Stranger, you are the guest of God by Heloísa Gelber Rivas, CSB

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bellaire & Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist, Houston are hosting a talk titled “Stranger, You Are the Guest of God“, given by lecturer Heloísa Gelber Rivas, CSB, a member of Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

The talk will take place at Eight Church of Christ, Scientist, Houston located at 11976 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024 on Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 PM (English) and 3:00 PM (Spanish)

Free childcare and parking are available.


We all yearn for home—for a place where we can feel secure. Throughout history, and still today, migrations across continents and cultures reflect this deep desire to find a more permanent sense of safety and belonging.

Many years ago, as a college student in Brazil—my country of origin—I worked with one of my professors to assign land to families who had fled extreme poverty due to decades of drought. Years later, as I traveled extensively, I saw people in many parts of the world desperately seeking a place to live in peace. This prompted me to think a great deal about what it is that can help us find home.

The Bible offered guidance. For example, in the book of Psalms, I found one answer to this age-old quest for home: “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalms 90:1).

What does it mean to find our refuge “in God” as the Bible puts it? My study of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy has opened up the Bible by helping me understand more about the nature of God and His creation. For example, I’ve learned that because God is the caring, all-loving Parent, then each of us must have an assured place—now and always. And this place in God’s presence is stable, safe, and secure.

Understanding each individual’s relation to God as a tender, divine Father and Mother has helped me gain a sense of home as not so much a physical structure or location, but more of a warm, embracing sense of God’s care, which can never be lost. Perceiving more of this actually leads to tangible, often unexpected, solutions for anyone in need of stability or a better home.

Knowing that each of us, as “the guest of God,” can experience the concrete expression of home wherever we are has profound implications for the world. This Christian Science lecture invites you to offer your own prayers for anyone who is seeking home, and to discover how those prayers can bring healing.

BIO:  Heloísa Gelber Rivas, CSB

Raised in a multilingual Brazilian family, Heloísa speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, and Italian. Her facility with languages has been invaluable in preparing her for many  opportunities.

After earning a degree in sociology and politics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Heloísa began to work as a translator for the Christian Science Publishing Society and became responsible for materials translated into Portuguese, her native tongue. After getting married, she accompanied her husband, a Christian Science lecturer and teacher, on trips throughout the world. When he passed on, she continued working for The Mother Church and became a lecturer and a teacher herself.

Heloísa has been in the Christian Science practice since 1988. From 2000 to 2002 she was Associate Editor for the Christian Science Publishing Society and managing editor of The Herald of Christian Science, an international magazine published in 13 languages, and she also participated as guest speaker or co-hostess—in four languages—on the radio edition of the same magazine.

Heloísa has been, a member of the Board of Lectureship since 1999, a teacher of Christian Science since 2000, and in 2005 served a term as president of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.

A speaker who has toured the world sharing ideas about prayer and healing, Heloísa has always been impelled by a deep desire to help mankind. Her warmth and enthusiasm shine through in her presentations as she helps audiences explore how prayer can improve life conditions—in any language. Heloísa is available to give talks in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.


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