Our Ministers

Rev. David Owen Ritz, Senior Minister

On October 30, 2016, Rev. David Owen Ritz became the Senior Minister at CSL Manatee. Rev. David is perhaps best known locally as the founding minister of the Center for Positive Living in Sarasota, FL. Even though that Center no longer exists, it served as the point of entry into the Science of Mind and Spirit teachings of Dr. Ernest Holmes for many in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. Nationally, Rev. David's Keys to the Kingdom: an advanced course in prosperity consciousness is known throughout the New Thought movement. Information about Keys to the Kingdom can be found at Rev. David's website: www.newthoughtsforliving.com/index.php.

Rev. Maria Shamaya Clemente

Rev. Maria Shamaya Clemente supports New Thought communities throughout Florida, and as a "Roving Rev." speaks at CSL Manatee on the third Sunday of the month.

Rev. Maria Shamaya Clemente is a spiritual coach, consultant, and counselor. Rev. Maria has spent two decades working with dozens of non-profit communities, including the Gandhi Foundation USA, India America Cultural Association, Soka Gakkai International, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, Morehouse College, and various New Thought churches. As a public speaker, workshop facilitator, and transformational trainer she has traveled to churches, bookstores, conferences, and educational centers across the United States.

Her articles, essays, and meditations have been published in various magazines. She has self-published numerous books and manuals, and released two recordings of guided meditations. She's created a variety of classes, workshops, programs and events that are designed to build community, teach peace, and explore creativity.

Rev. Maria can be reached at revmarias@aol.com, her website: www.be-the-change.com. She currently maintains a blog entitled Be The Change on the website of the Los Angeles Post-Examiner.