About Us

The Via Christa is the natural outgrowth of the effect of the life, work and teachings of Dr. Edna Lister (1884 to 1971) on certain of her students in the United States. She taught that the Kingdom of Heaven is open to all believers, stressing the necessity of personal responsibility and accountability for one's own spiritual growth and ascension of consciousness.

"The Father wants all His children home," she said, but insisted that it is up to us to do the climbing, without expecting to hitch a ride into the kingdom, free of charge on Jesus' coat tails. To her, life's glass is always more than half full. She taught us to speak the Word for miracles – "This is good. Let there be Light" – and to stand steadfastly and know that all good will come to pass, according to our faith.

Edna Lister believed that everyone could walk with Jesus on the Way of the Christ. She founded the prayer and study groups that now form the Society of the Universal Living Christ. By studying spiritual law and choosing daily to apply it to your life, you can ascend in consciousness.

In 1940, Edna Lister asked Edna and Ruth Bender, of Buffalo, New York, to compile the spiritual laws and principles she was teaching into a textbook of laws. They created hundreds of typed file cards. Seventy-plus years later, we are fulfilling her desires, although in electronic rather than printed form.

As participants in Edna Lister's Society of the Universal Living Christ, we are part of her legacy, her life and teachings. We are people who have submitted our self to the spiritual and self disciplines she prescribed as an optimal way to walk the Via Christa, the Path of Ascension of consciousness.

We have experienced such positive results using the methods Edna Lister taught that we have spent decades, transcribing her outlines, personal and group letters and messages, and students' notes to make available a record of her life's work. Those who chose to journey with her tended to remain her companions on the way for life. We have also.

The scope of Edna Lister's life work is enormous, including books, pamphlets, speeches, articles, essays, sermons, lectures and group and personal meetings with students in many cities in the Unites States, Europe, Great Britain, and Africa. Her personal correspondence was voluminous, and several students saved her letters and their notes from sermons, lectures and private meetings, bequeathing them to us.

The personal papers of the following persons have been used to create the content of this site: Edna Lister, Kay Wilder Abstein, Dorothy Allen, Elizabeth Barnes, Edna Bender, Joan Bender, Susan Bender, Ferne Carter Chapman, Ruth Bender Collord, Victor Stoms Collord, Jessica Reese Davis, Margaret Pratt Doan, Helen A. Effinger, Florence Garrett, Alfhild Graham, Theresa Grosscurth, Ruth H. Johnson, Lily V. Kondash, Lotus Judson Landis, Ellsworth G. Layer, Linda Hildebrand Mihalic, Lorraine Moffat, Eunice Morrison, Dorothy Rowe, Alice Schier, Darcea Schiesl, C.A.W., Florence Waldorf, Irene White, Ross Whitehead, Virginia Whitehead, and May Clark Wilder.

Our physical archive, which spans 1925-1971, is considerable. The collection would have remained unusable without the efforts of our transcription team, using typewriters at first and computers later. Those tireless workers include Kay Wilder Abstein, Molly Doan Bellamy, Lauren Visci Burnett, Mariann E. Cade, Margaret Pratt Doan, Helen A. Effinger, Lois Gillett, Sherry Abstein Gordon, Sandra Gustavson, Stephanie Briggs James, Barbara Imboden Martien, Linda Hildebrand Mihalic, Marge Pauls, Mona Nemer Rainwater, Ross and Virginia Whitehead.



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