Layon Center for Spiritual Living
Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living
Science of Mind, over 25 years
Spirit of the Desert Synagog
North American Interfaith Network
SLC Interfaith Roundtable
Founder & Spiritual Director
Satya Center for Conscious Living
Affiliated New Thought Network
Big Sky Retreat
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Pastoral Care Center, St. Marks
Counseling Ministry, 1975
Huntsman Cancer Institute
CSL, Las Vegas
Walking on Water
Rev. Myrna Hirst 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.
Rabbi Alan serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Spirit of the Desert (Ruach Hamidbar) Synagog in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the Chair of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN). He previously chaired Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, and Sacred Music Night for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. He has served as a chaplain at St. Marks hospital and has organized many interfaith music events in our region.
Rabbi Alan is a long-time friend of the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living. When he first moved to Utah in 1985, he sought out Science of Mind. He had previously been introduced to New Thought by the Living Enrichment Center while living in Oregon. When he first came to the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living (then called the Salt Lake Church of Religious Science) he met Raj Harrous (our audio-visual genius) who became his first friend in Utah and has remained a close friend ever since.
It wasn't long before Alan was serving on the Board Church of Religious Science (CORS). On a humorous note, while on the Board, he made a motion to change the name of CORS to a "Spiritual Living Center." No one supported his motion! Then CORS ended up moving to a location that was the "Center" bookstore. And finally, CORS officially changed its name to the Center for Spiritual Living. So, something was obviously put out there into the universe!
Rabbi Alan's rabbinical journey began 25 years ago when he was called as a musician to perform for a Jewish Renewal Community, Spirit of the Desert, related to his Kabbalah Shekhinah CD.
Rabbi Alan emerges from his rabbinical training with a depth of knowledge and experience in the traditions of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi David Wolfe-blank, Rabbi Sarah Leah Grafstein, and Rabbi Leah Novick.
Music has been part of Rabbi Alan's life since the very beginning. As a baby, he would cry if the radio was not on. While growing up in Rochester, New York, he studied at Eastman School of Music.
Much of the music he currently composes and performs with his band, Desert Wind, includes New Thought principles, especially as elucidated by Ernest Holmes.
He has spoken at "Science of Mind" locations in Nevada, Northern and Southern California, Utah, and Arizona.
In addition to music and spirituality, Rabbi Alan has also expressed his passion for making the world a better place through his study and practice of law.
After earning a BS in Special Education from Syracuse University, at the age of 20 he went on to law school to pursue his interest in the legal rights of disabled people. His first job as an attorney focused on land use and environmental law. He also worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah before going into private practice.
He is married to his soulmate, Andalin Shekhinah Bachman. Between the two of them, they have three children and nine grandchildren.
Because of his commitment to personal growth, he is always honored to be among the wonderful, like-minded people at the Center for Spiritual Living.
Rev. Claire Summerhill
After several full and exciting careers, in insurance claims, as a licensed attorney, and as a college instructor, Rev. Claire Summerhill became an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living in 2019. Since that time, she has filled many roles as a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas.
Claire’s book, Walking on Water, provides a step-by-step guide for accomplishing things that seem impossible, as it explores the balance and harmony between taking action and waiting in the stillness for possibilities to unfold.
When asked about what’s hers to do, Rev. Claire says: I am called to live simply and with joy, as I discover and share my own unique gifts and talents, and encourage and support others in doing the same. It is my life’s work to awaken, to inspire, and to serve, as we grow together as a human family into a greater experience of our oneness with all that is.
Rev. Linda Brewer was ordained for a Counseling Ministry in 1975 in North Carolina. She founded the Kindred Center there in 1980 with a mission to create a supportive environment in which people together could transform their lives. She was a member of the Unity Church for 19 years before moving to Utah and joining the Center in 2002. She was licensed as a Practitioner in 2007.
She had a full-time ministry for fifteen years as a hospital and hospice Chaplain until she retired in January of 2019. She has been a regular speaker at the Center since retiring and also serves on the Ministry Council as the Sunday Service Coordinator.
Rev. John Cooper works as a staff chaplain at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. John is a life-long UU who turned to the ministry when a life-altering injury changed his focus after 20 years in the technology industry.
John did his MDiv at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and studied in Clinical Pastoral Education for 2 residencies at the Pastoral Care Center at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City and was awarded board-certification as a chaplain by BCCI in 2016.
His interests in Spiritual Care include articulating the efficacy and importance of Spiritual Care to hospital administration and spiritual practices that help with coping and resiliency.
John lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Sutton and their two dogs. John has family scattered all over the east coast and grew up in Ridgewood NJ.
Rev. Ali Benjamin is an ordained minister, Conscious Living Coach, and spiritually inspired artist.
Rev. Ali founded the Satya Center for Conscious Living in Ogden, Utah in 2009 and serves as the Spiritual Director. She serves the New Thought movement in several capacities to include Vice President of the Affiliated New Thought Network and member of the Big Sky Retreat Board of Directors.
Ali and her husband Michael Benjamin RScP, work together and support New Thought centers and communities around the country. The main focus is their mobile ministry, Life on a Joyride! They travel in OM Shanti hOMe (camper van) visiting communities to facilitate spiritual deep dive experiences, workshops, classes, and share their empowering message of overcoming life’s challenges, healing from trauma and loss, living unconditional joy, and activating authentic power.
SuZ Ogden travels the world sharing her gift as a vivacious singer/ storyteller/ songwriter whose spirit weaves through her message and her music. Her experience with blues, folk, country, gospel, and honky tonk music has evolved to create an inspirational sound she calls “Angeltonk” which will feed your soul. Visit her website at: www.suzogden.com
Robert L Eckman is a native Utahn and has been a part of the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living community since 1997.
He learned about Religious Science in 1989 in Huntington Beach, Ca. while managing a hotel that happened to be hosting a Jean Houston seminar at the time.
Educated at Utah State University in Logan, Utah with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture (a fancy name for garden designer), Rob spends most of his free time in his garden near downtown Salt Lake City. He enjoys reading and hiking and anything to do with trains.
He works as the Marketing Manager at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, where he is responsible for more than 500 literary events a year.
Rob is married to Steve Mathews, and together they are dads to one very grown-up son and lucky grandfathers to a sweet seven-year-old girl and a new baby grandson.
Lanna Cairns has been a student and teacher of spiritual practices in New Thought and Buddhist communities throughout the country for over twenty years. Cairns has studied with Jack Kornfield, Greg Mullen, Ruth Dennison, and Genpo Roshi, founder of Big Mind meditation. She has a master’s degree in Religious Studies, has written three books, Organizing for Your Brain Type, Every Child Has a Thinking Style, and A Mindful Life and was a licensed spiritual counselor for 12 years with the United Centers for Spiritual Living. Currently she is an educator at Granite School District and founder of “Joan Rosa Productions,” focusing on media that celebrates inspiration and application.
Cairns work, as an organizer, began in 1998 when she created Organized World, a consulting firm specializing in all aspects of professional organization. Lecturing for T.E.C. – a company that educates CEOs around the world and many other Fortune 500 companies (see www.vistage.com), her clients have included: BMW, Kaiser Permanente, Sylvan Learning Centers, Canyon Ranch, MOFO, Harcourt-Brace, Mondavi Winery, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and The Salt Lake City Library.
She has been featured in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Parenting, Self, Cosmo, Science of Mind, Wasatch Woman, andChild have published Cairns’ articles and from 2005–2007 she contributed a biweekly column, “Lanna Cairns’ Organized World,” to the Napa Valley Register.
Cairns has extensive experience in front of audiences. She’s been a speaker at several national conferences, including those held by NAPO (The National Association of Professional Organizers), NSGCD (The National Study Group for the Chronically Disorganized), at colleges, and at several United Centers for Spiritual Living around the country. She has appeared on ABC, CBC, and CTV.
A native of Canada, Cairns earned her Masters degree from McMaster University. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two sons and two dogs, Hoodoo and Nina, a rescue dog from Romania!
Megan Sillito has inspired thousands of people to create meaningful, creative, and lucrative lives and businesses. She organically ignites people’s talents and genius and helps them see where these gifts can engage the world in a profitable way, doing it their way, based on their unique skill set! Using universal principles and her own magic, she playfully introduces you to your “own” map to successful creation and then catalyzes you to turn up the potency required to follow it.
She runs her own global transformation based company. Her signature event Live Your Magic has been in 8 cities and 4 countries. Her favorite pastime is having deep conversations with world changers. She has created hundreds of live and online programs on a wide range of topics, leadership, happiness, prosperity, creativity, organic work flow, and creating conscious business your way!
Aaron Neal is founder of the Emergence, a spiritual conference designed to support humanity in this time of great change. He has a background in business and marketing. He was formerly our Office Manager here at Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living, and has also worked for the Gaia Sagrada Retreat Center in Ecuador. He is currently working on a book and developing a workshop to further fulfull his mission of supporting humanity in a significant shift in consciousness.
Randall H. Scott is an author, speaker, mentor, and the founder of Zenpowerment. With a degree in marketing, Randy spent a 25-year corporate career in international sales and marketing, while living in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
After nearly dying in a motorcycle accident at the age of 33, he realized that he had a second chance to live, so went in search of what really matters in life. His passion for the fusion of science and spirituality led him to compile the principles and tools of Zenpowerment. He's found a way to enjoy more peace, power, and purpose in life, as well as discover authenticity by uncovering who we are not in order to find out who we really are.
Today, Randy is an executive mentor, speaker, and author.
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 and as Secretary of the Ministry Council.
Reverend Jan Ewing, minister, practitioner, teacher, forever-student of this teaching, has served this spiritual community for many years and sees it as a continual learning platform to express greater life and happiness.
Her goal is to bring a true recognition of the Divine in every single person she meets or any situation or condition they may find themselves in.
Attending a graduate program at what was then known as the Ernest Holmes School of Ministry, she spent several years serving the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living in several different capacities. After completing Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Mark’s hospital, she also served the greater Salt Lake community as a hospice and hospital chaplain.
She participated as an early member of the Interfaith Roundtable; bringing leaders of all different faiths together to find common ground to work together to serve the greater good.
Reverend Jan feels she is most fortunate to have walked hand-in-hand with so many brave, wonderful people through their most significant joyful and challenging life events.
Rev. Nicole Merges uses a light-hearted yet deeply spiritual approach to live the principles and practices that Science of Mind teaches. She believes that everyone has a unique gift to give the world, and that by exploring and living a spiritual life, we create a fulfilling and purposeful life for ourselves.
She is an Ordained CSL Minister and is currently the Spiritual Development Education Manager at CSL Home Office.
Her responsibilities include Certificated and Practitioner Education, Spiritual Living Circles, and managing CSL Online Education..
Kamrin Carver first joined the Salt Lake Center for Spiritual Living in 2004. He was a member of the Core Counsel, Youth Leadership Team & served the community as a Practitioner. He now serves a different community as the Owner of a Private Practice & Clinical Director of Mindful Life Recovery Center in North Salt Lake.
Kamrin speaks throughout the county on trauma, addiction & the impact of mental health on traumatized individuals, couples and families.
Kamrin is raising 2 teenagers at home with his oldest son serving our country as a US Marine. In his spare time, Kamrin finds joy in officiating weddings, traveling the world with his family and exploring the many joys of hiking, rock climbing, meditation & yoga.
Christiane Turner is the perfect mentor for Visionaries, who think outside of the box, challenge the status quo, and want to make a big difference in the world. You are either already living your vision and just need some extra resources or you are deeply motivated to find your mission because you know that you have a special purpose for being here. Either way, with Christiane’s guidance you will take quantum leaps on your journey.
Always exploring the next possible threshold of human consciousness, Christiane, being the typical German perfectionist, easily navigates the constantly shifting landscape of Training, Coaching and Consulting, moving between ancient wisdom and modern technology, basing her teachings on the models and skills of the many cultures she has encountered in her global traveling, as well as the basic principles of Quantum Physics and the newest scientific discoveries, related to consciousness.
Christiane has been perfecting her training and coaching skills for over two decades and is an international Quantum NLP Trainer, Coach and Consultant. Her books are available globally in bookstores and online stores. She is the founder of Quantum NLP LLC, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, which offers high integrity Quantum NLP based Training, Coaching, and Consulting.
She is a natural teacher – her dynamic combination of strength and gentleness helps her to lead clients and groups to break-through change. Christiane is a leader who highly values community building and has initiated and organized community projects, as for example the annual “New Consciousness EXPO” in Salt Lake City since 2005, and the “Law of Attraction Club”, which started in 2006.
You can connect with her on her website: https://learnquantumnlp.com/
Salina Baugh 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.