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Free public talk

Free public talk


Lyle Young of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada shared an informative, uplifting talk on “Christian Science: a clearer view of you,” MARCH 13th at the Church. (

The central message was how a higher, clearer view of ourselves–as the likeness of God, infinite Love-can bring hope and healing. The speaker is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. We were delighted to welcome folks from both Waynesboro and from the larger central Virginia area.

More about the talk (from our speaker)

Who are we, really?  You and I, and all humanity?  The health, harmony, and joy we experience in life depends on our answer to this question.”

“Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the Christian Science church, had a profound insight into the nature of God as infinite Love.  She perceived that God is the only substance, intelligence and Life of the universe, without the opposition typically ascribed to darkness or evil.  Moreover, Eddy realized that this was the basis of Jesus’ healing works.

Revolutionary view of Love

This is revolutionary.  Eddy didn’t say that conflict, struggle, and disease exist as unavoidable realities, then in addition there’s also God’s love.  Rather, she saw infinite Love, and genuine creation as the perfect spiritual expression of this Love, instead of the imperfect, material existence we typically assume unavoidably defines us.  To Eddy, infinite Love, being infinite, simply excludes the possibility of anything else.

Such an unusual theology might have ended as a footnote to history, except that Eddy and her students boldly used it to reinvigorate Christianity and its lost element of healing.  Since then, some 65,000 accounts of healing have been verified and published — healings of everything from cancer to AIDS to blindness, from drug addiction to broken bones.” Lyle spoke to the need to love our neighbor as ourselves in our response to community needs during the recent pandemic, and also shared his own experiences finding a restoration to health and a way home from overseas work when the Canadian government asked its nationals to return immediately to Canada before flights were cancelled at the beginning of the pandemic. He also shared a medically confirmed complete healing of life-threatening tumors through Love based prayer.

More about our Speaker:

Lyle Young learned of Christian Science when he was a university student. Knowing the world needed healing, wanting to be part of the solutions to the world’s problems, and feeling that Christian Science provided the spiritual tools to pray effectively and find answers, Even as he pursued graduate studies in music, languages and international relations, he began setting time aside to pray regularly for others and for the world. Eventually, he decided to devote himself full time to helping others through prayer as a Christian Science practitioner.

In addition to his public healing ministry, Lyle also is an authorized teacher of Christian Science, to help others reliably practice this healing system. He has served the Church of Christ, Scientist, (The Mother Church) at its Boston headquarters and is a frequent contributor to the magazines published by the Christian Science Publishing Society.

It’s a deep and broad love that motivates Lyle: a love of God, of the ideas in the Bible and in the published writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and of all humanity. That love and affection for humanity expresses itself in a keen interest in cultures, languages, history, interfaith dialogue, the arts, sports and caring for the environment.

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