Christian Science lecturer Robert Gilbert, who has worked at the church’s world headquarters in Boston as an authority on spiritual healing and medicine, will give a free onehour lecture in March in Scottsdale and Mesa on the theme “Spirituality, Health and Well-Being: Explore the Healing Connection.”
The talks are sponsored by the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Scottsdale, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mesa.
Gilbert, who holds a master of theology degree in biblical studies from Boston University and is now a Christian Science practitioner in Upland, Calif., will speak on “How God Heals Resistant Problems” at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Rattlers Room at Doubletree Scottsdale-Paradise Valley Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Road. At 10:30 a.m. March 17, he will speak at Mesa Utilities Center, 640 N. Mesa Drive. Both are free and questions will be answered.
“People struggling with persistent physical or emotional illness are today discovering the profound influence of past events upon present conditions,” Gilbert says. “Many of those seeking relief from longstanding ailments are exploring the connection of physical complaints to past mental experiences and are turning to the power of prayer to gain health and happiness.”
He will explain “how thought can change experience,” how universal, spiritual laws can be relied on to heal any disease and to gain an understanding of “the practical, healing effect of understanding prayer.”
Gilbert, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, was a U.S. Army chaplain who served in Vietnam. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. He has worked with state and federal lawmakers on preserving religious accommodations. Gilbert has produced educational videos on spiritual healing for nursing schools and hospitals and was an editor of the Christian Science Journal.