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Responding to the Refugee Crisis, by William Scott

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Responding to the Refugee Crisis, by William Scott

Currently, world-wide there is growing concern over the refugee crises. William Scott, a colleague and the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Washington State, addresses this controversial topic.  William shares his spiritual perspective and the story of a colleague as an example of the power of universal love.  He acknowledges that each of us have a spiritual nature that shines in and through us and when acknowledged – it reveals the loveliness and true worth of every man, woman and child of the world.  Read this thoughtful article and see what William has discovered about the true nature of man!

The current refugee crisis has stirred concern and controversy all over the world. “A quarter billion people,” The Christian Science Monitor noted last year, “have either fled disasters or migrated to escape poverty.” How should our nation respond? What can we do as individuals to help – as churches, temples, cities and towns, businesses, civic organizations? Can anything be done, practically and realistically, to meet this enormous need?

These questions have prompted many people of faith – and many people of conscience who don’t embrace a religious faith –  to ponder their responsibilities to fellow human beings in need.

As a Christian Scientist, I’ve wrestled with these concerns as both the humanitarian crisis and the political controversies have deepened. My church doesn’t tell its members what to think or do on these matters.  We make our own decisions as individuals, based on our highest sense of what’s right, and what prayer and spiritual leading inspire us to do.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

13 Reasons Why: Spiritual support for your teen’s mental health, by Ingrid Peschke

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 13 Reasons Why: Spiritual support for your teen’s mental health, by Ingrid Peschke

Ingrid Peschke, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on consciousness, spirituality and health, explores this topic from a spiritual perspective. In this article, Ingrid talks about teen suicide (a growing problem) and critiques a current TV series which may have a negative influence on the well- being of vulnerable teens. Ingrid acknowledges how turning to God through prayer for guidance and support has benefitted and protected her own teenage children from negative influences of every kind.  This article is on my must read list-I hope it will be on yours!

13 reasons why (1)The new Netflix original TV series 13 Reasons Why prompted educators and mental health professionals to issue strong warnings to parents and schools. The series, based on the fictional book of the same name, has been trending on social media since its original release at the end of March. It chronicles the life of high school student Hannah Baker and the thirteen reasons she feels led to her suicidal death.

The initial media attention and educator warnings caused Netflix to issue their own advisories on the series’ graphic portrayal of sensitive topics. Many are worried vulnerable teens will watch the show without the help of a responsible adult to process the difficult themes, which include portraying suicide as almost inevitable, even romanticized, according to critics.

As a parent of teens, I’ve given a lot of thought to providing an open environment for discussing concerns in their lives. Our talks tend to veer in the direction of faith, since love for God and the wisdom of the Bible have provided an invaluable anchor for my children’s spiritual and character education.

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Turning Enemies into Friends, by Ingrid Peschke

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Turning Enemies into Friends, by Ingrid Peschke

In this article, Ingrid Peschke, a colleague and a syndicated writer, who focuses on connecting consciousness, spirituality and health, shares her spiritual point of view in this heart felt article.  Ingrid acknowledges that a deep connection to God (that we all innately have) will guide each of us to peace.  She explores the story of Joseph in the Bible, who was devoted to God.  This devotion to good during great personal tribulation brought him harmony and reconciliation.  Join me and read this insightful article on the power of love and true brotherliness!

enemies to friendsApril 28, 2017 —Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa are unlikely friends. At one time both men plotted to kill each other and sowed hatred among their fundamentalist followers, fueling a deadly rivalry. But they have since put their past behind them in the interest of bringing peace to Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, the largest nation in the world that has a population that is half Muslim and half Christian. The dividing line at the heart of the conflict is in the city of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria, where the pastor and imam both live. They say that what unites them is a spiritual commitment to God, despite their differing views on faith, and the desire to make the world a better place. They now model that spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation to bring peace to the region (see “A pastor and an imam once tried to kill each other – now they work to heal Nigeria,” PRI.org).

A recent Monitor editorial, “When disaster brings reconciliation,” points out: “Missions of mercy have a way of softening hard hearts between adversaries. Differences dissolve in the face of suffering and an outpouring of empathy. ”

Some might describe merciful acts as the rallying of the human spirit in the face of adversity, or humanitarian efforts that are core to being a good citizen or neighbor. Others might see that at the heart of their efforts is the kind of spiritual commitment to choose good over evil, and to choose love over hate, that the Nigerian pastor and imam have practiced.

In my experience, I have seen how a clear sense of the deep connection we each have to God leads us to choose what best promotes peace. From my study of Christian Science, I have come to understand that God is good, and the source of all. With divine goodness as our primary source, we see our true connection to each other as spiritual reflections of God. Christ Jesus spoke of us reflecting the divine in this way when he said, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful” (Luke 6:36). He showed and proved that expressing mercy is a reflection of the love that comes from God. Relying on this divine goodness to inspire our actions and words to be merciful brings reconciliation and healing to otherwise intractable situations.

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Just What is the Best Medicine? by Debra Chew

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Just What is the Best Medicine? by Debra Chew

Debra Chew, a colleague, who writes about the connection between thought, spirituality and wellness from a Christian Science perspective, gives us food for thought in this uplifting article.  She shares her spiritual insight and findings of leading healthcare providers on just how valuable religion is to health.  Debra acknowledges how the healing “medicine” of humble prayer and turning to God is still healing today, as it did over 2000 years ago during Christ Jesus’ ministry.  See what Debra has discovered-it may be just the right medicine you have been longing for!

Laughter best medicineGrowing up, whenever I had a problem, my mom would often tell me, “laughter is the best medicine.”  And, that old adage would sometimes make me feel better. But, what truly is the “best” medicine for healing both body and soul?

Recently, at the 2017 Conference on Medicine and Religion in Houston, Texas, leading healthcare providers and representatives from various religious groups addressed that very question. In premiering his documentary, “Your Health: A Sacred Matter,” filmmaker Gerald Krell focused on stories from patients and health care providers who shared their views on why religion is important to health.

While I find it encouraging to see some well-known scholars in the medical community appear to be embracing spirituality and its positive effects on the body, it seems to me that they simply view religion/spirituality as a way to cope with sickness and not as a reliable form of healing physical ills.

However, at the turn of the twentieth century, when medicine was certainly primitive, the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, organized “a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

The Message of Helping Hands, by Van Driessen

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Message of Helping Hands, by Van Driessen

In this article, Van Driessen, a colleague and a writer, who writes from the perspective of a Christian Science practitioner on the impact of thought and consciousness in regard to health, explores this provocative topic. Van gives us examples of unsolicited help and kindness expressed by three perfect strangers-each of different enthnicity and nationality.  He shares his spiritual perspective and turns to the Lord’s Prayer (given to us by Christ Jesus) as a universal directive to unselfishness and love for our brother man.  Join me and read these inspiring stories!

Helping handsI hope the three short experiences I am about to relate will inspire you as they did me. As you’ll see, the message they carry is powerful enough to bring even physical healing.

One morning on a busy street in Manhattan, New York City, I was moving furniture out of our apartment into a rented cargo van.  I was struggling with a 5-drawer metal filing cabinet when a well-dressed man of Latino decent stopped, put down his briefcase, and helped me lift the file cabinet into the van. He gave me a smile, I thanked him, and he cheerily walked away.

The next day around 10 p.m. I was moving furniture out of the cargo van into our storage unit. I was holding a large wooden end table with an electrical cord that was stuck under something in the van. I yelled to my wife on the loading dock, but she had her hands full. Then out of the dimly-lit sidewalk appeared a clean-cut black man.  He said, “Let me help,” crawled into the van, lifted something off the cord, then helped me carry the table to the loading dock. I said thank you, and he walked back to the sidewalk and was gone.

In the third instance, I was loading furniture into the van behind our building at night when one of the janitors, with whom I was acquainted, appeared and started helping me carry the pieces of furniture and boxes to the cargo van. He went with me back to our apartment to get another load and spent 30 to 45 minutes working with me. Based on his accent, I guessed he was of Russian descent. I offered to pay him, but he waved me off, and before heading back into the building, he said, “Glad to help; you have been friendly to me.

                                                                                      

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Knowing who you are? by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Knowing who you are? by Wendy Margolese

In this article, Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, poses a poignant question.  She asks does DNA really define who we are now and who we will be in the future?  Wendy shares her spiritual insight along with a story of an individual who refused to accept the predilection of being doomed to a health threatening condition due to his DNA.  She acknowledges that this young man was healed by aligning his thought with God through prayer to a deeper understanding of his spiritual identity.  Human DNA may stand for (Do Not Accept) unconditionally!

Who are you- DNA does not determine.Does our genetic code determine who we are? Studies initially suggested we are our genes – we’ve inherited them. We can shrug off certain personal traits, such as a tendency towards obesity, because it’s part of our inherited nature. But with the advent of the science of epigenetics, new studies now suggest there are ways to alter the way genes behave and thus change that predetermined path.

According to the latest theories of this science, we can modify our genetic health patterns through lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise. This may sound promising and appealing, particularly to many of us living in conditions that allow us to eat well and stay active. However, much of the world’s population does not necessarily follow a recommended diet, nor in many cases, have access to what is considered healthy lifestyle opportunities. This appears to create a disparity in having any hope of affecting the epigenetic calculation.

Yet, there is a way to view our heritage that does not leave us defenseless with what seems an undesirable genetic code or dependent upon lifestyle circumstances in order to experience good health.

As a student of the Bible, I am inspired by the view of our birthright as declared in Genesis that we are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen.1:26,27). This divine heritage ensures that our spiritual likeness expresses freedom from material confines or any limited potential.

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Women’s History Month:Celebrates Mary Baker Eddy, by Valerie Minard

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Women’s History Month:Celebrates Mary Baker Eddy, by Valerie Minard

In this article, Valerie Minard, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health, explores the life and accomplishments of a remarkable woman.  Women’s History month honors the achievements of many outstanding women and Mary Baker Eddy is one of the women honored.  Mary Baker Eddy had a great impact on the world- in the time that she lived and continues to have a great impact on the world today.  Read this amazing article about the accomplishments and life of this spiritual women who established:  a worldwide religion, founded an international newspaper and was a respected author!

Women's History Month Mary Baker EddyWomen’s History month commemorates the achievements of remarkable women who have made a difference in American history.  Most of us may be familiar with such notables as Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, or Clara Barton.  But, if they were here today, they may have nominated one of their contemporaries, Mary Baker Eddy, for recognition as well.  Eddy is a fellow inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  A household name during their time, one of the leading newspapers described Eddy as “the most famous, interesting and powerful woman in America, if not the world, today.”

Growing up on a small New Hampshire farm in the 1820’s, no one dreamed that Eddy would one day…

  • become a well-respected author
  • found a church that would spread across the globe during her lifetime
  • found her own college and teach 1000’s of students
  • publish and edit her own weekly and monthly magazines
  • at 87 years old found the international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, which has since won 7 Pulitzer prizes.
  • She did all this during a time when women had little formal educational or employment opportunities; had no right to vote; rarely spoke in public; and were not received as credible religious leaders.

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The Hope of Easter, by Van Driessen

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on The Hope of Easter, by Van Driessen

Most Christians will be celebrating the glory and promise of Easter on Sunday, April 16th!  Van Driessen, a colleague and a writer, who writes from the perspective of a Christian Science practitioner, shares his spiritual insight in the article about the relevance of Easter that is eternal.  He tells the story of a New York policeman who discovered his relationship with God-divine Love during a challenging and life changing experience.  Van acknowledges how the presence and power of the Christ filled this young man with peace and hope each day and through this spiritual journey he was completely healed.  Take some time and read this inspiring article on the power and presence of the Christ today and forever!

Happy Easter - 3 crossesThe impact of the three days that are celebrated over Easter — Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and the events that led up to them — have changed and are changing the world, as the experience of a New York City policeman related below illustrates.

Jesus’ brutal crucifixion devastated the disciples. Their hopes were gone with their Master and Teacher and they hid from the Jewish authorities, fearing for their lives.

But when they saw that what Jesus had been teaching enabled him to triumph over death and hatred, they became fearless, confident in what he had taught them. They now understood. Their Master lived; they would live. Death did not have the final say. Even though the same authorities that killed Jesus threatened them, they went out and spoke freely, demonstrating the power of Christ, divine Truth and Love, to heal and redeem and save.

This isn’t just history. It points to something real and alive today, as the following account shows.

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Change your past: A Mourner, an Addict and a Crooked Tax Collector Show You How, by Cynthia Barnett

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Change your past: A Mourner, an Addict and a Crooked Tax Collector Show You How, by Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett, a colleague, a health columnist and Media and Legislative contact for Christian Science in North Carolina, shares her spiritual insight on this thought provoking topic.  She tells the story of three people from entirely different back grounds, who successfully changed their past and were completely and permanently healed of challenges that they faced. Cynthia acknowledges how each one was uniquely receptive to God’s goodness through spiritual thinking and prayer.  Each story explains how they were able to develop a more spiritual sense of self and life (their own and others) through gratitude and love.  We all have this innate ability to rethink and revise our past-read this heart felt article and learn how!

Change your pastThree stories of men who each revised his own personal history

The past is past and we can’t change it. After all, it happened! If we remember the past with pain, the pain may appear as grief, regret, self-blame or other negative feelings. Sure, we cherish the pleasant memories, but can we rid ourselves of the painful ones? Can we revise, redeem, even overrule the impact of previous experiences on our lives?

A powerful story from over 2000 years ago gives us a clue. It concerns a crooked tax collector named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus wanted more than anything to meet the man who healed others of their sorry past histories as adulterers, bigots, and sufferers from disease. Perhaps he wanted this kind of transformation for himself.  Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by in the crowds and was rewarded with a hearty invitation from Jesus to be the Master’s host—a great honor. Joyfully, Zacchaeus vowed then and there to “restore fourfold” anything he’d stolen from others. No more corrupt, defrauding identity for Zacchaeus. The Christly recognition of his worthiness restored his innocent self-image. Zacchaeus felt reborn, set aside his past, and stepped into his future (Luke 19).

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I saw this same phenomenon with my father. An alcoholic for twenty years, my dad had managed to hide his habit for a long time. But finally, when the addiction began to rear its ugly head in embarrassing incidents, our family insisted he find the help he needed to overcome this dependency.

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Dissecting Thought, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Dissecting Thought, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, and trends in these fields.  In this article, Dissecting thought, he specifically addresses the link between thought and health.  He, along with others in the medical field feel that mindfulness, spirituality, prayer and faith are part of effective health care.  Tim goes a step further by questioning what disease really is. Could it be thought related?  He states that disease is mentally-induced by selfishness, malice, envy and hate, etc.  He also says  that the remedy for it is to align thought (through prayer) with God, divine Mind, who is omnipotent and ever- present which reaches human thought, dissolves fears, and reaffirms our innate relationship with God as spiritual. The outcome is better health-mentally and physically.  This provocative article is a must read!

Dissecting thoughtA few years ago, my son took a college class in anatomy for his education degree.  One of his three-hour labs entailed dissecting a cat to review the parts and systems of the body for confirmation of what they had studied in class.  Although he’d been queasy, my son spoke with confidence that he had accomplished this task successfully.

 

Dissection gives the student a picture of the physical being.  But there is another way to look at anatomy–one that relates to our thinking.

 

More and more physicians are coming to the conclusion that physicality alone does not determine one’s health.  Emotional, psychological and even societal forces are being increasingly considered when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Dr. Christina Pulchalski, Dr. Larry Dossey, Dr. Harold Keonig and others have made landmark strides in bringing mindfulness, spirituality, prayer and faith into the discussion of effective health care.

 

Still, these mental and spiritual methods are often denigrated to a secondary status – helpers – rather than considered as a primary way of treating disease.  That’s because prevalent health theories insist that man is biological, therefore disease is biological and we need something pharmacological to control or alleviate it.

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