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Our History

Religious Science was founded in 1927 by Dr. Ernest Holmes. Religious Science began as a philosophy based on the truth in many religions. We believe in One Life, which is God, and we abide by the teaching, “it is done unto you as you believe.” We believe that our thoughts co-create our lives and place great emphasis on choosing our thoughts wisely.

In 1949 Ernest Holmes agreed to make Religious Science a denomination and so began the United Church of Religious Science which later became United Centers for Spiritual Living, currently Centers for Spiritual Living.

Center for Spiritual Living - Laguna Woods

Minister - Dr. Linda McNamar


Dr. Linda has been minister of Center for Spiritual Living - Laguna Woods since 2003. She and husband Mac currently reside in Laguna Woods Village. Dr. Linda has been a frequent author for Science of Mind Magazine and currently writes a monthly column for The Globe, the weekly newspaper for Laguna Woods Village. She teaches ministerial Masters candidates at the Encinitis Campus of Holmes Institute and regularly invites graduate students to Intern at the Laguna Woods Center.


Leadership Council

President - Sue Brown

Vice President: Ellie Levin

Secretary: Donnee Prestia

Treasurer: Gregg Kunath

Miles Wood

Diane Murray

Leadership Council Meeting with Guests