WILLIMANTIC – As a Christian Scientist, Suzanne Riedel knows first-hand that God can conquer acute food poisoning, infertility and broken bones.
Those are just some of the ailments she’s seen cured, without medical treatment, in the 42 years she’s practiced the faith and on Nov. 7 she’ll be in Connecticut to share her story.
Riedel, of Colorado, is an international speaker, a practitioner, a teacher of Christian Science healing and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
“It’s a joy to have a Christian Science lecturer come to our community,” said Dick Mozzer, second reader at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Willimantic. “This is a free offering from our church to the community.”
Riedel will present, “The Permanence of Good” at 2:30 p.m. at Burton-Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St. in Willimantic.
She explained that her lecture is meant to educate the public about Christian Science and resolve some misconceptions about the faith.
Many people, she said, get Christian Science and Scientology confused. Others, she said, wrongly believe that the Church of Christian Science controls its members.
Christian Science is a denomination founded in 1879 based on interpretations of the Bible found in the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures. The church, headquartered in Boston, teaches a practice of spiritual healing, and teaches that Jesus was primarily a spiritual healer. It claims that sin, sickness and death are illusions that will be destroyed by a complete understanding of the divine principles of Jesus’ teaching and healing.
Riedel has witnessed several of such healings. Her first was a near fatal food poisoning in 1968. She was not a Christian Scientist at the time. Her husband, who was new to the faith, read aloud passages from Science and Health as his wife laid blind and unable to move on the bed.
Riedel, who had been on a spiritual journey for many years, recalls hearing a clear voice say, “This is what you’ve been looking for.”
“Within moments,” she said, “every symptom just vanished.”
Years later, she said, her teenage son broke his wrist high jumping. By the time his coach had rushed him home, her son’s arm was healed.
Her family has also experienced financial healing, she said.
When the economy took a turn, the Riedel’s found themselves living in a friend’s garage.
“But we saw God’s laws turn that around in very remarkable ways,” she said.
“You can see why we want someone like Suzanne to come to the area and share those experiences,” Mozzer said. “Many Christian Scientists have had these kind of experiences and we’re grateful to God for a sense of renewal, regeneration and rebuilding in our lives. Faith is provable and demonstrable, that’s why it’s a science to us.”
He added that the lecture would be beneficial to those who are suffering from the depressed economy. “There is a safety net, there is opportunity.”
For information on the event visit the church website here.
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