THE HEALING POWER OF DIVINE LOVE @ East Lansing Hannah Community Center
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm


Maryl Walters

Maryl Walters, CSB — For some 40 years Maryl Walters has been a practitioner of Christian Science healing, joyfully helping people find solutions to their own and world problems through the practical Christianity found in Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In 1994 she became a teacher of Christian Science and was also appointed to the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Since then, she has presented talks and workshops on Christian Science across North America to a variety of groups in many different venues. She also writes for the Christian Science Sentinel and the Christian Science Monitor and has been interviewed on Sentinel Radio.

Maryl graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Masters in Theological Studies. She is active on the ecumenical team of The Mother Church under the auspices of the Committee on Publication. She contributes frequently to the Circle of Faith blog on

BIBLE SEMINAR: THE BOOK OF PSALMS and OLD TESTAMENT HIGHLIGHTS @ Beverly Hills Northbrook Church - Fellowship Hall
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Our speaker, Barry Huff, is a professor of religion at Principia College. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Union Presbyterian Seminary and spent a term researching his dissertation at Oxford University. His biblical studies have taken him to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Greece.

From Lament to Praise: The morning seminar will explore the many spiritual lessons in the diverse genres, brilliant editing, inspiring imagery, and heartfelt prayers of the Book of Psalms, the Bible’s hymnal. We’ll also explore how the Psalter’s structure emphasizes the reign of God and moves us through lament to praise.

Messages of the Hebrew Bible: After lunch, Dr. Huff will present Old Testament Highlights. In costume as an Old Testament character, he will guide us through the history, literature, and healing messages of the Hebrew Bible.

Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm

Janet Hegarty

Janet Hegarty, CBS — I may not be an architect, but I know the value of a strong foundation. My life improved when I began building on new views of myself and my identity, which sprang from a better concept of God than I’d had before. This better concept of God brought healing changes to my life in a way that was deep and lasting.

Building this new foundation began when my mother-in-law introduced me to Christian Science. As I explored the ideas in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I began to get a very different view of God. Never before had I encountered the idea that God is not merely sometimes good or just a little bit good, but all good, only good, always. To think of God as pure goodness, and to discover that this same all-good God was the source of what I am and what everyone is without exception, was, to me, a new and life-changing way to think about existence.

These new ideas showed me the power of God, divine goodness, at work in all of our lives–providing solutions to challenges such as sickness, dishonesty, and career setbacks, which often seem like they can shake our foundation and connection to what’s good. This had a practical effect in my own life, bringing a quick healing of a long-standing food allergy. And, as time has gone on, this foundational understanding of God as pure good has transformed my life in many ways, including the healing of a serious illness and the restoration of my career.

I invite you to join me in discovering how you can establish your own strong foundation and experience the life-changing effects of building on this solid basis.

GOD’S-EYE VIEW OF YOU! @ Oxford CS Church
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm

Fujiko Takai Signs, CSB  — Our speaker comes from Tokyo, Japan and has a family, husband and two daughters working in the US.

She is a student, practitioner, and teacher of Christian Science. She studies the relationship between prayer and healing, consciousness and reality, spirituality and wellbeing. Her job is to find out how we can free ourselves from various limitations.

While her husband’s job took Fujiko across the United States, she worked as a market research consultant for computer manufacturing companies and taught Japanese language and literature at community colleges and universities. She also taught dance to children.

In her mid-thirties, Fujiko fell ill and sought healing through different treatments, but none of them gave her a lasting cure. One day, to her surprise, she found that the healing of Christ Jesus was possible now and learnable. As soon as she started reading about this system of healing in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, a respected American healer and religious leader, she was relieved from various symptoms that had limited her before. As she studied and learned more about Christian Science, she witnessed many healings within her family and circle of friends and eventually received requests to assist others with prayer.


HEALTH IS A SPIRITUAL REALITY @ Midland Center for the Arts (Lecture Rm)
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm

Heloísa Gelber Rivas

Heloísa Gelber Rivas, CSB — What can we do to maintain our health and our bodies? Our society offers many forms of health maintenance and therapies. The gym, the spa, exercise classes, diets, and so on, occupy a great deal of our thought and time. This approach is not new. 2,000-some years ago, one of the dominant cultures of the time–the Greco-Roman culture–included a heavy focus on cultivating the health of the physique and stressing the importance of physical beauty. So when Christ Jesus appeared on the scene, preaching an opposite kind of existence–one that is not earthly, material, or physical and yet still filled with beauty and health, his preaching was not readily accepted.

Nevertheless, what Jesus’ example showed about the nature of God and God’s kingdom would impact more than just the people whom he healed during his ministry. It would also restore the health of those who, centuries later, embraced as fact God as Spirit, and all existence as God’s likeness, purely spiritual. One of Jesus’ more recent followers was Mary Baker Eddy, a committed student of the Bible and fervent Christian. She felt she discovered the divine laws that govern this existence, spiritual reality, which help anyone experience health and harmony in the way Jesus modeled.  She healed many, and went on to explain her discovery in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures so that others would do the same.

Because this textbook focuses on a spiritually scientific approach to health, it helps us discover that reliable health and real beauty can be maintained by understanding the nature of God’s kingdom in and of Spirit, here and now. Then we find that health is a natural part of genuine spirituality.

NEVER ALONE: HOW SPIRITUAL IDEAS WORK IN US @ Beverly Hills Northbrook Church - Fellowship Hall
Apr 21 @ 1:30 pm

Melanie Wahlberg, CS  – It’s easy to feel alone or unsupported in our efforts to overcome difficult circumstances.  It would be so reassuring to know how to get through it all!  In this talk, I discuss what I’ve found helpful in my practice of Christian Science healing: that God loves us deeply, providing fresh ideas about our spiritual nature that wipe away fear and reveal inspired solutions.
By turning to God for help, we open up to divine ideas and feel the presence of God in tangible ways, ways that change our lives and our health for the better.  I call this healing.

During the lecture, I explore God as Spirit, Love, and Mind, rather than as a man-like figure making arbitrary decisions about our lives.  This divine Mind is the one source of all good and true ideas.  So God’s thoughts remind us of our spiritual identity, guide us to express more love, and show us our divine intelligence.

I talk about Christ Jesus’ teachings in the Bible as being the best example of how to heal by listening to these ideas.  And I delve into Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, as the explanation of Christian Science healing based on Christ Jesus’ life.  I give examples of how this healing approach has transformed lives, including a mother and her infant daughter who experienced physical healing.  The mother said, “It felt like the ideas themselves did the work.”

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.


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.