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Healing: what do Christians think?

The concept of healing has a wide variety of meanings for Christians. Shirley explains why it's so important for Christian Scientists to be aware of this when they're discussing their beliefs and practices with their Christian neighbors.

Deepening what you believe

Does ecumenical dialogue mean watering down what you believe? Shirley and Chet share how this dialogue tends to deepen one's faith even as it clears away misconceptions and promotes healing within the Christian community.

"The babe of Christian healing"*

Chet and Shirley share some thoughts about what Mary Baker Eddy calls "the babe of Christian healing"* as it relates to the healing of relationships within the Christian community as a whole. *"Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896," p. 370:15

Christmas inside Christian churches

Leading up to Christmas Day, millions of Christians are learning about Jesus' life according to a "Liturgical Calendar." Shirley explains this calendar and other traditions that are taking place in the Christian neighborhood this month.

Getting ready for Christmas

This is a natural time of year for Christians everywhere to be sharing their love for Jesus. In this episode, Shirley explains how many Christians celebrate the Advent starting this Sunday and why the Christmas season is the easiest time of year for us to be thinking ecumenically.

A woman's voice in Christianity

Why has there been resistance to women's voices within the Christian church? In this episode, Shirley explains some of the historic roots of this resistance and how Mary Baker Eddy and other female religious leaders have worked to overcome it.

"Have you been saved?" (Part 2 of 2)

Listening to our Christian neighbors describe what "being saved" actually means to them is a good starting point for sharing our own thoughts about being saved. Shirley describes the fellowship we can experience with other Christians as we think deeply about what it means to welcome the redeeming love of Christ into our hearts. This is the second of a two-part conversation.

"Have you been saved?" (Part 1 of 2)

Ever been asked this question by a Christian neighbor or friend? How deeply have you thought about it? Shirley offers some crucial background on what "being saved" means to many Christians and to Christian Scientists in particular. This is the first of a two-part conversation.

Atonement (part 2 of 2)

There's never been broad consensus among Christians about what Jesus' atonement signifies. But, as Shirley explains, all Christians share a profound reverence for Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, and we can learn so much from each other as we share how Christ's love has changed us individually and collectively. This is the second of a two-part conversation.

Atonement (part 1 of 2)

The deep significance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross has been thought about by Christians for centuries. Mary Baker Eddy wrote a whole chapter of "Science and Health" about it. In this episode, Shirley provides a broad historical overview of the atonement. This is the first of a two-part conversation.