Ecumenism and Christian Science

When I was asked a few years ago to be part of an ecumenical group, I was apprehensive because, as a lifelong Christian Scientist, I rarely had had the opportunity to have a conversation with one of another faith.

Today, I am part of an amazing group of men and women.  I found even though we may have some differences, we have much more in common.  As I listen to opening prayers and closing benedictions, I am humbled.  I realized that all prayers acknowledge God as Creator, Cause, Father, divine Presence, the Almighty, as I would.  There is a mention of oneness and connectedness; of light, grace and joy.

There is always the desire to be open to divine guidance, to help us to do His will, and work together for those things that will bless all mankind.

There is an acknowledgment of brotherhood, one universal family.   Each one is devoted to loving (helping) “our neighbor as ourselves,” no matter the situation or circumstance.

It has been brought out that our individual choices affect the rest of us.  There is no vacuum – no disconnectedness – no aloneness.  Sometimes people feel that their actions only hurt themselves, but the flutter of a butterfly’s wings causes a ripple and reaches far and wide.

One of my colleagues almost always mentions in his prayers the word “light.”  We are  bathed in the light of Spirit.  As Christ Jesus says in Matthew, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  And he goes on to tell us we are not to hide the light, but to share it with all mankind.

The ecumenical thought is that we all have the ability to have the light of Christ shining as our very presence.  So we are to let our light shine and everyone in our presence feels and responds to it.  The Psalmist sang:  “For with thee is the fountain of life:  in thy light shall we see light.”

Have you ever noticed that when a certain person enters a room, the whole room tends to light up?  That is the presence of the Christ – the light of love.


2 Comments

  1. Martie D.V. Johnson

    God’s light is so important to the world. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts!

  2. Karen Miller

    I love the idea of different Christian faiths coming together and learning both the similarities and differences. But, regardless of any differences, also learning to respect each other’s faiths through knowledge gained during these meetings. What better way to bring people together and to open our hearts to one another?