the speaker, Larissa Snorek-Yates
was the first time I felt so far outside of my comfort
zone. I was in Paris and had just received news that
the job and place to live that I thought I would have
for the next few months had fallen through. I had
very little money remaining, no place to stay that
night, and a return plane ticket for three months
away. And, I needed to work to be able to afford the
next semester of university tuition in the fall.
I'd just been reading this idea from Psalms, "Whither
shall I go from thy spirit?...If I say, Surely the darkness
shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me".
I glimpsed that there was no dark situation that the light
of Christ—the inspiration that comes from God to each
one of us—couldn't penetrate. This was a transforming
moment for me and it started me on a life-long journey to
practice Christian Science healing and share it with others.
professional work began with opportunities in outdoor education,
small claims court mediation, and human rights advocacy.
In 2000, I moved to Vermont to attend graduate school and
also opened an office as a practitioner of Christian Science
healing. During the last 14 years, I have served the Christian
Science church in many capacities, including as First Reader,
Sunday School teacher, media representative in the Manager’s
office of Committees on Publication, State Committee on
Publication for Vermont, and Africa Liaison for the International
Service Department and the Christian Science Publishing
Society. I have facilitated workshops and given talks in
French and English in Africa, Europe, Canada and the U.S.
Just prior to committing full-time to the practice of healing,
I was teaching graduate students at the World Learning Institute
where I received my Masters degree in sustainability and
peacebuilding. The Institute focused on issues of social
justice and community action, and I could see how relevant
the ideas of Christian Science were to the challenges facing
our world today."
some of Larissa's published writings, go to JSH
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