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VisionPurposeWhat We Offer ValuesIntention
New Home VisionMembershipHistory

Vision and Mission

Our Vision: Awakening personal transformation

Our Mission: Teaching tools for positive change

Purpose

The Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living is a welcoming, inviting and nurturing community of individuals and families. We practice and teach practical spiritual tools for people based on Science of Mind principles. We believe everything and everyone is an expression of God. We commit to doing everything with excellence and joy. We experience love, joy, beauty, wholeness and prosperity.

What We Offer

We accomplish our purpose through our Sunday service celebrations, classes, workshops and small groups, practitioner services, prayer, meditation and visioning, community service and outreach.

Values

Love • Abundance • Integrity • Living in Principle • Joy • Excellence •Transformation

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Intention for Expansion

With conscious openness and ease, we accept for our Golden Gate Center community a vision of expansion that is inclusive, inviting, spacious, welcoming, comfortable and nurturing...allowing for greater variety, beauty, diversity, abundance, clarity and limitless joy within the ongoing, loving evolution of the Divine as us.

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Rev. Karyl's Vision for Our New Home

It is my desire, my vision, and my prayer for this community to have a home of its own—

...a plot of land, a building, walls and door threshholds, closets and a kitchen, teaching and healing spaces of our very own.

...a physical place where roots can go down and art can go up, where our people may be blessed as babies, married as adults, and memorialized as ancestors with their names on permanent plaques in spaces that grow hallowed because of the eyes that look upon them for years and years.

...a sanctuary, in the truest sense of the word, in which hearts and minds are shifted by the beauty and holiness that lives there, all the time.

...a site with our energy in it and our name on it, so that people who are drawn to our teachings and vision may easily find us, come in, and belong.

...a space for our children and young people where their expression decorates it and their presences blesses it, constantly and consistently.

...a place of empowerment where lessons in the Science of Mind philosophy, sacred leadership, and interpersonal skills can be facilitated, with all materials and plans easily accessible at all times.

...a space of business and sales where books and products that reflect our philosophy may be made available to the buying public during regular business hours throughout the week.

...a holy place where worship, celebration, gathering, learning, praying, and playing can happen any time we want.

...a beautiful environment that emanates sacredness, inclusivity, invitation, wisdom, oneness, and the special and unique essence that is the Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living, now and ongoing into the future.

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Membership

As a member of the Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living, you find your spiritual home in our community and are dedicated to its well-being and growth, as we are to yours. Ideally, as a member you are active, loyal, and supporting, and passionate about being a stakeholder in this spiritual community. A stakeholder is someone who has accepted membership, pledges or gives in a consistent and conscious manner, gives sacred service, and attends Sunday Service regularly. As a stakeholder, your voice is welcomed and listened to.

To find out more about the Golden Gate Center and membership, attend a new member orientation, which consists of an orientation meeting and a reception. If, after attending the meeting and reception, you decide to accept membership in our community, complete the Membership Agreement Form and participate in a new member ceremony held during a Sunday Service following the orientation. The new member process is scheduled several times during the year. Check the Calendar or Events section of the website for dates and times.

Click here to download a Membership Agreement Form. If you have decided to become a member, you can complete and return this form to the office at any time. We will keep it in our files and notify you when the next new member orientation is scheduled.

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History 1983-1992

The Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living—formerly the Golden Gate Church of Religious Science, Marin Community Christ Church of Religious Science, and in the beginning, the San Francisco Community One Church of Religious Science—has a history as varied as those who gave it life and nurtured its growth.

On Easter Sunday, April 3, 1983, at the Theatre on the Square just a block from San Francisco's Union Square, Rev. Lloyd Tupper realized a dream. Both of his Science of Mind teachers, Reverends Robert Scott and Raymond Charles Barker, had constantly reminded him that his true place was to start a great movement in San Francisco and that everything he had done before was to prepare him for that day.

Rev. Lloyd, raised Catholic in Boston with an accent to match, had found his true calling after a successful entrepreneurial career, including a partnership with Roy Kroc of McDonald's and a tree farming and reforestation business in Arizona. After graduating from the Ernest Holmes School of Ministry in San Jose in 1972, Rev. Lloyd's first two pulpits were in Napa and San Mateo. When he founded the San Francisco Community One Church in 1983, he was a deathless, ageless being of 40-something who spoke his word with such flair that seekers of truth came from far and wide to study with him.

Rev. Lloyd founded the church with two members of the San Mateo congregation, Erna Martin and Cheryl Cady, and with Doris Jones who had recently moved from Arizona to attend ministerial school in San Jose. Doris joined forces with Rev. Lloyd to head up the first Ministry of Prayer. She also has the distinction of being the only current member who was with Rev. Lloyd that first Easter Sunday in 1983. One of the people attending in those early days was Marcia Sutton, later to become our minister.

The first classes were held at the Cogswell College facility on Nob Hill, coordinated by Karyl Jones (now Rev. Karyl Huntley), the first Director of Education, who is now our Senior Minister.

By December, eight months after the doors first opened, the church moved to the Scottish Rite Temple on 19th Avenue at Sloat to accommodate an expanding congregation and escape downtown congestion. Sunday morning attendance grew, and an early morning healing service was added. Rev. Lloyd, a scholar of the works of Judge Thomas Troward, added a monthly class that met at his historic schoolhouse in Freestone, teaching Troward's Bible Mystery, Bible Meaning. The monthly class continued for three years, in good weather meeting on Rev. Lloyd's gazebo surrounded by daffodils, green fields and cows. The schoolhouse was also the site of opulent Thanksgiving feasts, an occasional outdoor service or barbecue, and much merriment.

In 1984, the offices were moved from Rev. Lloyd's Pacific Heights apartment to office space on Bridgeway in Sausalito. Soon after, Marin members began attending a Wednesday night healing service and an early Sunday "come-as-you-are" service there. About a year later, the church, motivated by the tremendous support of its Marin members, moved its Sunday celebration from the Scottish Rite Temple and San Francisco to Corte Madera. The newly-named Marin Community Christ Church of Religious Science planned to focus on families, children, and future growth. For several months, the church met at the Corte Madera Inn before finding its current rental site at the Corte Madera Recreation Center.

In January, 1988, Rev. Lloyd took a medical sabbatical and two leaders emerged during the transition. Karyl Jones (now Rev. Karyl Huntley), a first-year ministerial student who had shared the pulpit with Rev. Lloyd by adding her "practical applications" to his talks, took over the pulpit. At that point, she had only given two full sermons. Lloyd Strom, President of the Board of Trustees and a practitioner student (later to become Rev. Lloyd Strom and another of our future ministers) also proved to be an inspirational leader whose devotion to the church kept it afloat.

Karyl described that era: "It was truly an example of the expansion of Spirit in a way no one expected. It was a time filled with challenge, excitement and sadness, a time of growth and empowerment before we realized that the growth and empowerment were happening." (In July of 1989, Rev. Karyl started the Spiritual Arts Church of Religious Science in San Francisco with Gregg Tallman.)

In March, 1988, on his doctor's advice, Rev. Lloyd announced to a very sad congregation that he would not be returning. Rev. Jim Munson of Seattle became his successor in June, 1988. His legacy was to enlist more ownership from the congregation. Within a few months, a strong core of congregants were involved in a long-range planning process. A year after he arrived, Rev. Jim had the opportunity to follow a lifelong dream to work with his friend, Rev. Fred Vogt, at the Mile Hi Church of Religious Science in Denver, then the largest church in the movement.

At that same time, Rev. Marcia Sutton had just graduated from the Ernest Holmes College in Los Angeles and had read our procurement committee's ad for a church in search of a minister. She said, "The description of this church touched my heart. It sang to me. It felt right. When I came up to candidate, I trusted Spirit to guide all of us in the best decision for me and for the church." She became our Senior Minister on September 1, 1989.

Rev. Marcia's successful careers in higher education and business development and marketing were exactly what the church needed at that time. Within a year of her arrival, she had put her expertise to work and, with the help of the board, staff, and congregation, laid a solid foundation for the church's financial future.

The history of the Golden Gate Church of Religious Science would not be complete without mentioning the legacy of Rev. Kendall Bryson, who for many years headed up the Marin Church of Religious Science which also met at the Recreation Center. Dan Sargent, who joined the board in 1988, summed up our history until this point very succintly: "Rev. Kendall and Rev. Lloyd gave birth to the idea. Rev. Jim led us out of Egypt into the desert, and Rev. Marcia is leading us into the promised land."

Rev. Marcia, joined by Rev. Lloyd Strom, continued the focus on growing a spiritual community, moving forward with an ongoing planning process, and looking forward to the next major step: securing a permanent facility.

Source: Anonymous undated document found in the files of the Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living.

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