Circle of Faith Blog

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This blog is about Christian Science in Christian dialogue and community.

The technical term is ‘ecumenical dialogue.’ The Mother Church as well as local communities are in various stages of formal dialogue with Christian councils and organizations around the world. This blog is an open, transparent discussion about these relationships.We encourage you to enter the conversation by contributing your own comments after the blog postings. The Ecumenical Team of bloggers include Shirley Paulson (Committee for Ecumenical Affairs), Janet Horton, Madelon Maupin, Brian Talcott, and Maryl Walters.

181. To worship rightly is to love each other

I find that opportunities to unite with others in worship and love strengthens me and shows me how humanity can experience healing. This happened recently at a September 11th interfaith commemoration.

180. You are Invited to a Real Ecumenical Conference!

Have you ever wondered what goes on at an ecumenical meeting with some of the top thinkers on ecumenism in North America?  You’re invited to discover for yourself by attending the North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) annual meeting in Burbank, CA.

As we approach the anniversary of September 11th, etched in my memory is the recognition we three Army Chaplains had when we realized that every person we asked, if they wanted to pray, said,"yes!"  The comfort and calm this brought was moving.

It may look like Christian Science can get involved in the ecumenical movement only through the Church or official connections, but it’s not true! Everyone who loves Christian Science is invited to act on that love ecumenically.

177. Of Good Report from Ferguson, Missouri

The images of rioting and burning and looting in Ferguson have dominated the news. I’d like to share some of what I’ve seen and experienced that the cameras are not recording—the good going on. 

176 How I Found Unity in Christ in Jerusalem

Why care about Christian unity when there are so many other things to worry about!

Guest blogger Lois Carlson has made a commitment to be present among Christians who unite in healing for the world. Her participation and gentle love has made it easy for others to invite her to dialogue and to pray with Christian leaders  who come to Chicago, where she lives. Here is her latest example of the rewards for having participated with a respectful and open heart.

174. Hearts are United in Mutual Appreciation

The commemorative statue of the US Army's Buffalo Soldiers had a startling impact on a young major. How truly that moment exemplified this idea from Mary Baker Eddy: "One infinite God, good unifies men and nations, constitutes the brotherhoood of man..."

As a Christian Scientist I certainly am interested in talking about healing as practiced in Christian Science, but I’ve learned to defer the discussion until others express an interest. Eventually the topic comes up and it’s useful to be prepared to discuss healing in ways that are helpful.

I was invited for the first time to participate in the Ecumenical Officers’ Retreat this year in June. It always feels good to be included, but I was especially looking forward to some quality time with others who represent their communions (church headquarters) in ecumenical activities around the US.