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CSL Global Theme for 2023: Living Out Loud

May Theme: Light Within the Shadows

This Week's Affirmation:

May 28, 2023

We live life’s performance on the center stage. We get to decide if we live fully out loud or hide our light. We are each blessed with a bright light, so why not radiate our special brilliance at its fullest?

Rev. Gil Omstead is RGCSL's Spiritual Director. Rev. Gil's ministry and service is grounded in collaboration, community, and compassion. When he first came to RGCSL, he felt it was home. He’s excited about our magical journey together and for what is unfolding.

Rev. Gil also works with his wife, Robyn, in their ministry, Live Inspired. They host Rockin' the Love, a weekly podcast, where they share insights from over 20 years of spiritual play, disappointments, triumphs, and growth as a couple.

Susan Clark is RGCSL's Director of Musical Inspiration. Susan is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter with an alluring, warm voice that enables audiences to connect with her immediately. Not only is Susan very talented on the flute, guitar and piano, she has a gift for selecting music that aligns perfectly with the Sunday message.

RGCSL Seeks Administrative Coordinator

Resumes due 5 pm, May 31

The Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living is seeking a new Administrative Coordinator who can handle many of the computer-emphasized responsibilities and financial details on a weekly basis for the Center. Essential knowledge and experience includes QuickBooks, PayPal, Word, Excel, and Breeze.

An updated and more complete job description has been posted here:

The position will likely involve 22.5 hours of direct presence at the Center. Past Coordinators have worked Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Hours and days are flexible. Starting hourly compensation is minimally $20/hour and will be determined based on experience and references. There are paid holidays, sick leave, and possibilities for contributions to health insurance and retirement. 

If you are interested in the position, please send a current resume and cover letter to

The submission deadline for the Administrative Coordinator position is Wednesday, May 31st, at 5 PM. A Board Committee is beginning the interview phase of our candidate search.

Note: As of Sunday, May 7, the Board has received one extremely competitive resume. We will continue to accept resumes and cover letters until the position is filled. 

Updates from the Center

The Board takes tremendous pleasure in extending our gratitude to Norm Dawson, who provided our Sunday Announcements for nearly 18 months. Norm leaves big shoes (literally!) to fill and will be sorely missed. 

Thank you to every member who continues to bring main dishes, appetizers, salads, and desserts for our Social Gatherings every Sunday. Due to your generosity, we are able to host members and visitors in fellowship every week. We feed our community literally and spiritually! Keep up the great work and volunteerism.  

Mark Ayers, Board President

Hug-A-Buddy Continues!
Through Sunday May 28

We want to fill up our Sanctuary with loveable, colorful stuffed animals that will be donated to our local police and fire departments for use in their work.

Thank you for your generosity!

Did you Know? The 2020 Best Toy of the Year recognized by Learning Express Toys, a specialty retailer company, was Squishmallows.

Spiritual Discussion Group with Alicia Hanlen:

Fridays from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

You're invited to join Alicia's Spiritual Discussion Group, where we'll discuss The Art of Being Yourself: Discover Who You Are and Learn How to Live by Dr. Frank Richelieu. This book challenges you to release limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors; reveal the masterpiece you truly are; utilize the creative power within you; discover and pursue your heart's desire; replace pain with new insight; enlarge your vision; expand your relationship with the Infinite, and much, much more. For more information, email Alicia at or 575-779-4889.

Are you ready for a BEGINNER Science of Mind Class??

Using powerful Science of Mind practices and the stories that you tell yourself, discover how to uncover limiting beliefs, improve in the areas mentioned above, and expand in ways you are already thriving.

"Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life" is a 5-week introductory Science of  Mind class starting Wednesday, June 21 in person, or Thursday, June 22 on Zoom with practices, and methods to enhance your life in three vital areas:  Relationships, Prosperity, and Health.
FACILITATOR: Rev. Gil Olmstead
DATES: In person - Weekly, Wednesdays, June 21 -July 26 (no class July 5th)
or on Zoom, Weekly, Thursdays, June 22-July 27 (no class July 6th)
TIME:  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (In-person at the Center) JUNE 22-JULY 27 (No class July 6) or on Zoom JUNE 22-JULY 27 (No class July 6) 10:00-12:30
SUGGESTED TEXT:  Spiritual Liberation :  Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith. Copies are available at RGCSL Bookstore, Amazon, or other book sellers.
STUDENT GUIDE:  Will be emailed to you to print, or a limited number of copies will be available for pre-order at the RGCSL bookstore for $10. Place your order with Gilbert at the Bookstore
INVESTMENT:  Early Bird registration $170 (through Sunday, June 18th), or $195 after June 18th or at the door.  Special Senior (65+) rate:  $150.
Payment Plans are available.  Partial scholarships are available. A $50 non-refundable deposit will hold your place in class (applies toward your tuition). You can pay in full, make a deposit and pay in payments or the balance by July 12th.

This course focuses on:

  • Begin where you are
  • Create thriving relationships
  • Realize abundance is your natural state
  • Promote health and wholeness

Gain a greater understanding of the basic metaphysical principles which govern the conditions of your life and learn how to apply them to enhance all aspects of your life.

7 Ways To Empower Yourself Against Stressors

If your plan is to lessen the effects of triggers you currently have, you have to pace yourself and listen to your limits around these types of events. You have to find the balance between being informed and being active when facing the world’s stressors and force yourself to take time out to rest. Here are a few ways to empower yourself against emotional triggers.

  • Enforce limits 
  • Create a mental barrier
  • Engage in purposeful participation
  • Embrace other emotions and thoughts
  • Widen your focus
  • Engage in activities
  • Regroup or reset

If you find that you’re not ready, reset your break timer and come back to the situation later. This approach allows you to take a break without engaging in unhealthy avoidance. And remember: It’s important to not judge how often you need to take breaks.

Monica Johnson, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and owner of Kind Mind Psychology.

Recommended by Susan Solari, Compassion Ministries

Join the Tech Team!

Do you enjoy any of the following?

Computers, pictures, sound, tech, gadgets, streaming, or videography? Then joining the tech team is for you!

Our small but mighty team has been doing an incredible of keeping Sundays running both in the center and online! And while we have an incredible team of volunteers, and we've heard whispers of those that may be interested in helping, we'd love to have more! We promise, the sound board isn't as scary as it looks.

If you're interested in joining the team, please text Hana at 505-850-4543 or email her at!


Third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Zoom except this month,
The RGCSL Board of Trustees Meeting is open to all members. Contact Board member Tamara Williams for the link at

Thursday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Now in person and on Zoom
A Course in Miracles Group: Join Nancy Bowers at the Center or on Zoom. Everyone is welcome, no prior experience necessary. This class is done on a love-offering basis. Launch Meeting - Zoom Meeting ID: 849 8672 4452 Passcode: 536144

Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Zoom
Spiritual Discussion Group with Alicia Hanlen. The study group is steeped in Science of Mind philosophy, studying the works of Ernest Holmes and other notable metaphysical teachers. For more information, email Alicia at or 575-779-4889.

Saturdays from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in person AND on Zoom
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous offers hope through a long-term solution for food addiction. The next step is to attend an FA meeting. For more information about FA, contact Carol H. at 505-730-2344 or visit their website: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA).

Second Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. – in person and on Zoom -
Practitioner Potluck Brunch and Meeting is held in the Social Hall and on Zoom. Join Zoom meeting: RGCSL Practitioner Meeting, Meeting ID: 760 929 5027, Passcode RScP.

2nd and 4th Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in person
Creative Expression in Writing Group: Meets in the Classroom just west of the Sanctuary. Sessions are available on a drop in or out basis. All are welcome to attend at any time for any sessions.

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