As with all physical forms, Wellspring began as a thought. During the summer of 2002, Rev. Sam Ritchey hosted a Sunday morning gathering of men in the cool shade of his Las Cruces patio. The focus was on men’s issues, those rooted in earliest boyhood through to adulthood. These powerful sessions stirred a somewhat dormant calling within him that he could not deny. In October 2002, approximately forty-five primarily unchurched and encouraging friends attended an exploration event. The result: Wellspring held its first Sunday Celebration on November 24, 2002.
Today, Wellspring is a thriving, dynamic spiritual community, with over 50% of the participants contributing their talents to successful programming. Plus, Wellspring’s outreach ministry touches numerous charities through tithing and service.
What is New Thought?
New Thought is a spiritual way of life that embraces and relies on metaphysics, those primary truths which are the basis of Creation. The roots of our tradition are traceable to wisdom expressed for thousands of years, and most notably expressed and taught by the Master Teacher Jesus. Much of contemporary New Thought in the United States began in the mid-nineteenth century, and progressed into several similar, but unique, organized expressions — for example, Unity and Divine Science, followed by Religious Science. Wellspring Church is most closely aligned with Religious Science and the Science of Mind teachings of Ernest Holmes. The essence of the philosophy is that consciousness or thought is creative and thereby shapes all that is. By this Truth, and the use of this principle, we design the course and quality of our life’s journey.
New Thought principles also reflect a universal conviction that all is sacred. We practice meditation and prayer to enhance a worldview that promotes reverence for and service to humanity and the earth. We are committed to global healing through personal transformation.
We Believe . . .
- God, the Living Spirit, manifests Itself in and through all Creation.
- The highest God and the innermost God is the one God.
- Each person is a unique, individualized, eternal incarnation of the Living Spirit.
- Our own soul, our own spirit, and our own destiny is of God.
- God is personal to all who feel the indwelling Presence.
- The Truth is revealed through the intuitive and spiritual nature of humanity.
- The ultimate goal of life is complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and this goal is sure to be attained by all.
- The Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God, and this Creative Mind receives the direct impress of our thoughts and acts upon them.
- All things are possible through the power of Creative Mind.
Adapted from the writings of Dr. Ernest Holmes, Founder of Religious Science
Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Ernest Holmes was the founder of Religious Science and the author of many books about spiritual principles and practice. The youngest of nine sons born on a small farm near Lincoln, Maine, he left school at the age of 15 to support himself. His unquenchable thirst for Truth led him to the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Phineas Quimby, Emma Curtis Hopkins, and Thomas Troward, as well as to the Bible, and the sacred texts of other world religions. He sought to discover the thread of Truth woven through all of the great spiritual disciplines.
After finding success as a public speaker on metaphysics in California, Holmes was inspired to synthesize his ideas into a textbook for other seekers on the path. “The Science of Mind” (1926) was his masterpiece. The book spoke to the hearts and minds of so many people that Holmes found it necessary to incorporate the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy in 1927. At this time he also launched “Science of Mind Magazine,” a monthly publication that continues to bring spiritual teaching to the world. His organization eventually evolved into the Church of Religious Science in 1953, the United Church of Religious Science in 1967, and the United Centers for Spiritual Living in 2007.
Ernest Holmes hosted popular programs on both radio and television called “This Thing Called Life.” He would begin each broadcast with this statement: “There is a power for good in the Universe, and you can use it.” This was the essence of his belief.