Church can be ‘a place of light,’ say christian scientists at yearly meeting
Members of The Church of Christ, Scientist, convened on Monday, June 4, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where they listened to a paper on Christian Scientists’ practice given at an international academic conference in Asia on religion and healing. The report of the paper observed: “What are objective scholars to make of experiences such as these?” as it addresses the natural skepticism that many feel regarding spiritual healing in an age of accelerating technological advancement.
The paper acknowledged that the practice of Christian healing can’t be approached “dogmatically or blindly, as it isn’t a decision Christian Scientists would impose on others.” Yet “Christian Scientists’ experiences of healing may have something to teach us all” about the deepest “sources of healing in people’s lives” and “our common humanity and spiritual core.”
The Church of Christ, Scientist, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, has branches in 70 countries. Church officials announced at the meeting that a new translation of Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures has been completed in Igbo, a language whose speakers live primarily in Nigeria. Eddy saw the Scriptures as “the chart of life,” and the Bible, together with Eddy’s book are considered to be the church’s “Pastor.”
Members of the denomination come from different backgrounds and all walks of life. New church president, Keith Wommack, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher from Corpus Christi, Texas, toured in a rock band for 10 years until he found himself “dedicating hours to praying and spiritual study” and being asked by others for help through prayer.
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