The little bird in my hand was free to fly away. We’d banded him as part of an Audubon Society effort and the time had come for his release. But even when I opened my hand to let him go, he didn’t budge. What did he need? He just needed a little lift. When I gave him even the tiniest nudge upward, off he flew. Free!
What is it that gives this kind of lift to our lives? Good news, for one thing. And what better news than the promise that health and freedom can be ours today. Yes, today!
My lecture traces the origins of this good news to Christ Jesus’ ministry, and then explores how the discovery of a 19th-century woman named Mary Baker Eddy—who found freedom from chronic illness and other struggles in her own life—shows the provable relevance of Jesus’ ministry in our lives today. What she discovered through this study she called Christian Science—a view of God and the universe that uplifts our thoughts, changes our perspective to a spiritual viewpoint, and heals.
And it lifts all of us, and can heal all of us. I’ll share the way Christian Science has brought healing to my own life, rescuing me from a troubling situation with my teenage daughter, and freeing me from the effects of an accident, as well as examples of how it has helped others from different walks of life. The common thread through these experiences is the way a clearer view of the reality of our God-given wholeness also releases us from burdens in our lives and causes us to soar. Free!
I discovered Christian Science as an adolescent and soon thereafter experienced the complete healing of a broken arm through Christian Science treatment, to the amazement of my mother, a Registered Nurse.
After college and a move to New York City, I realized that I really wanted to teach and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching at Manhattanville College. Later, as a young mother, I took courses to become a teacher naturalist at an Audubon Center.
After numerous moves, and while a mother of two children, I began working as a Christian Science Practitioner and have pursued a lifelong career of learning about God, sharing Truth, and witnessing God’s love for mankind.
I love the “ah ha” moments that come to us, sometimes when we least expect it. Whether it’s been with my two little boys lifting a rock and finding a whole unexplored world of critters, or teaching Sunday School students learning more about God and who God has made them to be. “Ah ha” moments aren’t limited to children, and when they’re spiritually based they can lead to dramatic life changes. And that’s what’s happening when an individual is healed or a life is reformed through Christian Science.
I’ve lived in six states in the U.S. and twice in São Paulo, Brazil, where I became fluent in Portuguese. Each new culture and environment has taught me more about God, universal Love, and how God’s goodness is reflected by all people. And these new views have opened up wonderful opportunities to interact with people from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds, faiths, and age groups.
In Brazil, I helped start up an award winning social program that taught mothers living in a favela (slum) how to make beautiful handmade quilts for resale, the income from which put shoes on their childrens’ feet and gave these women a new sense of self-worth.
Underlying all my experiences, however, is the desire to bring healing to mankind, to show each individual their God-given freedom, their real heritage, their right to happiness and health, and their inherent ability to feel God’s love.
Today, I reside in Dallas, Texas (when I am not traveling) where I am active in Prison Ministry along with my healing practice.
Please be aware that on-street parking in this area varies as to end time; some streets it's 7pm, others it is later. There is a surface parking lot across from the Center as well as a parking garage two blocks away between SW Harrison St and SW Hall with the entrance on SW 6th.
710 Southwest Jackson Street, Portland, Oregon 97201
Located at the corner of SW Broadway and Jackson.
Jackson St can be accessed from Broadway southbound and from 6th Street northbound.
Jackson continues beyond the NAC to provide access to on-street parking on SW Park and for vehicle turn-round but is not otherwise a thru street.
Parking – There is on-street parking on Broadway, Jackson and Park.
There are two off-street PSU parking areas. Most convenient is a small surface lot directly across Jackson from the NAC. Vehicle access is from Broadway at College, one block north.
PSU Parking structure #1 is two blocks north. Vehicle access is off Broadway between Harrison and Hall.
The MAX PSU South station at 6th and College, one block east, is served by the Orange/Yellow and Green lines northbound. Southbound trains serve the station at 5th and Jackson, one block further east.
Transfer to the Blue and Red lines can be made at Pioneer Square / Courthouse, three stops north.
MAX operates every 15 minutes on all lines both before and after our Lectures.
By Streetcar and Bus
Both lines of the Portland Streetcar serve the PSU Urban Center, five blocks north on 5th and 6th Streets
Bus stops are on 5th and 6th Streets four or five blocks north.
Almost all bus lines into downtown Portland make stops on or adjacent to 5th and 6th Streets. It may often be easiest to use MAX to travel to/from the most convenient place to transfer to the bus. Anyone not familiar with the system is advised to consult www.trimet.org for details of routes and stops.