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Season's Greetings

We honor the many cultural celebrations in December and early January. What a rich time of community, joy, reflection, and even grief. Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Soltice, Christmas, New Year’s, or anything else, we bless you and your loved ones with health, wholeness, and prosperity. May we all be instruments of Peace.

Sunday Celebrations

Come together to sing, pray, connect and uplift our spirits. Please join us in-person the 1st Sunday of the month at 3pm to 5pm PST. Click here for more info.


Read, speak aloud or listen to these potent affirmations, strung together with the utmost intention to ACTIVATE the Divine Potential that lives within YOU!


Inner Light is a collaborative network of visionaries dedicated to spiritual transformation. We provide tools for living that encourage the practical application of Universal Spiritual Principles to all of Life’s circumstances. Our aim is global and personal healing, through the omnifaith energy of Love and the revealing of our own Inner Light. Aligning with the sacred interconnectedness of all Life, we embody spiritual Oneness, appreciate individualized expressions, and honor all paths that lead to Truth, Justice, and Sustainability.  

Inner Light exists to support the personal healing needed to create global transformation and to usher in the global transformation that is the natural by-product of individual healing. Inner Light’s role in the global revolution is cultivating the consciousness of Oneness by healing the sense of separation. We promote new paradigms for living that help people reshape how they perceive themselves and the world around them. With an awareness of the interdependence and sanctity of all life, more holistic choices are made that support mutual good while respecting the planet and its resources. This includes dismantling the “isms” of oppression, and leveling the playing field so that all may reach their divine potential.

Inner Light was founded in 1997 in Santa Cruz, CA by Rev Deborah L. Johnson informed by her experience as a founding member of Agape International Spiritual Community in Los Angeles 12 years earlier. Through various programs, ministries, and our former Center, we quickly became a hub for the local community providing inspiration, education, community service, collaborative partnerships, discourse and engagement forums, and meeting/event space. We have been at the forefront of sustainability, social justice, healing and well-being, music, learning, prison outreach, food distribution, family support & teen development, community building, diversity facilitations & trainings, prayer, nurturing authentic sacred connection, and practicing Oneness.

Standing in radical inclusivity we are a complex and integrated array of gender expressions, family structures, races and ethnicities, economic levels and political persuasions. From vegans to carnivores, 12-steppers to wine connoisseurs, interfaith to atheist, we are becoming the world we want to see, working through our differences to be a living example of Oneness in diversity.

Firm believers in resource circulation and economic empowerment, our 3.5acre 14,000sf Center purchased in 2003 was self-financed by creating multi-lender financing structures that empowered scores of individuals to engage in social responsibility investing. The recent sale of our property creates much needed housing and economic growth as the parcel converts into a 3-story 70+ bed senior assisted living facility with the zoning remaining for public good. Through the years, to local organizations and disaster relief funds, we have donated over $450,000, countless hours of services and in-kind contributions, and continue to distribute 5,000 lbs. of food weekly as a Second Harvest Foodbank now located on the Santa Cruz Bible campus.

As we prayerfully released our Center, we blessed the local community with most of its contents. To villages in Burkina Faso, on Ghana’s northern border, we shipped industrial stoves, 3-door refrigerator, A/V and sound equipment, computers and printers, office furniture, children’s supplies and toys, gardening tools, sanctuary seating for 600, dishes, doors, and so much more. These items will be used in clinics, schools, churches, and a community center with a job training program repairing electronics. Our first shipment to Burkina Faso was in collaboration with Tools For Change. The balance of furniture and equipment has been retained for our own use as we have relocated to a more intimate space closer to downtown.

By selling of our Center, we are not closing down, but rather expanding our reach beyond brick and mortar. Our motto is “Take this consciousness and multiply it!” We are harnessing and redirecting our energy to evolve into a more efficient, cost-effective organization with greater participation and impact. In our revitalization, we are repositioning ourselves to be in collaboration with other organizations and networks creating more synergies. In 2023 we will be rebranding as Inner Light Unleashed and become part of the spiritual arm of the newly formulating Unleashing Our Future (UOF) committed to transforming the Transformational Movement by cultivating capacities, compassion, and connections. UOF promotes working at the intersections of creativity/well-being practice, justice and sustainability activism, economic empowerment, and mutual learning and information sharing, and is also founded by Rev Deborah and colleagues.

We look forward to sharing the journey of life with you.


Rev Deborah L. Johnson is the founder of Inner Light Ministries, an omnifaith spiritual community in Santa Cruz, CA, and is the founder of the former Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cross-cultural relations.

Rev Deborah serves on the Leadership Council of the Association for Global New Thought and the board of Pachamama Alliance working with indigenous tribes to protect the Amazonian rainforests and sacred headwaters. An instructor at several institutes of higher learning, she holds a BA in Economics from USC, an MBA in Urban Land Economics and Real Estate Finance from UCLA, a ministerial degree from Holmes Institute, and an honorary DD from Agape University. Author of The Sacred Yes and Your Deepest Intent, Rev Deborah is a Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority legacy.

Rev Deborah is a public speaker, business consultant, and lifelong social justice advocate known for her ability to bring clarity, civility, and humor to complex and emotionally charged issues. Her passion is facilitating processes that promote the healing of cultural and socio-political divides in order to bring forth “The Beloved Community.” Wherever she goes, her message is one of possibility, inclusion, empowerment, and transformation.

A Message from our Spiritual Director
Rev Deborah L. Johnson

Change is afoot. People are actively searching for ways to navigate and to rebuild within an ever changing social, political, economic and environmental landscape. Within us is the courage, faith and capacity to awaken from spiritual amnesia, treat one another with loving-kindness, heal systemic oppressions, and re-imagine a world in which we all can thrive. The hunger, the thirst for the practical applications of the Universal Spiritual Principles we teach is skyrocketing.

Inner Light is repositioning itself to address this growing demand, and as a spiritual leader, so am I. To help illumine our way forward, I have launched the RevD Now Podcast Channel with 3 new podcast shows:

  • Where is Your Yes Podcast anchors us in spiritual awareness - airs on Mondays
  • Change What You See Podcast empowers us to change our perspectives - airs on Wednesdays
  • Pathways to WE Podcast liberates our collective potential - airs on Fridays

See you there!


Let us lift you up in prayer!

Is your heart heavy burdened with hurt, fear, and worry?
Are you steadily moving through life and just need a little word of encouragement to keep you focused? Perhaps you’re elated and need someone to stand in agreement with you for the unfoldment of your blessing? 

No matter what is going on, no matter your beliefs, we are here to support and uplift you in prayer.

To receive a confidential prayer created especially for you:

CALL US at (831) 465-9090 - Ext. 254 or

Know that “Weeping may endure through the night but joy comes in the morning!”


Phone and Email

Phone: (831) 465-9090

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1029
Soquel, CA 95073

Inner Light Offices

623 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062