How many Christian Scientists have attended a Wednesday evening meeting where every one gave a testimony?

 

The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars,—he will look out from them upon the universe; and the florist will find his flower before its seed.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health, page 125)

 

 

The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health, p. 113)

 

 

How many Christian Scientists have attended a Wednesday evening meeting where every one gave a testimony? At one such meeting there were only five present, their ages ranging from twelve to eighteen years. Tears of gratitude filled the eyes of the Reader, as one by one the fresh young voices spoke lovingly of the help which Christian Science had been to them since they had last met there. They were all faithful attendants at these meetings, and one boy said that the truth helped him a hundred times a day. In the long cold walk home, one forgot the passing of time, and in listening to their joyous words we felt as care-free as themselves, so that the battle with the elements only made one stronger to press on and “fight the good fight of faith.”

From the April 1911 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 

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2/15/21, Love

by Danielle Steel

I’m going to share something with you that I have on my desk. I have it framed and it inspires me. I’m not sure where I got it, but I framed it so I can see it every day, right next to my computer. Maybe it will inspire and comfort you too.
It’s titled “Love”
“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; No disease that enough love will not heal’; No door that enough love will not open: No gulf that enough love will not bridge; No wall that enough love will not throw down; No sin that enough love will not redeem.
It makes No difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, How hopeless the outlook, How muddled the tangle, How great the mistake; A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If you can love enough, you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.”
I hope that helps you. It does me. Stay safe and take care, and have a fantastic week!!!
all my love, Danielle

https://www.daniellesteel.net/2-15-21-love

 

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Pete Buttigieg Makes History As First Openly Gay Cabinet Member Confirmed by Senate

 

Secretary Pete Buttigieg Makes History As First Openly LGBTQ, Senate-Confirmed Person to Lead a Department

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“Raise the Hearts” with Danielle Steel

Peace I leave with You

By Danielle Steel

01/18/21

“We each have to find our own way to cope with it, how to relax, how to breathe, how to hang on, how to believe and know that things will go back into good order eventually, and we have to make the best of it until then. Whatever works for you, as long as it’s legal and safe and doesn’t hurt you or anyone else, is fair. Exercise, meditation, spending time with a loved one, or alone, listening to music, doing a painting, reading a book (yes, please!!), watching something on TV, helping someone in worse shape than you are, praying, going for a walk. Getting a glimpse of beauty, or finding something to laugh at. There is an expression in French for these situations: “Raise the Hearts”, which applies here. We have to raise our hearts, even if we feel like our hearts are dragging, even if we’re scared or anxious or angry that any of this is happening. We will come through it, we HAVE to hang onto hope. There is no other choice. And gratitude helps too, no matter how small what we are grateful for.

At times like this, I turn to spiritual inspiration to find balance and strength. For others, it’s exercise, or other things. The love and comfort of the people I love gives me strength too. But sometimes, we don’t even have that, and we have to find courage and strength on our own. In my darkest hours, after my son’s death, working on the streets with the homeless gave my life purpose and brought me back to life again. I would lose myself among them, working to serve them and bring them supplies and comfort, dangerously and sometimes even foolishly brave because I didn’t care what happened to me, but all those kind people I supposedly helped, actually helped heal my broken heart. And today, we don’t have the same freedoms, since we need to be careful of Covid, we can’t hug a stranger or touch a hand, and have to use caution, but there are ways to help others even now, without putting yourself at risk. Whatever works for you, and is safe.

I found a passage in the Bible today that brought me comfort, and I share it with you. Even if that’s not your form of comfort, I share it with you, in case it helps. From John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Have a peaceful week. We’ll get the mess sorted out, and the closet of our lives sorted out neatly again.

I send you love and comfort, and a hug,  Danielle”

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Response by Rob Scott

”In my darkest hours, after my son’s death, working on the streets with the homeless gave my life purpose and brought me back to life again. I would lose myself among them, working to serve them and bring them supplies and comfort, dangerously and sometimes even foolishly brave because I didn’t care what happened to me, but all those kind people I supposedly helped, actually helped heal my broken heart.”

Amen.

I get it, Danielle.

Loved your book; “A Gift of Hope, Helping the Homeless.”

In my darkest hour, after losing my home, giving away all my material possessions, and over whelmed with hardships, it was my students in Mexico who pulled me out of depression and healed my broken heart. I just wanted them to have good lives and to never give up. We read inspiring material and their homework was to come to class and tell everyone something they were grateful for. Most shared gratitude for family and God. You could have heard a pin drop it was so sacred and beautiful as they spoke and shared.

For me, the second part of your blog post brought me comfort, peace, and hope.

The Bible passage from John is one I know well. There is a stillness around it that brought me peace as I write this.

“Raise the Hearts”.

Amen!

Sending love and comfort, and a hug right back at you.

May God Bless Us All,

Rob Scott
ABQ, NM

 

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The Good Fight with Mary Baker Eddy and Martin Luther King, Jr

 

“The God-inspired walk calmly on though it be with bleeding footprints, and in the hereafter they will reap what they now sow. The pampered hypocrite may have a flowery pathway here, but he cannot forever break the Golden Rule and escape the penalty due.”

Mary Baker Eddy

“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”, page 41

 

 

An Interview: on racial prejudice

AUGUST 30, 1969 ISSUE

 

Is there something in the human mind that resists the healing of this social scourge?

Yes, there seems to be. Society’s racial myths and cruel traditions seem real and justifiable to some individuals. Perhaps, seeing no reason to give them up, one allows them to supplant the Principle that really should govern him. Racial prejudice is mortal mind’s way of looking at others; it would be abandoned if one could only see how ungodlike it is.

Jesus discerned that social and religious customs of his time got in the way of true religion: “Why do ye … transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” he prodded. “Ye hypocrites. …”4 And Mrs. Eddy says: “There is no hypocrisy in Science. Principle is imperative. You cannot mock it by human will.”5

Racial prejudice and discrimination are a violation of God’s law of love. All men are created “of one blood”;6 God’s ideas have only one substance, one intelligence. Man is the reflection of Spirit. Unless we all come face to face with the spiritual reality that there is neither black nor white, “Greek nor Jew …: but Christ is all, and in all,”7 we cannot hope to see the kingdom of God take command on earth. God’s kingdom cannot come where inharmony exists, where there is grievous conflict and separation because of superficial ethnic differences. We’ve got to know that we are all the children of God, that creation is undivided. Jesus announced to the world two great commandments: first, to love God; then, to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

 

Would you care to mention any personal experiences you’ve had in coping with racial discrimination?

I’ve had many, and I hope I have learned more of the meaning of love from each experience. I once visited a Christian Science church where I was told that the custom of the community did not permit the races to mix in church services. Seeing that I was a black man, an usher met me on the sidewalk and asked what I wanted.

“Is this not a house of God?” I answered.

“Yes, it is,” he said somewhat sheepishly.

“The invitation read by your First Reader at each services, ‘All are welcome’—is it real?” I went on. “I am a weary traveler seeking a cup of cold water in Christ’s name.”

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Why I Chose My LGBTQ Daughter Over the Evangelical Church | Susan Cottrell | TEDxMileHigh

 

I am grateful for Christian Science as I continue to work out my own salvation with it.   My own mother did not have a proper understanding of Christian Science by ridiculing gay people or those she perceived to be gay while I was growing up and in my developmental years.
Thus I had to throw out the bathwater and keep the baby so to speak.  Or perhaps she threw me out for being gay.
I’ll always remember her last words before I left for college. “Being gay is the most horrible thing a man can be”.
My father made the following observation.  He said he suspected our cousin may be a lesbian because she lived in a major city and never dated.  He then laughed and stated:  “She probably has AIDS.”  He then retold the same  comments again because nobody else laughed or responded to his so-called joke.
During class instruction my own teacher stated: “We don’t want gays and lesbians in our church”.
Sometimes this healing Science can get lost along the way from the ignorant messenger performing badly used Christian Science.
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I hugged a mom with a “free mom hugs” sign at pride last year and instantly burst into tears.  Something that small really is so much more powerful than a lot of people realize. Bless this woman!
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It’s so nice to hear a Christian who actually sounds like a Christian.

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“I chose my child” got me in tears, and I don’t cry easily. Bless this mother!

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This is so amazing, I love that she emphasizes that she didn’t reject religion, she adapted her views while keeping her faith and that is SO IMPORTANT!
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Why I chose my LGBTQ daughter over the Evangelical Church | Susan Cottrell | TEDxMileHigh

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What happens when the most important parts of your life come into conflict? When Evangelical Christian mom Susan Cottrell’s daughter came out, she faced an impossible choice: her LGBTQ child or her non-affirming church. In this heartwarming talk, Susan explains why she chose her LGBTQ child and how she fights for progress inside the Christian Church. Susan Cottrell is a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children. She is an international speaker, acclaimed author, and public theologian with a Masters in Theological Studies. After spending 25 years in the Evangelical church, she founded FreedHearts to champion the LGBTQI community and their families. She served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas) and was endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign and The Gay Christian Network. She has five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community, with her husband of 30 years, Rob. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cottrell_why_i_chose_my_lgbtq_daughter_over_the_evangelical_church

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Susan Cottrell, mother, pastor, and founder of FreedHearts.org, recently released a TED talk where she shared the difficult choice she made when her daughter came out. “One day the phone rang and everything changed,” Cottrell said in her speech. Her 20-year-old daughter, Annie, called her from college and said, “Mom, I’ve got something to tell you. I’m attracted to girls. I think I’m bisexual. I prayed about it, Mom. I resisted, but it won’t go away.” Cottrell admitted that her total acceptance for Annie didn’t come immediately.

After 20 years in an evangelical church, the mother of five “believed that being gay was somehow wrong.” In the moment she told her daughter, “Don’t give in. We’ll support you. How can I help?” But she knew their family would never be the same in the church again. The advice from her Bible study peers was clear: “Homosexuality is a sin and we can’t accept it.”

So she had a choice to make. And in a tearful moment onstage she said, ” I realized I was being asked to choose between the two most important parts of my life: my child and my church. I chose my child.” And the audience stood and applauded.

After leaving the church and losing the support of half her family, Cottrell found her heart opened to a new mission. “God was telling me to serve the gay community,” she explained. Since that remarkable moment, Susan and her husband, Rob, also a pastor, have created a blossoming community of parents and LGBTQ children, that all started with a simple blog. Their work has helped over 3,000 people choose to love their children and has kept families together by reconciling their faith issues. “As pastors, Rob and I represent the voice of God, and it’s a voice of love,” she said in her speech, countering the hateful messages often spewed by those who claim to represent Jesus Christ. The Cottrells have led support groups, officiated same-sex weddings, offered free mom and dad hugs at Pride parades, and connected LGBTQ folks with parents who love them, even when their birth parents won’t.

In one touching example, Cottrell shared a story of Ken and Kathy, a couple looking to renew their wedding vows after Ken made a gender-affirming transition to Kendra. Their parents didn’t come to the ceremony. “That’s where Linda and Janet stepped in,” Cottrell explained. The two moms connected with the couple through the FreedHearts community and became the parents who walked the brides down the aisle.

Cottrell is very aware of the lifesaving change that can come from choosing your child. She quoted a report that showed 57 percent of transgender youth without parental support attempt suicide. However, with parental support that number drops to 4 percent. “Fifty-seven percent to 4 percent — that’s the power of a parent’s love!” Cottrell commented,

By the end of the speech, she had shed tears and so had the crowd. The impact was visible on faces in the audience when she said, “LGBTQ people come up to us and melt into our arms. Many have not had parental encouragement in years.” She and Rob tell everyone, “You’re worthy. You matter. You belong.” She affirmed that “real love accepts people as they are with room for who they may become.” And she reminded us that choosing love is always the right choice.

https://www.advocate.com/religion/2019/1/16/christian-mother-chose-her-queer-daughter-over-evangelical-church

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Behind the Viral Photo of Rep. Andy Kim Cleaning Up at Midnight After Riots

“I was just overwhelmed with emotion,” Kim, 38, told NBC Asian America. “It’s a room that I love so much — it’s the heart of the Capitol, literally the heart of this country. It pained me so much to see it in this kind of condition.”

 

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Unlike many of his congressional colleagues, Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., was in his office in a separate federal building when President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. So he didn’t actually see the damage live until nearly midnight, after the House had voted down the last challenge to the presidential election result.

When he finally did walk around the rotunda — his favorite and arguably the most storied room of the building — the disarray left him speechless. Water bottles, broken furniture, tattered Trump flags and pieces of body armor and clothing were strewn on the marble floor as if it were an abandoned parking lot.

“I was just overwhelmed with emotion,” Kim, 38, told NBC Asian America. “It’s a room that I love so much — it’s the heart of the Capitol, literally the heart of this country. It pained me so much to see it in this kind of condition.”

So for the next hour and a half, he crouched down and filled a half dozen trash bags with debris. When he finished cleaning up the rotunda, he began working on the adjacent rooms, including the National Statuary Hall and the Capitol crypt downstairs.

Then he returned to the House floor to debate Pennsylvania’s vote count, a session that lasted until 3 a.m. By Thursday evening, he’d been awake for more than 36 hours.

On a day in which video of mayhem and bloodshed inundated social media, a widely shared photograph of Kim, alone on his knees, picking up the final pieces of garbage in a nearly empty rotunda, was a radical break from — and rejection of — the violent impulses that drove the country to the brink of collapse. Many people labeled him a “true patriot.” While Kim said he didn’t dwell much on the symbolic heft of his actions, the term was on his mind.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity as a son of immigrants to be able to serve in Congress,” he said. “Democracy to me is this place of opportunity that is affording me a chance to do something extraordinary.

In 2018, Kim became the first Asian American to represent New Jersey in Congress, flipping a predominantly white district that voted for Trump in 2016 and did so again in 2020. (Kim won re-election in November despite voting to impeach the president last year.)

The irony of a history-making Korean American lawmaker dusting up after a white supremacist riot is not lost on Kim. But he also pointed to the progress that’s been made.

“I represent a district where the vast majority of people do not look like me,” he said. “But they’ve voted for me twice now to be their representative, and that’s a beautiful thing. There are others who seek to make me seem like an ‘other’ whether it’s because of skin color, or gender, or sexuality. But that’s not what this is about. We’re all Americans.”

“The depth of the divisions that we have isn’t something any single law can wipe off the face of our planet,” he said. “We also need to recognize that how we get through that is by seeing the humanity in each other. There are ways we can have debates and disagreements but not resort to violence.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/behind-viral-photo-rep-andy-kim-cleaning-midnight-after-riots-n1253519

 

Voting—and giving voice to God

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Voting—and giving voice to God

March 17, 2008 ISSUE

Hardly a day goes by these days that somewhere in the world elections, or changes in government, aren’t front and center in the news.

Staff discussions here have resounded with the question of how the Sentinel can effectively respond. Undergirding our discussions is the conviction that prayer is powerful in bringing wisdom to voting and governmental decision-making. Because it evokes the power of God, prayer gentles human opinions. It transcends speculation and emotionalism. It rests us on a solid acceptance and faith in “God’s disposal of events” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy,p. 281).

This week Elizabeth Schaefer writes that we can all experience God’s blessing in the particulars of everyday life by giving voice to “the universal law of God … written on everyone’s heart” (p. 10). And it’s reassuring how the Bible weaves the goal of securing health of body, family—and, yes, of government, too—throughout its narratives. Within each healing story is the expectancy that ultimately “the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isa. 9:6)—on the Christ, or God’s message of good speaking to each one of us. Ron Ballard’s article “Prayer and the political process” reiterates this point: “Government by Mind [God] instills integrity, and values honesty and reliability” (p. 9).

The first book of Timothy in the New Testament lays out ideas to inspire our support of this divine government. Its discussion relates to elections in the early Christian church. The author identifies key qualities vital to each sacred office, each of which has its source in divine Love. They include blamelessness, vigilance, sobriety, good behavior, hospitality, generosity, patience (see I Timothy 3:2–8). As we consider these spiritual qualities today, and recognize that they are present in ourselves and our leaders—already written on our hearts—we can expect everybody’s decision-making and voting choices to become easier and more trustworthy.

We hope this week’s articles will deepen your hopes for sound government, and help direct your prayers.

 

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As One Whom His Mother Comforteth, So Will I Comfort You

Isaiah 66:13

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

King James Version (KJV)

 

 

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[Original in German]

In Munich, Germany, there is a large zoo, and many kinds of animals live there—on rocks, in the water, almost as they do in their native home. The people often go to the zoo to visit the animal families. These are real families. Just as with people, there are fathers and mothers to care for their young, teach them to play, and protect them. There are happy families of mother, father, and small giraffes, baby monkeys with mother and father monkeys, and many other species. But one day, among all these families something extraordinary happened. A little tiger was seen lying in a cage with a mother dog—a mother terrier who was giving milk to the baby tiger. It happened because the little tiger had no tiger mother of its own. The dog not only fed the baby tiger but tenderly cared for it as if it were her puppy.

The baby tiger and the dog were so different, but the dog-stepmother didn’t see it that way. She loved the little tiger, and he accepted this love. The dog didn’t worry about the fact that the baby tiger didn’t come from her dog family. She must have felt that the baby tiger needed help.

 

No one can be without mother love. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, says in her book Science and Health, “Love, the divine principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.”1

Just as it was necessary in the little tiger’s case for the mother tiger to be quickly replaced by another mother, it is also sometimes necessary in a human household when the mother’s place has become empty. Love fills it again. The Bible promises, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.”2 This is what God is telling all His children, big and little. His words have power, and He keeps His promises.

God’s great care knows no emptiness; every place is filled—sometimes by a foster-mother, or by a housekeeper, or other friends. But the love is always there.

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SUSAN COTTRELL, a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children, was featured on ABC’s 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day, Mother’s Day, and other viral videos – as “our favorite affirming matriarch.” – and is a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app.  She is an international speaker who was featured on the TED stage for 5,000 people at TEDxMileHigh, a public theologian, acclaimed author, and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. She challenges Christians to love as the foundation of faith. She spent 20+ years in the non-affirming Evangelical church, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors – Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; and Radically Included – The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion are critically acclaimed. She and her husband Rob have been married for more than 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community.

“Susan has this fierce, loving, don’t mess with me, Mom vibe.”—Rev Ashley Harness, Auburn Seminary

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve, 2020, with Laura Moliter

 

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“Midnight foretells the dawn. Led by a solitary star amid the darkness, the Magi of old foretold the Messiahship of Truth.”

(Science and Health, p. 95)

 

We can join the wise men who recognized in the night what the dawn would bring. We can commemorate that amazing occasion where the world was led to a humble place to embrace a powerful promise.
Let’s not fail to glimpse that star. We can find it in others, in experiences that inspire, in scriptural verses, in angel ideas that come to us just when we need them. We can find that star in our own hearts—a light within beckoning us to follow through, to trust that this saving radiance is to be appreciated deeply and accepted gratefully.
We have this light of Love in us. It encourages us forward not only to see that Christ-Truth and to accept the glorious message of freedom, but to freely share it as well. We can follow that star as it leads us out of personal darkness, to the reality of God’s presence, forgiveness, peace. And we can keep on following it, walking not only toward that Christ-idea, that Christmas glory, but with it.
Let’s enjoy the midnight hour, even the mystery of the unknowing, and wake with expectation of the goodness to come.

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist

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A Christmas Card From George Bush with a Spiritual Perspective from the Christian Science Sentinel

Lady Liberty echoes the call of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
— Matthew 11:28-30

 

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More Than Comfort

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” has been quoted for nearly nineteen hundred years, and is a universally known and beloved statement of Jesus. It will continue thus to be known and loved and quoted as long as there are “heavy laden” ones on the earth; for it is a statement of divine Truth, voiced by the Way-shower of men. And like all the sayings of the Master, it is so clearly stated that even the most material may in some degree understand it. Jesus’ statement has been, is, and will continue to be of universal interest, because even a slight degree of understanding of it gives a proportional amount of comfort, producing that peace and rest which all desire. In short, the quotation is believed because it is taken from the most respected of books, the Bible, and was given by the most loved of men, Christ Jesus; and also, because “he may run” who understands some degree of its truth. To understand it even in a slight degree is a step toward peace, toward trust, toward spirituality.

In saying “Come unto me,” Christ Jesus meant that we should realize the truth; that we should follow “the way;” that we should know that, even as he said he could do nothing of himself, we also are unable to do anything of ourselves. It is the Father that works; we only reflect His activity. Our weariness, then, is without a real cause. What makes us seem weary is the false sense that we are working as gods, by ourselves—that we are originating something; whereas in reality God does the work, and we merely reflect divine activity. To lose the false sense of working is indeed to “come unto me,” to realize the truth that God alone originates, that He is omnipotent and never grows tired, and that we have only to reflect. That will indeed give us rest.

George W. Bush Christmas Card

George W. Bush Christmas Card

George W. Bush Christmas Card

 

Updated 8:30 PM ET, Wed December 16, 2020

Washington (CNN)

Former President George W. Bush has sent out holiday cards with a pointed message about a hopeful new year as President Donald Trump continues to deny his election loss.

 

The card, which was obtained by CNN, includes an image of Bush’s painting of the Statue of Liberty that is titled “Beacon of Hope, 2020” and part of his new art collection celebrating immigrants.

 

“May the light of the holiday season shine bright in your heart now and throughout the New Year,” the card’s message reads.

 

The painting and its title come from a former President who has in the past leveled veiled criticism against Trump’s immigration policies and was one of the first Republican figures to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election win. Bush’s choice to make the Statue of Liberty central to his card is symbolic of his past critiques of Trump. The statue was often one of the first sights that new immigrants to America would see as they entered New York Harbor and contains a poem by Emma Lazarus that is famous for its phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

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“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush had said. “The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.”

In 2017, Bush gave a speech in New York condemning bigotry and white supremacy while endorsing policies that ran counter to those supported by Trump.

“Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American,” he said during remarks at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City. “It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed.”

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He added that “bigotry seems emboldened,” though he didn’t explain why.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/16/politics/bush-christmas-card-trump/index.html

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 “Business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity.”

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health, p. 128)

 

Testimony from the 2006 Gay Games – Chicago

by Rob Scott, CS

 

I joined QREW (rowing team) in Chicago in 2006 which was the result of prayerful work. Our team started practicing indoors on the erg machines and in the boat house tank that winter.

 

We were on the Chicago River by April of 2006. The pinnacle we were all training for was the Gay Games scheduled for July of that year which would attract much attention from the press and spectators. We were all excited.

CREW is a very demanding and rigorous sport and extremely popular in Boston. The scenery on the water is unimaginably beautiful.

I learned very early on to always complete the race and exhausting workouts even when my body felt like it couldnʼt go on as it is a very mental sport. This lesson served me well to never quit or give up when facing hardship or adversity.

I had a coach who believed in intimidation and fear to teach and motivate. Thus I started catching what is called a “crab” during the races on the eight man boat. This is when the oar gets stuck in the water at high speeds and can, in severe cases, pull you out of the boat and slow the team down significantly. People usually get maybe a couple crabs during practice but I was getting at least a half dozen every practice. Thus I had to make a decision to quit as to not hurt the team or trust in prayer to get myself through this as the race in September was rapidly approaching.

As I began praying about all this the thought came strongly to go into the Christian Science Reading Room. I was obedient and when I arrived there was exactly what I needed as the cover of the CS Sentinel referenced an article written by a C.S.B. on sports. I was wrestling with some of the same ideas he presented in the article. For example; that my identity and self worth were somehow tied to my performance. I had to go deeper and know that I was a reflection of God never separated or alone. I knew I had a divine right to camaraderie, good courage, resolve, healthy competition and teamwork.

I then reached out to the practitioner by way of email and asked him for prayerful support. He agreed and recapped some of the ideas in the article and seemed to understand exactly what I was going through with this demanding sport.

During my final practices before the big race my coach switched me to the four man boat with people who rarely showed up for practice. The crabs seemed to be getting worse and I almost felt like I was being set up to fail.

Regardless, I trusted in Christian Science and decided not to quit and reached out to the other three team mates to make sure they were at the last couple practices before the big race. I worked with the thought that there was only one Mind.

The night before the big race the practitioner  was working for me when a phone call came from the core members of the team making sure I did not quit and letting me know how important I was to them as a valued member of the team. I guess you could say love was being reflected here.

I asked God to give me a specific sign that he was with me on this particular demonstration. This is important because he answered me in a very big way.

The next day I kept praying and feeling the metaphysical work from the practitioner as we traveled from Chicago to Crystal Lake for the race. There were many people from the press arriving as well as CREW teams from all over the United States. The pressure was rising while the temperature heated up close to 100 degrees that day.

The race was on and we were all in harmony as a team like never before.

We finished without incidence and I did not receive even one crab on the 1000 meter race. This was my best performance so far and we worked well together as a team. Victory!

I sent a text message to the practioner immediately following and thanked him. This was when I was approached by a photographer from the Chicago Sun Times newspaper asking me for all our names. I did not think much of it until the next day when our photo was on the front page of the newspaper as the photographer must have been in a motor boat just a few feet away when he snapped the photo unbeknownst to me. Perhaps this was an angel entertained unaware as God gave me His sign. Had I quit that front page photo would never have existed. I have it framed in my study today and look at it often when things get tough as a reminder to never give up and to trust in God. I am so grateful to Christian Science and the practioner for this demonstration.

I was even able to use that photo along with a quote for sales training to motivate performance as the district sales trainer in my previous career.

Our coach quit after that race but we all stayed together as a team and went on to race in Montreal, Canada where I was placed back in the original eight man boat. We had our best time ever in that 1000 meter race and I did not catch any crabs.

 

 

 

 

 

A Beautiful Story with the First All-Black High School Rowing Team & The Christian Science Monitor

WHY WE WROTE THIS

Arshay Cooper remembers the moment he realized he had to tell his story, now both a book and a documentary, because “on the other side of that despair, on the other side of that fear, there is courage and healing and hope and the opportunity to grow,” he says.

 

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Pulling together: Lessons from first all-Black high school rowing team

October 19, 2020

By Staff writer

Like much of the nation today, the rowing world, so steeped in symbols of wealth and white privilege, has been reexamining its efforts to make college programs and rowing clubs better reflect the full array of people in society.

Yet if the story of the nation’s first all-Black high school rowing team offers a glimpse of how to make these efforts work – launching Arshay Cooper, author of the 2020 memoir “A Most Beautiful Thing,” as an eager ambassador for a sport that remains overwhelmingly white – it began more simply. It was just an effort to reach out to students who looked like him, who were enduring the same kind of despair he had growing up on the streets of Chicago.

“A teacher would always say, ‘Oh, Arshay, you are a walking storm,’” says Mr. Cooper. “But rowing was the only sport that was able to calm the storm in a lot of us, and it was beautiful.”

 

Rowing helped calm the storms within him by instilling practical traits: discipline and determination and a deeper understanding of working as a team. “Leave the boathouse better than you found it, which to me means, how do you leave your school, your work, your company better than you found it?” he says. “How do you leave the world better than you found it?”

 

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Integrity with Laura Moliter

e-inspire, originally aired on December 7th, 2020

“And how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process?”

(Mark 8: 36, the Living Bible)

 

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Let’s tend to our souls. Let care for the inner spirit, the essence of who we are individually, and awake to our greater purpose.
It may seem like gaining riches and fame, ease in the material world, is the ultimate goal. And there certainly isn’t anything wrong with prosperity. But our motives and methods make a difference. For to seek gain at the expense of others, is costly to our souls. It moves against that love within that makes us whole and keeps us secure in our being.
If we seek power in order to feel we can control others, to show we are better than them, or to achieve accolades, we deny God Who is good and the only power. We try to take what isn’t ours to have, and in doing so, we lose the integrity that is also our protection. We may gain attention, but we lose our faith, our goodness, our security, and our hearts.
Let’s pause and strive for what is right and good, knowing we can achieve more with God and His intention, and we can keep our souls intact as well.
Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activis

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Where Do We Truly Find Church?

Where is the Church we embrace?

From the February 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 

We can start with the Bible. Christ Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20), and also, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). Clearly, this had nothing to do with where he was in a physical sense. People came to Jesus for regeneration and healing. He didn’t try to appeal to them with personal sense. He knew that the true attraction was his consecrated thought, his expression of the power of Christ, Truth, to which we are all naturally drawn.

This healing atmosphere of Church, not physical location or structure, is what gives Church its usefulness.

This healing atmosphere of Church, not physical location or structure, is what gives Church its usefulness. Christ Jesus was so very aware of the great needs of the many who came to him—the sinners; the sick; the poor; the disrespected, often dishonest, tax collectors; and the often self-righteous scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees. But he saw their spiritual, perfect identity, and he loved them all, healing all who were receptive. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy amplifies the demands of this example of welcoming visitors and strangers: “If the soft palm, upturned to a lordly salary, and architectural skill, making dome and spire tremulous with beauty, turn the poor and the stranger from the gate, they at the same time shut the door on progress” (p. 142). And in accord with this, she gave this definition of Church: “The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.

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Thanksgiving 2020 with Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

 

Virginia Harris, C.S.B. – Gratitude – A Force for Progress!!

Gratitude – A Force for Progress!!

Posted: 23 Nov 2020 06:56 PM PST

Gratitude is timeless. The Bible frequently urges, “Give thanks.” There is such strength in those two simple words. The Old Testament reminds us to give thanks simply because our God has so blessed us. The Psalmist wrote, “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

Gratitude heals and energizes. It enables us to see situations differently, from a fresh perspective – often from a healing and regenerative perspective, a perspective that brings creativity, ingenuity, insight, and solutions to circumstances that appear hard and unyielding.

Today, many feel that the circumstances surrounding us seem unyielding. Economic uncertainty, social upheaval, the pandemic, pollution and climate concerns – all these oppressive circumstances still try to hold humanity hostage and retard progress.

But there is hope! There is a powerful force of gratitude being expressed in large and small tangible ways in these beginning years of the 21st century and new millennium. Individuals and communities are creatively responding to a neighbor or resident’s needs. Many are calling a friend to lift their spirits or volunteering to help those with greater needs. And when we look, we can see clear evidence of fresh and transformative thinking that is coming forth.

There is a wonderful propensity among people to give without expecting thanks in return. Unconditional giving is natural. It is based on unselfed love and care for what we know others need, and can have. Many people probably don’t even know their actions are an expression of love and genuine thanksgiving.

These acts of gratitude often exist outside the walls of traditional institutions and thinking, but they’re breaking down walls – divisions between races and socioeconomic groups. They’re melting bitterness and the walls of tyranny. Such thankfulness, lived and practiced, is the very essence of spirituality.

What is really at the heart of this giving, and the reason it is a force for good in the world, is that it enables each of us to reach out beyond the frailty and limitations of our own perceptions of ourselves and our abilities, to connect with a greater, higher power.

This power is God, the Supreme Being – a power made very real and near by the goodness in each one of us. Good does reside as a primary ingredient in each individual. As we see it in ourselves and others, we’ll see it in the world. The ability to witness this good, to cultivate and cherish it, enables us to resolve conflicts – wars within and without ourselves, at home and abroad.

Mary Baker Eddy, an early-20th-century American who discovered Christian Science, understood the relationship between gratitude and practical action. She offered these words about gratitude and action in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

“Are we really grateful for the good already received?…Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.”

Spirituality is action. It’s a resource that will never be depleted and that will benefit our world and our future more than any other force. It has within itself the capacity to kindle hearts to find new ways to address the crying demands of our world.

A time of enlightenment is at hand. As we move through this new century and millennium, gratitude does two things: first, it gives the wisdom and foresight to know what is required of us. And second, thanksgiving is the very strength that takes down the barriers that would halt the spiritual awakening coming in this 21st century.

 

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Hope, Inspiration, and Prayer with Danielle Steel and Mary Baker Eddy

Rob Scott
November 18, 2020
7:56 pm
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Thank you, Danielle.

Your book of quotes arrived yesterday and I opened the book at 2:00 am after a snack last night.

What a pleasant surprise. I recognized a lot of the quotes and even know them by heart.

They brought me joy and comfort. I slept well the rest of the night.

“Expect a Miracle” will be a great holiday a gift for everyone. Perfect for a coffee table of even the bathroom.

I just finished sharing your book of quotes in a Wed Night Testimony Meeting we have online. Perhaps I sold some copies for you.

Also, I really enjoyed The Queen’s Gambit. Thanks for the suggestion.

You are a blessing! I am grateful for everything.

Also, I liked the Instagram pictures of your desk with the paper weights. It reminded me of my grandmother’s office when I was little and use to visit her. She had some of the quotes from your book framed on her wall.

God Bless us ALL!

Rob Scott
ABQ, NM

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When I was a very young girl, about thirteen, my grandmother gave me a beautiful antique book with an embroidered cover and blank pages inside. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Write a story? Do drawings? I was more inclined to draw than to write. Then I began to find quotes I liked, wise words, often about love and the alleged meaning of life. And I began writing the sayings down in the book. It took me years to fill it. None of it was written in my own words; they were all quotations of other people’s wisdom. I would read through the book from time to time, and loved what I had gathered.

The habit of collecting quotations stayed with me. I would find sayings that I liked, even anonymous ones, clip them out of magazines or greeting cards, and save them. I didn’t research the sources or seek to verify them. It was the message that was meaningful, and I accepted the attributions. The wisdom of the words was what touched me. Sometimes I would make collages of them and give them to friends. Eventually I began framing the quotations, in several languages, and hanging them on my walls. I hang them mostly around my desk and the places where I work, even above my computer. I put them there so that on a bad day, I can look up and see something inspiring, or something that makes me laugh, to lighten the burdens and challenges of the day.

I suppose it’s not surprising that I’m in love with words and always have been. I make collages, fill little notebooks with sayings that I like. I do artwork, using vintage letters to make a word that’s meaningful to me. I love paintings and sculptures with words in them, and jewelry made with words, either in the form of a word or with words engraved on them. Words have become my career and my life, and my inspiration.

The right words can bring you back to reality or make you dream, can comfort you when you’re in despair or make you laugh out loud. The right words can open your mind or give you hope. I use the quotations I save and frame to do just that: to remind me of what I need to know, that life is not as bleak as it appears sometimes, that there is always hope, and love, and joy. The right words give me courage, strength, and peace.

I hope that some of these sayings that I cherish (or that make me laugh) will be the right words for you and give you just what you need at the right time. Please take them in the spirit I offer them to you, with love, as I share with you these words that have brought me great warmth and comfort.

Believe in miracles. Expect a miracle. Miracles DO happen, just as the quotations say. Life is a miracle, friendship is a miracle, laughter is a miracle, and so is love.

And I hope that these words touch your heart and make you smile.

Love, Danielle

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“Change is Gonna Come” – Humanity’s Right to Freedom, Fulfillment, and Equality.

 

I spent time working on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign at the end of 2015 to help pass the Equality Act which would prohibit discrimination in housing, education and employment against LGBT people in 29 states which currently have no protection. The Equality Act is currently before Congress. 
 
One college student shared with me that he signed up as a member of HRC because he has two moms. He shared that he is a well loved man because of it.
I was touched by one heart breaking story in particular. One woman shared that she had a friend whose son was gay. His family ostracized him for being gay so he left home with no further contact with them and perhaps felt pressured to leave his faith behind too. He died at age 26 from AIDS. Perhaps he died of famished affections due to a lack of love and acceptance from his family and church. But this same women also told me she has a gay son but she loves him unconditionally and their family welcomes him. As a result, he is now happy, healthy and well adjusted which demonstrates that love is the cure as stated by Sir Elton John.

 

 

Are we consenting to equality?

Excerpt from the August 17, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Sam Cooke’s plaintive but hopeful civil rights anthem, “A Change is Gonna Come” is a timeless classic. It was number 12 in Rolling Stone’s December 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Of course, it’s right to be grateful for the hard-won progress made during and since the civil rights era. But the change Cooke was hoping for clearly hasn’t been fully realized when many obstacles to racial equality remain. Many feel a deep sorrow that such barriers still stand.

When we understand that this is our true existence and recognize that the source of everyone’s spiritual identity is the same perfect Maker, the one Father-Mother God, we see that our coexistence with one another isn’t human equality in the making; it’s a fully formed spiritual equality that was, is, and always will be unshakable. This is how divine Love, God, knows and cherishes all humanity—as a harmonious, spiritual family forever thriving as one universal brotherhood and sisterhood, all equally endowed and loved by God.

To consistently give prayerful consent to divine reality is to stand for all –

Thousands upon thousands of people in all walks of life have experienced the power of spiritually understanding what is and isn’t true about everyone’s relationship to God. Among these are Blacks who have experienced how this spiritual perception of themselves and others can overturn the aggressive tendencies of mortal mind—from the reformation of bigoted neighbors, to the calming of aggressive police officers in the act of racial profiling, to overcoming employment and housing discrimination.

To consistently give prayerful consent to the divine reality that overrules mortal mind’s claims is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and stand for all humanity’s right to freedom, fulfillment, and equality. In this way, people of all races and cultures can play a powerful part in helping transform Sam Cooke’s “Change is Gonna Come” from an anthem of hope to a prophecy come true.

Tony Lobl
Associate Editor

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“UNITE YOUR BATTLE-PLAN” – Biden & Harris Win 2020 Presidential Election

It’s time to unite and heal.
What brings us together as Americans is so much stronger than what tears us apart.  
We the people will not be silenced or bullied.  
There are no blue states or red states, just the United States.
Joe Biden

11/03/2020

 

 

“UNITE YOUR BATTLE-PLAN”

Excerpt rom the July 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal

 

It is only when mankind listens to the whisperings of the carnal mind that disunity, separation, and division arise between individuals and nations. Unity among Christians gives them great strength and influence as on the Day of Pentecost, when men were filled with such inspiration and power that their message, although spoken in one language, was understood by men of different tongues.

In that period the Christians lived together “with gladness and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46). In such unity there was great spiritual strength which resulted in healing works. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany” (p. 162): “Strength is in man, not in muscles; unity and power are not in atom or in dust. A small group of wise thinkers is better than a wilderness of dullards and stronger than the might of empires.”

The battle plan of love for God and man always results in victory for any individual and nation when it is consistently applied, for the practice of Truth and Love blesses all mankind.

 

Justice in human affairs is important, yet to be permanently effective it must be based on love for God and man. The quality of justice is sometimes symbolized by the figure of a woman, blindfolded and holding a pair of balanced scales in her hands. This figure is supposed to represent the impartial nature of human justice. But true justice has its eyes wide open to the allness of divine Love and the goodness of man in God’s likeness. It judges not from fluctuating human standards of right and wrong but trusts the guidance of Love’s directing.

Christ Jesus furnished the great example of the power of the supreme battle plan: the love for God and man. He illustrated it in the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son. He showed how the power of the Christ, active in human consciousness, always unites men with God and with each other. The Christ never unites truth with error, but always overcomes error and establishes harmony and peace, even where turmoil has seemed to be in evidence.

 

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How Shall I Vote?

 “Our laws are not impartial, to say the least, in their discrimination as to the person, property, and parental claims of the two sexes. If the elective franchise for women will remedy the evil without encouraging difficulties of greater magnitude, let us hope it will be granted”.

Mary Baker Eddy 

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 63)

 

How Shall I Vote?

Excerpt below from the October 3, 1964 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


In 1908 the Boston Post carried the following item: “Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy has always believed that those who are entitled to vote should do so, and she has also believed that in such matters no one should seek to dictate the actions of others.” (See The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany by Mrs. Eddy, p. 276.) The item continues, “In reply to a number of requests for an expression of her political views, she has given out this statement:—

“I am asked, ‘What are your politics?’ I have none, in reality, other than to help support a righteous government; to love God supremely, and my neighbor as myself.”

Christ Jesus declared (Matt. 6:33), “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” While the “things” Jesus referred to were food and clothing, the same rule applies to everything that goes to make up a successful human experience.

The suggestion might present itself, My vote is of no particular consequence. In her “Dedicatory Sermon,” delivered in 1895, Mrs. Eddy quotes a familiar verse

(Pulpit and Press, p. 4):

“What if the little rain should say,
‘So small a drop as I
Can ne’er refresh a drooping earth,
I’ll tarry in the sky.'”

 

To the question, How shall I vote? one will show forth a high degree of statesmanship if he answers: In a way that enables me to fulfill to the best of my ability my responsibility to God and men.

 

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Equality Act a Top Priority for a Biden Presidency

 

I spent time working on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign at the end of 2015 to help pass the Equality Act which would prohibit discrimination in housing, education and employment against LGBT people in 36 states which currently have no protection. The Equality Act is currently before Congress. 

 
One college student shared with me that he signed up as a member of HRC because he has two moms. He shared that he is a well loved man because of it.

I was touched by one heart breaking story in particular. One woman shared that she had a friend whose son was gay. His family ostracized him for being gay so he left home with no further contact with them and perhaps felt pressured to leave his faith behind too. He died at age 26 from AIDS. Perhaps he died of famished affections due to a lack of love and acceptance from his family and church. But this same women also told me she has a gay son but she loves him unconditionally and their family welcomes him. As a result, he is now happy, healthy and well adjusted which demonstrates that love is the cure as stated by Sir Elton John.

 

 

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Joe Biden Pledges To Pass Equality Act In First 100 Days

The Democratic candidate says he’ll prioritize the landmark LGBTQ rights legislation should he win the presidency.

 

Oct 28 (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to make passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act a top priority, hoping to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days should he win Tuesday’s election.

 

Biden, a leading voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights as vice president under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, also pledged in an interview with the Philadelphia Gay News to expand queer rights internationally by making equality a centerpiece of U.S. diplomacy should he win the election and assume office in January.

 

Biden has championed the Equality Act before, but his priority for the issue is significant given the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic and a host of other executive orders and regulatory actions that would compete for attention in the early days of a Biden administration.

 

He outlined his agenda for LGBTQ rights in an email interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, a nationally known advocate for gay rights since the 1970s.

 

“I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days – a priority that Donald Trump opposes,” Biden said of the Republican incumbent he is challenging.

 

The Trump administration opposed the Equality Act, saying it would “undermine parental and conscience rights,” and has also restricted queer rights in the name of religious liberty. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Biden’s interview.

 

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives passed theEquality Act in 2019, but the legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. Biden would need the Democrats to hold the House and take control of the Senate to ensure passage.

 

The Equality Act would protect U.S. citizens from discrimination based on sexual identity and gender identity by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most revered accomplishments of the civil rights movement, which banned discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin.

 

On the international front, Biden also promised to defendAmerican diplomats who speak out for LGBTQ rights in countries that are hostile to queer people and promised to use “America’s full range of diplomatic tools,” including private diplomacy, public statements and United Nations agencies, to promote equality.

 

“I’ll stand up to bullies and once more put human rights at the center of America’s engagement with the world,” Biden said.

 

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

 

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Home in Divine Love with Laura Moliter

 

e-inspire, October 22nd, 2020

by Laura Moliter

“For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.” (Science and Health, page 17)

This is an all-encompassing assurance for us. We can let this statement welcome us into its majesty and its sweetness.

This powerful sentence is inspired by the Lord’s prayer, Jesus’ healing words to his disciples and all of us. It sums up and seals the deal. For the awareness and acknowledgment of God as All, tells us all we need to know about what is real, true, and at hand. God, good, is infinite. He fills all space with His nature, and this endures eternally. He is not only power. He is all-power, omnipotent kindness, intelligence, protection, peace.

This boundless Almighty is also the very substance of Life. His being is active and immortal, and His creation is the expression of this divine being. The eternal Truth of God is Love, and this Love is what governs us, saves us, comforts us, uplifts us, and forever includes and embraces one and all.

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist

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