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An ecumenical panel discussion on spirituality at a local university

From the April 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The housing authority for West Connecticut University sent out letters to twenty churches in Danbury, Connecticut, inviting students to participate in a meeting called by forty-two resident assistants. Race, gender, and ethnic diversity issues had been addressed earlier. Now the young people expressed interest to the housing authority in having a discussion about spirituality; what it is, and how to be aware of it and sensitive to it. The two-hour meeting was alive and productive. The college students, with a brightness in their eyes, asked questions that showed genuine interest in understanding the subject.

My specific metaphysical preparation for this meeting was to know that we each represent the all-inclusive nature of God, Love. In fact, His love for us is summed up in this Bible verse: "Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?" (Mal. 2:10).

The following points were covered in a ten-minute summary of Christian Science: 1.General background and purpose of the Church of Christ, Scientist, and its activities. 2.Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science and Founder of the Church, is widely recognized as the most remarkable religious figure of modern times. In 1992, the Women's National Book Association named Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy as one of seventy-five books by women "whose words have changed the world." 3. The main thrust—our form of worship and its healing effect.

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