Shirley Paulson’s combination of Christian Science healing practice with a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has opened the door to a number of valuable ecumenical and interfaith activities. As Head of Ecumenical Affairs for the Christian Science Church, she is currently representing the Church in dialogue with the National Council of Churches (NCC) and is serving on the Faith and Order Commission on NCC. She also gives presentations for academic conferences and has served on the national and local boards of the Religion Communicators Council. She writes for the Christian Science periodicals and Faith & Order publications.
Her lectures are designed primarily for classrooms. Professors without firsthand knowledge of Christian Science often appreciate the opportunity to have a knowledgeable and experienced speaker available for the class. Paulson’s lectures address the relationship between Christian Science and the specific religious academic topic explored in the class. Some examples include:
- How the concepts of Christian Science relate to the history of Christianity for a class on world religions
- Mary Baker Eddy’s life as a woman theologian for a class on women and religion
- Why Christian Science is Christian for fundamentalist Christian classes
- A contemporary understanding of healing for an interfaith discussion
- An introduction to Christian Science for adult Sunday School classes from mainstream Christian churches
Her prior experiences include Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois, Midwestern Circulation Manager for The Christian Science Monitor, chaplain in Cook County jails, and chairperson of her local clergy association.
For further information on the variety of topics and classroom experiences, you can email Paulson at firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to her lecture website. Please visit christianscience.com/lectures/classroom-lectures/ for brief video clips of professors, students, and sponsoring churches who recommend classroom lectures.