Archive for August 2016

“I’d Like to go to Sunday School …”   Leave a comment

shutterstock_36849880For me the most vital concept of Christian Science is God as Father-Mother.  My love for this idea goes back to my first involvement with the church.

You see, my parents were having serious problems in their marriage, and I was deeply troubled about this.

When I was twelve, one of my friends asked if I could visit for the weekend, which would mean going to a Christian Science Sunday School with her.

On Sunday morning there I was in a class of girls about my age, and the teacher talked the whole time about God as our Father-Mother.  She made it clear that God was the Father and Mother of my mom and dad, just as He was of me.  She explained how this Father-Mother loves all His children, and knows nothing but harmony for them.  Little did she realize what that meant to me.  I came out of that hour all fired up, and I went home and talked to my mother the whole week about this Sunday School.

I wanted to go back, Read more

This article,I’d like to go to Sunday School …” by Jacquelyn Mattson, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Jacquelyn talks about how the simple truths she learned in Sunday School protected her and with her mother’s acceptance of God as loving Father-Mother, family harmony was restored.

 

Reliable Parenting Books   Leave a comment

parents read book with sonMy husband and I entered parenthood knowing almost nothing about raising kids, having grown up basically as “only” children. We did read some parenting books, but their theories often seemed less than helpful.  It wasn’t long before we decided the most practical, day-by-day parenting approach for us was prayer.

Even though my husband and I were then members of different faiths, we both naturally gravitated to the Bible as a parenting handbook.  We read the Scriptures together as a family every day, even when our son and daughter were infants, believing that if we gave them a strong moral and spiritual education, everything else would turn out all right.  The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). …

…But we also learned we couldn’t preach to our kids about turning to God.  We had to “walk the walk,” not just talk about it.  The Christian Science Sunday School taught our children Moses’ Ten Commandments, as well as the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount.  But as parents, we needed to practice those great teachings. And if we didn’t, believe me, our kids noticed!  Read more

This article, Reliable Parenting Books by Mary Trammell, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Mary talks about how the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, provided guidance for them as parents and helped all members of the family develop a strong moral compass and healthier happier lives.

The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children   Leave a comment

shutterstock_118635883Spiritual children are happier children, according to a study by Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Holder found four things happier children possess: personal meaning, communal meaning, awe for beauty and nature, and a belief in some sort of transcendental power.

“I think a big part of happiness in general is the feeling of personal meaning,” he said. “Spiritual paths are ones that promote personal meaning.” Read more

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This article,  The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children by Patty Machelor, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.

Principles of Spiritual Parenting   Leave a comment

child and mother-happy togetherMimi Doe received her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She became a television producer and cofounder of a multimedia company dedicated to developing nonviolent, multicultural programming for children. So, when she gave birth to the first of two children ten years ago, she absolutely had to “get things right!” After all, her background and her job demanded that she set a good example as a parent.

She turned to the best-educated mother she knew, her own—Marsha Walch, Ph.D., a psychotherapist who works in private and community health practice in Mississippi. They collaborated across twelve hundred miles to establish some guidelines for parents wishing to encourage and cultivate their children’s innate spirituality, and put those guidelines in a book they co-authored called 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child’s Soul (Harper Perennial).

Recently, Ms. Doe participated in an interfaith seminar on “Nurturing Spirituality in Children.”  It was presented by The Boston Parents’ Paper in the Sunday School of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.  Afterward, our News Editor, Kim Shippey, talked with Ms. Doe about her new book and about her own approach to parenting.

“Children are spiritual beings,” observed Ms. Doe. “They naturally have what many of us spend years trying to reclaim. Spirituality is the base from which grow self-esteem, values, morals, and a sense of belonging. It is what gives life direction and meaning. … Read more

This interview with Mimi was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel under the heading: Principles of Spiritual Parenting.

Walking with God   Leave a comment

shutterstock_173792090Walking with God – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also.  If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p451)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science:  The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Walking with God.

Who Will Take Care of Me   Leave a comment

shutterstock_168169064ACCORDING TO the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it’s estimated that seniors will make up around one-third of each state’s population by 2051. With longevity increasing and an aging population, governments in Australia and elsewhere are wrestling with the question of who will care for older citizens in the future.

Discussions about this are often built on the expectation that most people will become unwell and incapacitated as they age. As a result, many individuals are asking, Should I remain on my own, live closer to younger family members, move into retirement accommodation, or reserve a place in a nursing home? Will I be able to care for myself?

The Scriptures encourage me to remember that our well-being is maintained by God. For example, in speaking of a God-given ability to remain alert and active, the Bible says in Psalms: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (92:12–14).

Based on this line of reasoning, we can reject the notion that accumulated years must bring about ill health and a loss of independence. Because God is Love, He is constantly caring for us. This spiritual understanding strengthens us and enables us to be more useful and productive at any age.

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This article, Who Will Take Care of Me by Beverly Goldsmith, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Beverly describes how her spiritual reasoning is more than just positive thinking; it is based on her understanding of our true spiritual nature.

Beverly is a freelance writer who has a strong interest in the connection between spirituality and health.   She is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.   To read more from Beverly follow her blog at: spiritualityandhealthconnect.

 

Retirement Leisure   Leave a comment

shutterstock_88373215Most retired people want to live full and useful lives.  They want their days to be at least as satisfying as when they were working steadily.  It is good that so many feel this way, because leisure based on useful activity is a natural human expression of divine Life, or God.

Christian Science teaches that everyone can live a productive, meaningful life. Read more

In this article, Retirement Leisure,  J. Thomas Black talks about how a deeper understanding of God as divine Life helps us to live happier, healthier more fulfilling lives.  The article was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel; it is now available through this link to JHS-online.

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