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Kari Mashos is available to speak in English, Greek, French, German, or Italian and lives in Athens, Greece, from January through March each year. Her mobile phone number in Greece is +30 694 86 34 192. One may always reach her via her email address posted above and via her U.S. phone number.
Cape Neddick, Maine, and Athens, Greece — A Christian Science lecture is made up of many elements—but it certainly begins with our love for God and our neighbor. It is love that inspires us to give our communities the opportunity to hear the truth about Christian Science and of its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy. As Christian Scientists, we know the blessing Christian Science continues to bring to our lives—healing sin and sickness—and it is a natural and Christian desire that impels us to help our neighbors understand and feel that same blessing.
With the many concepts circulating on the subject of God, Christ Jesus, Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, and the Bible, our lectures have become even more important today. A Christian Science lecture can, and must, take on these subjects in a deep and helpful way.
Foremost then, a lecture must include “a true and just reply to public topics condemning Christian Science, and to bear testimony to the facts pertaining to the life of the Pastor Emeritus” Mary Baker Eddy. (See Church Manual, Article XXXI, SECT. 2.) In this way our neighbors are able to decide for themselves if the Comforter has indeed come.
In my professional opera career, the power of prayer, based on the teachings of Christian Science, was a constant source of strength to me in all situations—including singing to crowds of 17,000 and performing under a bomb threat. One night, as I stood on the stage at Symphony Hall in Boston, singing to a large crowd, I thought to myself, “I’d really rather be sharing spiritual truths with this audience.” My desire to share the healing power of Christian Science led me naturally to devote my full time to healing as a Christian Science practitioner, and later to become a teacher of Christian Science as well.
I was also a Regional Manager for the Media Division of the Committee on Publication at The Mother Church helping to bring correct information about Christian Science to the public. I have appeared on radio programs in this country, in the UK, and Australia, and was interviewed for the Oklahoma public television documentary, “Chords of Memory” to talk about the healing power of Christian Science. I am a frequent contributor to Christian Science periodicals including The Christian Science Monitor.
Kari Mashos is a gifted presenter of Christian Science concepts. She is particularly good at using stories to make her points. Also, Kari did not shy away from the tough questions the students sent her way. The real tribute to Kari is that the students stayed fully engaged throughout her presentation and were still asking a myriad of questions even when she had to go. It is rare that students so fully appreciate a presenter as they did Kari.
Buildings of great cultural significance, like the Acropolis in Athens, draw visitors from around the world to admire their historical importance, as well as their beauty and ingenuity. I love seeing the Acropolis every time I go home to Athens, but what’s really captured my attention is the careful restoration of its monuments.
Restoration is a theme that most of us can relate to. Whether it’s the restoration of a relationship, financial restoration after a hardship, or a restoration of our bodies, the desire to bring some aspect of our lives back to wholeness is a fairly universal one. But is restoration always possible? And if so, how?
Through my study of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—the textbook of Christian Science, which has helped me understand the practicality and spiritual significance of the Bible—I’ve learned that the restoration of our bodies and lives is actually completely natural. Yet unlike the restoration of the Acropolis, this spiritual restoration—the regeneration of our lives through the power of God—is not the effort to bring back an object to a close version of its original. Instead, the divine healing method that restores lives is a spiritual awakening. This holy inspiration does not restore us from a lost state; instead, it is the revelation that we can never lose what our divine, loving Father gives us: health, wholeness, peace.
In this lecture, I’ll share healings from my own life that shed more light on this spiritual approach to restoration, and on the system of healing that allows each of us to feel more of the regenerating power of God in our lives: Christian Science.
Certainly another topic so needed for our world to address is terrorism and violence. My own experiences in the USA and the Middle East when confronted first hand with terrorism provide a way for me to share how the practice of Christian Science can help the world understand and utilize the healing power of the First Commandment as well as the equally important one to “love your neighbor as yourself."