Take a Listen:
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of our Asilomar Bible and Spiritual Life Conference last August as we offered a Christian Science specific presentation of the conference theme of “Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven” at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Monterey, California. The presentations are from Barry Huff, Helen Mathis, Lola Kristine, and myself, Richard Davenport. Click HERE to listen.
In January of 2020, Richard Davenport was invited to give at the annual meeting of The Willows, a senior residence community in southern California for over 100 Christian Scientists. Richard sits on their Board of Directors. He decided to speak on “The Power of Grace in the World Today.” The subject is dear to him and relevant to not only the illustrations offered but to the aggressive virus that is claiming that it is a powerful force in the world and our lives. Click HERE to listen.
Thank you for visiting our community. We celebrate with love and joy the grace evident in Jesus’ life with God and his relationships with an amazing variety of people.
We are coming to see our lives in the Jesus-patterned narratives of the Bible. The Biblical stories and teachings are seen in their most authentic and spiritually helpful light as they are viewed through the lens of Jesus. If a biblical text doesn’t reflect the character and values of Jesus, if it doesn’t encourage active participation in the Kingdom Jesus proclaimed, then those passages are of less importance.
You have your heads in your Bible constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.
– John 5:39,40
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
– John 10:10
Our Educational Ministries
As you tour our site, you will see many different ways to visit our community. We offer:
- Physical events around the country throughout the year…some are three day conferences with multiple speakers, others are day long workshops with one or two speakers, and sometimes just an evening talk by a single speaker
- Virtual events from Fireside talks, book groups, and skyped offerings
- Online, print, video, and audio resources that include our expanding Foundation Stones Bible study curriculum for groups or individuals, in paper as well as a digital format with audio commentaries
Central to our mission is the dual effort to both nurture the Bible study and spiritual life of those who are already a part of our community, as well as to create bridges between spiritual pioneers of a variety of religious paths. We are actively working with frontier thinkers who are engaged in re-thinking traditions that are more tied to religious cultures than enduring spiritual practices, and who are actively engaged in compassionate and inclusive efforts to heal and repair the world, such as Tikkun Olam.
We again thank you for spending some time exploring who we are, how we approach our ministries, and what values move us in doing so. We invite you to become a partner with us by dropping us a note via the CONTACT US page. We look forward to hearing about what activities and information you might want to know about.
Please Note: The above videos shows images of some of the speakers throughout the years of our conferences at Asilomar and elsewhere. This year we are featuring Dr. Barry Huff, Helen Mathis, and Richard Davenport as speakers at Asilomar August 1-3, 2019.
Fireside Chats are so convenient. I can join the community from the comfort of my own home. The gentle, compassionate, and very knowledgeable speaker helped me to understand the need to recognize and respect feelings — my own and others’ — when pain, sorrow, or lack appear in human experience. I was inspired to incorporate the ideas from this chat into my life and am looking forward to the next speaker to share a Chat!
~Mary Jo Beebe: Dallas, Texas
“I love the scholarship, warmth, fellowship, sharing and caring, openness, boldness, inclusiveness (no judgment), music, laughter, and learning”
“The location, people and message were such a haven to me this year and every year. I have appreciated the sense of solid ground I have found, which has been very illusive in my life this year.”