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Thursday February 22, 2018

Tyler Knowles in Little Devil pips Jada Cornish in Holden Racing to finish third in the junior competition of the Ribble Street Races on Saturday, part of the Island Bay Festival that wrapped up this week. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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

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

Ribble Street has rollicking race day By Jamie Adams

Island Bay youngsters showed off their drag-racing tendencies on Saturday when the Ribble Street races returned as part of the Island Bay Festival. The races saw the suburb’s steepest street closed to traffic as trolley racers young and old battled it out in various homemade contraptions for the right to call themselves king (or queen) of the hill. The derby was one of several highlights of a festival that has been running for 34 years under the management of the Island Bay Enhancement Trust. Spokeswoman Diane Hughes says the turnout for the Ribble St races was great, just as it had been for the Day in The Bay the previous Sunday. “Dolphins came out while people were swimming,” she says. The Blessing of the Boats was also held on

the first Sunday and saw 18 boats given their blessings for safe carriage and bountiful catches, including a police launch. Other events that were held through the week included a youth group open night, Ash Wednesday at the Home of Compassion, an official launch of Island Bay Bowling Club’s centenary book, and a Teddy Bears picnic at Shorland Park. Diane wishes to thank fellow organisers Mike Frew and Doug O’Sullivan for managing the trolley races, along with MC Chris McKeown, Wellington Free Ambulance and “loyal sponsor” Island Bay New World. Earlier a series of Lego trolley races were held. Organised by Lisa Pauwells, the races involved vehicles made entirely out of Lego and there were several categories according to the ages of the trolley builders. Diane suggests next year’s festival could feature a competition for naming dogs owned by locals.

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

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.

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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