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Practice ‘dissolving’ hate!   Leave a comment

By Luisella Jaques-Deraney

Hate is like sediment in water. It builds up layer upon layer to “clog” the natural flow of relations between individuals or groups till situations explode. There is, however, a way to permanently remove hate. It is to dissolve it with another element—to break it down to the point that, first, it can no longer resist, and then isn’t there anymore. This hate-dissolving element is the love that accompanies the recognition of God’s presence even in desperate situations.

I haDSCF2483ve seen it work over and over again.

At one point I worked as a delegate of the International Red Cross in countries where internal troubles existed. My main work was to visit political prisoners and to ensure protection to civilian populations according to the Fourth Geneva Convention.*

It’s not easy to cope with the stress of this kind of job. When potential danger and fighting become your daily bread, you can get caught in the circle of hatred.

How do you keep safe, sane, and helpful in such conditions?

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Hate Loses Power   1 comment

shutterstock_90543814Daily Lift by Skip Phinney

Governments around the world are adopting very different strategies to deal with a growing sense of the differences between us.  Many of these strategies exaggerate the differences and diminish our similarities, and fear is often the outcome.

In this 3 minute talk Skip talks about how valuing the good in each individual and appreciating our common worth breaks down barriers and promotes the kind of peace and security we are all looking for.

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Conversation in a Taxi   Leave a comment

shutterstock_71230366by Kari Mashos

My taxi driver at busy Heathrow Airport met me with a friendly greeting, followed by an announcement that he was Muslim.  At first, I was unsure why he would feel the need to share his religion with me.  But then, sensitive to the fact that there were those who might feel fear and hate toward those of his faith in a climate of heightened security in England (and elsewhere), I reciprocated his handshake with a sincerely warm and friendly greeting.

…  At his prompting, we spoke of the urgent need to demonstrate the brotherhood of man.  Together we acknowledged God as the Father of all—making us all brothers and sisters. We spoke freely of our love for God, our children, and of our mutual desire to treat everyone as we would want to be treated.

Our conversation was evidence to me that despite the hatred and violence so often depicted between those of differing beliefs, there is a spiritual impetus that operates universally, ready and willing to impel every receptive heart to love. Read more

This article, Conversation in a Taxi, was originally published in the a June 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is also available on JHS-online.   In it Kari talks about how a pure love of God  unites rather than divides mankind.

Our Prayers to Embrace the World and Prevent Violence   Leave a comment

shutterstock_138359420by Jenny Sawyer

When tragedies such as the most recent attacks in Beirut, Lebanon, and Paris occur, what can we do? Across the world, there have been calls to pray for these cities and their people. To pray for peace. And certainly our prayers are needed.

In addition to embracing all those affected by terrorism in my prayers, I have been grappling with how to extend my prayers to prevent future devastation.

In a world that seems constantly at the mercy of terrorism and random evil, it might appear naive to think that we can have any kind of preemptive impact.  But through my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that prayer that yearns to feel and understand the allness of God—of divine Love itself—is like turning on a light: Where light is, darkness simply can’t exist.  The light of ever-present Love, expressed, leaves no place for the evils of hatred, fear, cruelty, or pain.

I’ve wondered how praying like this can really make a difference.  Then, earlier this year, Read more

This article, Our Prayers to Embrace the World and Prevent Violence, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now also available through JHS-online.  In it Jenny shares her reasoning as she answers the question:  How can my prayer have an impact on this world that seems so troubled?

Diversity Without Fear   Leave a comment

shutterstock_79957981by Barbara Vining

Diversity is a fact of life, thank goodness.  No one would want to live in a world where every individual expressed herself or himself in exactly the same way as every other individual.  Variety makes life interesting.  It is also practical, for if everyone developed exactly the same talents and skills, many needed tasks would never get done, and much that enriches and inspires human experience would never be expressed.

People do tend, however, to feel more comfortable with the familiar than with the unfamiliar.  The question is, How can you and I appreciate the diversity that exists in families, communities, and around the globe without in any way feeling threatened by the unfamiliar? Read more

Barbara Vining is a full-time Christian Science healer and teacher.  Her article, Diversity Without Fear, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel. It is now available on JHS-online.  In it she examines the source of fear associated with differences as well as the qualities that unite us.

World Peace is Possible   Leave a comment

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Daily Lift by Laurie M Scott

In this 4 minute talk, World Peace is Possible, Laurie describes a little of her visit to the Parliament of World Religions where she glimpsed the real possibility of world peace.

Wage Peace   Leave a comment

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Daily Lift by Deborah Huebsch

In this 3 minute talk, Wage Peace, Deborah explains that peace is power – actually a powerful law.  It is God’s presence here with us and it is more powerful than aggression.  The wisdom in her explanation of this law restores calm even as she speaks.

The world needs peace more than ever.  Let’s wage peace together.

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