The original Living Prophets Lecture Series was convened by Rev. Noel McInnis from 1966-1968 at Kendall College, a Methodist two-year liberal arts school in Evanston, IL.

The nature of a living prophet was defined by Marshall McLuhan, who was the first speaker featured in the series:
"A prophet isn't someone who foretells the future. It is rather that anyone who sees what's really going on today is way ahead of everyone else."

Other prophets to appear in the initial series were architect-engineer Buckminster Fuller and Zen philosopher Alan Watts.

In early 2010, Rev. Noel suggested that New Thought Center for Spiritual Living revive the series at their new location in Lake Oswego, OR. Under the guidance of Senior Minister Rev. David Alexander the series was reinstated in March 2010.

Recipients are chosen based on the criteria that their work in the world represents a break away from the “status quo” of their given field, that their voice serves as a prophetic call to transcend and include and that they carry out this work with courage, compassion and a love for humanity that calls us to our higher purpose.

Rev. Noel McInnis - Series Founder

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Rev. Noel was a member of NTCSL's founding Interim Board, and has ever since served as NTCSL's Board Chaplain, attending nearly 300 meetings since the summer of 2004. He participates in teaching NTCSL's "Foundations" course and regularly offers self-transformational seminars on the Tao of New Thought, self-dominion, and global transformation.
Rev. Noel is a doctorate minister of Religious Science, ordained in 1989. He has immersed himself in ongoing studies of consciousness, spiritual metaphysics, contemporary cosmology, systems theory, ecology, transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy, subtle energetics, and other integral perspectives, while sharing and applying his learning in a variety of college, university, editorial and ministerial settings. He has authored or co-authored several books on the bridging of science and spirit. He is currently co-authoring a book entitled The Science of Causing Outcomes.
From 1985-2002 Rev. Noel was the senior pastor of several churches of Religious Science. He is a former columnist for Science of Mind magazine, and from 1979 to 1996 was a faculty member of the School of Ministry (now Ernest Holmes Institute) for the United Centers of Spiritual Living (UCSL), teaching New Thought related courses in science, mysticism, philosophy, and ethics on its campuses in Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Jose, Denver and Seattle.

Rev. David Alexander - Series Director

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David Alexander is a life-long student of spiritual principles, having been born and raised in the New Thought tradition. Called to the ministry at age thirteen, Rev. David has made the study and application of universal spiritual principles his life devotion. Through his dedicated efforts in Youth Ministry he has been a featured guest lecturer at New Thought churches nationwide since 1996. Rev. David became a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner in 1999, received his ministerial license in 2004 and was ordained in 2006, and affiliated with United Centers for Spiritual Living in 2007. Rev. David also serves on the Advisory Council for the Association for Global New Thought. Locally, Rev. David serves on the Board of Directors for the Community of Welcoming Congregations. Rev. David writes the monthly column "Philosophy in Action" for Science of Mind magazine. Rev. David has a deep passion for New Thought history and has recently launched the site In April of 2009 Rev. David was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. As one of the youngest and most dynamic ministers in the New Thought movement, his messages are inspiring, humorous and relevant to today's world.
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Rev. David hosts the blog: New Thought Theology - focusing on a variety of contemporary topics, news and events as related to New Thought Principles

Series Host

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New Thought Center for Spiritual Living is a spiritual community and way of life that honors all paths to God. We promote spiritual tools for personal transformation and help make the world a better place.

As an Open and Affirming Community and member of the Community of Welcoming Congregations we extend a warm welcome to all people in search of a spiritual community where they are embraced, affirmed and accepted for who they are and inspired and supported in growing into their highest potential.
Who We Are
We were founded in 2004 as an independent New Thought community known as New Thought Ministries of Oregon. Dedicated to diversity, inclusivity, transparency and good stewardship we grew into a strong and vibrant spiritual community. In 2007 we became an affiliated member of the United Centers for Spiritual Living and in September of 2008 changed our name to New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.

The New Thought Movement or New Thought is a loosely allied group of organizations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of metaphysical beliefs concerning healing, life force, and personal power and the Oneness of all live and creation. The New Thought Movement developed in the United States during the mid to late 19th century, with roots stemming from Unitarian and Transendentalist Movements and continues to the present time. Some of the better known authors today associated with New Thought teachings are Wayne Dyer, Depak Chopra and Ekhart Tolle (A New Earth - book series from Oprah) as well as many others. Our particular branch of "New Thought" is Religious Science - founded by Ernest Holmes.