What is Science of Mind?

The Science of Mind Foundation attracts and invests gifts to extend the practice of spiritual living and put it to work to build a more abundant future and secure peace.

We reach those goals by raising and receiving gifts, the bulk of which are planned gifts from the wills of individuals. With them, we continually invest those funds in the Science of Mind Endowment so that they will grow. A portion is used to run the organization. Donors are honored by membership in the Science of Mind Legacy Society.

We provide services to individuals who would like help creating gifts in their wills or living trusts, or other estate planning instruments. Much of the information individuals need is shared on this site, through our online webinars, or in personal consultation.

In addition, we assist Centers for Spiritual Living as they create planned giving programs and legacy societies in their communities.

We also provide resources to organizations that are spreading Science of Mind in the World through our Tithes, and one day, will expand into a grants program.

Science of Mind, also known as Religious Science, grew out of the lifelong spiritual quest of its founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes (January 21, 1887 — April 7, 1960).

Lotus FlowerRecognized as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics and New Thought, Dr. Holmes developed a universal philosophy and practical tools for spiritual living that provide us with a personal spiritual path, an understanding of our relationship with the Universe, and a connected and joyful approach to daily living.

Here are excerpts of Dr. Holmes' vision for Science of Mind:

[Science of Mind], in a broad sense, is a school of life, seeking through various avenues of knowledge to unify science, religion and philosophy; not at the expense of any one of these branches of knowledge and experience, but by uniting all efforts in an attempt to understand the full significance of human life, and to approach the one Reality behind all things.

There is no subscription to any creed or observance of particular religious custom or performance. We endeavor —

  • to learn the full significance of the physical, mental and spiritual natures of man
  • to understand the general relationship of all material, mental and spiritual phenomena
  • to understand the relationship of the individual to the universal
  • to show that all branches of human knowledge point unmistakably toward the underlying unity of all life and all phenomena.

Science of Mind in its broadest and truest sense includes all there is in science, religion and philosophy. It is the result of the best thought of the ages.

As published in the 1930 Quarterly Journal of The Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy where Ernest Holmes served as Dean.

Science of Mind Foundation

Board of Directors

The Foundation welcomes your interest in Board or Committee involvement.

Rev. Kristina Collins
Vice President
Rev. Emile Gauvreau
Walter Drew

Steve Burton

Rev. Robert C. Grabowski

Rev. John B. WaterHouse III, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Arthur Chang

Carol Shields

Ero Johnson

Board of Directors Bios

Rev. Kristina Collins

Favorite quote: "We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." T.S. Eliot

Admires: The authenticity, honesty and the courage of people walking the spiritual path.

On my bookshelf: The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton The Gift by Hafiz and Inevitable Grace Piero Ferrucci

Rev. Kristina M. Collins is Senior Minister of the Sanctuary for Spiritual Living in Covina, California. An enthusiastic and dedicated Religious Scientist since 1980 and minister since 1992, she is a spiritual evocator, transformative teacher, passionate speaker, and creative leader supporting spiritual awakening and personal growth in individuals and groups. She teaches Science of Mind from the beginner level to Ministerial students. While Collins was the first recipient of the Hazel Holmes Award for her love and support of the Asilomar Conferences, her greatest achievement has been the love-filled experience of the Sanctuary for Spiritual Living. She cherishes this multi-cultural congregation as the demonstration of the belief in Love/Oneness and the recognition of the Divine in each person.

An advocate of life-long learning, Rev. Kris continues to be a student of many teachers of truth including; the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jean Houston, Matthew Fox, Amit Goswami, Louise Hay and others.

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Emile Gauvreau

Admires: People who have big dreams and dare to work steadfastly toward their realization.

Believes: The Universe is always conspiring for my highest good!

On my bookshelf: The Last Rays of Ancient Sunlight, The Gnostic Bible, and The Bhagavad-Gita

Dedicated to the Science of Mind philosophy and making it known in the world, Rev. Gauvreau began his service with the Center for Spiritual Living in Cape Coral, FL. in 2008 and is the Spiritual Director. A 2006 graduate from the University of Transformation and Spiritual Leadership at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, CA., Gauvreau served there in many capacities, including over six years as a member of the Board of Trustees. Gauvreau also served the Claremont Center for Spiritual Living as the Youth and Family Director. He earned his RScP from United Centers for Religious Science in 2003. Prior to entering the ministry, he served as a management consultant in the healthcare industry.

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Walter Drew

Walter has been a religious scientist since 1996. Walter has been in national service since 2003 when he was elected to Core Council of the United Church of Religious Science In 2012 he was elected to the Leadership Council of Centers for Spiritual Living and has served two terms. During that time, he sat on the Science of Mind Foundation board

Walter and his wife, Barbara, speak, teach and write about the importance and impact of spiritual practices in their lives. Their latest program is called: Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose, and Possibilities. Walter is a life long learner and is always taking a class or two.

Science of Mind has had a tremendous impact on Walter and he is dedicated to lovingly participate in moving the philosophy forward by creating an endowment that expands forever and forever.

Favorite quote: "I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life." Louise Hay.

Believes: World peace is possible in my lifetime.

On my bookshelf: Four Fold Way Angelis Arrien

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Steve Burton

Favorite quote: "Trust but verify." - Reagan

Curious about: What is going on behind the scenes.

On my bookshelf: Mysteries, biographies, and The Wall Street Journal

A veteran entrepreneur, Steve Burton has engineered the start up and sale of a number of successful businesses. He was also a partner in a political consulting firm that managed campaigns ranging from municipal to statewide races to ballot issues and referendums.

Burton has served as president of the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Johnson and Wales University Leadership Advisory Board, M. K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence, and Mile Hi Church Foundation. He also served on the inaugural committee and as a board member of A Season for Nonviolence - Denver.

Currently Director of Operations for Centers for Spiritual Living, Steve joined United Centers for Spiritual Living in 2008 as the Development Director. His business acumen quickly put him in the forefront of building a fiscally stronger organization and playing an integral role in the integration of the United and International Centers for Spiritual Living.

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Rev. Robert C. Grabowski

Inspiring quote:  I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm as I spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me." (Charles Fillmore, co-founder of UNITY in his 94th year.)

Words to live by: Impacted by the weight yet simplicity of this saying on his former military director's desk, this quote has been a major influence on Bob's lifestyle: "Consider the turtle, he never gets anywhere without sticking his neck out."  

Rev. Bob Grabowski graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Industrial Design and later studied at the Corcoran School of Art. This propelled him into a 43-year career as a successful custom jewelry designer as well as owning art galleries in Monterey, Carmel, and Ojai, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His interest in real estate led to a parallel career in investments and management of various holdings in several western states.

In 1987 he moved to Sun Valley, Idaho and became a founding member and first Board President of Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center, now Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living, where he currently serves as vice chair of the Leadership Council.

In 1994, Bob went to Russia to teach an abbreviated "Introduction to Science of Mind" course. He was so moved by the peoples' response to the Science of Mind philosophy that he returned home and enrolled in Holmes Institute with an emphasis on international work. Following graduation, Bob traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Mexico, and South America teaching Science of Mind and licensing Practitioners. After Ordination, the position of Global Ecclesiastical Representative was created and he served in that capacity for 9 years.

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Rev. John B. WaterHouse III

Favorite quote: "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." — Jonathan Swift

Admires: Spiritual visionaries of the ages: Confucius, Jesus, Buddha, Spinoza, Emerson, Eddy, Holmes, Gandhi, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Curious about: What's next...

Rev. Dr. John B. Waterhouse is the elected Field Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living. He has been a devoted Religious Scientist since 1984. His life purpose is to reveal and release the divine power dwelling within each person he meets. With this as his foundation, he has contributed to the human experience through a variety of expressions.

He holds a doctorate in organizational psychology from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has taught diversity/gender psychology in the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina. He was ordained into ministry by the Rev. Terry Cole-Whittaker in April 1988 and is the author of Five Steps to Freedom: An Introduction to Spiritual Mind Treatment (2003) DeVorss and Company, and The Sorry Syndrome: How to Learn from Missteps without Apologizing (2016) Park Point Press.

John and his wife, Barbara, are Co-founding Ministers of Center for Spiritual Living Asheville in Western North Carolina.

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Rev. Dr. Arthur Chang

Favorite quote: "The kingdom of heaven is within you." Jesus , "There is a power in the universe and you can use it." Ernest Holmes

Admires: Jesus, Buddha, Joseph Campbell, Alfred North Whitehead, Leonardo da Vinci, Magic Johnson, and Einstein

On my bookshelf: Hundreds of books on metaphysics, philosophy, history (including Black history), fiction, poetry, religion, anthropology, and consciousness

Dr. Arthur Chang has been the senior minister of Founder's Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles for the past nineteen years. Founder's reflects Dr. Chang's eclectic vision of bringing together varied ethnicities, ages, and cultures in an atmosphere of learning and growing together through experiences that produce more joy in their lives.

Dr. Arthur and his wife, Cecile, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica over 35 years ago. A successful architect, he found that his true calling was in the ministry. Dr. Arthur has been very involved in the concept of Process philosophy and Science of Mind as Process philosophy. In 2010, Dr. Arthur's book, The New Positive Spirituality—Finding Purpose and Happiness in Everyday Life was published. He has spoken at numerous conferences throughout the United States, including Asilomar, the Eastern Conference, and the International New Thought Alliance.

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Carol Shields

Carol Shields has served on the Center for Spiritual Living Leadership Council since 2014, and is currently serving as Treasurer. An active member of the Santa Rosa CSL community since 2005, she served as president of the Board of Trustees for two years. Carol has been a Realtor in Santa Rosa since 2004, with prior 25 years in corporate life. Her business management background includes venture capital, investor relations, finance and accounting, human resources and business administration. She enjoyed helping create three venture-backed start-ups during her career. Carol's background also includes life coaching and hypnotherapy as a master certified NLP practitioner. Carol's life is filled with musicianship as a professional singer, and she plays piano, violin and guitar.

Favorite Quote: I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through - listen to this music. - Hafiz

Curious about: I seek to find the positive intention behind every behavior - no matter the outward appearance, we are always moving toward our Good.

On the bookshelf: Hundreds of spiritual primers, theological works, and classics. Current readings include The Optimist Creed, a collection by Christian D. Larson, The Power of Now, and A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle, and The Power of Meditation by Edward Viljoen.

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Ero Johnson, CIMA®, AIF®, CFP®

Favorite quote: "You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down." Ray Bradbury

Ero is a Director and Head of Client Portfolio Management at TIAA Endowment & Philanthropic Services. He leads the team of Client Portfolio Managers responsible for managing the investment portfolios for endowments, foundations and non-profit institutional clients.

Ero has worked as a Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for Endowment and Foundation clients, as a Director of Distribution for Endowments and Foundations, and as a Director of Wealth Management Investments. He previously headed distribution for a private placement firm, ran an independent branch of a major brokerage, and brings more than 23 years of experience as an investment professional.

He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designations, and received his MBA in 2000 from the University of Colorado.

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