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Tom McElroy, CSB  Play

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A member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship

Tom McElroy, CSB

Contact Information

Accord, Massachusetts, USA
Phone: (562) 822-6477
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Lecture calendar is full through June 2023. Tom is not accepting any more lectures for the remainder of the current lecture year.

I’ve always loved meeting new people and learning fresh and inspiring ideas. Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve found that a better understanding of God helps me connect with all kinds of people and to appreciate and enjoy the many diverse expressions of divine Life and Love which fill the globe.

It was my interest in different cultures, people, and ideas that led me to study philosophy at university. During my university years, I was also able to participate in a few study-abroad programs which took me to France, Belize, Vietnam, China, and Tibet. I’ve now been to every continent but Antarctica. During these travels I experienced many proofs of God’s ever-present care for His global family.

After graduating from university, I obtained a position as the senior loan officer in charge of a mortgage company’s most active branch. At the same time, I also worked with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department as a volunteer chaplain in men’s, women’s, and youth correctional facilities, giving Christian Science services and one-on-one interviews. These experiences gave me many opportunities to rely on and prove the power of God’s laws of goodness and harmony, which govern all of creation and bring immeasurable benefits to all mankind, even in the most adverse situations. I now devote myself to the full-time public healing ministry of Christian Science. While serving on the Board of Lectureship, I’ve spoken at probation facilities, universities, public schools, churches, and for public service groups — like those serving homeless and at risk youth — as well as in other general public venues. I give lectures in both English and French.

Titles of Available Lectures

Spiritual discovery: How you can better the world

Prayer is about spiritual discovery. It’s about understanding more of what God is and learning to see our lives and the world through the lens of God’s all-good nature. It’s about stripping away surface-level appearances in order to discern what actually IS. Spiritual discovery reveals what is substantial, lasting, and powerful — and this leads to healing. What’s the outcome? Progress. Transformation. Wholeness. For anyone.

Jesus modeled a universal way to pray that leads to a greater awareness of the nature of God and of our relation to God.  He showed how turning from fear and preconceived notions to a clearer view of the presence of a God that is Love and Life itself can have a tangible, healing effect in our lives. Bible accounts indicate that others who followed his example and teachings proved this too. Freedom from injustice, hunger, illness, even incurable disease, was gained through discovering more of what God is and does.

Prayer can have a tangible, healing effect today, too. Problems related to our personal history and health as well as issues that trouble entire communities are rooted in misperceptions based on surface-level reasoning. Ultimately, they never change the facts of what’s rooted in the nature of God — what’s genuine, good, and reliable. Prayer that leads to this true viewpoint, one that’s based on spiritual discovery, results in healing.

Does this sound like blind and dumb faith or positive thinking? It’s not—and centuries of tangible, healing experiences help prove the Science of it. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this approach to Christianity and healing: Christian Science makes clear the timeless, universal, and repeatable truths that underpin Jesus’ life and teachings. Eddy’s primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, explains Christian Science so that anyone can apply it and experience it for themselves.

Can we better the world? Absolutely. Misperceptions appear on any scale. Just so, the universal truths at the heart of Christian healing are true on any scale. Spiritual views can affect progress for communities just as they do for individuals. We can help the world by discovering what’s true!

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Spiritual discovery in a time of upheaval

Alternate title to the above lecture

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