“Bridging the gap”: Christian Science on Muslim media

Christian Science featured on a TV channel aimed at “Millions of Muslims across the UK and Europe…especially young people born in the UK”.

Tony on %22Bridging the gap%22 on Ummah TV - February 2016 - in action - Twitter

Here I am captured live in action on yesterday’s “Bridging the gap” – a weekly interfaith programme on a Blackburn-based, Sky broadcast channel called Ummah Channel. Among other things, the broadcasters aim to “act as a platform between Muslims and non-Muslims to remove misunderstandings about Islam”. 

The spirit in which they do that is indicated by the fact that the presenter of the show is not a Muslim, but an “orthodox Christian” called Phil Heaton.

With my presence on the 90 minute show the topic soon turned to healing and we had a good discussion about what that meant in our different faiths, as well as touching on several other topics. Continuing my theme of the past couple of weeks, I got a couple of opportunities to mention Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science 150 years ago, pointed to Jesus’ great faith in trusting in both the completeness of his mission and the inevitable endurance of its message, as well as clarifying the Christian Science sense of God as divine Principle.

The two guys you see on the stage with me are from a Preston-based organisation called “The Light Foundation” and it was a delight to get to know them and a couple of their colleagues who also came along, as did my Committee on Publication colleague, Jason Salisbury.

Thanks to Arfan Iqbal – on the right – for the on-screen photo, and thanks to producer Don Botham for bringing us all together!


(The broadcast was live streamed but is not currently available online.)

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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5 Comments on ““Bridging the gap”: Christian Science on Muslim media”

  1. Liz Shattuck
    February 10, 2016 at 2:10 am #

    Was the broadcast taped and will it be available to access by computer?

    • February 10, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      I am sure it was taped, but no news of whether it is going to appear online yet. I will post a reply here to let you know if I hear that it has been posted. Thanks.

  2. Sandi
    February 10, 2016 at 4:08 am #

    What a great opportunity. If the broadcast ever becomes available, I’d love to know.

  3. February 16, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    Thanks4 #sharing. #Love alone is the medicine for mankind’s hatred ,which breeds the belief of terrorism VALENTINE to all NATIONS.

  4. Caspa
    April 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    Dear Sir Phill Heaton.

    I am writing to inform you i really appreciated watching yourself in the interfaith with moderate Muslim people (Mufti Subhani) in english and just discussing relalevant topics like prophecies of the Prophets and Common good (Jesus Christ, signs of day of Judgment, antichristal and all these and future wars etc).

    I was really glad to see that programme on 22 april and hope that it plays atleast every few nights a week.

    Non-controvertial. Just the common agreable points.
    Excellent work. Pls lets try keep it up.

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