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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.

We've got a great idea for Christmas reading. Explore the 'research/browse' section of Circle of Faith, and open the bibliography for some eye-opening reading. This is a great way to be prepared for engaging and constructive discussions with other Christians .

I’ve been thinking about Paul’s letters to the churches in Corinth and Rome, and how he focuses more on the need for the early Christians to get along, to love each other, than to go out and preach the new gospel. Apparently, loving each other was as needed then as it’s needed today!

192. An Ecumenical Encounter: "It's Him Again"

We have the privilege of seeing and feeling God's presence in our interactions with others, regardless of color or denomination.  Then our understanding of God’s greatness only gets bigger--one more blessing gleaned from ecumenical involvement.       

191. Is Ecumenical Prayer Powerful?

     In recent years we’ve seen many examples of the power of ecumenical legislative efforts, ecumenical councils and teams. Yet my heart yearns to consider “Can ecumenicalprayerbe powerful?” 

190. Christ calling us together

When we are asked to join with other Christians to address some issue, we may feel some trepidation. Will the others accept me? Do I feel comfortable in a group with those who may have differing views of what it means to be a Christian? Will they agree with my views of prayer and healing? Will I be comfortable and be able to support what they have to share?

189. Universal Children's Day

November 20, next Thursday, is Universal Children’s Day. This is a United Nations’ sponsored event, started in 1954. The resolution establishing it recommends that it be observed as “a day of activity devoted to promoting the…welfare of the children of the world.”

I’m excited to invite you to pray about and possibly participate in these two ecumenical activities this year: Ecumenical Advocacy Days and National Workshop on Christian Unity. Both take place in April, and here’s some information to get you thinking about it.

187. "Love" Isn't Nothing-It's Everything

Love as a score in tennis means "nothing." Yet Love in our world means everything.  Sharing the meaning of a Scripture, expressing concern for my neighbor's need and just appreciating those protecting our common boarder had a powerful impact on the hearts of people who were of differing nationalities, denominations and ethnic linege.

My dinner party neighbor was a humble and loving pastor of over 50 years in a mainstream Protestant communion and we proved how Christian connections can be made anywhere, including over a meal.  

185. Does Christianity matter for the world today?

The more I get into the discussion about the meaning of Christian Science in the Christian context, the more I encounter the larger question – why Christianity at all? Christian Science doesn’t exist without Christianity, so there’s something very foundational about our understanding of Christianity itself.