Heloísa Gelber Rivas has been asked by the Christian Science Board of Lectureship to be available this lecture year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) specifically to give lectures in Spanish and Portuguese, sponsored in the United States and abroad.
She wrote an article about her focus with lectures this year which will be published in print, audio format, and online in the September 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal and in the November 2018 Spanish and Portuguese print issues of The Herald of Christian Science. Click on this link to read the article now in English: Such a beautiful story!
Raised in a multilingual Brazilian family, Heloísa speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, and Italian. Her facility with languages has been invaluable in preparing her for many opportunities.
After earning a degree in sociology and politics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Heloísa began to work as a translator for the Christian Science Publishing Society and became responsible for materials translated into Portuguese, her native tongue. After getting married, she accompanied her husband, a Christian Science lecturer and teacher, on trips throughout the world. When he passed on, she continued working for The Mother Church and became a lecturer and a teacher herself.
Heloísa has been in the Christian Science practice since 1988. From 2000 to 2002 she was Associate Editor for the Christian Science Publishing Society and managing editor of The Herald of Christian Science, an international magazine published in 13 languages, and she also participated as guest speaker or co-hostess—in four languages—on the radio edition of the same magazine.
Heloísa has been, a member of the Board of Lectureship since 1999, a teacher of Christian Science since 2000, and in 2005 served a term as president of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
A speaker who has toured the world sharing ideas about prayer and healing, Heloísa has always been impelled by a deep desire to help mankind. Her warmth and enthusiasm shine through in her presentations as she helps audiences explore how prayer can improve life conditions—in any language. Heloísa is available to give talks in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Titles of Available Lectures
Stranger, you are the guest of God
We all yearn for home—for a place where we can feel secure. Throughout history, and still today, migrations across continents and cultures reflect this deep desire to find a more permanent sense of safety and belonging.
Many years ago, as a college student in Brazil—my country of origin—I worked with one of my professors to assign land to families who had fled extreme poverty due to decades of drought. Years later, as I traveled extensively, I saw people in many parts of the world desperately seeking a place to live in peace. This prompted me to think a great deal about what it is that can help us find home.
The Bible offered guidance. For example, in the book of Psalms, I found one answer to this age-old quest for home: “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalms 90:1).
What does it mean to find our refuge “in God” as the Bible puts it? My study of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy has opened up the Bible by helping me understand more about the nature of God and His creation. For example, I’ve learned that because God is the caring, all-loving Parent, then each of us must have an assured place—now and always. And this place in God’s presence is stable, safe, and secure.
Understanding each individual’s relation to God as a tender, divine Father and Mother has helped me gain a sense of home as not so much a physical structure or location, but more of a warm, embracing sense of God’s care, which can never be lost. Perceiving more of this actually leads to tangible, often unexpected, solutions for anyone in need of stability or a better home.
Knowing that each of us, as “the guest of God,” can experience the concrete expression of home wherever we are has profound implications for the world. This Christian Science lecture invites you to offer your own prayers for anyone who is seeking home, and to discover how those prayers can bring healing.
Health is a spiritual reality
What can we do to maintain our health and our bodies? Our society offers many forms of health maintenance and therapies. The gym, the spa, exercise classes, diets, and so on, occupy a great deal of our thought and time.
This approach is not new. 2,000-some years ago, one of the dominant cultures of the time--the Greco-Roman culture--included a heavy focus on cultivating the health of the physique and stressing the importance of physical beauty. So when Christ Jesus appeared on the scene, preaching an opposite kind of existence--one that is not earthly, material, or physical and yet still filled with beauty and health, his preaching was not readily accepted.
Nevertheless, what Jesus’ example showed about the nature of God and God’s kingdom would impact more than just the people whom he healed during his ministry. It would also restore the health of those who, centuries later, embraced as fact God as Spirit, and all existence as God’s likeness, purely spiritual. One of Jesus’ more recent followers was Mary Baker Eddy, a committed student of the Bible and fervent Christian. She felt she discovered the divine laws that govern this existence, spiritual reality, which help anyone experience health and harmony in the way Jesus modeled. She healed many, and went on to explain her discovery in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures so that others would do the same.
Because this textbook focuses on a spiritually scientific approach to health, it helps us discover that reliable health and real beauty can be maintained by understanding the nature of God’s kingdom in and of Spirit, here and now. Then we find that health is a natural part of genuine spirituality.
Neither young nor old
We’ve all seen children who reason intelligently, act maturely, or who even have glimpses of deep inspiration far beyond their young age or experience. We know of adults who make significant improvements to the world after they “retire,” and others who retain their strong intellect and active lifestyles far beyond an expected senior age. How is that possible?
Some might credit such things as luck, good upbringing, or wealth. But I wonder if there’s more to it: something reliable, something that all of us already have that enables us to feel a certainty of harmony and great capacity for good throughout our lives.
I’ve found examples from the Bible to be very helpful in living life differently, from a more spiritual standpoint. And there are many examples in the Bible that show God as our permanent source of the abundant goodness we yearn for that is not dependent on age or life experiences. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, explores the deep lessons of these Biblical examples, especially from Christ Jesus, and explains that they are based on universal laws, which still apply effectively to us today.
So, this lecture challenges the assumption that limiting labels define any period of our lives. And it explains the prospect that richness of experience and activity, accomplishment and inspiration, even healing, are possible at any age because God knows us as neither young nor old, but whole and valuable--every moment of our lives.
You deserve respect
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