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Our desires shape our deeds, says this month's featured Christian Science practitioner and teacher—and what you desire and do adds to a global mural.

THOUGHT PAINT

A CONVERSATION WITH LYLE YOUNG

From the April 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal


learned about Christian Science in college. He was studying music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, when he began to attend the weekly Christian Science Organization meetings held on campus. After he graduated, he moved back to his home country, Canada, where he regularly attended a Christian Science branch church in Ottawa.

He studied French language and culture in Quebec City for a year, international relations and Latin American history in Buenos Aires the next year, and then he started a Master's in political science at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1984–1985, while a graduate student, he worked as an intern in the Canadian Parliament. He met senior government officials, politicians, and diplomats in London, Belfast, Bonn, Brussels, and Washington, DC. Those experiences convinced him, he says, "that all of the changes taking place on the world scene are reflective of thought. I arrived at the conclusion that a Christian Science practitioner is always working at that mental level, where true change takes place. Thus I thought that I could make my best contribution as a practitioner."

So in 1987 he left the Master's degree program to enter the full-time practice of Christian Science. Four years later he became a Christian Science teacher. He has served The Mother Church as Committee on Publication for Ontario and Federal Representative for Canada—and as First Reader. He currently tours the globe as a member of the Board of Lectureship, delivering lectures about Christian Science in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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