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CSL Monthly Theme:
Living as Wholeness
Affirmation of the Week:
I am One with the Divine and with my fellow beings.

In her book, "Grounded: Finding God in the World," Diana Butler Bass wrote, “When we recognize our common humanity – when we recognize our own humanity in the face of the other – we also recognize the face of God.” There is a vision of love and wholeness deep within us all, an intuitive sense of our Oneness with God and with each other.

Rev. Kamatara Johnson is RGCSL's Director of Collaborative Ministries. She is also Executive Director for Circles USA, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to ending poverty in the United States. In addition, Rev. Kamatara is a substitute minister supporting multiple churches in Albuquerque and Las Cruces with regular talks and visitations. Her core mission in all of her work is to empower conscious evolution. 

The RGCSL Holiday Choir will be our musical guests this Sunday as well as on December 16 during our Gala. Choir members are Liza Kerr, Chris Duvall, Bob Duvall, Grace Woods, Sheryl Rae, John Kirk, Pat Justice, Marcie Burns, Linda Fellion, Deborah Diesel, Sherry Noone and Nancy Bowers. They will be performing an original song by Susan Clark and a “thoughtfully” rewritten rendition of Little Drummer Boy by Gilbert Arevalos. Please come and cheer them on!

We are so fortunate to have such a high level of commitment of time, talent and treasure to help our Center grow and prosper while actively impacting people’s lives. As we work together to build our community, let us remember the importance of connecting with each other by:

Getting involved in RGCSL events
Joining a group
Participating in community discussions
Wearing your name tag every chance you can

Becoming a Join In Partner helps the Leadership of RGCSL to create plans and budgets for the coming year. We welcome any amount of time, energy and money you commit . And you will receive a $10 gift Certificate to the Spirit Bound Bookstore. Register at:

Prayer Support

We are blessed to have numerous Licensed Practitioners, and they are ready to respond to your prayer requests or to schedule a counseling/prayer session. You may also submit an online prayer request. May your strength of faith provide peace to your heart and to your mind.

For guidelines on respectful communication, please see: Respectful Communication | Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living

Brian is offering two sessions:

For individuals, December 13, from 7 until 9 p.m. OR
For couples, December 16, from 10 a.m. until noon

Location: RGCSL

Cost: $50 for individuals, $100 for couples

Register at:

Living Wholeness

When we seek connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to one another. - Margaret J. Wheatley

The Spirit of God is an undivided and indivisible Wholeness. It fills all time with Its presence and all space with the activity of thought. Everyone is an incarnation of God, and a unique incarnation. All are rooted in the One Life. - Ernest Holmes

From Science of Mind December Magazine, page 34

Compassion Ministries has a library available to all located in the Practitioner Room with information about resources and services in a wide range of topics.

Check it out!


The Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living

Contact us at 505-224-9405 or

Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Office and Spirit Bound Bookstore Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Healing Circle this Sunday

Susan Solari will offer healing services by appointment (call 510-225-5305 ahead of Sunday) in the practitioner room. She has 35 years of practice as a Structural Integrationist and Massage Therapist. Her 5-star reviews can be read at  Susan offers the unique Interactive Neuro Stimulator (INS) for acute or chronic pain, tense muscles and/or nerve pain that triggers the body to heal itself.  

All love offerings will be donated to RGCSL. To be added to the list of healers, see Grace on Sunday, or text (719) 431-0662.


“I experienced a treatment from Susan that helped me to feel great pain relief. She was able to pinpoint and address the root cause and listened for responses, which she then used to gain biofeedback. The pain relief was amazing.”  – Carmella Herrera

Reminders & Connections

Christmas Eve Celebration

Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, so our holiday service will be held during our usual Sunday time at 10 a.m. We’ll have special music, readings, and an inspiring message for the whole family from any faith or non-faith tradition.

Please bring your loved ones and neighbors. We also invite you to bring a favorite holiday dish from your cultural tradition to share potluck style after the service. We’ll enjoy some festive food together and even have some time for caroling with Susan in the social hall.

Women's Circle Continues

The next Women’s Circle will be Thursday, December 7,  from 7:00-8:30p.m. Please contact Susan at 510-225-5305 for the location.

Quote from participant; "Our women’s Circle last night was wonderful!  It is something I’ve been needing. Susan was a perfect facilitator. . . loving, generous, spiritually in tune with us all.  Thank you for sharing something so deeply needed with us."

The Women’s Circle explores spiritual growth, education, divine feminine, health, healing & healing modalities, fun, sharing, inspirational readings, multiple presentations of group participants, rituals, prayer, moon and solstice rituals, self empowerment, creativity & self expression, self-care and compassion.  

Chaired by Susan Solari and Carmella Herrera

Our RGCSL elves are honored to carry on Michelles Giving Tree and we have more details to share. This tradition is in support of families who might not otherwise get Christmas gifts. Our community has strongly supported this tradition in the past and we hope you are all up to this year’s challenge!

Our scheduled details:

We will receive the list of families in need of gifts and will have the tags on the Giving Tree for three Sundays starting December 3. An RGCSL elf will be at the tree to help you record your tag so we can keep track. As in the past, please choose a tag (or two), buy a gift (suggestions and information are on the tag), and bring the unwrapped gifts with the tags back to the Center. You can drop off your gifts on Sundays or during the week from 10am – 4pm Monday through Thursday.

If you prefer not to shop or are unable to, let the RGCSL elves help with that. All money donated will go to purchasing additional gifts. We will collect gifts and money until Sunday, December 17. If that date is a problem for you, don’t let that get in the way of your support for this great event!

Contact Valerie for assistance, (505) 410-4712.

In culmination, we will have our wrapping party Saturday December 23 starting at 930 am. Deliveries will follow later that day! Join us if you can, many hands make light work!

Soup, Salad, SWAG, and Song Holiday Gala Fundraiser

Live performances by:

Hilda Kirschner, Susan Clark, and Musical Guests

When: Saturday Dec.16, 2023 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30

Where: Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living

Cost: $25.00 per person general admission


$18.00 per person if you donate an "Insta-Pot" or "Simmer Pot" of soup, chili or stew or a salad (to serve at least 6 to 8 people per soup pot or per salad bowl donated).

Please contact Michael McPherson or Hilda Kirschner to participate and for more information. Sign Up Here:

Last minute donations for silent auction will be accepted no later than Sunday, Dec. 10 (with a donation form). Please bring your food-related (tea, coffee, gift certificates, non-perishable food items, etc.) donations for giant gift baskets this Sunday.

Calling All Angels to SIGN UP to help. There are lots of opportunities to serve: set-up, clean-up, food donations, etc. There’s a planning meeting this Sunday at noon. 

This is a fund-raiser, a fun-raiser, and a celebration of our community. Let's make our first annual Gala a night to remember and a huge success! See you there.

CSL Teen Winter Camp Registration is Open!

Is there a teenager in your life who could benefit from a few days of workshops focusing on growth, with plenty of time for fellowship, music, reflection, and recreation?

This year's CSL Teen Camp will be held January 12-15, 2024 with the theme, Keep Dreaming Forward! For more information on camp, go to General Information - CSL Teens.

Registration opens November 16th, closing on December 18, 2023. The cost is $345. Register here: DocNetwork (

Learn more about the CSL 2024 Convention here.

Special pricing ends on January 9, so be sure to register soon!

Do you Have News for Our Community?

Announcements about RGCSL classes, group meetings and news that affect our community need to be emailed to by Tuesday at 6 pm for inclusion in Thursday's bulletin. The newsletter team will respond to your request with a confirmation email or comments. Thanks!

Volunteers Needed

Compassion Ministries is seeking a volunteer to give rides when needed to our congregants. Please contact Susan Solari at 510-225-5305, if you can volunteer. Namaste.


Thank you for your continued support!!


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Albuquerque, NM 87107


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