The First Church of Christ, Scientist — offering guidance on facing everyday challenges

The First Church Scientist, Darien is one of the sponsors of an April 27 lecture by Enrique Smeke.

When people face challenges, they seek answers.

Enrique Smeke wants people to know the Christian Science Church can offer guidance on where to find those answers.

But people need to take the first step.

“How do we face challenges in our relationships, deal with conflicts at work and confront financial issues?” Smeke asked. “When we are in these situations, we often don’t know whether to stay put, hope an answer will just magically appear or run away from the problem.”

Smeke said direction can be found in God and the Bible. “We have a practical, rational and intelligent source of ideas that can give us the answers we are looking for,” he said.

Smeke, the lecturer, works for The First Church of Christ, Scientist at its Boston headquarters, will give a talk – “Are You Ready to Take the First Step” – on Saturday, April 27 at Norwalk Community College’s East Campus GenRe Forum, 188 Richards Ave. It will be presented in English at 2 p.m. and in Spanish at 3:30 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public, and Smeke will be available to answer questions afterward.

Smeke grew up in Argentina and graduated from Principia College in Illinois with a business administration degree. He also works in radio and publishing for The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

He’ll discuss finding the best approach to handle life’s everyday challenges, leading to more harmonious relationships and better mental and physical health. Smeke also will focus on finding strength to overcome the self-doubt, self-pity, resentment and fear we all feel.

“We must overcome the inertia that keeps us from taking that first step when we find ourselves in difficult situations,” Smeke said.

First Church of Christ, Scientist in Darien is co-sponsoring the talk as part of its community outreach efforts.

Emily Hull, a Darien church member, said anyone seeking answers with an open mind could benefit by attending Smeke’s talk. “We want to share ideas with the community, outside a church setting, that can be transformative and bring healing,” said Hull, who grew up in Darien and returned to raise a family there.

According to Evalyn Milman, another Darien church member, ”When we find ourselves in difficult situations, God is there to support and guide us.”

The Darien church, 2331 Post Road, was started in the 1950s and also has a public reading room at 1904 Post Road, where people can study, ask questions and purchase the Bible and Christian Science literature, including “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy.

The church has services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, which are led by selected lay members. Newcomers are welcome to attend. “We are open to anyone and everyone,” Milman said.

Christian Science was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in the late 1800s, and her textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” is used during services as well as the Bible. The church may be best known for its Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor publication.

Find out more about the April 27 talk or the Darien church by calling (203) 655-2772. The other co-sponsor is The First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 55 Compo Road South in Westport.

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