Dr. Marion calls herself the “reluctant practitioner”. She would have never guessed that she would find herself a Religious Science Practitioner Emeritus and the Board President of any Center for Spiritual Living, especially since she was reluctant to obtain her Practitioner license in the first place. When Dr. Marion completed her Practitioner classes in July of 1987, all her classmates were gearing up for their licensing exam which was both a written and an oral exam. Dr. Marion only took the classes for own personal spiritual growth. However, all of Dr. Marion’s classmates kept encouraging her to take the tests. As someone who likes to finish what she started, Dr. Marion decided to follow through and complete the exams. She didn’t let the fear of the process into this endeavor get in her way. She took an attitude of “if I pass, great, and if not…oh well.” Dr. Marion easily passed both the written and the oral exam.
Dr. Marion’s first position as a licensed Practitioner was at Burbank Church of Religious Science, now known as Spiritworks Center for Spiritual Living. There she participated in the church and kept her license active. In 1994 Dr. Marion became the Practitioner Coordinator for World Ministry of Prayer when it was at the Home Office on West 6th Street in Los Angeles, next door to Founder’s Church of Religious Science, the first church that Ernest Holmes himself built.
In spring of 2005, Dr. Marion and her husband, Patrick, became members of Santa Clarita Center for Spiritual Living. In 2008, Patrick’s work took them out of the state but they returned in May 2015. Dr. Marion and Patrick have both been very active in the church and have held the vision for the church to grow. When Reverend Dr. Tina resigned, Dr. Marion, with her many years of experience as a Practitioner for Centers for Spiritual Living, stepped forward to start a visioning group for the church. As a result of the visioning and the work of all the congregation the church has unfolded into what you see today.