Letter from Rev. Melinda
Blessings, Dear Ones!!
I am honored to be the spiritual leader of Cathedral of Light, and do not take this honor lightly. I put my attention, intention, time, effort and prayer energy toward making Cathedral of Light a place whose light of love shines so brightly it becomes a beacon– shining bright to attract all those who need unconditional love & a safe place to belong; who want to know the truth that they are beings of unlimited love; who long to hear the teachings of wholeness and abundance and joy and freedom!
About Rev Mel:
I love to share how living from spiritual principles has transformed my life, and how it can transform others. I love to teach and talk. I love to sing and make music, and I love to love people.
I began as a student of New Thought in 1987, became minister of music in several New Thought churches, (totalling 27 years) , taught classes, facilitated retreats, organized conferences as a member of Unity Worldwide’s Music Ministry Team, and completed seminary training and was ordained by One Interfaith Seminary in 2016.
I am a New Thought minister who was raised in the Church of Christ. (Feel free to ask me about that—in short we thought the Baptists were not Biblical enough). Growing up I was a strong believer with a strong relationship with Jesus, who I considered a friend and brother and guide.
Fast forward to my 20s, when, although I had tried all my life to do the “right” things as taught by my religion of origin, I found myself exhausted, broke, unhappy, in an abusive marriage (in which I stayed because I believed divorce was a “sin”), feeling abandoned by God and betrayed by the religion of my childhood.
The turning point was when I became pregnant with my daughter. From the day I knew of her existence, I loved her so fiercely and fully that I KNEW there was nothing she could ever do to make me not love her, to condemn her, to abandon her.
In that moment I knew that if God were my Father, it was impossible that God would not love me at least as much as I loved my unborn baby. I understood in the depths of my soul that EITHER God is love—our loving parent/creator–OR all this hell and burning and condemnation was true, but that both things COULD NOT be true.
I made a choice in that moment that the God I would serve is the God of love—always and only LOVE.
From there I began to study—Unity principles, the 12 steps, Lessons in Truth, A Course in Miracles. I was greatly impacted by meeting Don Miguel Ruiz and studying The 4 Agreements, The Work of Bryron Katy, and many other teachers and writers on spirituality. I learned to look at and study the Bible in a metaphysical rather than literal way, and to appreciate the universal truths I found there and in all the scriptures of the world, not just the Hebrew or Christian Bibles.
For over 30 years now, I have strived to live from these truths: schooling my thoughts to transform my own experience of the world, opening my heart to find compassion and understanding for those around me, praying to align my thoughts with Divine Mind, finding grace, prosperity, abundance, peace, joy, belief in the Spirit Eternal, and using Love—only, always– as my guiding principle.
Do I do these things perfectly? Ha! Spend an afternoon with me and find out! (or just ask my husband). BUT—I live a life of self-responsibility and reliance on a Higher Energy and Power which I choose to call God, knowing my intimate connection with God through the Spirit that dwells in me; finding joy even in the face of much loss, abundance even when I don’t know from where my good is coming, peace, even when there is chaos all about me; trusting grace to see me through, and knowing my place and my purpose: Love is why I’m here. I am called to use my gifts to nurture, serve, support, comfort, and challenge all who choose to walk this path with me.
And…I want to know you! I want to hear about your life and your journey. Please stop and talk to me before or after church. Let’s make an appointment to have a cup of coffee or a meal or just spend some time together in the office or at a convenient meeting place. I want to hear what your heart longs for, what makes you feel well served by your spiritual community and what does not.
Many blessings and much love,