Who We Are

We are a loving Spiritual Sanctuary where everyone is welcome.

We celebrate the abundance of life through study, inspiration, gratitude, and service.

With open hearts and minds we participate in self-transformation for a world that works for everyone.

Message from Rev. Joshua Reeves

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: ‘As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.’ ” –Joseph Campbell
Religious Science is a synthesis of wisdom from religions and everyday life. Ernest Holmes, our founder, sought out this wisdom and how to spiritually apply it to our daily living and humanities challenges. There has perhaps been no greater synthesizer of the world’s wisdom and its applicability to our lives than Joseph Campbell. Most famous for his theory of “The Hero’s Journey,” that argues that all myths and stories which include the hero (including in our real lives) have similar motifs, Campbell foremost was a hermeneutist who read and read and went to great lengths to share his understanding. Once asked how he liked to meditate, Campbell replied, “I underline sentences.” With his immense wisdom, Campbell wrote many books, but in an almost anti-scholarly way, sought just as much through his work to apply the threads of commonalities he found in the world’s wisdom to our personal journeys in life.
Take a lesson he learned from the great philosopher Nietzsche.
“At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called “The love of your fate.” Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.”
In my talks this month as well as on a Thursday evening class, we’ll be exploring a particular work dedicated to Campbell’s teachings called “Reflections on the Art of Living.” The class in honor of summer, is laid back, an hour and a half, and you can come any week(s) you want.
... I want to take a moment to give thanks for our church’s Leadership Council. Yvonne Woods, Carl Kirnbauer, Lindy Hodges, Dennis Smith, Bob Papp, Ralph Simonian, Judy Miller, and Nicole Von Atzingen. These dedicated individuals are leaders of our spiritual community, and through their vision, insight, and wisdom, our church continues to thrive and motivate.
I am also so excited for our church to be officially welcoming 5 new practitioners. April McAllister, Janice Guevara, Nicole Von Atzingen, Way Nickerson, and Leona Rustin. Practitioners are also spiritual leaders of our community, especially when it comes to how we care and support one another. I am so grateful for the loving, integral, authentic, and inspiring spirits these individuals bring to our church.

Contact Rev. Josh at revjosh@sbcsl.org

What we Offer

  • 8:00 a.m. Early service featuring meditation, music, and Sunday message
  • 10:00 a.m. Celebration every Sunday featuring inspiring music and message
  • 10:00 a.m. Children’s church up to teen years including daycare for children under three years old.
  • Wednesday Evening Service - Meditation 6:40 p.m Service 7:00 p.m.
  • The Seal Beach Singers Choir
  • Licensed Spiritual Practitioners available for prayer support
  • Continual classes on Spiritual Living, workshops, support groups, and regular activities like Yoga and Tai Chi to uplift mind/body/spirit.
  • Marina Chapel for weddings, memorials, and other ceremonies with ministerial and coordinative support.
  • Green Team activities and events to service the environment as community
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