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Thursday, December 11th, 2008
11:34 am - God's Care vs Healthcare

The local newspaper ran this AP article a couple times. Has anyone seen it in their local papers? What have been your and the community's response?


Child deaths test faith-healing exemptionsCollapse )

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008
11:47 am - In God's Care vs Health Care article.

Has anyone seen this article? It was printed in the local paper here today and last saturday. What are your thoughts, comments?


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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
9:17 pm

Some DJ on the radio just said something along the lines of " . . . Hustler, that Christian Science magazine . . . "

What in the hell are they even referring to???

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Monday, February 25th, 2008
5:12 pm - National Religion and Praying Daily

 I came across an news story and a Sentinel article today and, though they are not directly related, they seemed pertinent to post together as opposites in their own way.

Survey: U.S. religious landscape in flux 


Daily prayer and good health 

They seemed to together for me, as I read the news article about people leaving organized religion first thing this morning as I sat down at my deks for work.  The 2nd article I read later on spirituality.com as a break from some monotonous editing.  While the first article was fairly forboding in its sense of religion, the second was uplifting.  Now, granted, the first article does not necessarily mean that people have less faith or are not spiritual but that they are leaving mainstream Christian churches and branches in favor of "non-denominational" and "non-organized" christian and non-christian churches alike.  

In wake of this flux, it was so satisfying to read about praying daily and steadfastly rather than thinking that prayer is getting on your knees on Sunday morning or just before you go to sleep.  Prayer is a moment-by-moment, steadfast, daily activity.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
10:39 am - Spirituality.com Article -- Casting No Shadow

I came across this article on www.spirituality.com and I absolutely adored it.  It really conquered the sense of time and limitations that are an onslaught of today's society.  

Casting no shadow

So I figured I would share it in this forum and ask one simple question:

How does time limit you?  And how have you overcome?  

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Sunday, September 16th, 2007
11:49 am - reading the lesson - locations?

Ahoy, CS types!
I've been musing about all of the places I've read the lesson - airports, in or under trees, at parks, in at least 7 or 8 states and a handful of countries. Most recently the location was "under a rock." Oddly lacking aside from a few exceptions are my room, the dorm, home, etc. even though it seems most likely in my mind. What places do you most frequently read the lesson? Why do you have that preference?
Regards from not-under-a-rock,

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
11:24 am - Dealing With Fear and Uncertainty Through Prayer

As I felt the need to quell a tremendous amount of fear that dropped into my life seemingly from nowhere, I turned to spirituality.com.  After speaking with a practitioner and being told some wonderful ideas about Truth and its inability to not be recognized or expressed, I did a basic search on Truth.  Now, as a life-long Christian Scientist, I knew that searching the site for Truth would yield innumerable results.  It was the basic idea, however, that I wanted to begin with.

[Note--perhaps there should be included on the site links that relate to common ideas in Christian Science, sort of a Christian Science for the Christian Scientist section where there are links to ideas relating to the seven synonyms of God, thoughts on Jesus' healings, favored quotes from Science and Health and how people have used them, etc.  And while all of these are addressed generally throughout the site, it would be sort of a fun navigational link adventure.  Just a thought.]

THIS was what came up as the first result from the search.  Entitled "Dealing With Fear and Uncertainty Trough Prayer" with Timothy MacDonald, it gave some wonderful ideas to disarming fear.  It's actually the transcript of a spirituality.com webchat that occurred on September 8th.

One particular idea that I loved:

I also work to understand more deeply that we can only be terrorized
if we feel we've got something we can lose. As long as we think we
exist separate from God, that somehow we've been born into mortality
and we exist as mortals subject to all of the injustices and vagaries
of mortality, then there's always going to be the thought we have
something to lose, whether it's our mortal life, our mortal
possessions, our mortal families, whatever.

And as long as there's a thought that there's something that we could
lose, something that could be taken away from us, we're always going
to be subject to the thought of terror. So as I grow in my
understanding of my real identity as God's child, that I've never left
heaven for earth, that I've never been born into matter, I've never
left my Father-Mother God, then I can also begin to glimpse the truth
that I have nothing that can be taken from me—and the whole thought of
terror begins to dissolve into its nothingness.
-Timothy MacDonald

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Friday, September 7th, 2007
10:59 am - Being Moved by God

I am overcome with excitement today as I am about to go pick up the keys for my apartment.  This isn't just any old apartment--it's my first apartment that's all my own.  I used to be afraid of living alone.  Now, I'm thoroughly excited in most part due to prayer and the idea that God can never leave me alone.

What seemed to be a horrific moving experience has turned into a blessed one in terms of financial situations, movers, timing, friends, and many other areas.  At first, it seemed so easy to get caught up in all of the obstacles in my way -- what if I have a hard time paying all the utilities by myself?  What if I get scared at night?  What if I can't afford the rent after time?  So many what if's.  They all disappear when I come back to Love and God's ever presence in my life.

I just wanted to share my gratitude.  I'm not sure that I have any specific thoughts that came to me as inspiration, just the overwhelming idea that we are none of us alone.  It was not until I accepted the idea of God's dominion, as it has been described in others' posts, and ever presence that everything began to change from disarray to harmony.  But oh how the change occurred and with such speed!  Rather than being terrified that I will not have enough at the age of 24, I'm wrapped in the security that God is always enough.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
5:10 pm - A bit of enlightenment to share
enlightenmenow So today at the college there was mention of people being afraid of airborne contagion because there have been some maladies passing between roommates around here. As much as I dislike my writing seminar, I refuse to be taken down without a fight. So I browsed my science and health a bit, because of that and because of some feet problems I've been having that are keeping me from playing ultimate frisbee :(. I opened to a random spot, in the back of my head knowing that whatever I landed on would be helpful. I opened to page 307 and started on line 7:

Evil still affirms itself to be mind, and decalres that there is more than one intellignece or God. It says: "There shall be lords and gods many. I declare that God makes evil minds and evil spirits and that I aid Him. Truth shall change sides and be unlike Spirit. I will put spirit into what I call matter, and matter shall seem to have life as much as God, Spirit, who is the only life." This error has proved itself to be error. Its life is found to be not Life, but only a transient, false sense of an existence which ends in death. Error charges its lie to Truth and says: "the Lord knows it. He has made man mortal and material, out of matter instead of Spirit." Thus error partakes of its own nature and utters its own falsities. If we regard matter as intelligent, and Mind as both good and evil, every sin or supposed material pain and pleasure seems normal, a part of God's creation, and so weighs against our course Spiritward. Truth has no beginning. The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made, his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of mind.
-Science and Health, 307: 7-30

This is so glorious. We have dominion over everything in this physical world. The divine Mind is the Soul of man... here is the definition of Mind from the Science and Health:

MIND. The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love, the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined.

So we are none of us these material husks, these bodies, we are the 'full and perfect expression' of God, and that is how we communicate and radiate to every other being. It's not what is IN us, it is what we ARE. What we EXPRESS. What we DEMONSTRATE. And if we are all expressing like this, and we were to all realize it (something we should strive for) then another point comes to mind.... when war ends, and the TRUE brotherhood of man will join together. Once we stop our bickering, once we stop our believing in sin, and stop the separation, the war is over, and we will all be united again. We are currently united, but half of us don't realize it, and when you don't know it exists, it doesn't to you. I was so amazed at the clarity this brought. We have dominion over everything. I couldn't find a definition of Dominion in the science and health, but here is what the OED says:

 1. The power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority; lordship, sovereignty; rule, sway; control, influence.

So we have the ability to completely control ourselves, our environment and our thoughts. Isn't that amazing to think? We can ACTUALLY CONTROL what happens.

Just my little bit of inspiration for today!

current mood: quixotic

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
10:45 am - Wisdom Teeth
enlightenmenow Well, I was expecting to have a whole month to work out my thought in terms of my wisdom teeth, but it looks like I have just a couple more hours until my xrays... I've been focusing on not being afraid, and I just talked to my mom's CS teacher and got some good ideas from him. He pointed out that everything in our existence is numbered.. our footsteps, all of us, and indeed, all of our teeth. (he made it sound better... but oh well, it was lost when I tried to recall it). I've also been working with my sunday school teacher who is a non-listed practitioner, and she gave me some good ideas. I think before I go get the xray I'm just going to visit with God for a while, take a look through the lesson, and review all the inspiration I have received. Any and all prayerful support from any and all of you would be very appreciated. Many thanks in advance!


Inspiration and quotes from the text or the bible or other works are always welcome! I could use an inspirational pick me up!

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
12:23 pm - The Sentinel
enlightenmenow I've been musing for quite some time about topics for a sentinel article. I haven't had any really great ones until today during my morning walk... it was about identity theft, but not in the sense that most people think of it. I realize that there has been a sentinel about identity theft in the past couple of years, so it's possible it won't come up again for quite some time, but I'm going to write the article and submit it anyway just in case... it's times like this when I can't figure out if God has sent the info or if it's just me wanting it to be true. But I figure I might as well NOT pass up the possibility, because I'll be sorry if I do.

Have any of you ever written an article for the sentinel? If so, could you fill me in on specifics about how to write it so that it gets the least editing, etc.?

I'm thinking my topic will be, Error, The Identity Theif. The article would be all about realizing that when we express ourselves.. for instance when I express Daniel (my name :p) I'm expressing God. I don't mean the material sense of myself, but the spiritual sense. I express myself in its purest form, therefore I'm expressing God. The article would outline different ways to avoid Error, the Identity Thief. I don't even know if the article will take flight when I write it or not, it may just be a couple sentences then null.

Any advice would be great!


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Monday, May 14th, 2007
1:10 pm - Greetings!
enlightenmenow Hey everyone... I'm Daniel.. just found this community and thought I'd see whats going on. Hope to help out and get to know you guys better.

I've been a CSer all my life, heading for Prin College this fall, finishing up at the Upper School right now. Yeah.

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Sunday, April 15th, 2007
10:00 pm - Talking to others about Christian Science

I had specifically not mentioned that I was a Christian Scientist at work for the last year because I was afraid.  I was afraid of people not understanding and judging me based on misinformation and gossip.  I don't necessarily think that this was the correct action, but when someone asked me which church I went to a few weeks ago, I knew that I wasn't going lie.  And so I simply told them.  A 45-minute conversation ensued and my coworkers were shocked to discover that they didn't know something so significant about me.

I do not generally keep Christian Science a secret, but I did so in this work place.  Though it is a subject I have given a great deal of thought over time, I still find myself without all the answers when people want an in-depth but concise description of Christian Science.  Does anyone have any ideas that may help me?  I am not ashamed of Christian Science--but I can see that I need more prayer towards communicating about it with others and perhaps some ideas towards positive communication in the future.

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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
3:22 pm - Animal Magnetism

I feel a little silly, lurking forever and ignoring opportunities to post until things are *really* interesting.

Animal Magnetism is something I've fundamentally understood, but the label has always struck me as odd - God created critters, and to tie them to such an intimidating (not powerful) term just seems wrong. Animals are a huge part of my livlihood and I can't think of one person who knows me and wouldn't immediately associate me with the critters I study. Ok, that is putting it mildly. 3/4 of my life has been dedicated to birds. Pet birds, wild birds, dead birds, live birds, baby birds, watching birds, researching birds, and now... well, yeah, birds.

Where is this leading? I live with a wonderful CS family now. I love their cat, their cat loves me. I love their cockatiel, and the cockatiel definitely loves me. About a week ago, I started to know that I couldn't breathe very well when the bird was preening (grooming its feathers) on my shoulder. No biggie, I had a 'tiel when I was 10 and lived with one in early '04, they're dusty birds. The bird is such a dear little creature, with pointy little scratchy toes... and I thought the itching on my hands was from the toenails, but when I washed my hands my figers were pink and *burning* where she had been perching. I've never been allergic to anything before EVER (including poison oak and poison ivy), so I'm rather disconcerted about this whole ordeal.

God's critters are harmless, useful and eternal - the bird is one of them, I am one of them. It's a miracle in itself that I've been able to pursue the work I love, and so far the unfolding has been quite harmonious. I look forward to seeing how this challenge is worked out.... I'm just scared half to death in the meantime.

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Friday, February 2nd, 2007
2:24 pm - Lexington, Kentucky

Does anybody here attend church in Lexington, Kentucky, and would be willing to give me a ride from Berea?

I've never attended a CS church before but I want to go. And I've emailed the church about a ride but have gotten no response. I cannot call them because it's long distance.

Just curious...


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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
7:27 pm - Just got this

A guy on myspace just sent me this message.  Thought there'd be some here that could help him with his interview thing.

If you'd like, his myspace is http://www.myspace.com/zachmanfredi or you can reply here and I'll send it off to him.

His message...

Hi, I am doin a project for my school and need to interview 2 people about christian science....it would help me a big deal if you could just answer a couple questions for me:

What sets Christian Scientists apart from regular Christianity?
What was it that convinced you to become part of the Church of Christ, Scientist?
Have you witnessed any amazing healings through Gods power? example?
What is your view on assisted suicide for a patient still alive but only because of machines?

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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
5:46 pm - Baptism

I am not a member of my local Christian Science church nor have I ever been baptised but I would like to be baptised.

My questions are as followed:

Do you have to be a member of the church to get baptised?

Do christian science places do baptism like baptism does?

Who do I have to talk to get baptised?

How long in advance do I have to schedule this?

How is it done such as is it done in church or outside of church do they say your first and last name?

I will probably have more questions as time goes by.

Thanks in advance.

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
10:53 am - Introduction

Hello, I've just joined. I was raised in the church, but stopped attending Sunday School when I was thirteen. I've never been bitter or angry, and I continue to support and defend CS whenever the topic of conversation comes up. I would still be CS now except that I don't believe in God, and trying to force myself hasn't worked as yet. I wanted to join up over here so that I could figure out which of my recollections about the faith are true, and which one's I've made up to fill in the gaps in my own knowledge over the past fourteen years. Sometimes I think the faith I was raised in is very different from what was taught at other churches, so I just want to get a wider view on the whole subject.

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Monday, July 24th, 2006
10:08 pm - new category of disease

This is from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 24. Article title is,

Mystery Illness: All in the Mind?

I'm quoting here with omissions. Italics and emphases are mine

Vosylius, 56, of Mound, is one of thousands of people who believe they have a terrible disease not recognized by any doctor or public health organization -- Morgellons disease. It has a lot of symptoms...

Now, after a year or more of pressure from people who believe they have it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has agreed to investigate Morgellons to determine whether it's a real disease or a shared delusion. "Either way," said Dan Rutz, a CDC spokesman, "it's a public health threat."

...for now it has joined a whole host of other syndromes with no known cause or cure that some experts say are spread by the media and the Internet. They include chronic fatigue, Gulf War syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and others. The federal government has spent millions of dollars researching them, but they remain mysterious and difficult or impossible to treat.

"It's an epidemic of diagnoses, not diseases," and a drain on public health dollars, said Dr. Edward Shorter, a professor and expert on the history of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. "It's a phenomenon of modern mass communications."

And, he added, the reluctance of many to acknowledge that their problems might be mental rather than physical.

On the other hand, say others, there are many things that medicine doesn't understand, and arguing that such mysterious diseases aren't real usually doesn't help the people who think they are.

"Then what do you do with these people?" asked Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. "It doesn't solve the problem for this person who is impaired by what you are calling not real."

They are dancing right on the very edge of Christian Science and don't see it...

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Thursday, June 29th, 2006
5:40 pm - new to the group

I am not a Christian Scientist, but I am very interested in Mary Baker Eddy and her teaching. I discovered *Science and Health* a few years ago, and have read and re-read it.

I was raised in *Unity*, which is one of the 'New Thought' churches - New Thought is kind of a first-cousin spinoff of CS. There are more than a few similarities. Unfortunately, from what I've read of the history, there is also more than a little bad blood between the two traditions.

I've read quite a bit about Eddy and CS, but I have never been to a CS church or reading room. (I live in Minneapolis, MN.) Frankly, I'm a bit nervous about checking them out. From what I've read the church has an, um, interesting reputation.

Anyway, I am very interested in Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy. I greatly respect your beliefs, and I'm interested in checking out more about them, including LJ style conversations.

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