What We Believe

DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES

 

We believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one indestructible, absolute and and self-existent cause.

This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation.

The Manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the Infinite self-knowingness of God.

We believe in the Incarnation of the Spirit in everyone and that all people are incarnations of the One Spirit.

We believe in the eternality, the immortality, and the continunity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.

We believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us and that we experience this Kingdom to the degree that we become conscious of it.

We believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.

We believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God.

We believe that God is personal to all who feel this Indwelling Presence.

We believe in the direct revelation of Truth through the Intuitive and Spiritual Nature of the individual; and that any person may become a revealer of Truth who lives in close contact with the Indwelling God.

We believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God , operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God.

And that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of out thoughts and acts upon it.

We believe in the healing of the sick through the power of this Mind. We believe in the control of conditions through the power of this Mind.

We believe in the eternal Goodness, The eternal Loving-Kindness and eternal givingness of life to all.

We believe in our own soul, and our own spirit and our own destiny. For we understand that the life of all is God.

 

Ernest Holmes

History of Miracle Center for Spiritual Living

 

The Cleveland Church of Religious Science held its first meeting on Sunday, June 25, 1967, at the Cleveland-Sheraton hotel. Four months later they moved to Holiday Inn hotel at Route 90 and Euclid with the 50 members needed for a Charter. On November 15, 1967 we moved into a former library at 3482 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Our first congregational meeting was held a month later and a Board of Trustees elected and junior church organized.

Rev. Lester M. Mitchell began accredited classwork in the study of the Science of Mind on January 15, 1968. Two months later, on March 3rd, the Cleveland Church was presented with its charter by Dr. Vernon McHenry, President of the national Board of Trustees.

During 1968 we established our church facility at 20120 Lomond Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Highlights during this time :
   * The membership doubled
   * We held our first baptismal service
   * The first church picnic was held
   * The inauguration of Rev. Mitchell's famous speech class
   * Science of Mind Classes

Since its beginnings in 1967 the First Church of Religious Science has been led by the following ministers:

1971 - 1975    Dr. Donald P. Kelsey, Master Practitioner, Teacher, All-around minister, pastor, organizer.
1975 - 1977    Rev. Henry Plate, The Compassionate One. During his service the youth church grew from 10m to over 100 youths.
1977 - 1980    Rev. Richard West, His unique personality stimulated outstanding enrollment in the Science of Mind classes and Sunday attendance at the beautiful Jewish temple, the new facility moved into during Rev. West's tour of service.
1981 - 1982    Rev. Donald R. Henderson - He brought to the church humor, good music and a healing consciousness. However, during his service the church experienced its biggest challenge when it went through a a major division, creating two wonderful churches of Religious Science.
Sept. 1982    Rev. Ruth M. McDonald, the first African American minister, the first female minister graduated from the Ernest Holmes institute of Ministry on June 22, 1982 and became the minister.  
1988    This year finds the First Church of Religious Science holding its services and classes in its own building at 11713 Buckeye Road, Cleveland, Ohio.