RGCSL's Sunday Celebration starts at
9:30 a.m. followed by a joint Social Hall with
Unity of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
Unity's Service begins at 11:30 a.m.

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Listen — that inner voice of Spirit is always speaking.

Whether we receive clear direction or hear nothing, Spirit is speaking.

Let's allow the Inspiration of Spirit to lead.

The Life of Spirit is expressing anyway.

We might as well walk the Inspired steps.

Rev. Gil Olmstead 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

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. 

Be Part of Rio Grande Solid Grounds Cafe

Have You Heard the News?

Coming soon to Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living ...The Solid Grounds Cafe! It's so exciting! There is a buzz in the air that Friday nights from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., this will be "the place to be!"

You may know that Solid Grounds has been a musical institution in Albuquerque for 25 years, with musical guests performing from all around the country. Formerly housed at St. Stephen's United Methodist church, they recently had to close their doors. Well, you know how that goes - when one door closes, another one opens!

We are looking forward to opening our doors to the Solid Grounds Cafe and inviting in the larger community for great music, yummy treats, some spiritual inspiration, soul connecting and the opportunity to truly be walking our talk and “Transforming our World with the Power of Love in Action," as Music and Community Connection. But it just won't be the same without you! 

So, if you want more music in your life...

If you are passionate about community service...

If you are ready to experience the healing power of connection and music...

Or, if you just want to have a great time on Friday nights....then look no further!

Solid Grounds Cafe is opening its doors on June 14, and we’re welcoming enthusiastic volunteers like you to join our team. Whether you’re an usher, a greeter, a baker, a marketing whiz, a tech guru or a webmaster, we’ve got a place for you. Here are some exciting roles for you to engage: 

Ushers: Be the friendly face that welcomes guests as they enter the cafe. Help them find their seats and ensure they have a delightful experience. Be the RGCSL ambassador, as you usher them into our love portal. 

Greeters: Greet customers with a warm smile and provide information about our menu, specials, events, and our center. Your friendly demeanor will set the tone for their visit. 

Shoppers: Assist our kitchen staff by picking up our coffee, baked goods and other errands associated with the evening. Your keen eye for quality will contribute to our delicious offerings. 

Bakers: If you wished that you had baked and entered our 2023 cookie contest, now is the time! Get your aprons out and your favorite baked good recipe. The people are waiting for your culinary treat! 

Marketing Team: Are you a creative thinker? Join our marketing team to brainstorm ideas, design promotional materials, and spread the word about Solid Grounds Cafe. 

Publicity Team: Help us get noticed! Coordinate with local media, influencers, and community organizations to promote our cafe and its mission. 

Webmasters: If you’re tech-savvy, manage our website and social media platforms. Keep our online presence engaging and informative. 

If you don't have time for any of those things, maybe you know someone who has a band and wants to take it out to the public, or someone who bakes the best banana bread in the world or someone who needs to get out of the house on Friday nights, then send them our way! We have a place for them! 

Volunteering isn’t just about giving your time; it’s about being part of something bigger. Our RGCSL Solid Grounds Cafe aims to build a strong community where everyone feels welcome and nourished. Plus, you’ll meet incredible people, learn new skills, and have fun along the way.

So come join us as we create positive change! Contact Robyn Rice Olmstead for details at 818-300-3911. 


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

News! Suzanne Klump has graciously offered to give congregants rides when needed. Please send your request to Susan Solari, Chair of Compassion Ministries at 510-225-5305.

From Our Resource Library: InnovAge

As an alternative to residential nursing facilities, InnovAge PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) helps seniors to keep living at home. Their neighborhood care center provides a wide range of healthcare and social services and benefits all in one place, including rides to medical appointments.

Save the Date for RGCSL’s
Community Camping Trip Extravaganza!

Where: Jack’s Creek Campground

When: Friday, June 28, 2024 to Sunday, June 30, 2024

Time: Starts at 2:00 on Friday at 2:00 and ends Sunday at noon

Details will follow. We are planning on doing registration through Breeze to make it easier for those who are not physically present to sign up.

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

CSL Monthly Theme
From Good to Great to Grand

Affirmation of the Week
My outer life exists in alignment with the truth of my most authentic self.


Join Rev. GO's Moving Party on
Friday, May 24!

Yes - Rev GO is asking for your support as he moves his household 3 blocks down the road! 

  • Do you like to do light packing?
  • Do you like to move some items that require more than 1 person?
  • Is your gift taking things apart and putting them back together?
  • Can you see yourself directing traffic?

Lots of options will be available and all help will be appreciated. Join us on Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lunch is included. Please RSVP to Gil at 505-539-9535 or

Divine Mother / Heavenly Father:
A Workshop with Rev. Molly Steele

Rev. Molly is offering a two-part workshop to explore the inner child/inner parent structure of our minds and some spiritual archetypes of Divine Mother and Heavenly Father.

She will guide a meditation in which we can experience ourselves reborn as children of God. We will finish with healthy, delicious and beautiful snacks.

Dates for this two-part workshop are:

  • Sunday, May 19 – 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 23– 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Attendance at both sessions is encouraged but not required. Be sure to put this workshop on your calendar!

First Choir Rehearsal is this Monday!

Choir rehearsals will start this Monday evening, May 20 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Subsequent rehearsals will be May 27, June 3 and June 10. The performance will be on June 16 and will celebrate Juneteenth. 

Our selections will be “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith, and “One Voice” by The Wailin’ Jennys. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the sanctuary. If you're interested, please sign up early so we can get an idea of how many people are interested in participating.

Soul Connection at Will — A Workshop for Couples 

Join Brian Kurtz for a two-hour experiential workshop teaching you to connect to your own soul and to the souls of those around you. In this Sacred Space, there can be no lasting conflict, no ill will harbored, or forgiveness withheld. When we make “I” contact and eye contact from this “Namaste place,” life is better for everyone present in that moment. By practicing the techniques and principles presented in the workshop, everyone you meet can be positively impacted.

Three separate sessions will be offered for couples in any phase of relationship. Pick the date that is most convenient for you!

  • Saturday, May 25, 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 17, 2-4 p.m.
  • or Saturday, November 16, 2-4 p.m.

Cost: $100/couple Register here.

Healing Circle this Week

We are pleased to have Sheryl Rae offering her gifts this Sunday. Sheryl says, "I believe my ancestors called me to be a healer. Over the years, I learned Myotherapy, otherwise known as acupressure. I have used that gift to relieve pain from migraines, general muscle pain and even carpal tunnel syndrome. People have told me my hands and hugs are healing, which fits my nurturing and empathetic nature. I have learned I must share my gifts, and this is a great place to do that. If you need a healing touch, see me after service. If needed, you can call or text me at 505-918-8749. Desert Rose Healing Touch."

Full Moon Women's Circle

The next Women's Circle will be held on the Flower Full Moon in Sagittarius on Thursday, May 23 from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. outside around a fire pit, weather permitting.

This ceremony includes a meditation, focusing on intentions and releasing what no longer serves. What to bring: A crystal, a candle, a small glass jar full of water, notebook and pen, as well as an outside foldable sitting chair. A love offering is appreciated.

PLEASE RESPOND: Text Susan Solari at 510-225-5305 or email her at to let her know you’re coming and for the location.  Please respond no later than Sunday, May 19. Twelve seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Do you Have News for Our Community?

If so, then please email your *short* article about RGCSL classes, group meetings and news that affect our community 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!

Recurring Events

Third Sunday of the month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM by Zoom.
RGCSL Board Meeting: Please note that time and date may vary depending on Trustees' schedules and availability. To attend any board meeting, please text Board President Mark Ayers at 505-804-4251.

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm - In Person
Thriving through the Teen Years: A drop-in support group for parents and their teens with Shimon King, a retired educator with 37 years of experience working with youth and their parents. Call the Center at 505-244-9405 to RSVP.

Tuesday Mornings 9:00 - In Person
Qi Gong Practice Group: Join us for this moving meditation with YouTube videos in the sanctuary — a perfect way to begin your day! If you have questions, please contact Sherry Noone at 908-486-4442.

Second Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - In Person
RGCSL Drumming Circle: Bring a drum if you have one. If you don't have one, come anyway - drums and other percussion instruments are available and this event is fun, uplifting and joyful. A love donation of $10 is requested.

Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - In person AND on Zoom
A Course in Miracles GroupJoin 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
Taos Study 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.


Thank you for your continued support!!


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Sundays at 9:30 am


4374 Alexander Blvd NE, Ste T
Albuquerque, NM 87107


(505) 224-9405
Monday - Thursday 10am - 3pm