Mariann Moery – Chairman
An authentic Oklahoma farmer’s daughter, she spent her first 21 years working on the farm, attending catholic grade school, public high school and graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in English and a Teaching Certificate. She promptly moved to New York City with her first husband and began a career in direct response fundraising and eventually became a Senior Marketing Director for publications including The Wall St. Journal, Family Circle, and McCall’s. She concluded her 35 years as a marketer at Kids Discover Magazine. During those years in NYC, DC and NH, she sought a spiritual practice that would comfort her soul while not insulting her intelligence.
Retiring in 2015 she moved to Arizona to take pictures and to escape North East winters. Still looking for a spiritual home, she read an intriguing book which referenced Centers for Spiritual Living. Discovering that CSLT existed she began attending classes as a way to judge the Center’s culture and beliefs. Soon attending Sunday services as well, she has finally found that spiritual home she has sought for so long.
As a Board member, she hopes to use her marketing and analytical experience to introduce CSLT to a larger community so they too can share the joy and peace that CSLT has given to her.
Marya Wheeler – Vice Chairman
Marya was born and lived for 21 years in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in central Minnesota. She attended the United Methodist church as a child. At the age of 18 she went through treatment for alcoholism and has been clean since. Active in 12-step programs, she didn’t attend church until her youngest child asked, at age 4 years old, when she could go to church and wear black patent leather shoes. Her family attended the Unitarian Universalist church of Tucson for 13 years and made life-long friends. After her children were grown, she reclaimed her Sunday mornings and quit attending. A friend suggested CSL as an alternative church. A google search led her to CSLT where she discovered Science of Mind (SOM). Through an active spiritual practice based on SOM, daily meditation, tithing, service and therapy, she has, in the last 3 years, started her own business and found growing relief from a lifetime sense of despair stemming from childhood abuse. Interesting in that, yes, it’s a story and it’s one that is being healed through a combination of loving input from CSLT and trained professionals.
Susan Seid – Treasurer
Looking back over my life, one of the “constants” has been my connection to God. As a young child in Sunday school, our teacher asked, “Where is God?” I answered, “I think that God is inside of me”. It was clear that was not the answer she was looking for. However, I have always felt that God was both around and within me. Despite being one of six children, I often ended up being the only one to go to Sunday school and then to church. I even attended a Bible camp one summer in Maine, but it was run by the Baptists and that was another story.
I was born in Syracuse, raised in the Boston suburbs and attended the Congregational Church. Like many, I drifted away during college and early adulthood. In my early twenties, a friend invited me to go to the UCC Congregational Church in Norwell MA and it re-ignited my connection to God. A few years later, I was going through a very difficult divorce. My minister and church family were especially supportive. One day I sat by myself in a courtroom waiting for the judge to order a restraining order. And then, I had a physical sensation of a warm hug. Puzzled by it, I mentioned it later that evening to one of my church friends. It turned out that they had all been together praying for me at that moment. Since then, I have never doubted the power of prayer.
Janie Hooper – Secretary
Janie found CSLT in 2008 from a Natural Awakenings magazine ad, and never looked back. She knew she had found her home. She had attended a Unity church in Vail, Colorado for several years when she lived in Colorado, and when visiting friends in Denver, as She often did, she attended Mile High Church and the science of mind philosophy really appealed to her. In 2011, She moved away from Tucson, back to Vail Colorado to return to a previous job. When she and her husband decided to retire in 2015, they both knew we wanted to return to Tucson for many reasons. She was so happy to reconnect with CSLT, and continue her spiritual practice there. She has taken many of the classes, including Foundations and Prosperity I & II. The classes and the friendships she has made at CSLT have enriched her life and encouraged her to want to be of service to her Spiritual home. She is honored to serve as a general member of your Board, and is excited about the forward movement of our Church.