Making the right decisions


About this lecture:

 Every day, we’re faced with making decisions. Some are easy decisions, but others can cause long sleepless nights. Is there a way to know the right choice? If so, what is that?

International speaker Leide Lessa says, “I have found that prayer based on understanding God and God’s will of goodness for everyone can lead to making beneficial decisions. How? Knowing God as Mind, the source of intelligence, and as Love, guiding and caring for all creation, moves us beyond looking at limited options and opens the way for us to see inspired solutions. In her one hour talk she will discuss how each one of us can do this - and find peace of mind in making the choices before us.” 

Lessa’s presentation is based on the teachings of Christ Jesus in the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. In addition, she will share examples from her own experience.  

Click here to watch a video clip of one of Leide's previous lectures.

About Leide

After living in Vienna, Austria, for three years and studying languages at the University of Vienna and music at the Vienna Music College, Leide Lessa returned to her home country, Brazil where she attended the University of São Paulo to finish her linguistic and literature studies in German and Spanish. At the same time, she started teaching Portuguese to professional expatriates and their families. Soon after, she began teaching German and Spanish as well, which led her to open her own language institute. She continued to study translation theory at Grad School and was fascinated by the role that intercultural knowledge and background play in the work of a translator.

During the ten years that Leide owned her language institute, she participated in national and international teachers’ conferences. She also helped organize local Christian Science youth summits. After witnessing healings from students and colleagues who asked her to pray for them, she felt that there is no higher profession than dedicating her life to helping others through metaphysical scientific prayer. So she sold her school and became a Christian Science practitioner in 1998 and a Christian Science teacher in 2009.

When she moved to Boston to work at the Christian Science Publishing Society, Leide stepped right into the volunteer program at the local jail, serving as a Spanish speaking chaplain and reader at Sunday services for eight years. She witnessed several beautiful healings among the over 500 inmates that she visited individually throughout those years.

Leide worked for 14 years at the Publishing Society, the last six as Managing Editor of The Herald of Christian Science, published regularly in 14 languages. Besides writing and editing, she also participated in radio and TV programs.

Leide loves to travel and is always eager to learn about the history, culture and language of other countries. She has visited 30 countries and lived in five. Currently Leide lives in Quincy, MA, and goes to Brazil twice a year.

Lecture Information

Thursday, April 4 @ 7:15 pm

PSU Native American Student and Community Center

710 Southwest Jackson Street, Portland, Oregon 97201

Located at the corner of SW Broadway and Jackson.

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Getting There


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By Car

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.


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 for details of routes and stops.