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Jose Rodriguez Pelaez CSB

I grew up in Malaga, Spain. My desire to serve others led me to join the Society of Jesus where I was an ordained priest.

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Margaret Rogers CSB

Christian Science and community service were strong influences in my home growing up.  I found fulfilling ways to help disadvantaged people over the years, but in college I became convinced that the best way to accomplish lasting justice and peace was Jesus’ path of breaking through the illusion of evil and many minds to the perfection of God’s spiritual universe.  I wanted to devote myself to Christian Science practice, but wasn’t sure how to launch.  My next step was to become a Christian Science nurse.  Through nursing I learned healing involved love and commitment to spiritual growth.  It was challenging and satisfying work.  I also grew through active involvement in church, and in 1981 became a full-time Christian Science practitioner, then a public lecturer and writer for church periodicals.  I so appreciate Church as a structure for spiritual development. My Christian Science teacher encouraged me to be willing to teach others if I were needed in that role.  When I took this step in 1991, I found teaching class was a lot like teaching Sunday School.  I love discovering with students how to read Science and Health and the Bible with always deeper spiritual insight, to make their truths practical in healing, and depend on them as guides.  It’s also wonderful to continue growing with students through individual contact and yearly Association meetings.  Christian Science healing and teaching is the most joyful work I can imagine.  Class is a great step in taking your place as a healer.

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Elizabeth Schaefer CSB

What do counseling at-risk youth, running an emergency shelter, working as a wilderness ranger, teaching, and coordinating community outreach programs all have in common? These were jobs that led to my being in the full-time practice of Christian Science! Even as a child, lessons from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy's writings had encouraged and shown me ways to help others.  Christian Science gave me a love for Christ Jesus; it also enabled me to follow him by showing how prayer transforms experience by transforming thought.  Whether confronting hostile situations, battling a forest fire, or facing physical challenges, prayer enabled me to get beyond the appearance of things to the spiritual truth that brought healing solutions. As God’s love became more real to me and the mental nature of experience became more apparent, so did opportunities to heal.

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Why CSOs are important

Every student is looking for ideas that will help them. Every campus has needs.  

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Host a lecture

Information about hosting a Christian Science lecture for your community.

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About Sunday School

Description of what Sunday School is and links to various places

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Historical perspective

CSOs started with a student named Wilfred Cole at Harvard University.

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Engage!

How to share freely and courageously. Get involved – it blesses you as well! Love is reflected in love! College is a time of exploration and answer-seeking, and both you and your peers have so much to give.

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Build on others’ love of spirituality

Regardless of religion, everyone faces the same questions. People are hungry for spiritual answers and, through reflection, you have infinite good to share! Three great responses: You know, time spent in college is one of the most remarkable opportunities I know for searching out fresh views of life, looking at familiar landscapes of thought, activity and friends, as well as stretching thought to explore the whole universe of new adventures and ideas.

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