Am I willing to serve my neighbor and my community as a Christian Scientist? Fresh Ideas with Virginia Harris, CSB and Former President Obama.

 

“Our Christian Science branch church recently closed because we focused on us and not our community”.

Attendee, Midwest Church Alive 2014

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Everybody is listening to people who already agree with them and are further and further reinforcing their own realities to the neglect of a common reality that allows us … to find a common ground to move solutions  forward. There is a lot more that people have in common than divides them.

The only folks who are going to be able to solve that problem are the young people, the next generation … tolerant, thoughtful.  What are ways to get them involved … and knock down barriers to get the next generation involved.

Former President Obama at first public event since leaving office

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“No church, or society, or informal group, is left out.”

Fujiko Signs, CSB

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Published on Apr 24, 2017
Former President Barack Obama is speaking publicly for the first time since leaving the White House. Watch Obama’s full speech at the University of Chicago.

Fresh Ideas

Virginia Harris, CSB

Lives are healed and regenerated as people more fully understand Mrs. Eddy’s motive for prayer when she says, “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include All mankind in one affection.”3

Members of local churches are also finding creative, healing ways to expand their involvement in the community. An experience from First Church, Farmington, New Mexico, relates how the Sunday School teachers decided to invite public schoolteachers to participate in three monthly inspirational meetings. The schools’ teachers formed a panel to identify major challenges being faced in the classroom. The meeting educated church members, and their prayers became specific in support of schoolteachers and students. Gains in the school system were evident through greater order and discipline, as well as improvements in the actual structure. Wasn’t it this branch’s willingness to look outward that enabled such a fresh idea to be put into action? And the real accomplishment was that the community was tangibly blessed. The church was also blessed as Sunday School teachers and students have grown both in numbers and spirituality.

This coming year, let’s continue to turn outward in a confident and consecrated way. We need to ask ourselves two questions: Am I willing to love my neighbor as myself? Am I willing to serve my neighbor and my community as a Christian Scientist?

Virginia Harris, C.S.B

From the September 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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Partner of Slain French Policeman Gives Moving Eulogy at Paris Memorial

France Honors Xavier Jugelé, Police Officer Killed in Champs-Élysées Attack

The funeral of Xavier Jugelé in Paris on Tuesday. Officer Jugelé was killed during the terrorist attack on the Champs-Élysées last week. Credit Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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PARIS — France paused from its intense focus on the presidential campaign on Tuesday to honor Xavier Jugelé, the veteran police officer who was shot and killed during a terrorist attack on the Champs-Élysées last week.

Officer Jugelé was remembered in a ceremony at Paris police headquarters that was attended by dozens of officials and hundreds of officers from around the globe, who heard a moving speech from his civil partner, Etienne Cardiles.

“I’d like to tell all those who are fighting to prevent events like these from happening that I understand their guilt and their feeling of failure and that they have to keep on fighting for peace,” Mr. Cardiles said.

In a reminder that the election was never far away, the two remaining candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, also attended, along with President François Hollande, the man they hope to replace.

Officer Jugelé, 37, was shot in the head on Thursday while at the wheel of a parked police van. He has been posthumously promoted and awarded the Legion of Honor. Two other police officers and a bystander were wounded in the attack.

In a personal and moving elegy, Mr. Cardiles described the man he loved in vivid terms. “You went to your job at 2 p.m. in the clothes that you wore when maintaining order, of which you took so much care,” he said. “I know you enjoyed this type of mission; I know, because it was the Champs” — meaning the Champs-Élysées — “and the image of France, because it was also culture that you were protecting.”

Mr. Cardiles then shifted to the night of the attack, saying that when he had heard there had been an attack on the Champs-Élysées and that a police officer had been killed, “A little voice inside told me that it was you.”

He addressed his companion’s killer, who was shot the night of the attacks, saying, “You will not have my hate.” This was an echo of the words of Antoine Leiris, the husband of one of the victims in the November 2015 attack on the Bataclan music hall in Paris, who wrote a book saying he would not be sucked into hatred of his wife’s killers.

President François Hollande of France spoke at the funeral on Tuesday. 

Mr. Cardiles closed his remarks by saying, “You will stay in my heart for always; I love you,” and then added as a sort of benediction: “May peace prevail; let us maintain peace.”

Mr. Hollande said that eight police officers and 14 military police officers had died on duty last year, and Officer Jugelé’s death brought the number of victims of terrorist attacks in France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015 to 239. The country remains under the state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in around and Paris, which left 130 people dead.

“Once again, France has lost one of its bravest sons,” Mr. Hollande said. He added that the police had “become targets because of the uniform they wear,” noting the officers who were stabbed to death last year in an attack claimed by the Islamic State.

Mr. Hollande, who has recently said that he will support Mr. Macron in the vote on May 7, called on the two candidates to support his efforts to increase the size of France’s security forces, and told them that “perseverance and coherence” were expected, “rather than escalation and divisiveness.” Neither candidate spoke at the ceremony.

Ms. Le Pen and Mr. Macron both say they will hire more police officers: she has promised 15,000, and he 10,000.

 Emmanuel Macron, center, a French presidential candidate, also attended the ceremony honoring Officer Jugelé on Tuesday. Credit Bertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Ms. Le Pen, who said on Monday that she would temporarily step down as the head of the National Front to focus on the campaign, has said she would emphasize modernizing police equipment. Mr. Macron has promised to restore community police programs.

The two candidates differ vastly, however, on how the fight against terrorism should be waged.

Ms. Le Pen has placed it at the center of a battle to save, as she frames it, the soul of France, calling for strong borders and the deportation of foreigners who are on a terror watch list.

Mr. Macron, on the other hand, says he would strengthen security by working with the European Union while promoting an open, multiethnic society, urging the French people not to “give in to fear.”

Visiting the Rungis wholesale market outside Paris early Tuesday morning, Ms. Le Pen reaffirmed her protectionist agenda and denounced Mr. Macron for celebrating his first-round score at the Rotonde, an upscale brasserie in Paris.

“When Hollande calls for a vote for Macron, everyone wants to vote for Le Pen,” she said in a cheerful tone, referring to the president, who is deeply unpopular.

Mr. Macron’s campaign was off to a slower start, although polls have suggested that he is an overwhelming favorite. His team has announced plans for rallies this week in northern France, where Ms. Le Pen performed best in the first round of voting on Sunday.

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Hope – More than mere positive thinking by Tim Mitchinson, C.S.B/COP

 
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.
(Isa. 41: 10)

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Take from a lie its power to deceive and it becomes nothing, for its very being depends upon its ability to mislead.  A lie must have two willing accessories – one who is willing to be deceived: one who is willing to deceive – the victimized and the victim; if either is wanting, the lie can do nothing.
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Mary Baker Eddy
“Blue Book”  by Richard Oakes

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VIDEO – It is not “Hope” that people get stuck in but “hopelessness”.  Perhaps some people just don’t understand the definition of  hope which is active and includes a “belief and expectation” that you can do it.  It is showing up for the hard work such as prayer.  It also leads to and is part of understanding.  You don’t just discount this “hope” when you get to understanding because you don’t need it anymore.  Remember, hope is a good thing and the major weapon against suicide.

More than mere positive thinking

 

Positive thinking can be a great vehicle for getting through one’s day.  It can help one be more attentive, affectionate, cheerful and aware.  Co-workers would certainly prefer a positive thinker over a negative thinker.  The same is true for teachers, spouses, children and just about everyone.  But positive thinking has its limits – it deals with problems only on the surface, instead of getting to the root of them.

Some people may think of prayer as mere positive thinking – trying to make oneself feel better but not really changing anything.  Others think prayer is a blind faith that petitions a whimsical or uncertain God to do something for us, and hopes that He will do it.

I have found prayer to be something else.  I have found prayer to be a quest to find a logical and provable explanation of the power of God to heal.  In other words, I have found prayer to be scientific.

Scientific prayer does not ignore the world and its dangers but rather examines them very seriously.  This kind of prayer can actually heal the injustices, crimes and diseases that plague mankind.  It looks deeper than the surface of things – fear, bigotry, worry, sickness – and looks to God instead of the human mind for answers to life’s smallest and largest challenges.

Scientific prayer begins with God as only good.  It then examines the relationship between this good God and His creation, man and the universe.  If God is good, so must be His creation.  The Bible tells us in the book of Genesis that man is made in the image of this good and intelligent God.  As we strive to understand that each of us is the inheritor of God’s love, wisdom, intelligence, might and life, our lives change.  We develop more strength, courage, integrity and health.  This prayer is not only effective for oneself, but can also embrace the world and those we meet and love.  Scientific prayer can actually help us all feel that comforting, inspiring divine Love which heals our fears, worries and illnesses – mental and physical.

One night I received a call from a man I had known in the past.  He said he needed to talk with me.  I picked him up at the boarding house where he lived and took him to my office. It was rather late at night and we were the only ones on the floor that night.  He sat down, and when I did the same, he pulled out a gun and pointed it at me.

He asked me if I was afraid.  I was certainly concerned, but I was praying – silently asking God to help me understand that this man was God’s child as much as I was, and that both of us could feel this overpowering and unconditional divine Love right then and there.

The man proceeded to tell me about his irrational fears and his total inability to trust anyone.  I listened intently, but while I listened I knew with all my heart that deeper than those fears and irrationality was his innate goodness and composure as one of God’s children.  I prayed to understand that he had the intelligence God gives everyone.  At this point, he put the gun back into his pocket.

We stayed and talked for an hour.  I assured him that he, too, was created in the image and likeness of God, and that he could understand that about himself.  I told him that God was revealing to him his composure, peace, and joy because God loved him as one of His own children.  And that since God was divine Mind, God revealed this peaceful identity to him as his own thinking.  This wasn’t positive thinking; this was the power of God.  My friend didn’t have the capacity to think positively at that moment – he was too afraid.  But he was touched and reassured by the love and wisdom of God.

I took him back to the boarding house where he lived.  We had many conversations after that, and he often felt the healing power of God, and this changed his life for the better in many ways.

In the years since, I have found a beautiful definition of healing prayer in these words of Christian Science founder, Mary Baker Eddy: “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love and to include all mankind in one affection.”  I feel that was the kind of healing prayer my friend and I shared and felt that night.

You might think of prayer as a journey in understanding the relationship between an ever present, all-good God and His creation as the beneficiary of that all-powerful love and intelligence.  Enjoy the journey!

©2017 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

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Live on the air with Tony Lobl (COP, CS), divine Love, Hope and a suicide prevention testimony.

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“Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.”

Mary Baker Eddy.

“WAKE UP ON HOW TO TO CONNECT TO THAT GOODNESS AND LOVE.”

Mutual blessings – A SATURDAY THOUGHT (plus Florida talks and radio interview)

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Thank you for presenting CS in a non preachy way that will reach out and get more people interested in the power of divine Love.

I so needed this comforter in my life and wouldn’t have made it without it. But I had to claim it.  I now help others.

Tony, thank you for sharing your personal struggle with addiction and being victorious through CS.  I can relate to that belief of addiction.

I had the same battle but with alcohol and it has been over 4 years (not 3) since I left the alcohol behind with the help of CS, CS practitioners and CS teachers. I just stopped counting the years.

It was when I knew with my whole heart that I was loved unconditionally by God that I was able to “let go” of the alcohol.

But I could not find the “fellowship” at my branch church.  Regardless, God found a way for me.

So I “get it”.

I was also grateful for the radio announcer who saved the youth in the juvenile detention center from suicide.  Perhaps that is why God put him there.

“Feel the divine presence of Love.”

Thank you, God.

I plan on sharing this podcast to help and inspire others.

Keep reflecting back all that divine Love as we are clad in the”panoply of Love” which is impenetrable and has healing results in our life.

Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.

Rob Scott
Oaxaca, Mexico

Photo below – It is not “Hope” that people get stuck in but “hopelessness”.  Perhaps some people just don’t understand the definition of  hope which is active and includes a “belief and expectation” that you can do it.  It is showing up for the hard work such as prayer.  It also leads to and is part of understanding.  You don’t just discount this “hope” when you get to understanding because you don’t need it anymore.  Remember, hope is a good thing and the major weapon against suicide.

“Hope” requires being willing to step forward without timidity or hesitation for what’s right by Laura Moliter.

Published on Aug 4, 2013

September 23rd, 2011. Was anybody really surprised that none of the pre-candidates sided with the soldier?  Where have all the leaders gone? Pampered hypocrites may ride on easy street here, but they can’t forever break the Golden Rule and escape the penalty due.  Perhaps the status quo became just too easy. Complacency has an expected end.

Captain Hill, you are not alone in your sincerity as right gives might.  Perhaps others could learn from this clip.  If the sincerity isn’t there then the message lacks power and will be shut out because it will never get through the people’s mental gate.  Perhaps this is most clearly seen by those speaking beyond their ability and demonstration.

 

e-inspire, April 20th

Updated April21, 2017 at 5:32 am

by Laura Moliter

Photos below & video not part of original e-insire

 

“…in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.”

(I Peter 3: 15, Amplified Bible Classic Edition)

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We should be willing to share with others our inspired understanding of God and the Christ-Truth. We should be at the ready to give of that Spirit without timidity or hesitation.

If we are to do this, we must certainly begin with truly accepting that Christ within our hearts. We must consciously acknowledge and honestly feel the Truth from God that has come to set us free. We can’t go spreading a message of God’s grace from a point of insincerity, for it will not ring true or have any real power behind it.

If we are to share this healing reality we have come to see, we must let God, Love, guide us in this. We should indeed be ready with our “logical defense” of the hope that is in us. When that light is seen, we should be prepared to tell others about the Source of this light and to let them know of its universal availability. We can let that light within be a flame to share with another ready candle.

But let us remember to be respectful. The Truth of the Christ is that all mankind are God’s children and that they, as we, are already inspired, wise, blessed. So, we can share our joyous knowledge with others, not defensively, but with eagerness to unite with fellow children. And let’s not forget to pause and listen, trusting God to guide us in what to say and in when it is time to receive another’s heartfelt sharing with us.

Laura Moliter, Poetic and Powerful Living Coach


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Back To The Future & A Second Chance – “I’m late for school!”

 

Rob,

P.s. I hope my mother prefers that I could be your assistant (I want to be) and once again thank you, you are the best English teacher I have ever had. 

Student

 

Video – “Back To The Future” – ‘I’m late for school!’

Published on Aug 29, 2012

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Diversity “makes us who we are,” Obama said at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House, where she hosted 50 school counselors and a slew of stars. “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our … story [or your church]. You do.”

First Lady Michelle Obama said at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House.

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…  hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands. 

President Barack Obama’s farewell speech Tuesday night in Chicago, IL

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I feel that I am having a second chance to heal a time in my life back when I attended the developmental years of high school and college which was disrupted by my mother who ridiculed gay people or anybody she perceived to be gay.  That experience attempted to destroy my self esteem and only repressed feelings of homosexuality.  

My teacher during CS class instruction only contributed to these feelings of hopelessness by stating: “We don’t want gays and lesbians in our church” during the last day of class instruction.

But now this current experience has made me realize were are all unique and more alike than not.  This allowed me to see the sacredness in my students that I could see in myself at their age.  

The youth today are more accepting and compassionate of social issues such as marriage equality.

Perhaps this experience provided an opportunity to resolve this hardship and adversity by healing this wound from my youth.