Healing and Saving the CS Church from Bigotry & Self-Righteous through Love.

 

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, pg. 41)

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Rob, The Church must atone for its sin to people of color (1926-1955) as well as its ongoing sin of exclusion and discrimination toward the LGBT community and read seriously what Mrs. Eddy wrote about the essence of identity, and what Jesus pointed toward in Matthew 19:12 that social and gender conditions are things we should observe but not judge. If we apologize not for our past and present “hardness of heart” any article lacks meaning.

… CS Practitioner

July 13, 2016

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Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership.  One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.”  All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved …  If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”

by Carl J. Welz,  C.S.B.

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…the prejudices associated with Lady Astor go against the grain of Christian Science, the faith she leaned on. If it were otherwise, I’d never have embraced Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.

I took to Eddy’s ideas precisely because they teach of God’s love for all and challenge the deep-rooted resistance we might feel to expressing such universal and impartial love. I badly needed that help as a Jew facing anti-Semitism in 1970s London, because my fear had turned to hatred.

Tony Lobl, CS/COP

August 1, 2016

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

Alton A. Davis:  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.”

From the August 30, 1969 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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(CS Journal Interviewer): It’s amazing to me to think that in the Christian Science church, prejudice could ever have taken such a foothold as to cause a need for specifically black churches. Such prejudice seems to go entirely against the ethics of Christian Science. I’ve heard stories of blacks sitting on one side of the church, and whites on the other side, but you weren’t even at the same church!

Bettie Thompson (Christian Science practitioner and teacher Bettie Thompson is a black woman who witnessed the civil rights movement):  

Well, let’s move ahead a few decades. In 1980, I was appointed the first African American lecturer on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. I was just about to go on my first lecture tour. It was a Friday, and I was leaving home on the following Monday. But then I got a call from The Mother Church, saying, “Bettie, we’ve got some sad news. There’s a church in Oklahoma that has canceled.”

Here I was all excited, and I had butterflies in my stomach as I was about to leave on my first tour. But I was just told, “A lady called and said when the church got your material in the mail, they discovered you were black.”

From the August 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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I believe the time has come to end the harmful teachings by some religious denominations that being gay (LGBT) is a sin, or whatever words they use to demean, call evil, and cause enormous pain to LGBT people, especially our youth. More and more people are changing their minds….from evangelicals to Presbyterians to Catholics to Conservative Jews.

History has proven that using religious teachings to cause enormous harm to innocent people is wrong. I have faith in America to be better to all its citizens – but especially innocent, vulnerable youth.

Mitchell Gold
Founder, Faith In America

September 15, 2015

Overcoming self-righteousness through love

From the September 5, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Some years back, during a family vacation, my brother and I discussed several controversial subjects. We had some decidedly differing views. He criticized my position in strong terms, and we parted in anger.

Deeply hurt by his comments, I went for a long drive and considered our conversation. I prayed for God, infinite Mind, to guide me. It wasn’t long before I detected some hardened self-righteousness in my thinking, and, like Naaman, I felt humbled and repentant.

Upon returning to the cabin, I apologized to my brother for refusing to be open and inclusive, for shutting the door on his views. Our relationship was healed at that moment. We haven’t had another argument since that time over 17 years ago.

If we are frozen by a sense of self-righteousness, our ability to grow spiritually and to love others will be stymied. Mrs. Eddy writes, “One can never go up, until one has gone down in his own esteem” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 356). Christ Jesus explained it this way: “Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).

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