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Salem Oregon's 
Historic Metaphysical 
Sanctuary

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In 1992 Rev. Jay Smith Jr. had a vision of creating Salem's first Metaphysical Spiritual Center.  A place where people could come to be empowered and "be more".

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Rev. Madge Peinkofer Ordination
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Jay’s interest in spirituality and Metaphysics was sparked in 1960 in an unconventional way.  When Jay finished college his landlady told him he needed a spiritual life. She said the best way to do that was to introduce him to various religions. So, each week the two of them visited a different type of church. After many attempts without feeling a connection Jay was ready to stop his search. The landlady insisted he try one more – a Spiritualist Church. The minute he walked in a connection was made and Jay’s spiritual gifts were revealed to him. After that visit, Jay began Metaphysical Studies culminating with his Doctorate of Divinity. He went on to become the Senior Minister at the Center of Psychic Science and was there for 10 years.

 

In 1982 Jay moved to the Willamette Valley in Oregon to attend summer classes at Western Oregon University. Once here, he connected with the rhythm and spiritual energies of the trees, the valley, the ocean and the mountains. He knew he’d finally found home.


In 1995 after searching for the perfect location, he purchased the property that today stands as The HOME Spiritual Center. Jay was a leader in the New Thought community for decades. He was highly sought out for his intuitive abilities to connect with spirit and for providing an environment where seekers can be comfortable to explore all the possibilities life has to offer them; a place where you can learn to "empty your "‘trouble basket" as Jay liked to call it and to obtain inner peace.
 

This year Jay transitioned. During his Celebration of Life many attendees spoke about the impact Jay had on their lives. He was an extraordinary man and was known for giving people "Get Out of Jail Free" or "Game of Life" cards.  Jay knew that metaphysically they held power that opened new ways of thinking or the courage to make changes.  Jay would always say that Spirit speaks to us in many ways and he always encouraged people to be open and receptive to listen and learn. To this day, many of us still carry those cards in our wallets. 

 

While Jay may no longer be here in his physical form, his work and his spirit lives on. 

Rev. Madge Peinkofer's Ordination, 2006

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 In 2012, The HOME Spiritual Center celebrated its 20th anniversary.

 

From the Statesmen Journal:

"A Salem Metaphysical Church celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday, taking a moment to remember its roots with refreshments on its Lancaster Dr NE campus."   

 

 Members found shaded areas to mingle and socialize as they awaited remarks from the church leadership. 

     

The HOME Spiritual Center, which stands for "Helping Ourselves Master Everyday," is a nondenominational Christian organization, senior minister Madge Peinkofer said, and focuses on self-empowerment.

The center draws influences from other faiths and belief systems, as well as attracts people from all faith backgrounds.

 

Founder of the HOME Spiritual Center, Jay Smith, said the community is made of 200 members, and up to 40 attend the Sunday services at one time.

   

He said members come and go as they want, with no guilt.  The HOME Spiritual Center is a place to reset and prepare to face the world again, he said.

     

"It's a commitment to your own journey," Smith said.  "We're not here to save people.  We're here to help them do their journey."

 

Ashley Smith | Statesman Journal.

IN LOVING MEMORY

It is with a full heart that we announce the passing away of Rev. Jay Smith, Jr. early in the morning on January 19, 2022. One month shy of his 92nd birthday.  Jay was the founder, President, and Executive Minister of HOME Spiritual Center since 1992. His passion for the Center and helping others on their life path has been his life’s work. Jay touched the lives of many in the metaphysical community and beyond. His lively spirit and unwavering dedication will be missed. The leadership of the HOME Spiritual Center will continue to build and grow the Center with the same dedication and passion that Jay inspired. 

 

Each one of you that were inspired by Rev. Jay is held in our hearts. 

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