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Wednesday February 21, 2018

This Sunday 25 Feb 2-3pm. 285 Willis Street. A free public talk.

Seaweed – the garden and forest of the sea

Spiritual Discovery How you can better the world Visiting speaker Tom McElroy, CS, will speak for an hour

Tom speaks about discovering new perspectives of universal Truth and Love, God, that embrace everyone, and that bring to light reliable healing approaches even where it might seem like there are none. The talk will make you think! and might help us see how to better support the common good. Can we discover practical new ways to approach local and global issues?

Venue: 285 Willis St Wellington Parking available 216 Victoria St. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The text “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” Mary Baker Eddy is available from the Christian Science Reading Room 285 Willis Street, along with the Bible and the Christian Science Monitor news magazine. Working globally – The Christian Science Monitor is an online newspaper with the mission – To injure no man, but to bless all mankind. Founded by Mary Baker Eddy, 1908

Wellington artist Tam Kogler in front of her newly unveiled seaweed mural. PHOTO: Supplied

Wellington Underwater Club and local mural artist Tam Kogler have combined to showcase the significance of seaweed and celebrate the city’s marine life. Last week, Tam unveiled her new seaweed mural at the Whairepo Lagoon in Frank Kitts Park on Wellington’s waterfront. The art and outreach project highlights the importance of seaweed as a vital and productive coastal marine ecosystem. Wellington harbour is home to a range of native seaweeds that create underwater gardens and tall forests. Seaweeds are an indicator for the health of our marine environment. They provide a three-dimensional structure, shelter and food for many species such as juvenile fish and other undersea critters such as octopuses and seahorses. Seaweeds also protect our coast from erosion by buffering waves. ”I really love the comparison of seaweed habitats to land based forests,” Tam says. “If forests are the lungs of the land, then marine plants are the lungs of the ocean. “By creating the seaweed mural in the heart of Wellington we are highlighting the

Tom – you’re from Boston, is that right?

That’s right – but I grew up on the West Coast of the US. I’ve travelled a lot – throughout America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Actually I’ve been on every continent except Antarctica.

And you’re travelling with your young son?

Q&A Tom McElroy will give a one hour talk at 2pm on Sunday 25 February 2018 at 285 Willis St Wellington with the title: Spiritual Discovery: How You Can Better the World. He spoke with our local event organiser about his journey.

Yes, I’m travelling this time with my wife and my two year old son. It’s an adventure! I’ve had a few days here and I’ll get to the opening of the Wellington Festival on Friday night on the Waterfront. I’ve been in New Zealand several times before – including a workshop in Queenstown. I’m loving Wellington.

You’re here to give a talk on Sunday? Tell us about that.

I’ll be talking about spiritual discovery, and what that means for each of us. Because I travel I think a lot about the world and meet people who care, there’s a subtitle - how you can better the world.

important role of seaweeds in the marine environment, and what everyone can do to protect them.“ Seaweeds are indeed real superstars: food products like nori (sushi wrapper), karengo (New Zealand nori) and seaweed crisps are commonly found in supermarkets. Like plants on land seaweeds grow using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and nutrients to biomass. By absorbing the carbon dioxide seaweeds help to mitigate ocean acidification. Over 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants and algae as a side product during photosynthesis. However, seaweeds are under threat from land reclamation, pollution, overfishing and warming oceans. ”We are very lucky in Wellington to be able to enjoy such diverse marine life,” Nicole Miller, president of the Wellington Underwater Club notes. “Not everyone is able to get underwater, so we are thrilled to be able to give people a glimpse of what we see, without even getting their feet wet.”

What do you mean by spiritual discovery?

Well – come and listen! But I like to think it’s about uncovering what has always been true of ourselves and others. No one is ever truly less than whole, and good. But to discover that we often have to dive below surface appearances of things.

What got you interested in this?

It was reading a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by a courageous 19th century woman Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910). It was first published in 1875. And it’s still in press.

And what difference did that book make?

Well, it opened up a practical sense of spirituality for me – made me question my Christian ideals and practice and test whether they could really heal or not. It showed me the power of integrity in my business, and how to help people when I volunteered in Los Angeles prisons. I’ve even experienced physical healing. It challenged me to think beyond myself.

And do you think this makes a difference to the world?

I think every change for the better starts with a mental shift – when Love replaces fear; when we see something larger is possible. I think changes for the better have always come that way.

So what’s your “day job”?

Well, these last few year’s I’ve given a lot of lectures around the world. Having a two year old has slowed that down a little! My job all the time though is to practice what I’ve been learning from that book – Science and Health and the Bible. That’s made me into a practitioner with a healing practice. That’s what I’d like to talk about on Sunday 25 Feb at 2pm.

At 285 Willis Street?

That’s right. It’s the Christian Science church building – the white one designed by Ian Athfield. The organisers will have copies of the “textbook” Science and Health with Key to Scriptures available to borrow or buy. It’s a great read! PBA

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