Our Ministers

Rev. Bonnie Rose

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living’s website.

I am the Senior Minister of this wonderful Spiritual Center, and I’ll start by giving you some information about who I am.

First the facts:  I was raised in the suburbs of New York.  I went to College in North Carolina where I received 2 degrees – one in nursing and another in music.  I worked as a nurse, opera singer, actress, and corporate trainer before deciding to become a minister.   I attended Holmes Institute and got a Master of Divinity degree.  I was ordained in 2004 shortly after I started serving at our Spiritual Center.  I live in Ventura County with my husband and a large menagerie.

Those are the surface details of my life.  What’s more important to me though, is to convey my spiritual journey and how it has led to my love for our Spiritual Center and the people in it.

My spiritual influences are many.  I was raised in an open-minded Christian home.  As a professional singer, I performed in places of worship of many faiths.  I found our denomination in my twenties and was captivated by the positive inclusive message.

More recent influences have been Nipun Mehta, Richard Rohr, Rumi, my human and animal family, our congregants – really life is my teacher.  I seek to convey the wisdom and love available for all.  I do this through writing, teaching classes and Sunday messages.

My “Sunday Messages” tend to be deeply loving, strangely quirky, and slightly irreverent….

Photo by Gerard Burkhart.

For those of you who are familiar with mainstream Religious Science, my approach is somewhat non-traditional.  Many people in our denomination focus on teachings like The Secret, which are largely about manifesting what we want.  While manifestation can be a beautiful thing, I have found that Love is the divine force driving all our desires.

So we focus more on love for self and others.  We surrender to love, grace, and the divine mystery.

We don’t “affirm life’s imperfections away.”

We love even the darkest parts of ourselves.  We aspire to love everything.

And if we can’t love something, we love the part of us that can’t love it.

For the action of love is more important than the object of love.

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Love has the capacity to transform anything when we apply it with kindness and authenticity.

The vision of a world filled with love fuels my passion and my work at our Center.  I get to work with the nicest congregation in the world.  Together we become individualized Centers of Love while we co-create our Spiritual Center of Love that blesses the world in seen and unseen ways.

If you would like to join us on this mystical journey, please feel free to contact me at revbonnierose@venturacsl.org.  I look forward to serving you, helping you find the love that you are, and lifting the world through our shared journey.

                 With Love,   Rev. Bonnie Rose

Rev. Judy Pando

Staff Minister Rev. Judy Pando is an ordained CSL minister and hospice Chaplain.  Her primary ministry has been in pastoral care. She serves others in spiritual and emotional need. She is co-leader of the Circle of Blessings and a grief recovery group. The members of the Circle of Blessing are devoted to seeing the divine in everyone and in all circumstances. Knowing that life is perfect, but not always easy, it is Judy’s great honor and privilege to offer spiritual and practical support to those members of our community in need and those who care for them. Chaplains are those who journey with individuals in crisis or who are experiencing loss. A Chaplain is not a fixer nor an answer giver, but one who provides a unique presence to those who are deeply vulnerable.

Judy’s ministry is about spiritual maturity. It is about transformation, awakening and allowing. It is about seeing as God sees, loving as God loves. It’s about connecting, heart to heart, mind to mind, and soul to soul; holding one hand at a time. She is a teacher, speaker and spiritual seeker.

Judy is a native of California, and enjoys nature and spending time with friends and her very large family.

Contact Rev. Judy at RevJPPando@gmail.com or call (805) 647-4511.

Rev. Karen Mondragon

Hello and welcome to a peek into the window of my life.  I have been married for 29 years to a wonderful man and fellow practitioner, emeritus.  Together we have 6 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. We love animals and consider ourselves blessed by all who have been entrusted to our care.

I was born into a catholic family where I was raised until my early 20’s.  At that time, I went exploring and found myself in a Pentecostal church where I was “saved” and spent the next few years. Circumstances brought me to the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, VCSL, in the early 90’s.  I became a licensed practitioner in 1998, earned my Emeritus status in 2018 and graduated as a minister from the Holmes Institute of Spiritual Leadership in January of 2020.  I am most proud of my title as Staff Minister for VCSL, where I support and serve my Center and my Senior Minister, Rev. Bonnie Rose.

My heart is in teaching and praying. I am certified as a teacher of the Noble Purpose, am the lead practitioner for VCSL’s Ministry of Prayer and am Chair of our Center’s Membership Program.  I spent four years as part of a volunteer group going into prisons, presenting an intensive self-help workshop. I live my life knowing my noble purpose as a messenger of spiritual light, love, and peace.

 

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Ventura Center for Spiritual Living

A CENTER OF LOVE...
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101 S. Laurel Street
Ventura California 93001
805.643.1933

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