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Christian Science and the Christian Science Monitor

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Kelowna's Christian Science reading room(CBC)

There are 1200 Christian Science reading rooms around the world.

The first was established in Boston by founder Mary Baker Eddy in 1888.
   
In Kelowna the reading room sits on prime real estate on Bernard Avenue.

Many people know about the organization's Pulitizer Prize-winning newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor.

But the story of Mary Baker Eddy and her writings is lesser known.

This week our faith columnist Madonna Hamel spent a day reading, visiting and attending a service at the reading room in Kelowna.

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Kelowna church survives 65 years offering German and English sermons

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Pastor Patricia Giannelia, Kelowna's Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (courtesy CBC)

On October 31st, 1517,  Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation by tacking his famous ninety five theses to the church door.
   
He then translated the Latin Bible into German, making it directly accessible to his fellow countrymen.

Kelowna's Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church continues the tradition.

It was established by German speaking refugees after the Second World War.    
   
Madonna Hamel speaks with Pastor Patricia Giannelia about why she conducts services in German and English. 

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More Than One Way Home Part 13: Anonymous

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For Roy, anonymity isn't just about keeping his professional and personal life separate; it's a way to prevent the ego from taking over and running the show.

Alcoholics are "egomaniacs with inferiority complexes", says Roy.

Another term for that sense of being either better or worse than everybody else is "terminal uniqueness. Anonymity removes the need to defend or proclaim one's uniqueness- it also makes us all lovable and deserving of community.

In the last of her series on Faith in the Okanagan Madonna Hamel speaks with Roy about hitting bottom with alcohol and finding a lifelong spiritual program in the process.



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