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Christian Science healing: Church can be “a place of light,” say Christian Scientists at their annual meeting

June 6, 2018

[Patch.com] By George Reed and Kevin Ness

Boston, MA — For many people today, the phrase “sending thoughts and prayers” has become a meaningless cliché. Christian Scientists’ annual meeting on June 4 offered the view that it doesn’t have to be that way.

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‘Her gentleness captured everyone’s hearts’: Community celebrates life of homicide victim Elisabeth Salm

June 5, 2018

[CBC – cbc.ca] by Ashley Burke

‘In every situation, in every way of her life she looked to include people’

An Ottawa church was filled with more than 350 people who remembered homicide victim Elisabeth Salm as a music-loving, bike enthusiast who cared deeply about others and the environment.

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Murder charge laid against 18-year-old in Ottawa Christian Science Reading Centre death

May 28, 2018

[The Star, Toronto, Canada]

OTTAWA — An 18-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman who was attacked last week while working at the downtown Christian Science Reading Centre.

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Ottawa police say woman has died after assault at Christian Science reading room

May 25, 2018

[Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – The Canadian Press]

OTTAWA — Police say they don’t have a suspect description after a woman working at a [Christian Science Reading Room] in downtown Ottawa was killed.

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[Updated] Related, detailed article from the CBC:

Victim of vicious reading room attack dies

Elisabeth Salm, 59, remembered by sister as ‘the bridge between all of us’

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Guarding tradition: Principia has lots of money but few Christian Scientists to fill classrooms

March 4, 2018

[stltoday.com]

ELSAH • A chapel stands high on a bluff above the Mississippi River here, a house of worship much like many others in that there’s a tall steeple and plenty of seating….

But the tight community is being challenged as it faces the lowest enrollment in generations. The number of students at both campuses has dipped to 835 total — and that has school officials weighing their options. Money doesn’t seem to be an issue, however….

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Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

February 28, 2018

[The Kansas City Star – kansascity.com] by Aaron Randle

A few months after becoming pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, a 21-year-old Armour D. Stephenson III, or “AD3” as he is affectionately known, sat down with his deacons — almost all men over 40 — and laid out plans for his own version of the great flood.

“The entire dynamic of our church was about to change,”

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Christian Scientists use prayer instead of medicine. Here’s what they think about the ongoing Obamacare debate.

September 17, 2017

[USAToday.com] by Holly Meyer

If Kelly Brother comes down with flu symptoms, he turns to prayer and God for healing.

Brother, a lifelong Christian Scientist who lives in Memphis, believes in a spiritual approach to his health care, eschewing medical science for divine help.

…But that does not mean Brother is ignoring the ongoing political fight over the Affordable Care Act, which reached a fever pitch this summer as Republican lawmakers tried but failed to repeal and replace the Obama-era law….

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