The Beginning, 1918
The College of Divine Metaphysics was organized in 1918 as the
realization of a dream held by Dr Joseph Perry Green,
one of the early pioneers in the Metaphysical movement
in America. In order to raise money to establish the
College, Dr Green traveled from city to city, giving
lectures and holding classes. Many of our alumni gained
their first knowledge of Metaphysics in those early gatherings.
With courage born of great
faith, he ventured into unknown territory and set up
the standard of Truth. But during his journeys around
the country, he started to realize the impossibility
of personally reaching the many people who were ready
for his teachings. Perhaps there would be only two or
three in one town, a dozen or more in another, but those
who were interested were far separated from one another;
covering the expense of bringing the message in person
became too great a challenge. Yet Dr Green knew many
people around the country were ready for this newer
revelation of Truth.
Out of this need, and the earnest desire in the minds
of many people, the College of Divine Metaphysics was
born. This same human appeal has kept it in continuous
operation ever since. Circumstances have retarded progress
from time to time, but out of each such experience the
College has emerged stronger than ever.
In 1925, Dr Green assigned
the extension work to Dr William H. Woodfin who, at
that time, was Director-General of the Church of Divine
Metaphysics. Dr Greens itinerary kept him for
some time in California, and when he decided to remain
in the West, he resigned from the Presidency of the
1920 to 1945
On April 15, 1925, Dr Woodfin
was elected to fill the office of director when Dr Green
resigned. Dr Woodfin held this position until his death
on April 23, 1945. In the first seven years, the Institution
had not grown much; it had become apparent that if the
school was to fulfill its purpose and become an important
factor in the Metaphysical movement, some changes in
program and methods of operation must be made.
With the training and experience
gained in his many years of organization work, Dr Woodfin
outlined his plan and concentrated the full
force of his logical mind to the task. He first sought
to establish a policy that would be stable and permanent
for the purpose of creating confidence and assurance
among the students. Next, he moved to broaden the influence
of the school and to bring it to the attention of those
It was a long, hard process. Inadequate equipment and
lack of funds made it more difficult. Only
firm determination and an unquenchable faith in the
rightness of the thing he was doing kept Dr Woodfin
at his desk.
Little by little he laid the
foundation for a worldwide movement. At no time during
the long term of his Administration did he swerve or
deviate from his ideal for teaching sound principles
of Truth. There were times when a compromise with principle
seemed to promise greater financial returns, but he
held true to his ideals and to the course that ultimately
led the College to its goal for expansion.
1945 to 1977
As years passed, it became increasingly
important that the school own its home, and a building
was purchased in June of 1944. It housed the College
work and was well adapted to its needs. After Dr Woodfin
passed away, his secretary, Dr Ruth M. Hurley, became
president. She continued the work of the College until
Dr. Henry Carns became president.
In the late 1950s, Dr Henry
A. Carns became the Colleges fourth president
at its location on Illinois Street in Indianapolis,
Indiana. In 1969 the College moved to 3936 N. Delaware
Street, Indianapolis. For over twenty years Dr Carns
propagated the message for which the College stood;
as a result, the school's message found its way to Metaphysical
students around the world.
1977 to 1991
On December 1, 1977, Dr Henry
A. Carns retired. At this time, the College and the
Church of Divine Metaphysics closed in Indianapolis.
In 1978, the Alumni Association of the College of Divine
Metaphysics of the Church of Divine Metaphysics was
incorporated in the State of California as a nonprofit
religious and educational corporation. The Association
resumed operations of the College under its fifth president,
Dr Joseph A. Garduno of Glendora, California, with Dr
Virginia Means of Pasadena as the College Vice-President
and Advisor. In 1990, Dr Joe's
daughter, Penelope Privette, began serving as the school
1991 to 2006
In 1991, Dr Garduno
engaged Ann Gordon (a CoDM student) to edit and update the College
courses and promotional materials. Dr Ann is a teacher,
consultant, copy editor, and published author; she has
a Bachelor's degree in English, a Master's degree in Computer
Information Systems, and a Ph.M. degree from the College
of Divine Metaphysics. In the year 2000, she built
the school's first website to help spread the word about the courses and
programs offered by the College.
After Dr Means passed away,
Dr Ann expanded her role to
become the College Advisor as well as the Webmaster. In
2006, she became the Vice-President of the school,
in charge of the Online Division. Throughout the remainder of his tenure, Dr Joe taught the students who communicated through postal mail while Dr Ann taught the students who communicated through email.
In 2007, Dr Garduno moved
back to New Mexico, to where he had been born and raised.
He moved the main office of the College with him to New Mexico. Dr Gordon remained in Utah, headquarters of the Online Division.
2018 to present
In January 2018, when the school became 100 years old, Dr Joe passed away and was buried near his home in New Mexico. At that time, Dr Ann became the college's sixth President. She licensed the church and school as a non-profit in the State of Utah and began serving all students, those who communicated via postal mail as well as those online. In 2020, she expanded the school's outreach to people incarcerated in the country's prisons. In 2021, the school enrolled over 60 inmates, some of whom completed their studies to earn a degree in less than a year.
The College of Divine Metaphysics has students and aspirants throughout the world. Our hope is that the
school's True teachings will have a positive impact on
the world community.
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