruce studied architecture at the University of Virginia, then took a degree from Auburn in Visual Design. Setting off on a career that included design for television, corporate identity/communications systems, exhibitry, retail store design, Bruce settled into a long and satisfying stint as an advertising Art Director. He got to work on some great accounts at some great agencies in Atlanta, LA, and New York. He dismisses ‘Mad Men’ as “personally redundant”. Interesting times.
Yet a certain measure of discontent, more questions than answers, seemed to propel Bruce along for decades; a search, often imperceptible, often ever-so-close, until finding Science of Mind about 2003. On the fringes a few years, he then decided to suspend disbelief, put aside cynicism, judgement for a time, and took a few classes. In paying closer attention, Bruce liked what he witnessed and experienced. “Makes sense to me”, he says.
Now a Practitioner Intern, Bruce relishes the opportunity of community, and this path of learning and growing.