Madonna Ministry
The Madonna Ministry is a New Thought metaphysical
ministry founded by Bishop Arnold Michael, formerly a minister
with the United Church of Religious Science. As a young
man, in 1947 he had written a book, Blessed Among Women, on
the life of the Virgin Mary published in 1948. The writing of
the book became a life-altering event and Michael left his job
managing a restaurant and studied for the Religious Science
ministry. He served Religious Science churches for the next 35
years. In 1980, he returned to his consideration of the Virgin
Mary and began writing a series of newsletters under the title
Madonna Ministry that explored Mary’s role as a consciousness
of unconditioned love who represents the feminine-mothering
aspect of God.
In the mid-1980s he retired from the Religious Science ministry
and accepted consecration as a bishop by Archbishop Warren
Watters of the Independent Church of Antioch, a church
that combines a Gnostic theosophical approach to Christianity
with an apostolic lineage through the non- Chalcedonian
churches in the Middle East. Michael founded the Church of
the Talking Pines before he died in 1987. Two years later he
was succeeded by Bishop Charles Sommers, who had also been
consecrated by Archbishop Watters. In 1990, the Church of the
Talking Pines changed its name to Madonna Ministry.
The church continues a major focus on spiritual healing, as
does Religious Science, but includes a wide diversity of healers
who represent the broad spectrum of holistic health practices.
The healing emphasis led it into a relationship with the World
Federation of Healing and the Creative Health Network as
cosponsors of the annual international Healing Summit. The
first summit was held in 1997 in Monterey, California; subsequent
summits included meetings at Glastonbury (1999) and
Australia (2000).
The Madonna Ministry is headquartered at 237 W. Ave. Alessandro,
San Clemente, CA 92672-4334. It maintains two Internet
sites,, and http
Madonna Ministry. April
4, 2000.

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