Our Mission is to provide spiritual tools for personal and global transformation.
Our Purpose is to awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence.
Our Vision is a world that works for everyone.
Reverend H. Patrick Pollard, RSCF
A native of Trinidad and Tobago West Indies, Reverend Patrick came to live in the United States in 1966. During a business trip, he discovered Religious Science in Dallas, Texas. After returning to Los Angeles, California he enrolled in a Science of Mind class in 1972. in 1986 he graduated from the Holmes College of Consciousness Studies and was ordained in 1990.
Since 1986 Reverend Patrick served as a minister in four Centers for Spiritual Living including Yucaipa, CA, Eureka, CA, Huntington Beach, CA and Albuquerque, NM. He also participated in several Centers for Spiritual Living home office programs, i.e., Ministerial and Practitioner oral panels; ethics committee; and Leadership Planning Committee for the annual Asilomar Retreat and Conference. He retired in 2008 from his position of Senior Minister at the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living where he served for twelve and one-half years. In 2009 he moved to Connecticut with his wife. Members of a Science of Mind Study group in CT sought his assistance in founding a Center for Spiritual Living. The Connecticut Center for Spiritual Living is the first in the state.
CTCSL Leadership Council
Connecticut Center for Spiritual Living 2020 Council
Rev. Patrick, Jean Gay, Dana Fusco, Gary Filip, Mylene Poitras
Mary Jo Capitani, Harmony Hoyer, Tabitha Freeman
President of the CT-CSL Leadership Council
In 2013 Gary was introduced to the Center for Spiritual Living by his then-girlfriend, Tara. She had mentioned that she thought he might like the church she was attending, and he was interested in learning more about it. Within the first few minutes of the service, Gary turned to Tara and said, "You THOUGHT I might like it here?" In his sarcasm was the truth of his being, knowing that he was finally among a like-minded spiritual family. It only took Gary a year to become fully integrated into the congregation, becoming the Volunteer Coordinator for the Center. His level of determination, dedication, and desire to serve others is unsurpassed. For the past four years, he is often there to set up before service, clean up after service, and make sure the building is secured and locked after everyone else leaves.
As Gary became more ingrained in the community, he knew his calling was bigger than simply setting up and cleaning up space. Gary joined the board in 2017 and quickly became the Vice President. His current role of President followed in the spring of 2018. As a natural leader, Gary inspires others to live in integrity and faith. He encourages congregation-wide tithing, expects others to realize and reach for their full potential, and always wears a smile as he greets everyone by name, welcomes newcomers, and builds relationships with those he crosses paths with each week. Gary has been taking classes since he became a member and is on the path to becoming a religious science practitioner.