OGDEN -- A free lecture on "The healing effect of your prayers" is being offered to the public at 3:30 p.m. April 1.
The event, sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, will take place in the Cottonwood Room of the Marriott Hotel, 247 24th St., in Ogden.
The lecture will be offered by Mark Swinney, an internationally recognized Christian Science practitioner and teacher of healing.
"In (the lecture) I explore what happens when you commune with God in prayer," Swinney said. "I discuss how, regardless of what you're praying about, there is a potent, healing effect that results when the power of God is allowed to transform your thoughts."
Swinney described the lecture as a "how-to" talk, wherein he will illustrate each point with practical examples of healing. Lecture advertising materials also state that the lecture will cover how people can experience the effect of prayer in their own lives.
"In every age, Christian practice and spiritual healing have been positively revolutionary," he stated in an email to the Standard-Examiner. "In the 21st Century, to heal through a realization of God's allness and man's flawless, spiritual nature is truly to be as radical as Jesus' disciples were 2000 years ago."
Swinney said he has "always been struck by how the Bible effectively rouses in people a deep appreciation for the wonderful and utterly complete kingdom of God already present, already within.
"This wonderful book reveals in clear-cut detail the nature of this magnificent kingdom. And it brings out what the practice of its precepts means to mankind."
Swinney said his love for God began to accelerate while he was in elementary school, not long after he first was introduced to Christian Science.
"I was healed instantly of injuries suffered in an accident and from that point forward my life was pointed towards the public practice of Christian Science healing," he stated.
Swinney has devoted more than 25 years to both praying with people and empowering them to pray effectively for themselves.
He said he has enjoyed serving the Christian Science Church in various ways. In 2008 he was elected for a one-year term as president.
He was first advertised as a practitioner in 1988. In 1997, he became a teacher of Christian Science.
Today he travels worldwide from his home in Placitas, N.Mex., serving as a lecturer. Swinney is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
Promotional material for next Sunday's event says Swinney is known for his honesty, humor and candid style as he speaks about his heartfelt love for God and Christian healing.
Childcare is available during the lecture in the hotel's Cypress Room.
For information, call the First Church of Christ, Scientist at 801-589-8855.