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Apr
26
Thu
COUNTERACTING TERRORISM–THE GLOBAL REACH OF PRAYER @ MIdland Center for the Arts
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

Kari Mashos

Kari Mashos, CSB

Terrorism and violence is certainly a topic for the world to address. My own experiences in the USA and the Middle East confronting terrorism first-hand provide a way for me to share how the practice of Christian Science can help the world understand and utilize the healing power of the First Commandment as well as the equally important one to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In my previous opera career, the power of prayer, based on the teachings of Christian Science, was a constant source of strength in all situations—including singing to crowds of 17,000 and performing under a bomb threat. One night, as I stood on the stage at Symphony Hall in Boston, singing to a large crowd, I thought to myself, “I’d really rather be sharing spiritual truths with this audience.” The desire to share the healing power of Christian Science led me naturally to become a full-time Christian Science practitioner, and later to become a teacher of Christian Science as well.

 

Apr
28
Sat
LIVING IN THE “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” – right here and now @ Ann Arbor Public Library, West Branch
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm

José de Dios Mata, CSB

— José de Dios is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years. He will talk about living in the “kingdom of heaven” right here and now.

The message is clear and simple. Heaven is within us, and not a place in the future. It is a mental and spiritual state without a single element of delay or waiting that is at hand as Christ Jesus taught. This lecture takes a look at how we can bring healing, restoration and regeneration to our lives by actively living moment by moment in the kingdom of harmony.

It shows how prayer and the expression of such attributes as mercy, justice and unselfishness can reveal this ever-present kingdom right in the midst of the most difficult situations. Proofs of healing help to develop these ideas and show that we can be eyewitness to divine Love’s all-inclusive government and control that is, as The Lord’s Prayer says, “on earth as it is in heaven.”

May
14
Mon
MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS @ Grand Rapids Celebration! Cinema North - Wave Room
May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Leide Lessa

– Every day, we’re faced with making decisions. Some are easy decisions, but others can cause long sleepless nights.  Is there a way to know the right choice? If so, what is that?

International speaker Leide Lessa says, “I have found that prayer based on understanding God and God’s will of goodness for everyone can lead to making beneficial decisions. How? Knowing God as Mind, the source of intelligence, and as Love, guiding and caring for all creation, moves us beyond looking at limited options and opens the way for us to see inspired solutions.  This one-hour talk will discuss how each one of us can do this – and find peace of mind in making the choices before us.”

Raised in Brazil, educated in Austria and the United States, Lessa has become fluent in English, German, Spanish, in addition to her native Portuguese.  From owning her own language institute for 10 years to her current work in the public ministry of Christian Science healing, her focus has always been to improve people’s lives.

May
24
Thu
MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS @ Livonia Civic Center Library
May 24 @ 7:00 pm

Leide Lessa

– Every day, we’re faced with making decisions. Some are easy decisions, but others can cause long sleepless nights.  Is there a way to know the right choice? If so, what is that?

International speaker Leide Lessa says, “I have found that prayer based on understanding God and God’s will of goodness for everyone can lead to making beneficial decisions. How? Knowing God as Mind, the source of intelligence, and as Love, guiding and caring for all creation, moves us beyond looking at limited options and opens the way for us to see inspired solutions.  This one-hour talk will discuss how each one of us can do this – and find peace of mind in making the choices before us.”

Raised in Brazil, educated in Austria and the United States, Lessa has become fluent in English, German, Spanish, in addition to her native Portuguese.  From owning her own language institute for 10 years to her current work in the public ministry of Christian Science healing, her focus has always been to improve people’s lives.

Jun
3
Sun
LEARN TO PRAY AND HEAL – a spiritual adventure @ Jackson CS Church
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm

Nate Frederick

Nate Frederick, CS — Are prayer and healing for you? I mean, if you have no experience with spirituality or religion, or you’re not even sure what you think about God, can you still pray and be healed?

Yes. Because prayer and healing are natural to us, and I say this as one who didn’t even grow up in a religious household. But what I’ve discovered as I’ve studied Christian Science is that a willingness to shift perspectives, to see things in a new, more spiritual way, has an effect–for anyone.

Like in the case of an inmate I worked with. As I shared the basics of Christian Science with him he said it all sounded great but he was just a bad person. He seemed pretty convinced that healing wasn’t for him. But as we talked about the fact that he wasn’t defined by his past, but by God, his source, who is completely good, I could tell his thought about himself was changing.

And then he wanted more. So he took a copy of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, back to his cell and started to dive into these books. Six or seven weeks later, I ran into him again and he told me that he’d been healed of a serious illness–just from studying the Bible and Science and Health. His study helped him grasp God and his life in a new way and his disease was cured.

In my lecture, I’ll share more about the fundamentals of effective prayer, as I’ve learned from studying Christian Science, as well as how healing is truly possible for everyone.

Jun
11
Mon
EXPERIENCING HEAVEN NOW @ Battle Creek CS Church
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm

Mary Bothwell, CSB — In college, I was suddenly hit with a feeling of being disconnected and alone. Maybe it was because I was the only female physics major. Maybe it was because my work schedule meant I was seeing less of my friends. Whatever the reason, I knew that a change in circumstances wouldn’t solve anything. It was at that point that spirituality became of primary importance in helping me find a lasting solution.

For me, spirituality means our connectedness to God and whatever practice we have that helps us recognize that. So perhaps it’s not surprising that one day, after an insight about God and the ever-presence of God’s love dawned on me, the disconnect vanished. Since then, I’ve felt a conviction that divine Love is here for me, and for everyone.

In spite of the hyper-connectedness of social media and technology, we live in an era in which many are feeling this same disconnect. We all yearn to find meaningful relationships, or a more lasting connection with peace, contentment, even health. In my lecture, I’ll discuss how anyone can become genuinely aware of God’s presence and experience heaven–harmony, health, and happiness–here and now.

I’ll also share how the study of the Bible, and a book that explains the healing relevance of the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, can open up a new meaning of heaven to each of us. This heaven isn’t a place, but a tangible feeling of being enveloped in love and spirituality that comes from understanding more about God. We’ll explore the new perspectives that come from this understanding of God–healing perspectives that can resolve all kinds of difficulties, and transform our lives for good.

Jun
12
Tue
EXPERIENCING HEAVEN NOW @ Traverse City Bluewater Hall
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm

Mary Bothwell, CSB — In college, I was suddenly hit with a feeling of being disconnected and alone. Maybe it was because I was the only female physics major. Maybe it was because my work schedule meant I was seeing less of my friends. Whatever the reason, I knew that a change in circumstances wouldn’t solve anything. It was at that point that spirituality became of primary importance in helping me find a lasting solution.

For me, spirituality means our connectedness to God and whatever practice we have that helps us recognize that. So perhaps it’s not surprising that one day, after an insight about God and the ever-presence of God’s love dawned on me, the disconnect vanished. Since then, I’ve felt a conviction that divine Love is here for me, and for everyone.

In spite of the hyper-connectedness of social media and technology, we live in an era in which many are feeling this same disconnect. We all yearn to find meaningful relationships, or a more lasting connection with peace, contentment, even health. In my lecture, I’ll discuss how anyone can become genuinely aware of God’s presence and experience heaven–harmony, health, and happiness–here and now.

I’ll also share how the study of the Bible, and a book that explains the healing relevance of the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, can open up a new meaning of heaven to each of us. This heaven isn’t a place, but a tangible feeling of being enveloped in love and spirituality that comes from understanding more about God. We’ll explore the new perspectives that come from this understanding of God–healing perspectives that can resolve all kinds of difficulties, and transform our lives for good.

Jun
21
Thu
TIME IS NOT A FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE @ Glen Arbor Town Hall
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

Dave Hohle, CSB

— This talk by Dave Hohle explores how we can begin to gain spiritual freedom from limitation associated with time and age.  Time is a constant in physics, but totally disappears in metaphysics.  Time measures matter, but divine Mind or spiritual consciousness is immeasurable and infinite.  This talk distinguishes between time and timelessness, age and agelessness, and encourages freedom from mortal limitations associated with time by understanding more about the spiritual nature of life. This understanding leads to more freedom, more productivity, and more harmony.

Time is not a factor in your life is not about how to get the most out of a 24-hour day, but how to gain dominion by living in the timeless, stressless spiritual now.  We’ll look at what we mean by eternity.  Is it a never-ending series of nows?  What is immediacy?  The Bible says, “now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.”  Could salvation mean, in part, freedom from the mortal tyranny of time?

The talk points out the advantages of identifying ourselves truly as God’s spiritual idea right now – continuous, ageless, useful, and as indestructible as He is – rather than as limited, aging mortals.

Finally, the listener is encouraged to allow his or her thoughts or moments to be God-moments – God-inspired and God-motivated.  In this way the listener will be able to begin demonstrating that truly, time is not a factor.