Guidance has come a long way since its founding in 1967 by Reverend Dr. Daniel L. Morgan and a few stalwart visionaries. Affiliated with the United Centers for Spiritual Living; The Global Heart (formerly known as the United Church of Religious Science) we are a Trans-denominational spiritual community available to everyone. We invite you to pray, meditate, take classes, attend events and explore with us as we minister, co-create and uplift the planet.
We see a world where everyone lives in love, joy, freedom, peace, prosperity and harmony. In our vision, everyone fulfills their divine purpose and destiny and lives as the God-beings that we are created and ordained to be. This world is not in the past or the future. It is living. We reflect the power and beauty of The Presence in the now moment.
We are a church, center and dynamic community. As such we realize our divinity through spiritual practice. Utilizing Creative Living, Ancient Wisdom/New Thought teachings, Science of Mind & Spirit philosophies, Affirmative Prayer and Meditation, we serve the will of God. Through service we expand our awareness and demonstrate the Power of Unconditional Love.
Everyone is welcome to attend our services. We are a Trans-Denominational community, which means me accept you wherever you are on your spiritual journey.
|Prayer & Meditation||9:30 am, Sanctuary|
|Sunday Church Service||10:00 am, Sanctuary|
|Youth Church||10:00 am, Angel House|
Wednesday Midday Service
Meditation 11:00 am, Sanctuary
|Sanctuary:||Open during services only|
|Church Office||Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm|
|Guiding Light Book Store:||Open 12-4pm T-Th, 11am-1pm Sun|
Guidance Church is located at 7225 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA 90043.
The entrance to the Sanctuary is on Crenshaw Boulevard.
Major streets bounding our property are:
Florence Avenue (1/2 block to the North),
Van Ness (East) and
West Blvd and Prairie Avenue (West).
Administrative Offices are accessed through the parking lot off of West 73rd Street.
Driving directions and a map are provided below.
If you require more assistance finding us, please call our administrative offices at (323) 778-0773.
Directions From I-110 South
Take the FLORENCE AVE exit, EXIT 17 for.2 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto W FLORENCE AVE for 2.9 miles.
Turn LEFT onto CRENSHAW BLVD; Guidance is on the RIGHT.
Directions From I-405 South
Take EXIT 47 toward FLORENCE AVE / MANCHESTER BLVD. for.2 miles.
Merge onto S LA CIENEGA BLVD. for .1 miles.
Turn LEFT onto W FLORENCE AVE for 2.5 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto CRENSHAW BLVD; Guidance is on the RIGHT.
Church Founder, Reverend Morgan (January 18, 1932 - May 18, 2008)
Reverend Morgan and a Few Visionaries Seeded Guidance
Guidance Church was founded by Reverend Dr. Daniel L. Morgan and a small handful of visionaries on Sunday, January 15, 1967. Reverend Morgan had received the cooperation and loving support of his wife, Vernell to depart from June Cobb Church and start his own Religious Science congregation, now known as United Centers of Spiritual Living; The Global Heart.
Initially a nucleus group held services in the 1,300 seat auditorium of the Leimert Theater on 43rd Place. George Pantages helped the group secure a lease. After four months, a smaller space was found and leased on Crenshaw Boulevard at 43rd Street.
Church leadership was very hands-on during the moving in. Jesse Whiteside assisted Reverend Morgan in wheeling in the furniture. Richard Dunn built a vestibule. With the aid of several men, William Jones built a platform for the Reverend and the choir. Office space that doubled as a refreshment area after services was procured in an adjacent building. By the end of 1967, several service organizations were formed including the Hostess Club [Link to Service Organizations/Hostess Club], Men’s Forum [Link to Service Organizations/Men’s Forum], Ladies’ Auxiliary [Link to Service Organizations/Ladies’ Auxiliary] and Women’s Club [Link to Service Organizations/Women’s Club].
Permanent Home and Dedication Service
The leased space at Crenshaw Boulevard and 43rd became cramped after a couple of years. Our congregation had grown substantially. We visioned and located a building at 7225 S. Crenshaw. Does the address sound familiar? We’ve been in the same spot since 1970. The collective consciousness of Guidance was mobilized to attain this space and a down payment was arranged. On September 7, 1970, Reverend Morgan led us in worship from the pulpit of the building we occupy today. The Dedication Service was held on September 20, 1970.
Furnishings which appeared crowed at the previous location seemed lost in the new space. The foyers were bare and showed uneven payment. The three chairs on the platform were old and unmatched. Unperturbed by these appearances, all of Guidance rejoiced that we owned our Church Building! In 1973, due to more expansion, we added the Youth Building and dedicated it to the memory of Dolann Briscoe. Shortly thereafter, we purchased adjacent property. By the mid 1970’s Guidance offered accredited classes in Science of Mind teachings. We continued making improvements over the years.
Our original bookstand is now the fully stocked Guiding Light Bookstore with more than 1,000 volumes of spiritual literature. We replaced plain glass windows in the sanctuary with stained ones and those three mismatched altar chairs are now elegant. Our choir of fourteen is now 50 voices strong and shares transformative music during services and private concerts. We’ve come a long way.
Thanks to Doctor Dan and His Supporters
We owe a great deal to the men and women who supported Doctor Dan’s vision and served our community in its infancy. Reverend Gene Thompson, Reverend Huey DeLaHoussaye and Reverend Timothy Armstrong were Assistant Ministers in the early days. The direction and continued growth of Guidance was charted by Reverend Dan and the Guidance Board of Trustees. Past presidents include Henry Rahming, Ivard Woods, Donald Briscoe, John L. Bradford, Eugene Kemp, Dorothy Washington, Roger Peterson, Albert King, Tyrone Dowdell, Booker Ridgeway, Mel Taylor, and presently Layona Walker. Additional spiritual direction and assistance has been provided by Gene Thompson, Huey DeLaHoussaye, Gertha Wheeler, John L. Bradford, Marilyn DeLaHoussaye, Juanita Dunn, Mary Shy Taylor and many dedicated practitioners.
In 19##, Reverend Dr. Daniel L. Morgan retired and passed the baton to Reverend Nirvana Reginald Gayle. We continue our dynamic journey toward greater expression under his leadership.
The Guidance Gospel - January 2008
Guidance Church has been an active member of the community for over forty years through our ministries, educational opportunities, special events and worship services. These activities have provided countless opportunities for our clergy and parishioners to serve the community and be served by it. We’ve provided a small sampling of media coverage on Guidance so that you can become better acquainted with community relations. You can also get a feel for our involvement by taking a look at our ministries and service opportunities.
If you or your charitable organization require support, please contact our Outreach Ministry, Mel Taylor, RScP via firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 778-0773.
You can request prayer online or call our Prayer Hotline at (323) 778-3392.
Journalists seeking interviews, fact checks or other public relations information please contact:
Dr. Deirdre Sermons, RScP, Chairperson
(323) 778-0773, ext. 8
Guidance Honors Gayle by Virgie W. Murray, Los Angeles Sentinel
Daniel L. Morgan; Retirement Scheduled After 39 Year Ministry by Virgie W. Murray, Los Angeles Sentinel, October 20, 2004
Guidance to Mark 39 Yrs., Los Angeles Sentinel, January 5, 2005
Understanding The Riots - six Months Later; Money and Power/Making It in the Inner City: The Churches' Role by Nina J. Easton, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, November 18, 1992
Audio and Video Clips
Life Sparks, Blog Talk Radio Show