Ellen DeGeneres Christian Science Father Sends Sign that Gay is Ok

 

 

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01/12/2018 11:53 am ET Updated 5 days ago

10 Minutes Before Her Father Died, Ellen DeGeneres Saw A Beautiful Sign

“Pretty amazing,” the host told her studio audience.

Ellen DeGeneres’ father Elliot died this week at the age of 92, the television show host announced on Thursday. But just as she was coming to terms with her loss, DeGeneres spotted a beautiful sight in the sky.

DeGeneres told her studio audience that her dad, a former insurance salesman,  had a good, long life and had always managed to live “exactly how he wanted.” Her family had been preparing for some time for his death.

Before he died, DeGeneres said that she spoke with her father and was able to say goodbye to him. After the chat, she said she was leaving the Warner Brother Studio’s building. Then, she looked back and saw a rainbow shining above her studio.

“This looks photoshopped,” she said, as she showed her audience a photo of the rainbow. “This is what I saw after I talked to my dad and he died 10 minutes later after that. Pretty amazing.”

“I got a rainbow before he died,” she said.

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Ellen DeGeneres said she spotted this rainbow in the sky right after speaking to her dad for the last time.

 

DeGeneres told her audience that her dad was a “very funny” man who gave her and her brother Vance DeGeneres their sense of humor. He was also apparently a very religious person ― he never went to the doctor or took medicine because of his beliefs as a Christian Scientist.

DeGeneres, who is originally from Louisiana, remembered that growing up, her dad only took her on one family vacation. The family ended up touring the Warner Bros. studio lot in California ― the same place where DeGeneres now tapes her show.

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Ellen DeGeneres paid a tribute to her late father on her show this Thursday.
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There must never be a time when a Christian Scientist can be accused of prejudice, bigotry, discrimination, or hate.

 

…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.”
Christian Scientists have been praying scientifically for the uncovering of the error that prevents us from having true brotherhood, and error is being brought to the surface and destroyed. But this prayer carries with it a responsibility to act. Now is the time for Scientists to show the world what true brotherhood means. This can happen wherever a Christian Scientist, a branch church, society, or college organization exists. There must never be a time when a Christian Scientist can be accused of prejudice, bigotry, discrimination, or hate.
Remember the people who came to Jesus to ask if he were the Messiah? He told them to look at his works and decide for themselves who he was. Just so, many men will come and ask us if Christian Science is the religion of destiny. Will we be able to say, “Don’t ask me if this is Jesus’ own church; don’t ask me if I’m a true Christian. Look at my church and my works and tell me what you think. Whom do you say that I am?”

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

Walk with us, brother: an interview with Alton Davis

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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

 

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Published on Jan 19, 2015

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Oprah Winfrey’s Speech – 75th Golden Globes + Mary Baker Eddy Advocates Equal Rights

 

Rosa Parks made that decision to stay seated … Say something… I have interviewed and portrayed people who withstood some of the the ugliest things life can throw at you but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain HOPE for a brighter morning even during our darkest night.

Oprah

01/07/2018

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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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…. when repressed homosexuality reared its head after I had Class Instruction, there was no one in my Father’s House to take up the slack or meet the need. But Life has a way anyway! My teacher could not make gay go away! I spent a lot of time beating up on myself.  I was saddled with a lot of false teaching and false human opinion about gayness… We all have experienced dramatic rejections and out castings.  We all have tried opening up only to be “spewn out dispassionately”.  
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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 by further studies.  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.

Houston, TX – October 11, 1986

 

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Published on Jan 7, 2018

Oprah Winfrey receives the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Christian Science Board of Education

From the May 14, 1904 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

This article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 246:30-247:9


The Magna Charta of Christian Science means much, multum in parvo,—all-in-one and one-in-all. It stands for the inalienable, universal rights of men. Essentially democratic, its government is administered by the common consent of the governed, wherein and whereby man governed by his Creator is self-governed. The Church is the mouthpiece of Christian Science,—its law and gospel are according to Christ Jesus; its rules are health, holiness, and immortality,—equal rights and privileges, equality of the sexes, rotation in office.

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U.S./Mexico Border – Building bridges — not walls

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Building bridges — not walls

How foundations work together on the U.S.-Mexico border

In an era of increasingly tense relations between the U.S. and Mexico, two community foundations on opposite sides of the border are working together to address poverty, violence and other pressing needs in their adjoining communities.

The El Paso (Texas) Community Foundation and Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, work in the world’s largest metropolitan area on an international border — the El Paso-Juarez region, which encompasses Las Cruces, New Mexico. The area is home to nearly 3 million people.

The foundations are demonstrating how community philanthropy can be a powerful tool in improving international relations and helping communities address difficult issues in border regions.

Community groups have organized cross-border races to foster unity among residents of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Community groups have organized cross-border races to foster unity among residents of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Photo: El Paso Community Foundation

Officials at both foundations said they, and — in turn — their communities, are benefitting from their experience with the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP). The Mott Foundation has supported the partnership with nearly $1.5 million in grants since 2003.

“El Paso and Juarez really are a single community, not just neighboring cities separated by an international boundary, so it makes sense for us to be a part of any group that is focused on how to enhance the quality of life for those living on the border,” said Eric Pearson, president and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation. “That was the original idea — connect community foundations along the border, look at what we have in common and learn from each other.”

The BPP was launched in 2002 as a project of the Synergos Institute, an organization focused on community foundation development. The BPP became a standalone nonprofit organization in 2008.

Andy Carey, executive director of the BPP, said 18 community foundations along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Diego and Tijuana on the West Coast to Brownsville and Matamoros on the Gulf Coast, helped shape the group’s work.

“We’re legally incorporated in both the U.S. and Mexico and get support from both countries,” Carey said. “Our member network has grown to nearly 300 institutions, from the original 18, and we’ve expanded our membership to include academic partners, government agencies, the corporate sector and nonprofit partners. Our membership extends across the entire 10-state border region.”

Karen Yarza, head of Fundación Paso del Norte, is a former board member of the BPP. Her new organization is not yet a member of the partnership, but Yarza said it is already benefitting from her experience with it.

“The BPP helps us build bridges and effectively erases the border,” she said. “They connect people and help strengthen the affiliated organizations, and their resources allow us to make better decisions and search for partnerships with others in the region.”

Pearson said the BPP has helped highlight all that the U.S. and Mexico share at a time when many people focus on differences, harbor mistrust and try to keep the two countries separated.

“We share air, people, culture, commerce and education,” Pearson said. “Every aspect of our lives on the border is affected by someone else on the other side of that artificial line. So it’s really great to be able to interact with our counterparts not only in Juarez, but other communities all along the border.”

He wants people outside the region to experience the intense, diverse culture of the area so they can understand that violence and poverty are not the main aspects of the community. One recent project has garnered positive results.

“We do an international run — a 5k in El Paso and 5k in Juarez — that BPP helps to widely publicize,” Pearson said. “It’s been a great success. It’s awesome to get such positive attention on the border because that’s a big part of changing the narrative.”

Pearson said he understands it’s human nature for people who are unfamiliar with a community to focus on perceived threats. His group is working hard to improve the image of the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces region.

“I invite everyone in North America to come to our border region and learn to appreciate what it is, because it’s pretty amazing,” he said.

https://www.mott.org/news/articles/building-bridges-not-walls/

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Coming January 19, 2018 – Obama, The Final Year

 

The Most Important Office in a Democracy Is the Office of Citizen.

Former President Obama

 

 Coming –  January 19, 2018

 

Speaking to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, New York, President Obama explained how the voice of one citizen can remind us why a civil society is so essential:

“When communities, including minorities, are free to live and pray and love as they choose; when nations uphold the rights of all their people — including, perhaps especially, women and girls — then those countries are more likely to thrive. If you want strong, successful countries, you need strong, vibrant civil societies. When citizens are free to organize and work together across borders to make our communities healthier, our environment cleaner, and our world safer, that’s when real change comes.

“A citizen is a powerful force for change. That is why more and more governments are doing what they can to silence them — from Russia to China to Venezuela and more. “This growing crackdown on civil society is a campaign to undermine the very idea of democracy. And what’s needed is an even stronger campaign to defend democracy,” the President said.

“So although it is uncomfortable, although it sometimes causes friction, the United States will not stop speaking out for the human rights of all people, and pushing governments to uphold those rights and freedoms. We will not stop doing that, because that’s part of who we are, and that’s part of what we stand for.

“If, amid all the restrictions, and all the pressure, and all the harassment, and all the fear, if they try to tell you that the world does not care and that your friends have forsaken you, do not ever believe it,” President Obama said. “Because you are not alone. You are never alone.”

In the darkest hours of our trials, President Obama urged all to remember the words of Dr. King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

The reason we support civil society is because we have seen in this country of ours that it does, in fact, bend toward justice. But it does not do so on its own. It does so because there are hands of ordinary people doing extraordinary things every single day and they pull that arc in the direction of justice.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2014/09/23/most-important-title-citizen-president-obama-importance-civil-society

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Rise in 2018! Loving arms will still support you

 

Filmed in Mexico, New York and EMI Studios Elstree, England. The three balloons seen during the film’s signature set piece are known as “Cloudhoppers”.  Also known as “Lindstrand Cloudhoppers”, the one person balloons, fueled by burning gas, were invented in 1979.

 

Our God

From the May 22, 1926 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Does the way stretch sometimes lonely?
Is the answer hard to find?
Rise above these seeming shadows;
Turn to God, the only Mind.

There all peace and joy await you;
There the light for darkest hour;
Ceaselessly there is unfoldment
In the Mind that is All-power.

Sing aloud your songs triumphant;
Falter not, nor think to fall.
Loving arms will still support you,
For our God is All-in-all.

*photo below by Alex Cook

 

Turning the Page with Danielle Steel in 2018

 

For the last two years, I spent New Year’s Eve writing, and I really enjoy that. My kids have left after Christmas by then, and rather than looking back at the past wistfully in a quiet house, I’d rather be deeply engaged in a new book, all wrapped up in the characters and the lives I create for them. It’s fun for me, and is a great way to spend it. I don’t need to figure out who to spend it with, or what to wear, or risk my life on the highway in bad weather going somewhere. I stay cozily at home, writing. For now, anyway, it’s my favorite plan, and how I plan to spend it this year. And however you decide to spend it, with lots of friends, a few good ones, among strangers, or alone, I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve, doing what you like to do best.

Danielle Steel

01/01/2018

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FALL FROM GRACE

Danielle Steel

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!! I hope you’re not too exhausted by the holidays, and that you can take a little time now to catch your breath and relax.

The holidays can be both wonderful and stressful, sometimes at the same time. And one of the concepts I like best in life is the idea of a fresh beginning, of renewal, of casting off the old and putting it to rest, and starting out again. That’s really the whole idea of Easter. The most important part of Easter is The Resurrection, the rebirth, the coming back to rise from the ashes of one’s mistakes or disappointments, and be new again, as best we can be. It’s the idea of spring, when the barren trees burst forth in bloom, when the earth begins again. We feel fresh and alive and full of hope in spring. And in January, we do begin again, with a new year, a clean slate, a whole new time to write another chapter of our personal history. Even if tired, or feeling a little battered, we begin again.

So that’s what we are facing now – a brand new year. Another chance!! A time of renewal, even though winter hasn’t slumped off yet, and the trees are still bare and the landscape is gray. But we know that spring is coming soon. The calendar tells us in January that the year is new, and that we are new, as we contemplate the year ahead and all that we want to accomplish and enjoy this year. So put the past behind you. Turn that page. Start with a brand new clean slate. Let’s look ahead with hope, and faith that we can make this a great year.

I wish you strength and renewal, and an absolutely wonderful year ahead. And however good (or bad) the last one was, the new year will be even better. I wish you a FANTASTIC new year!! Not just a happy one, or an easy one… I wish you an AMAZING 2018!!

Love,
Danielle

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Danielle Steel’s wildly popular novels have made her a household name, and as the founder of the Nick Traina Foundation—so called after her late son—the mother of nine is also an ardent advocate for mental-health awareness. Ahead of her new book, Fairytale, being published next month, take a look at where Steel’s best-sellers are brought to life, at her desk in San Francisco.

My beloved, partially handmade 1946 Olympia standard typewriter. I’ve written 163 books on this typewriter, and it’s still going strong.

I love these mementos that my children have given me for good luck. They touch my heart but do not help my creative process. The desktop is so crowded that, when I’m writing, I have to take them off the desk until I finish the book.

On the walls of my office are framed covers of my books and sayings that I love. One favorite, since I work very late: “What hath night to do with sleep?”

Art done by my children when they were little.

This magnet says, “#1 Mom,” and was a Mother’s Day gift.

This nameplate belonged to my son Nick, with the name of his band, Link 80.

I had my desk made by some artisans about 25 years ago. They chose the colors and book titles—I love it.

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/09/danielle-steels-desk-is-unlike-anything-youve-ever-seen

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The marble waiteth; what will you do with it in 2018?

 

Mary Baker Eddy has uncovered to her followers where victory over error is to be sought. In “Miscellaneous Writings” (p. 118) she says, “Be of good cheer; the warfare with one’s self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory.”

 

An Uncut Block of Marble

From the April 4, 1901 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Success

Its possibilities are limitless. You are the sculptor. An unseen hand places in yours the mallet and the chisel, and a voice whispers: “The marble waiteth; what will you do with it?”

In this same block the angel and the demon lie sleeping. Which will you call into life? Blows of some sort you must strike. The marble cannot be left uncut. From its crudity some shape must be evolved. Shall it be one of beauty or of deformity; an angel or a devil? Will you shape it into a statue of beauty which will enchant the world, or will you call out a hideous image which will demoralize every beholder?

What are your ideals, as you stand facing the dawn of this new century, with the promise and responsibility of the new year, the new life on which you have entered, awaiting you? Upon them depends the form which the rough block shall take. Every stroke of the chisel is guided by the ideal behind the blow.— in Success

 

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