Rev. Sharon Dunn, M.A., Senior Minister
Rev. Sharon Dunn became the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director of the Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living (SCSL) in April, 2015. She has lived in Northern California most of her adult life and has long been an active member of the Religious Science community.
She first attended the Santa Rosa Church of Religious Science where, in 1994, Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen became her first teacher. Rev. Sharon was initially licensed as a Practitioner in 2001 and in 2008 she began her ministerial training at the Santa Rosa Campus of the Holmes Institute. She graduated in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies.
Starting in 2001, Rev. Sharon became the Pastoral Care Director for the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living where she created a Pastoral Care educational model for the global community of Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL).
In 2012, Rev. Sharon was licensed as a minister by CSL and accepted the position of Staff Minister at the Oakland CSL, where she continued to lead the Pastoral Care program and the Practitioner team, teach classes and lead workshops as well as step in to hold the community during the transition between Senior Ministers.
In September 2014, Rev. Sharon released her formal relationship with the Oakland CSL following the urging of her inner guidance developed through Visioning and prayer. In this space of openness, synchronicity and Divine Right Action, Rev. Sharon and Rev. Patricia, the Interim Minister of the Sacramento Center for Spiritual Growth (SCSG), were brought together at the Launching Pad, a Young Adult Community in Berkeley. Rev. Sharon had been co-teaching a Practitioner class there that included a former member of the SCSG. Rev. Sharon was invited to be a guest speaker at SCSG and from there, her relationship with this community blossomed. Rev. Sharon was unanimously selected to be Senior Minister of SCSG, an Affiliated New Thought Network (ANTN), at the Annual Meeting the following March, with the agreement that they would affiliate with CSL.
Rev. Sharon has taken SCSG through the Affiliation Process with CSL and we are now officially the Sacramento Center for Spiritual Living (SCSL). We on our way to growing our community in the greater Sacramento area as well as in the global community.
On September 27, 2015, Rev. Sharon passed her Ordination panel at the CSL Minister’s Gathering in Puerto Vallarta. We will be celebrating her Installation and Ordination on January 29, 2016 in Carmichael, California and you are all invited to this sacred ceremony. The details will be posted on the website.
Rev. Sharon is the mother of three, two living children, and “Tutu” to her first grandchild, Maverick Taylor, who was born December 17, 2013. She and her husband, Chris, enjoyed celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary in May, 2015. She loves family and considers her spiritual community an extension of her family. She has a welcoming spirit and a genuine love of people. Family is so important to her and she believes that making her spiritual family a priority is essential in ministry. Being able to hold the container for love, communication, honoring of diverse cultures, ethnicity, and ability, is what she stands for.
Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom, Associate Minister and Young Adult Adviser
Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom is the Associate Minister for the Center. Science of Mind has been the core of her spiritual path for 30+ years. She’s still as excited about learning and sharing these ideas now as when she walked into her first RSI church in Monterey. She encourages everyone to come and join the conversation.
Debbie Putnam, RScP
David Clark, RScP
Board of Trustees
Debbie Putnam, RScP President
Rev. Sharon Dunn Senior Minister
Rev. Patricia VanWoerkom Associate Minister & Secretary
Carol Evans Treasurer
David Clark, RScP President – Elect
Carol Mahr Member at Large