I’ve had a pretty varied background. I’m a native of Massachusetts. I grew up in Grafton in the 50’s when it was still a very rural area—that’s no longer the case. In looking back, I had a pretty idyllic childhood—a solid family life, fields, trees, boyhood adventures, etc.
My primary focus from the age of about 10 was to become a musician. And that’s what I did. I received my degrees in musical composition (Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
To help pay the bills while in college, I worked in an aircraft plant during the summer vacations, played piano in lounges, and had a very brief stint driving taxis (too scary an occupation for me at that time!).
Classical music was my profession for 34 years—as composer, pianist, and teacher. I’ve had performances of my works in the U.S.and Canada and taught hundreds of students.
Then in 1990 my life took an unanticipated direction. I re-met a woman that I had known in college 20 years before. In the interim she had become a Christian Scientist. I had been following a very different philosophy during that same time period and thought that I was all set. I fell in love with her and married her. During our courtship—and just out of a desire to understand what she so treasured—I purchased a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy—the woman who discovered and founded Christian Science.
As I began reading the book, some concepts rang immediately true. Others involved substantial intellectual wrestling.
But the thing that immediately spoke to me was that as I thought about these ideas, I saw healings of some physical ailments that I had since childhood. That was pretty impressive! I also noticed that at the same time my life, my behavior, my professional and personal activities, and relationships began to significantly improve.
For the next two years, I continued to think about Christian Science, apply its transformative ideas, and attend church services. I came to the inescapable conclusion that I was—there’s no other way to describe it—home. It was the truth that I had been searching for my entire life. It resonated so deeply with me and continues to do so daily.
Then in 1992 I decided to become a member of the Church. That same year I took a course in Christian Science healing. And 14 years later—after first having felt the confidence to responsibly heal not only myself and family, but others—I left my career as a professional musician to become a professional Christian Science practitioner.
From late 2007 until early 2012, I was privileged to have served The First Church of Christ, Scientist as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Massachusetts. In that role I was the Church’s media and legislative liaison and spokesman for my home state. Helping the public understand the importance of Christian Science—what it is and what it isn’t, and how it has benefitted so many people from around the world—was an experience that I will always treasure.
When looking back on my life, I can see how all the supposedly disparate strands of my experience have come together as my understanding of Christian Science has grown—leading me to new and, for me, profound ways to help others through the healing practice.
Christian Science has opened doors that I would have never dreamed of—doors that have led to new ways of serving God and humanity. To new and varied experiences that have enriched my life. .And to a new sense of gratitude to God for all that He has and continues to give us—every moment of every day.
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Hey Kenneth, I am so happy to read about your path including the musical background. I found you listening to the broadcast “Defending our agelessnes” which I found very inspiring as well as helpful. I live in Stockholm, Sweden and work as a musician in the field of choirs. I love Christian Science and I am also a very active non-member in the branch church in Stockholm.
I’m very glad that you found that podcast so helpful as well as my blog site! 🙂 And how wonderful that you’re a musician and that you, too, love Christian Science!
Hi! Thank you for the broadcast
On ARE YOU LETTING PROPLE OTHER PEOPLE DO THONKING TO YOU?
I’m a jazz pianist and your story about the special group of top teachers
Was impressive ! I would like when it’s the right time to have s short conversation ;
Thank you again for your Imput
You’re welcome–glad you enjoyed the broadcast!
Happy to talk to you. Give me a call when you’re ready. My contact info is above.
Thank you for inspiring me, also, with your life’s path. Truth does indeed lead us
into wonderful new experiences. I am Pilgrim on the Path, and grateful even for
My CS Teacher was Gladys C. Girard and I when I read your
name, I wondered if you are related to this dear individual. Either way,
it will forever be a special name for me!
Thank you again, for sharing.
I’m so happy that this has been an inspiration to you! My wife and I frequently refer to victories over error/limitations with the exclamation “YAY GOD!!!” Indeed, if we are willing to listen to our Father-Mother God and obey His-Her directions, then the blessings for us–and particularly in our ability to heal others–just keep increasing! And thankfully, we each have Science and Health, as well as all of Mrs. Eddy’s other writings, and the Bible to keep us on the God-inspired and God-directed path–the straight and narrow way! 🙂
Re your teacher: No, I’m not a relative of hers (I frequently get asked that question!), and though I never had the opportunity to meet her personally, I understand the great deserved respect so many had, and still do have, for her reflection of the Christ.
Again, thanks so much!
Ken, great to find you out here and thanks for all the blogs you’ve shared and continue to make available. Your own life experiences are such an inspiration! In addition to your CS practice – keep the music in your life.
Hey Sue: So good to hear from you and thanks so much for your thoughts about my work! As they say” “Right back at ya!”