“Christian Science Christians’ Healing Practice: A Contribution to Christian Pilgrimage”
Paulson, Shirley. “Christian Science Christians’ Healing Practice: A Contribution to Christian Pilgrimage,” Pages 248–67 in Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission. Edited by Mitzi J. Budde and Don Thorsen. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013.
The purpose of the book is to seek Christian unity in mission. ‘Unity’ signifies the means by which churches in their diversity agree to a common purpose. ‘Mission,’ understood as transformational in both personal and social dimensions of life, refers to the church purpose ‘in’ the world, but not ‘of’ the world. Included in the book is a peer reviewed collection of essays written by representatives from a wide variety of Christian communions and compiled by the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. “Diversity in mission is not in and of itself problematic,” the editors write. Citing Paul, they agree that “it is the diversity of Christians within churches that overall help make the church successful” (2). The Christian Science chapter, “Christian Science Christians’ Healing Practice: A Contribution to Christian Pilgrimage,” is in the portion of the book titled “Experiential Journeys of Mission.” It includes the theology of Christian Science and examples of the author’s healing experiences that demonstrate the spiritual journey in Christian Science healing.