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A Legacy Begins

The early 1900s marked the emergence of New Thought Philosophy and subsequent churches promoting that philosophy in America. Seattle was no exception with Netta Holmes as a serious student and advocate. More than anything, she wanted a church, and in 1921 she came across a building in downtown Seattle and said, “This is the place.” That small building became the first home of the Seattle Center for Constructive Thinking, which today is known as the Center for Spiritual Living Seattle. From this humble beginning, many generations of spiritual seekers built a foundation for us to become who we are today: a robust, passionate, loving and involved community. Going strong for 100 years!

The Center becomes the Church of Truth and moves to 3rd & Bell Street.
The Church of Truth becomes the Christ Church of Religious Science. Under the guidance of Senior Minister, Louis Malone – who presided from 1960 to 1973. The Church moves to 26th Ave. NW in Ballard in 1962.
The Church undergoes another name change, becoming Seattle Church of Religious Science, followed by a 1982 move to Northgate Mall. From 1973 to 1975, Senior Minister, Glen Wood presides.
A new Senior Minister Jim Munson, presides until 1988.
Senior Minister, Kathianne Lewis, DD is chosen to replace Jim Munson.
The Seattle Church of Religious Science moves to Sand Point Way NE.
The name is changed again, becoming the Center for Spiritual Living.
Celebration Hall is built.
Center for Spiritual Living moves to its interim home at the Mountaineers located in Magnusson Park and purchases it's new home in Greenlake.

In Fall 2018 we purchased a new church property at 6318 Linden Ave N in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood and began holding classes and events there April 28, 2019.

In March of 2020 and through April of 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic, when we could not meet in person, our sanctuary served as a production studio where we have continued to offer inspirational and uplifting services and class experiences to a local and growing global audience, all online. Since April of 2021, our Sunday Services are delivered in a hybrid model- both in-person and online, while most of our classes and support services continue to be held online.

Our Future

The Center for Spiritual Living Seattle, like many other religious institutions, functioned as a campus-centric organization for its first hundred years. The future however holds amazing opportunities for us to be a Force for Good both locally and globally by using the internet and advances in technology.

As an evolving Spiritual Center, with a hybrid model of in-person and virtual programs, we continue to adapt to changing times and strive to serve those who show up at our Green Lake, Seattle Campus as well as those who connect with us through our livestreamed services, online classes, and community opportunities.

Through world class talks, innovative educational programs for spiritual and personal growth, and nourishing support groups, we intend to inspire and empower as many people as possible to develop a closer relationship to their personal idea of God thereby creating more harmony among people and with our precious Earth.

Centennial Legacy Fund

In celebrating our rich history of the last 100 years, we are devoted to expanding our community so that all involved can thrive, discover their Spiritual Source, and so we can be a catalyst in creating a world that works for everyone.

The Centennial Legacy Fund was established in 2021 so our Center can become even more purpose-driven. We look forward to better serving our membership, our community, and the world by becoming a world class spiritual educational institution and expanding access to those education opportunities.

Your contribution to the Centennial Legacy Fund is an investment in your CSL community, supporting scholarships to provide financial assistance for people wishing to advance their education through spiritual education courses or attend our most important community building event, Seabeck Summer Camp.

Thanks to your contributions and a $25,000 matching gift from the Science of Mind Foundation, we’ve raised $73,500 as of March 2022.  We look forward to continuing growth of the Fund through market performance, adding small contributions as people are inspired to give, and through larger bequests and life gifts in the future to ensure our education program is accessible to all.


Please know that 100% of contributions designated for Endowment fund will go to directly into the endowment investments, providing future support for scholarships.

For more information about the Centennial Legacy Endowment Fund, see FAQ and Legacy Giving.