OGDEN -- The public is invited to hear an international speaker and practitioner of Christian Science healing discuss "Spiritual Solutions for Desperate Situations" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the downstairs auditorium of the Weber County Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave. in Ogden.
The free talk will be given by Lorenzo Rodriguez, of Miami, Fla. He said he developed the topic of spiritual solutions for desperate situations last July when asked to give a presentation for people in New Orleans just after a major oil spill there.
"That was not the best situation," he said in a telephone interview. He noted that turning to God in such circumstances as well as in everyday life is a different way of living.
"It's not leaving things to happen," he said, explaining the lifestyle he promotes. "It's knowing that you'll be given the right idea of what to do."
He said he helps people realize that God is everything and all good as they learn to view him differently.
"The light does not lead to dark," he said. "It's a Christian Science way of changing your consciousness from what the world is showing you to what God is."
Rodriguez said God is all good and does not see evil, because he didn't create it.
He said anyone should feel comfortable attending his talk, no matter what their faith.
"As Christian Scientists, we are not trying to proselytize anybody," he said. "What we're trying to do is steer your thoughts, so you can start to think about who you are and who God is."
Rodriguez's biography includes serving as a pioneer in the field of employment for people with disabilities. He developed a return-to-work program for people who had been injured at work and were considered to be disabled, earning him several awards.
He has given many presentations on the subject of getting those with disabilities to work, including at the annual meeting of the President's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities.
Rodriguez was born in Cuba and raised in Mexico and the United States. He is fluent in both Spanish and English.
His biography states that from childhood, he felt called to serve in the helping professions.
He worked with disadvantaged children in Mexico, and while in college in Connecticut, he worked first as an interpreter and then as a social worker.
Materials advertising the event state that the talk would be of benefit to anyone who is tired of worrying and for those who are looking for peace and direction.
The talk is designed to help people see how trusting God will help one overcome worry and fear. Also covered will be how people from every walk of life have demonstrated the power of God to heal and bring solutions to challenges.
The talk is sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 780 24th St., in Ogden.
Child care is available during the presentation.
For information, call 801-430-2887.