Sponsored by: First Church of Christ, Scientist – South Lake Tahoe

2017 Talks That Inspire


Was Held on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Talks that Inspire 2019 – Fujiko Signs

Talks that Inspire 2019 – Chet Manchester

Our Continued Gift to The Community:
Inspired points of view that lead to more peace, health and happiness in life.

ALL are welcome to watch and listen to Talks That Inspire

Meet the 2017 Speakers

Larissa Snorek Yates

Fujiko Signs, C.S.B. – Tokyo, Japan and State College, PA

Fujiko comes from Tokyo, Japan and has a family, husband and two daughters working in the US.

She is a student, practitioner, and teacher of Christian Science, and is a past president of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. She studies the relationship between prayer and healing, consciousness and reality, spirituality and well-being. Her job is to find out how we can free ourselves from various limitations.

While her husband’s job took Fujiko across the United States, she worked as a market research consultant for computer manufacturing companies and taught Japanese language and literature at community colleges and universities. She also taught dance to children.

In her mid-thirties, Fujiko fell ill and sought healing through different treatments, but none of them gave her a lasting cure. One day, to her surprise, she found that the healing of Christ Jesus was possible now and learnable. As soon as she started reading about this system of healing in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, a respected American healer and religious leader, she was relieved from various symptoms that had limited her before. As she studied and learned more about Christian Science, she witnessed many healings within her family and circle of friends and eventually received requests to assist others with prayer.

After becoming a Christian Science practitioner, she was asked to talk with doctors and nurses about patients with a desire to practice non-traditional medicine, including prayer and meditation. She also volunteered in a community coalition in hopes of encouraging and enhancing communication between different faith groups that sought well-being in the community.

Mark McCurties, C.S. – Chestnut Hill, MA

Mark has had a deep love for the Bible ever since he was a little boy. He was inspired when he read about men and women in the Bible overcoming hatred, famine, war, physical disease, and other hardships and triumphs. It didn’t matter what the odds were, or what conditions they faced, individuals in the Bible seemed to flourish in adversity based on one common theme, their deep love for God.

Mark grew up in a Christian Science household where there was another book he loved to read daily: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures written by Mary Baker Eddy. The very purpose of her book is to help unlock and reveal the deeper divine meaning and inspiration of the Bible. Together these two books point to the practical healing and saving power of God and its present availability for all mankind. Mark knew that someday he wanted to share that healing message with the world.

As he grew into adulthood, experiences in the field of education as a summer camp director, outdoor educator, athletics coach, and resident counselor, all helped to develop his understanding and practice of Christian Science. While working with young people, Mark had multiple opportunities to witness God’s healing power. These examples proved to him that the healing power of the Christ is just as alive and relevant today as for the men and women of the Bible. In 2010, with a desire to focus solely on healing through prayer, Mark went into the full-time public practice of Christian Science.

Patricia Woodard
David Hohle

Chet Manchester, C.S.B. – King Ferry, NY

“So, what is your heart beating for?” That was a question Chet faced in his late twenties. He was a struggling filmmaker in Los Angeles, experiencing some problems with his heart after a failed marriage and an unsuccessful business venture. On his mental knees in prayer, he opened to a passage in Mary Baker Eddy’s writings that instantly got his attention: “The heart that beats mostly for self is seldom alight with love.” * He realized that the function of the heart is to beat for God; it’s a reflection of divine Love itself. This glimpse of the Christ—the pure love of God embracing humanity—transformed his life and health. From that day to this, he’s been doing everything he can to share the healing message of Christian Science with the world.

Chet moved to Boston in the 1990s, and since then has produced numerous exhibits, films, and projects for The First Church of Christ, Scientist. He served as creative director for The Mary Baker Eddy Library from 2000 to 2003 and helped with the development of TMC Youth—The Mother Church’s global youth initiative—after that.  The healing practice of Christian Science is where Chet’s heart is today, along with his current focus as a Christian Science lecturer and teacher.

*The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p.16