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Road Diaries

Road Diaries is an occasional column, recording insights and experiences from members of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship as they travel the world, speaking on Christian Science and its healing mission.

Hope at a halfway house

From the October 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Every lecture year I do several lectures at prisons and halfway houses. All of them have been rewarding experiences, not only for me, but for those in the audience who perhaps have never heard about Christian Science—its simplicity and practicality.

One of my most memorable experiences happened at a halfway house. These are places where people come to transition after a prison sentence or after a stay at a drug rehabilitation facility, just prior to being released into society. Some are considered hardened criminals or drug addicts who are “not ready” to reintegrate into “normal” life.

When I arrived at this particular halfway house, I was informed that there were about 60 people living there, and they were all required to attend my lecture. As a matter of fact, roll call would be taken to ascertain that everyone was present at the lecture.

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