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Christian Science, medicine and prayer

August 13, 2019

[The Guardian]  Robin Harragin Hussey responds to Caroline Fraser’s piece revealing how the religion’s anti-medical dogma led her father to an agonising death

I have great compassion for Caroline Fraser and her family’s heart-wrenching experience (‘You don’t need a doctor…’, Journal, 6 August), yet her depiction of the Christian Science church is almost unrecognisable based on my own experience. Yes, like many other Christian denominations, our church has had important lessons to learn – and has seen a decline in numbers. But the Christian Scientists I know strive to provide unconditional support for their loved ones, with each individual free to choose the type of healthcare, including medical, that is most effective for them. The five years I spent as administrator of a Christian Science care home – a place full of joy and longevity for those choosing spiritual healing – were far from what Ms Fraser describes.

Christian Science beliefs and practices, often misunderstood, can run against cultural norms. They are based on a deep faith in a loving God and on the teachings and healing works of Jesus, proved practical. The church’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, makes clear that healing is the natural outcome of one’s continually growing understanding of God. Its practice embraces Golden Rule ethics – to treat others as one would want to be treated, to respect all views differing from our own, and to be law-abiding. The church’s aim is to relieve suffering and uplift humanity. The health and safety of children and adults are paramount to all.

And Christian Scientists continue to experience significant healing in their lives – morally, physically and spiritually. The first-hand accounts of healing through prayer published in church periodicals just in the past two decades, for example, range the spectrum of human ills, a number of them medically diagnosed and not easily dismissed as psychosomatic or natural recovery.

Given the challenges humanity faces, it seems such healing and restoration is still what the world needs today.
Robin Harragin Hussey
Christian Science Committee on Publication, London


First day of school photo of siblings praying goes viral: ‘We pray for everyone’

August 9, 2019

[Fox News] by Caleb Park

Jamisha Harris shared a photo of her children Eugene Jacobs, 10, Jorden Jacobs, 8, and Emily Jacobs, 7, praying before their first day of school.

First day of school photos are precious but one Louisiana mother’s photo is going viral for what her kids are doing in the face of tough times….”Dear God,” Harris wrote on Facebook before WAFB shared the image. “This morning I’m feeling nervous and a little unsure but thankful…”…What you can’t see in the photo is that the Harris family lost their apartment the day before, and Jamisha and her husband recently lost their jobs…. Click here for complete story»

Principia announces new pilot program to let “limited number” of non-CS enroll

August 2, 2019

From the Principia website

In an article entitled:

Enlarging the Tent, Strengthening the Stakes

“…Principia’s Board of Trustees has authorized Principia’s leadership to conduct a limited pilot program enrolling a small number of students—no more than 15 on each campus—who fall outside our regular admissions guidelines. We will be looking for students who desire a Principia education and wish to further their own moral and spiritual growth by joining an educational community that models and encourages viewing and living life through the lens of Christian Science. This can include students and families who are new to learning about Christian Science, are receptive to its principles and values, will respect Christian Science healing, and are attracted to our community for the right reasons.”

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South Dakota public schools to display ‘In God We Trust,’ under terms of new law

July 24, 2019

[Fox News] By Louise Casiano

All South Dakota public schools will display “In God We Trust” in the coming school year after a new law took effect this month, requiring the state’s 149 districts to paint, stencil or prominently feature the national motto.

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Group holds preemptive prayer walk in response to uptick in violence

June 28, 2019

[KETV Channel 7 – Omaha, NE] by Sarah Fill

Usually, a prayer walk follows tragedy in Omaha. But one group wants to stop the violence before it gets to that… Members of Omaha 360 and Trinity Lutheran Church went door-to-door Thursday talking with people near the park and praying for peace. “We’re doing a preemptive prayer walk. It is a way that we can get out, reach out to our neighbors, do some outreach in the neighborhoods and then just cover the city and our first responders in prayer, something positive,” Ricky Smith, with Omaha 360, said….The groups offer resources to keep kids busy and out of trouble. They also offer academic and job assistance programs….

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Supreme Court: Peace Cross Gets to Stay, But Not Because It’s ‘Secular’

June 25, 2019

[Christianity Today] by Kate Shellnut

Supreme Court: Peace Cross Gets to Stay, But Not Because It’s ‘Secular’

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of allowing a memorial cross to remain on a state-owned median in Bladensburg, Maryland, and declared that government efforts to maintain the landmark do not violate the religion clause of the Constitution.  Click here to read complete story»

Three further perspectives on Christian Science and vaccination

June 25, 2019

[Christian Science Committee on Publication·Tuesday, June 25, 2019]

Christian Scientists’ views on the topic of vaccination and public health often don’t fit society’s preconceptions, and can’t always be fully conveyed in a 200 or 300 word letter-to-the-editor. Here we’ve compiled three recent responses provided by Committees on Publication in the United States where further perspective was needed in regard to various published comments about our church’s views. While each answer is unique, they share the same ethics and underlying spirit—the desire to be responsible citizens and good neighbors even while remaining deeply committed to a spiritual practice of Christian healing. Click here to read story»


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