Andrew (Drew) Binkerd
Current Laudable and Charitable responsibilities:As the owner and general manager of Operations and Development for Legend Labeling I oversee the day to day operations of my company wearing the many hats of a small business entrepreneur. I understand and rely on many to navigate the tax laws of our great state and the federal government as well as oversee and motivate the people and projects that are the foundation of my business.As the Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living I serve to ensure the will of the congregation is recognized with restraint of the Legal, Financial and Equitable needs of the center and to communicate to the BOT the welfare and the needed work to maintain our beautiful community As President of El Kalah Wreckers (parade club) it is my duty to ensure all schedules are submitted in a timely manner, to maintain the mechanized fleet for parades and to oversee events ensuring they are fun, fulfilling and within the restraints of normal social activity.
Robert recently returned to Utah and is pleased to make Salt Lake City his home again. He discovered Religious Science in the early ‘80s and studied under Dr, Jay Scott Neale in northern California. Robert credits his “things just seem to go my way” life to the SOM textbook and countless New Thought teachers over the years. Members who have been with the church for some time will remember Robert, he served as President on the Board of Trustees over four years in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s.
During the past fifteen years, Robert lived in mid-town Manhattan where he owned and operated a small retail shop along with working in the real estate market. He went on to serve as project manager overseeing the design and buildout of the LaGuardia airport headquarters for a large airline. Throughout his time out east, Robert was an active member of the New York Community Center for Spiritual Living and served on the Board of Trustees with Rev. Loretta Brooks. Back in Utah, he continues working as a real estate broker from his office in Sugarhouse. With his professional background, Robert has developed excellent management and problem solving skills that are ideally suited to aid our Center in moving forward.
Geri has been a member of the SLCSL since 2006. Elected in May 2022, this is her 3rd time serving on the CSL Board.
Geri had a 37 year career with P&G and retired in 2017. She has never been married but met the love of her life 5 years ago (you may know him as Mr. Fun), Geri says, "never give up if it's something you want! "
She says that she has been abundantly blessed in many areas of her life and firmly believes that living the Science of Mind philosophy taught here at our Center will change your life! Geri is living, breathing proof of that! She loves to travel with her sweetie and they plan to do a lot more of it in the near future. Geri LOVES the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living~~and says "it's a wonderful place to make your spiritual home". She hopes you will all join her in getting our name and message out to the greater Salt Lake Community so more folks can transform their lives the way living the Principles has transformed her life!
Started my journey in the spiritual community about 1997, attended other venues and happily ended up here at Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living.
I spent 28 years in the fire service running around on a fire engine, responding to all sorts of medical calls, fires, hazardous material incidents, cats in trees, delivered several baby’s and watched people transition. I also spent time in Fire Prevention where I learned about fire codes, exits, etc.
I currently occupy the role of Facilities Manager. I started out being a volunteer to the talent of Raj and it evolved into an official position on the board. My goal is to keep our space functional and somewhat organized. Eventually I would love to see us owning our own building!
Teresa grew up in a small border town in California. Many spiritual and physical homes later, she ended up in Salt Lake City. Studies in Zen, Yoga, Unitarian, and other ideas were helpful but didn't quite feel right. During this period, she began working for Davis Schools in various capacities to help physically aid emotionally traumatized children. She noticed the biggest predictor of their success wasn't the degree of trauma but their attitude and mindset about that trauma.
A friend suggested she look into a philosophy called Science of Mind during a discussion of this phenomenon. She did and it did indeed feel right. That was around 1985. Being treasurer is just an effort to return in gratitude the gifts I have received from this philosophy.
Salina first discovered the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living in 2001 and jumped in with both feet, taking classes and volunteering. Both of these activities grounded her in the philosophy and built sustaining friendships. In 2007 Salina licensed as a Practitioner and has been of service to the Center in many capacities.
Currently, Salina is focusing her attention on teaching classes and one-on-one spiritual coaching. Salina loves sharing her personal insights and why she believes the application of this philosophy is not only relevant today, but if applied daily will change lives.
Ric has served the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living as Music Director for over 22 years. He has been a sustaining member since 1997, taking many accredited classes and earning his Practitioner license in 2004. Ric served as a Licensed Practitioner for nine years.
"I love this community, its vision and purpose. I've made some meaningful friendships with so many wonderful, talented, beautiful, compassionate and caring people over the years. I want to do all I can to support, strengthen, enliven and expand this fine community and all it has to offer the greater Salt Lake Valley. It is my privilege to serve on the Ministry Council".
Rev. Linda Brewer
While serving as the Chaplain for Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Linda worked most Sundays. This kept her from physically attending the Center for several years. When she retired in January of 2019 she returned to the Center and was asked to join the Leadership Council as the Outreach Coordinator. There she served on the team that proposed the changes to the By-Laws that established the Ministry Council and the Board of Trustees.
Recognizing her call was to the ministry of the Center more than the business, she joined the Ministry Council, initially as the Secretary, then as the Coordinator for the Sunday Service—coordinating the speakers, service hosts, and practitioners that participate in the Sunday Celebration Service.
Sue joined the Center for Spiritual Living in 2016. She had been looking for an organization that was nationally established and had a philosophy and structure that felt good to her. She wanted a message that was wholistic and allowed for spiritual expansion.
She had already explored several experiential learning opportunities: Werner Erhard programs -- 8 years, A Course in Miracles -- 5 years, 9 years with the Inner Light Center (Ernest Holmes philosophy and ancient religious teachings -- 3 years co-facilitating discussion groups on The Way of Mastery -- 2 years participating in Avatarprograms).
Along the way, Sue created 22 scenarios on cards that evolved into a game. Although this game of situations became well received, it continued to be challenging to explain optimal benefits to players. Recent studies, however, have cast new light on this question. As more details are revealed, Sue plans to share them.
Sue is the Coordinator for the Service Area Teams at the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living
Hildreth Farris, RScP
Growing up in the Methodist church that my grandfather, my mother's father, started I learned to love the life and example of Jesus of Nazareth. In high school, however I learned that some of the people who had taught me that Jesus loves the little children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, were actually very prejudiced and had moved into our town through "white flight". At that time I threw out the baby with the bath water and blamed Jesus instead of Christianity.
I wished to be an agent of change, even though I didn’t feel I had the courage of my childhood hero Harriet Tubman, nor of my father’s Quaker ancestors who had participated in the Underground Railroad of the Civil War.
After graduating from college at Indiana University, Bloomington with a degree in Elementary Education , I moved to my dream state of California. I had actually had a dream at the age of 16 about living near the ocean and dancing hand in hand in a circle in a mountain meadow with a large group of people.
On July 4th, 1973, I learned of and moved to a Spiritual commune in land behind Santa Barbara, CA. Shortly after moving here I again saw the image of people dancing in a circle. This time in this reality. And I have a picture to prove it. Lol.
I herded goats and sheep, trained border collie herd dogs and learned a chakra meditation which had originated with Parmahansa Yogananda in the 1930’s. Here I met my husband, Jim Farris,
Jim and I have raised three sons, two of them adopted trans-racially. We did our best to raise them with an awareness of their original culture. These are now wonderful young men who still bring us much Joy.
Jim and I have again found a Spiritual home through the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living. He has been a Practitioner now for six years and I have reached this goal as of July 17th, 2021.
Rev. Myrna Hirst
Rev. Myrna discovered the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living in 1998, became a practitioner in 2002, and an ordained minister in 2017. She has served in many capacities at the Salt Lake Center. After graduation she was the founding minister at the Layton Center for Spiritual Living, then returned to the Salt Lake Center in 2021,where she speaks occasionally, teaches classes, and is the Visioning Coordinator.
Visioning is a process that connects us with the Higher Wisdom as we seek answers to life’s questions. The Visioning Core meets regularly to consider the Highest Vision for the Center and share this information with Leadership.
Rev. Myrna has been centered in the Science of Mind philosophy for more than 25 years. The philosophy and its practice has changed her life, and the people at the Center are her family.
Chamaigne Sharette discovered the New Thought philosophy in 1999 when she wandered into a little Unity church surrounded by cornfields in Fairfield Iowa. This unusual small town of 10,000 was home to 2000 Transcendental Meditators and many other lesser-known spiritual groups. The Unity church pulpit was shared by the local Rabbi, a Christian Minister, and a Unity Teacher, all of whom had taught and practiced TM for over 30 years. This church was disbanded and a new one formed around Vedic (TM), Mystic Christian, and New Thought ideas.
Chamaigne had been singing professionally since high school, and so was quickly recruited into church music, which became the love of her life. When she moved to Austin, TX to pursue music, she was busy every Sunday as a Special Music guest at various New Thought and Christian churches.
Having been raised a staunch atheist, Chamaigne brought all the fervor of a new convert to her church life, which was authentically and richly interfaith from the beginning. She has taken classes in Judaism, Esoteric Christianity, Science of Mind, Music Ministry and Church Leadership, and has spent a great deal of time reading about Sikhism, Kaballa, Sufism and other traditions. Attempting to map out the "golden threads" that run through them all has been a primary passion in her life, along with creating music-and-spoken-word services in various sacred contexts. Currently, Chamaigne shares her gifts at the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living, serving on the Music Team.
The Ministry Council is responsible for all the Ministry functions of our Center - The Sunday Service, Classes, our Ministry of Prayer, Youth Ministry, Social Events, outreach to the broader community, and others. The Ministry Council is comprised of Ministry Team Leaders who keep their teams of volunteers informed, and bring questions and concerns back to the Ministry Council.
Meetings are open for anyone to attend and observe. When time permits, guests may be invited to comment at appropriate times. Those wishing to present something to the Ministry Council may request time on the agenda two weeks in advance. For more information, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com