There’s been so much in the news lately that seems overwhelming and I thought this article from The Christian Science Monitor helpful in addressing personal adversity – and the laws that apply personally apply just as powerfully to any other adversity. This is a Monitor’s Christian Science Perspective article by Susan Booth Mack Snipes:
We’re heading into Memorial Day weekend in the US and many find this weekend especially filled with family gatherings and the possibility of finding that great bargain sale. But it’s also a time set aside specifically to honor those who have died while serving our country.Continue Reading
A guest post written by Nicki Garretson from Indian Wells, California
I’m a military brat. I have lived and breathed an air of politics essentially my whole life, especially while living in the Washington, DC area. I even majored in political science. Politics is quite heated in DC, and often what goes on behind the scenes and in the public is ugly.Continue Reading
Here’s a great question from colleague Amanda Kiser, written in Spanish with a modified English translation at the end of the article.
Con cerca de 2.1 billones de usuarios de redes sociales en todo el mundo, esta nueva forma de conexión digital e interacción ha revolucionado el mundo.Continue Reading
Listen to Marshall Ingwerson, editor, discuss The Christian Science Monitor‘s focus and mission of promoting and covering news that encourages understanding across divides. This type of news is solution-based and offers hope instead of instilling fear.
*this blog corrects a previous error in Marshall Ingwerson’s title.
A guest post written by Bill Priest from San Diego, California.
I’ve decided to be more proactive in using my TV mute button when commercials proclaim a certain disease season is here, warn of disease susceptibility, give medical recommendations for that disease, and warn of possible, nasty side effects of that medication – including blindness and death.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Healing is essential to Christian Science and I, as the Southern California Committee on Publication, work to correct impositions on the public, especially the imposition of the normalization of disease.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
My Thursday blogs have most often been on some aspect of legislative or media work – and lately most of these blogs have been around the subject of the Affordable Care Act. But today I want to share with you an interesting Christian Science Monitor article about working together – since the government is still working to end the shut down and needs our prayers. The article is titled, “Advice from Teddy Roosevelt as Congress heads toward debt shutdown deal” and is written by Danny Heitman:
To end their political brinkmanship, today’s leaders in Washington need as much good advice as they can find. One promising source of wisdom is Theodore Roosevelt, who left the presidency more than a century ago. Roosevelt led the country from 1901 to 1909, and he’ll get a renewed profile with the November release of “The Bully Pulpit,” the book about his tumultuous times by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. But lately, instead of Roosevelt’s political battles, I’ve been thinking about his efforts to seek out fellow citizens across party lines, and divisions of class, creed, and culture, too. As the government grapples with shutdown and debt, his thoughts on collegiality and politics, outlined in a January 1900 article for Century Magazine, seem as timely now as when they were first printed. (Read More)
A guest post written by Nicki Garretson
I’m a military brat. I have lived and breathed an air of politics essentially my whole life, especially while living in the Washington, DC area. I even majored in political science. Politics is quite heated in DC, and often what goes on behind the scenes and in the public is ugly. I worked in the State Department for 15 years and had a career in real estate. I found both required me to respect the opinions of others and I often found that I needed to keep my cool when confronted with an angry person on the subject of politics.
Although my grandmother was a Christian Science Practitioner in California, it wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that I took up the study of Christian Science – after a great aunt sent me a subscription to the Christian Science Monitor. I would come home from work and read the religious article in the Monitor before starting dinner. It became apparent to me that my whole approach to thinking about parties and praying for qualities in candidates had changed. Through the years, I have found that prayer and study of both the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy are necessary in maintaining an open mind and calmness during an election cycle. I’ll share a couple of ideas.
One particular way I ended up praying was to read Mary Baker Eddy’s chapter in Science and Health on Animal Magnetism every day for a week before an election. Previously, I would argue with people about issues and what actually happened. Later, I found I respected their right to have that view and would quietly assess the situation to see if I should respond at all.
The story of Saul in the Old Testament has really helped me keep my thought focused on issues and ideas not directed to and satisfied by the excitement of personality. Samuel selected Saul after the Israelites cried that they wanted a king and not self-government. Although Saul was a disappointment, David and Solomon soon followed. This political evolution showed me that it wasn’t necessary to be personally tied to any political outcome, but rather to actively trust God more to govern us all.
Another story in the Bible, this time in the New Testament, also helps to remind me that God is in control. Jesus was threatened by an angry mob, which I think is similar to finding myself in a heated political discussion. The crowd carried him along to stone him, but he slipped out of their grasp. How? How does anyone maintain Christian faith, charity, patience, and brotherly love during such violent circumstances? I think I found the answer in the following passage from Mary Baker Eddy: “If one be found who is too blind for instruction, no longer cast your pearls before this state of mortal mind, lest it turn and rend you; but quietly, with benediction and hope, let the unwise pass by, while you walk on in equanimity, and with increased power, patience, and understanding, gained from your forbearance.”
As we come to the final months before elections, I encourage everyone to approach government from the standpoint that God is in control. There is more all of us can share on a Christianly scientific approach to government and our prayers are really needed.