Events

Special Guests and Events

May 12th – Chao Tian … Performing on the Chinese Dulcimer

A leading performer on the Chinese dulcimer, board member of Beijing Association of China Traditional Music, leader of “Always Folk” ensemble, and a member of the prestigious Artist in Residence program at Strathmore Music Center, Chao Tian has established a career as a soloist, educator, advocate, and composer in both traditional Chinese music and other genres. As a lecturer at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and a former member of the world renowned Twelve Girls Band, she worked many years in the discipline of musical and cultural exchange.

Her musical journey began at the age of 5 and at age 12 she gained entrance to the Affiliated Middle School of China Conservatory with a major in dulcimer. Later she was recommended for immediate admission to China Conservatory, where she obtained the Master Degree of Arts in Musical Performance in 2010. As an ambassador of art and culture, she had performed in over 30 different countries and regions across the globe and she has collaborated with numerous acclaimed musicians in many unprecedented projects that explore connections between the musical worlds of China and the others.

May 26th – “This Is Lea” … Lea Morris – her Original Music and Message

While she often draws comparisons to other female phenoms like Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, LEA’s sound seamlessly blends gospel, jazz, country and R&B into her own style – SoulFolk.

LEA’s father played trumpet in the funk band Black Heat. Her mother dreamed of opera while performing in the Jones Family Gospel Singers.  LEA was singing in the Baptist church as soon she could speak. When
she discovered the acoustic guitar as a teenager, she began teaching herself to play by writing songs. LEA’s final year in high school in Germany at a classical conservatory, where she sang with the jazz ensemble Black & White and co-wrote with the British pop trio Indigo Wild.

She has shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton, LEA performs at a far ranging array of venues, including arts centers, universities, festivals, and places of worship. She is consistently acknowledged by the
Washington Area Music Association* as one of the region’s best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists. She is a graduate of the prestigious Artist-in-Residence program at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD and a beloved children’s music performer among DC families.

March 24th – Imam Naeem Baig

Former President of Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, a grass-roots Muslim American organizations with over 40 chapters. He is Director of Interfaith Alliances.

Mr. Baig serves as the co-chair of the ‘National Muslim-Christian Initiative’. He also serves as the Muslim Coordinator for the ‘Catholic-Muslim Mid-Atlantic Dialogue’, which takes place every year between Catholic Bishops and Muslim Leadership in America.

Mr. Baig is serving as the National Moderator for ‘Religions for Peace USA’. He is member of the board of ‘Interfaith Workers Justice”.

 

February 24th – Rev Dr Raymont Anderson

We are so grateful that Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson, Spirsmiling manitual Leader of Center for Spiritual Living Greater Baltimore, is able to include us in his very full schedule.   Using his completely engaging manner, he shares his wisdom with his audiences.  He is the out-picturing of his lifelong passion for self development, personal transformation, transmutation, and transfiguration.  He lives his bliss as a teacher, minister, speaker, mentor, father, grandfather, and more.  He is a brilliant workshop facilitator focusing on spirituality, metaphysics, and mysticism.

February 17th – Dianne Stewart Hamlin

Dianne is Professional Practitioner, licensed by both Centers for Spiritual Living and Agape International Spiritual Center.  She is also an attorney serving the greater Washington, DC, metro area.  She brings vibrancy, clarity and power to her informative, uplifting messages.  Truly a transformative force in the universe, Dianne will challenge you to a greater appreciation of yourself!

 

February 10th – Rev Michele Synegal  

Rev.  Michele SynegalMichele, currently serving as Chair of Centers for Spiritual Living’s Diversity Commission, is the originator of World Day of Service. For the past two years her focus ministry has supported centers in the Mid-Atlantic region as speaker, facilitator and teacher.

She is the former Senior Minister of Spiritual Empowerment Center in Baltimore, which she led for more than ten years. She was ordained in 2009 and was licensed as a practitioner in 1997.  She holds a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute and bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco.  Her first published book is Inspiration in Small Doses; a compilation of short stories and essays designed to uplift and inspire the readers to live up to their divine potential.

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December 30th – Our Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremonies

This, the last Sunday of 2018, we will surrender in a Burning Bowl Ceremony, all that no longer serves us, and lean into and embrace, with a White Stone Ceremony, how we choose to be.  These two ceremonies in combination, empower us to genuinely change our thinking and reveal the life that Spirit is calling us to express.  Start now imaging how you would have your life be if it were not constrained by what you believe to be your obstacles.  Learn that they are simply hurdles and that you have the ability to leap right over them!  Join us for a truly transformative morning!

November 18th – Bianca Humady Rey

Bianca Humady Rey, chair of the Capital Trans Pride, is an active member of  Equality Virginia, a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians (LGBT).  EV believes that we are stronger together than alone. Together we will create a Virginia that a safe, welcoming, and equal place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families to live, work and play.

Bianca was born in the Philippines.  She now lives in Springfield, Virginia and works as a project coordinator.  In her spare time, Bianca enjoys hiking, dancing, yoga, singing, and spending time with her family

October 28th – Bob Sima and Shannon

CSL Metro is excited to welcome Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma) back for another enlightening and powerful performance. He has been called “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar” and is a guide, awakener, and musical mystic. Through the medium of melody and message, he leads listeners to an expanded consciousness, deeper sense of connection, and inner peace and purpose. For more about Bob, click www.bobsima.com

 

October 14th – Dr Gurpal Singh Bhuller

Dr. Gurpal Bhuller is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon who lives in Vienna, VA.  He grew up in Malaysia to parents who had migrated there from India.  After finishing studies in New Zealand, Dr. Bhuller completed his training in Omaha, Nebraska and then moved to Virginia in 1982.  He retired from clinical practice in 2015, and now helps to raise his 4 grandchildren who live close by.

Dr. Bhuller is active in the Sikh Community of the DC Metro Area.  He is also involved in several local charitable organizations, including Operation Walk and SevaTruck (a food truck for those in need).   He has set up an Eye Bank in Punjab, India and has been organizing Eye Camps for rural communities there.  Dr. Bhuller has lectured on of Sikhism and is the author of “The Enquiring Guru” (2006).

September 23rd – Rev Dr Raymont Anderson

We are so grateful that Rev. Dr. Raymont Anderson, recently appointed the Spirsmiling manitual Leader of CSL Baltimore, is able to include us in his very full schedule.   Using his completely engaging manner, he shares his wisdom with his audiences.  He is the out-picturing of his lifelong passion for self development, personal transformation, transmutation, and transfiguration.  He lives his bliss as a teacher, minister, speaker, mentor, father, grandfather, and more.  He is a brilliant workshop facilitator focusing on spirituality, metaphysics, and mysticism.

September 9th – Claudia Carawan

We are blessed that Claudia Carawan, award-winning singer/songwriter, inspirational speaker and performer, will be providing our music and message.  Her totally tingling induces goose-bumps.  Her powerful message is made even more memorable by her transformative music that is vibrant, energetic and positively soulful.  To learn more about Claudia, go to: www.claudiacarawan.com

 

September 16th – Rev Michele Synegal  

Rev.  Michele SynegalMichele, currently serving as Chair of Centers for Spiritual Living’s Diversity Commission, is the originator of World Day of Service. For the past two years her focus ministry has supported centers in the Mid-Atlantic region as speaker, facilitator and teacher.

She is the former Senior Minister of Spiritual Empowerment Center in Baltimore, which she led for more than ten years. She was ordained in 2009 and was licensed as a practitioner in 1997.  She holds a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute and bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco.  Her first published book is Inspiration in Small Doses; a compilation of short stories and essays designed to uplift and inspire the readers to live up to their divine potential.

August 5th – Rev Dr Kenn Gordon

We are honored to have Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living worldwide.  Dr. Kenn is world renowned for his extraordinary vision and leadership.  Greatly appreciated for his humor, wit and principle, he travels more than 150 days a year making presentations around the world.   He is a catalyst for evolution and change in every area of human development.  A firm believer in shared and servant leadership, he gives graciously and selflessly  of himself.

Dr Kenn and his amazing wife, Rev Dr Deb Gordon, co-founders and Spiritual Leaders of the Center for Spiritual Living Kelowna, will be our Retreat Masters at the Annual Spiritual Living Retreat in Potomac, Maryland, August 3-4th.