FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Is The Soul-Esteem Center a church?
Although often referred to as a church, The SEC reaches beyond the scope of any specific religious tradition. It is therefore best described as a spiritual center and community. We are, however, a corporation organized exclusively for religious and educational purposes within the scope of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Is The Soul-Esteem Center Christian?
Yes and no. Yes, if one accepts the teachings of Jesus as the evolutionary guidance which leads us beyond the false belief of separation between God and God’s creation and into self-mastery. No, if by Christian one means viewing Jesus as the only savior and Christianity as the only path to God and eternal salvation.
What is the spiritual purpose and philosophy of The SEC?
Our purpose is to teach universal principles, spiritual laws, prayer, meditation and other spiritual techniques that have been practiced by mystics and spiritual seekers for thousands of years; principles that guide the individual in cultivating spiritual confidence (soul-esteem) and meeting the challenges of modern day living in a practical and powerful way. Our teachings are based upon the premise that God is the Endless Light, Infinite Mind and Divine Intelligence, the One Creative Power, Universal Spirit, Divine Truth and Unconditional Love. You can find a formal statement of our purpose and mission on our About page.
Can I practice Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc. and still be a part of The SEC?
Yes. The SEC is the common ground upon which people, at many different places on their spiritual journey can meet in an atmosphere of love, no judgment and acceptance. Mixed traditions can come together to study and apply spiritual principles as we continue to grow, expand, evolve and demonstrate spiritual Truth in our daily lives.
Does The SEC believe in spiritual healing?
Absolutely. We believe in healing in all areas of life. We teach a form of prayer that we call “declarative prayer,” which guides us to bring our own minds and hearts into a resonance with God’s healing stream and perfect flow of wholeness. We have a prayer team that addresses prayer requests as they are received for a period of seven days. We have monthly prayer circles after our Sunday service. Miracles never cease.
Does The Soul-Esteem Center use the Bible?
Yes. We use an “interpretive” approach to the Bible as opposed to a literal approach, looking for the wisdom teachings and messages that are often hidden behind and layered beneath the literal words. We also refer to other ancient spiritual texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Talmud, the Gnostic Gospels, etc., as well as teachings from the New Thought movement including Ernest Holmes, Emmanuel Swedenborg, Thomas Troward, Eric Butterworth, Joel Goldsmith, Ralph Waldo Trine, and transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Does The SEC teach a belief in evil?
We teach that there is one God as the one Power in the universe and therefore no power of evil and no evil entity. We do, however, acknowledge the appearance of evil in the human world as a collective human consciousness, but view it as mankind’s misuse of the One Creative Intelligence, and can be cast out by Love. Evil is not something in which to believe, but a darkness that is dispelled by turning up one’s inner Light.
Does God punish us for our sins?
We believe in a God of Unconditional Love. Therefore, it is not God who punishes us when we sin, or miss the mark, or make a mistake. The Law of Cause and Effect, equivalent to “we reap what we sow,” and a natural consequence of spiritual law handles the details. Many spiritual laws have been put in place by Creator to balance the ledger of life without God’s direct punishment. This would include the Law of Attraction, the Law of Circulation, and other such spiritual laws.