Have you ever questioned if something is true or not? My colleague Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California, posted a thoughtful blog on this subject that originally appeared on Communities Digital News. Eric writes: Continue Reading
A guest post written by Anne Hughes from Malibu, California
Before one of my daughters was born, I was told that her position could make for a difficult birth. Arrangements had been made for her safe arrival at home with a willing physician and Christian Science nurses in attendance.
Right away I asked for prayer and guidance from a Christian Science practitioner, who gave me a statement from the writings of spiritual thinker Mary Baker Eddy (My. 232:6) “The right way wins the right of way, even the way of Truth and Love whereby all our debts are paid, mankind blessed, and God glorified.”Continue Reading
What more can we do? This is a question my colleague William Scott, who serves as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Washington State, asks. Scott shares two examples from church friends who each responded to a refuge crisis and made practical, constructive responses. Here is Scott’s commentary:
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.
Read more from William Scott’s guest column.
A guest post written by Randal Craft from Chula Vista, California
Masses of Romanian citizens recently gathered at night, holding up their illuminated mobile phones as a “signal of hope.”
They are hoping for “honest governance” and have come to see the value of persistently protesting against government corruption, according to a recent Monitor’s View (“Romania’s lesson in public integrity,” Feb. 18). The piece points out that progress is being made, so “reformers should not be discouraged by persistent corruption in their country.”Continue Reading
Can knowing God’s goodness have an immediate and practical effect? My colleague Wendy Margolese from Northern Ontario, Canada answers this question with a spiritual perspective that was recently published in The Christian Science Monitor. Wendy writes:
In my late 30s, my mother and my mother-in-law, both cherished people in my life, passed away within days of each other. I reeled from grief and felt a darkness overwhelm me. I felt orphaned – bereft of the unconditional love that both these women had expressed toward me.Continue Reading
A guest post written by Melissa Clendenen from Newport Beach, California
A church friend of mine recently dedicated himself to re-entering the corporate world. Being a generous person, he looked forward to sharing his years of experience and insight with others. He had prayed diligently to find a position that would bless both himself and his employer. He networked, focused hours on his goal, and to his credit remained optimistic throughout the multi-month process.Continue Reading
Are you ever influenced by what is not true? My colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Courier and wrote a thoughtful article on how to defend ourselves against wrong influences. Anna writes:Continue Reading
A guest post written by Anne Stearns Condon from Thousand Oaks, California, and originally published in the Ventura County Star to celebrate Easter.
“The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away.”Continue Reading
What’s the best way to feel renewed? Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought on this topic. Tim writes: Continue Reading
A guest post written by Charles Lindahl from Fullerton, California
When an overweight woman was asked why she drove past five churches of her denomination to attend one considerably farther from her home, she replied, “Because that is the only place I don’t feel judged.”Continue Reading