The power to be well

The minister believes her calling is alternative healing.
WARREN -- The Rev. Evelyn Urban-Wern is all about energy.
And energy is all about her.
Her suit glows orange -- the color of power and strength.
And her hands, while she explains the finer points of alternative healing, fly with a vitality of their own.
Crystals, stones, aromatherapy, music -- each has a place in healing, she says. And when they and modern medicine don't work, she uses her talents to channel energy from ancient healers, saints -- even God -- to cure a body of its ills.
As long as a body is willing.
"It's not just me, hocus-pocus," the Rev. Urban-Wern said, pushing her long black hair over her shoulder. "If they don't want to get well, I can't help them. I can't get it out."
Her service: But she is more than willing to help those who need it -- and asks only a donation for her services. She is not picky about the price and will accept what people can afford.
"I'm a neophyte in this -- I would like to help people," she said, adjusting the jade bracelet on her left wrist. "They're usually on disability and don't have much money. I would like to get money, but only what they can afford."
She adds, though, "The more generous a person, the better luck they'll have."
Ms. Urban-Wern thinks people should come to her only as a last-ditch effort, and that they should still see their doctors.
"If they come in and they're sick -- we're cookin'," she said. A large yellow citrine ring glinted from the ring finger on her right hand. "When they come in the door, they want to get well."
And as for the recent proliferation of New Age medicine and 900-number psychics, "there is a mass-conscious movement for spirituality on this planet," she said.
Getting her start: Ms. Urban-Wern became involved in alternative healing in the 1970s, when her daughter was young. The girl was born without a tibia in her right leg, a dislocated knee and a club foot. Doctors wanted to amputate; Ms. Urban-Wern wouldn't let them.
"I was devastated," she said. "I prayed."
The girl still had the fibula -- the other bone in the leg -- and doctors corrected her foot and knee after a series of operations. Her mother, desperate, willed the leg to grow.
In what doctors termed a medical miracle, the bone grew, Ms. Urban-Wern said.
"I felt that it was my energy," she said, pointing to pictures of her daughter dancing years later. "I pushed the energy out of my system, and the leg grew."
She added that spiritual healing is "not just prayer -- I'm channeling their [saints, healers, God's] energy on a higher level. I'm going into their energy field."
Branching out: After the discovery of her healing gift, Urban-Wern first became a certified hypnotist, opening a shop in Warren.
However, "this is not an area for this type of work," she said, shaking her head. "New York and California are the most progressive states [for alternative medicine]. This area is not into it."
So she expanded her practice onto the Internet, forming the Church of Miracles. Ms. Urban-Wern is ordained by the Church of the Free Spirit in Cleveland and licensed by the State of Ohio.
She doesn't have a following yet, but she would like one.
"In the meantime, I'll give my gifts out ... [God] has plans for me," she said, shrugging her shoulders. "I'm earmarked to do the healing work.
"I don't ever want to lose this gift -- it's what I do the best. I think it's fun, and" -- she laughed -- "it keeps me out of trouble."
XThe Rev. Urban-Wern can be contacted at (330) 219-3937, or send e-mail to Her Web site is

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