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Chronicles of Religious Science, Volume II, January 1960-February 2012
The History of the Religious Science Movement
Marilyn Leo
ISBN: 9780917849794
Book (Paperback)
Spiritual Living Press, Center for Spiritual Living
6 x 9
430 pages
April 30, 2020


Building on the history documented in Chronicles of Religious Science Volume I, this second volume opens with the transition of Ernest Holmes in 1960. Each chapter highlights the growth and decisions of the Church of Religious Science and Religious Science International as the organizations grew and eventually merged back into one whole in 2012. Based on interviews, quotes, meeting minutes and commentary, these two volumes capture the essence of Religious Science and preserve its history for future generations.
Ernest Holmes writes, “When, through intuition, faith finds its proper place under Divine Law, there are no limitations, and what are called miraculous results follow.” The Chronicles of Religious Science II is one of those miraculous efforts. I offer deep gratitude to Marilyn Leo for capturing the essence and details of so many aspects of the life of Holmes and the Religious Science movement and honor the keen minds and huge hearts who worked tirelessly to bring it to you. Holmes also writes, “A thought of love is always healing.”

Marilyn Leo has been part of Religious Science since childhood and her father was very close to Ernest Holmes beginning in 1915. Their families remained intimate throughout Holmes’ life. Marilyn has served on many committees and served United Church (now Centers for Spiritual Living) as director of the World Ministry of Prayer, Ecclesiastical Officer/Vice President, Organizational Renewal Project, chair of the Global Ministries. She also served as president, secretary, and treasurer (at different times) for the Wisdom Council (retired ministers’ association). She has received several special recognitions, including the “Living Treasure Award” given by her ministerial colleagues. In 2009, Marilyn received the “Golden Heart Award,” also given by the United Clergy of Religious Science. United Church has honored her with honorary Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Religious Science recognitions. Though retired from the usual ministerial duties, she has served as president of the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation, and presently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Hefferlin Foundation, an independent nonprofit foundation supporting the teaching of Science of Mind. Marilyn is the author of Chronicles of Religions Science, Volume I: The Early Years, 1926 through 1959. Besides her book, In His Company: Ernest Holmes Remembered, she has written articles for Science of Mind and Creative Thought magazines, contributed the manuscript for That Was Ernest written by her father, Dr. Reginald Armor. She compiled and edited Love and Law and she wrote the foreword for John Waterhouse’s book Five Steps to Freedom and has become required reading for some Science of Mind classes. Marilyn created the Archives and Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that houses all archival information for Centers for Spiritual Living. Visit the website
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