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Transcending doctrinal barriers

From the April 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Last October, our Features Editor, Kim Shippey, joined a thousand other delegates at the fifteenth National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations, held in Stamford, Connecticut. It was an international gathering of clergy, academicians, seminarians, religious leaders, and lay people representing more than fifty different faiths. Over three days, more than eighty seminars, plenary sessions, Bible studies, and worship services were held, all relating to the theme of the conference, "The challenge of being religious in America today."

For the first time in the twenty-three years of the conference's existence, one of the workshops was devoted to spiritual healing. This proved to be one of the few sessions that moved beyond theological discourse to the practice of religion, and it tackled spiritual healing from the points of view of Episcopalians, Jews, Roman Catholics, and Christian Scientists. It was moderated by the editor of the Connecticut newspaper Greenwich Time before a full house and among people of many different faiths, who proved eager to learn from one another.

One of the panelists was Reed Harris, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer. Kim Shippey spoke with him after the conference.

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