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As Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen is the public face of Centers for Spiritual Living. Edward Viljoen (pronounced full-YOON) lives in the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. Edward leads spiritual retreats worldwide and is a prolific author of published spiritual articles and books (Penguin Random House, Saint Martin’s Press.) Edward received two honorary doctorate degrees from Centers for Spiritual Living, and in 2018, he was awarded our movement’s cherished Ernest Holmes Award for exemplary demonstration of Dr. Holmes’s teachings.
Edward started his spiritual journey in the 1980s with Science of Mind classes in Hollywood, California, and is Santa Rosa’s 26-year senior minister. Edward is passionate about education and is well-known for sharing his curriculum and organizational resources with ministers nationwide. He served on the Minister’s Ongoing Education Conference for 18 years, and, moved to provide spiritual support for peace officers in the tumultuous 1990s, Edward became a Law Enforcement Chaplain.
Edward was the Chair of the Transition Team that ushered the United Church of Religious Science into a new organization model and a new way of being. As a member of our Cultural Integrity and Evolution Committee, Edward initiated a movement-wide values audit and created the annual grassroots themes program. While leading a thriving Center in Santa Rosa, he served on the Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement Committee, Honorary Doctorate Committee, International Board of Trustees, and Asilomar Committee.
When not teaching classes, leading retreats, raising funds for AIDS/HIV services, and education, Edward can be found walking his dog Quentin, reading science-fiction, and binge-watching documentaries.