I was born and brought up in Boston and Maine. I am a mother of five children, all of whom were reared in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. I received a BS in Education from Framingham State, Massachusetts, followed by a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago, IL. I moved to Richmond, VA, where I served as a spiritual director for 10 years at “Richmond Hill”, a retreat center. I had been widowed when I met and married Dan LeVantine in 2008. We lived in Redondo Beach, then Laguna Woods. It was there when I began my practitioner studies with Rev Sandy Moore of “In Spirit, CSLOC”, (Mission Viejo). I graduated as a licensed practitioner in June of 2015. Dan and I moved to Palm Desert where we have adopted CSLPS as our spiritual home.
As individualized expressions of the Divine, our experience of life is unique to each of us. When parts of our life seem not to be working or we find ourselves repeating a pattern that no longer suits us, we are free to choose new ideas and beliefs. In Science of Mind we believe our lives are only limited by our beliefs. As a Practitioner I stand knowing the Divinely inspired perfection of you! Together in a safe and loving environment with an open heart, I listen, ask appropriate questions, suggest spiritual tools and practices all while supporting you with affirmative prayer. It is my Joy to be of service.
I am invested in over 20 years of Religious Science teachings which have led me to hold leadership roles in industrial, charitable and HOA associations. I retired to Palm Springs and found my spiritual home here at CSLPS. It’s exciting to serve this vibrant community by serving on the Leadership Council. I am inspired by the fellowship, growth and commitment to our vision for the Center for Spiritual Living Palm Springs and look forward to serving this loving community.
Rev Rebecca Vankatraman
Rev Rebecca Venkatraman is a Staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living Palm Springs. She was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. After 30 years as a corporate wife living the expatriate life, she began her journey with CSL in 2012. Rebecca began her practitioner training CSL in Palm Desert.
She graduated from the Ernest Holmes Institute, San Diego campus after completing her Internship under Dr. Christian Sorenson. While at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, she was the Director of Compassionate Care. She also managed the merchandising of the Catch the Spirit Bookstore.
Upon graduation from the Ernest Holmes Institute, Rebecca returned to the desert as a Staff Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert where her main focus has been on her Women’s Ministry. She also led the weekly Saturday Meditation group and restructured and retrained the Centers Ambassador/Volunteer team. Rev Rebecca leads our daily spiritual practice on Wednesday with Points to Ponder. And on Fridays with her Word for the week. She co-leads our Practitioner Core group and is serving on our Core-Leadership Council.
Rev. Dr Robert Wilson
Rev. Robert Wilson is the most recent addition to the CSLPS ministerial staff although he has been associated with the Center as member and practitioner since 2006. Prior to retirement in 2000, Rev Robert was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District in teaching and administrative positions. He holds a BS, BA and MA in education from Kent State University and Ohio State University respectively. He is a MS graduate from the Holmes Institute of Consciousness. He currently serves as assistant minister at CSLPS.
As a member of the CSLPS Leadership Council, I currently serve Co-Chair. As a Council Member I also chair the Logistics Core. I was born in St. Paul, MN but grew up in Southern Indiana. While there, I attended the Unity Church of Evansville for ten years and served on the board for two years. In 2012, I retired after 32 years of elementary teaching and moved to Palm Springs. I obtained my California teaching license and taught for PSUSD for 7 years. I just retired again in June of 2020. I began attending CSLPS in the fall of 2012. As a member, I have enjoyed serving in many volunteer capacities: usher, office help, greeter, hospitality, platform assistant, choir member, and participant in Murder Mystery Dinner and Gay Pride Parade. In I have one son who lives in West Hollywood and a son, daughter-in-law and 5 grandchildren who live in Indiana.
Rev. Eunice L Chafant
Reverend Eunice Chalfant was born and raised in Southern California and has served as a full time minister for twenty-two years, and as a licensed practitioner for thirty. After practitioner studies with a young Rev. Michael Beckwith, she became part of the first Vision Core of the Agape Church of Religious Science, and served on it’s first Board of Trustees.
From 1995 through 2004, Rev. Chalfant served as Senior Minister at the Celebration of Life Church in Dayton, Ohio. In late 2004, she returned to Agape where she served as Executive Director during that Center’s period of rapid expansion. In 1997, Rev. Chalfant received Ordination from the United Church of Religious Science and, in 2004, was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia.
I am new to CSLPS and am grateful to be welcomed into the community and honored to serve on the Leadership Council. Science of Mind philosophy resonated with me immediately, and I have enjoyed learning the teachings through classes at The Center. I’ve lived in Palm Springs for the last seven years where I founded my fee-only financial planning practice. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, I hold degrees from Ohio University and Boston University. I lived in Los Angeles for twenty-two years before relocating to the desert. I look forward to new and deepening friendships going forward as we work together in the Community Connectors group, and the Center’s Stewardship and Development core.
Vision Statement: Inspired Conscious Leadership
Mission Statement: Ensuring the health and vibrancy of our ever-expanding spiritual community.
CSLPS incorporates the shared model of governance in which many of the traditional responsibilities of the Senior Minister are accomplished through a Core structure. The council is the fiduciary custodian of the organization and is responsible for ensuring that the organization is financed to fulfill its objectives, goals, strategies and policies. It sets the direction of the organization and establishes policies to fulfill those purposes through the use of Cores and the Senior Minister, and it is responsible for monitoring all operational processes to ensure the achievement of its goals and objectives. Ultimately, the Leadership Council is responsible to the membership of the organization and is elected by a vote of the membership at the Annual meeting for a term of two years with a three-term limit.
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