Conflict resolution: a spiritual approach
January 19, 2017, 7:00 pm
Lecturer: John Tyler, CSB
Is there really anything we can do to make a difference in a world that seems riddled with conflict, threats, and violence? This lecture examines several specific conflicts from marital to nation-building. It identifies some practical ways of resolving them. It explores two of these — forgiveness and learning to love — and shows how they lead to healing national conflicts and even physical bodies.
When John Tyler discovered Christian Science as a teenager, he wanted to shout the good news from the rooftops. He soon realized, however, it’s not words so much as selfless loving and healing, which attract people to this truth. In his full-time healing practice of over 30 years, he has seen God heal many supposedly incurable cases. He loves sharing his understanding of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s works on Christian Science.
John started his professional life working briefly as a labor organizer to protect exploited sweatshop workers. As a social activist he was concerned with solving “all the world’s problems.” He was involved in spiritual counseling of inmates in a state penitentiary. To help end the Cold War, he felt we must understand the underlying issues and build institutions to solidify a just society. He became research director of the Istituto Atlantico in Milan, Italy. Then, having earned degrees from schools on both sides of the Atlantic—at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, and Princeton University, USA—he taught political science at Princeton and at the University of Pittsburgh. While teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, he founded a residence for students that seeks to heal racial divisions in America. For his involvement in this project he received the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award.
Before committing himself to full-time healing work as a Christian Science practitioner, John began to see that it was more important to understand and work within God’s government of the universe, rather than in man’s attempts to govern. This led him to a full-time profession of spiritual healing as a Christian Science practitioner. Despite his love of teaching, he discovered there is nothing as fulfilling as healing through scientific prayer.
John’s talks are designed to show how natural it is to change our vision of ourselves so we all can become spiritual healers. Far from needing a special healing talent, he is convinced that the whole purpose of Christ Jesus’ career was to show every one of us how to understand God and our unity with Him in such a way that we can demonstrate this in every aspect of our lives. His talks are, therefore, sprinkled with examples of how we can heal naturally.
John has spoken to audiences in every imaginable venue, from prisons to secret meeting places behind the [then] Iron Curtain. He has given talks in six languages on five continents.
All lectures are held at The Old Church Concert Hall, located in the heart of downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201.