“Paths of Heart” was born in February of 2014, at the request of a group of people looking for an alternative to “church”. Many had been disenfranchised by their past church experiences and longed for a safe and nurturing community. Colleen Crosson and Mark Sloniker, who had worked in leadership roles in “New Thought” churches for 20 years prior, were also yearning for a different experience – something less structured, more collaborative, non-hierarchical, and free of dogma or doctrine.
Mark and Colleen agreed to hold “gatherings” in their home on Sunday mornings as a kind of experiment. At first, these were modeled somewhat in the style of a “service” that folks were used to, but as the weeks and months went by, they organically began to evolve into something different – more of a collaborative discussion (with lots of music and poetry interspersed) on topics relevant to those attending. The only guideline was (and still is) that these discussions be heart-centered and grounded in love, kindness, compassion, gratitude, joy, and service.
After 2 ½ years, in July of 2016, Paths of Heart serendipitously (with a little help from our friends) became a Human Services non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an emphasis on education and the arts. We still meet weekly on Sunday mornings, with other events and service projects planned as opportunities and interest arise.
Paths of Heart is open to all kind hearted souls wishing to grow personally as human beings and in community with others.