Right Action with Virginia Harris, C.S.B. & Kelly Clarkson

 

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by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

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Kelly Clarkson rejects ‘moment of silence,’ calls for change [action] at Billboard Music Awards

Wendy Geller

Entertainment

Published on May 20, 2018

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When the 2018 Billboard Music Awards opened on Sunday (May 20), viewers were expecting a moment of recognition for last week’s tragic school shooting in Texas. Host Kelly Clarkson provided that–but not in the way expected.

The superstar veered from the traditional script, refusing to give the customary “moment of silence,” and tearfully calling for action instead.

“Before we start tonight’s show, there is something I’d like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe High School,” Clarkson said, visibly struggling with emotion. “I’m a Texas girl, and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. And once again, y’all, we’re grieving for more kids that have died for just an absolute no reason at all.”

She went on to explain that she had been instructed to call for a moment of silence, however: “I’m so sick of ‘moment of silence,’” she asserted. “It’s not working…Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible.”

Clarkson continued on over the roars of approval from the crowd. “Mamas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs — you should be able to live life without that kinda fear. We need to do better.

“I have four children and I can’t imagine getting that phone call or the knock on the door. So instead of a moment of silence…in your community where you live, your friends, everybody, let’s have a moment of action. Let’s have a moment of change.”

Note – In a statement released to PEOPLE, Clarkson — says that “as a mother and as someone who wants my kids to grow up in a world where they know their self-worth” she is a “huge supporter of the It Gets Better Project and its goal to uplift young LGBTQ+ people through messages of hope and positivity.”
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Needed – Early responders spiritually to the shooting at Santa Fe high School in Texas

 

Giffords Law Center – To Prevent Gun Violence

THE COURAGE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH

Giffords – Courage to Fight Gun Violence

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May 18, 2018 – The statement below is from former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords [the daughter of a mother who is a Christian Scientist], co-founder of the gun violence prevention organization that bears her name.  It is in response to today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

“I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU.”

“Once again today, students stood before national cameras and detailed the terror that unfolded in their school. We heard children report that they called their parents to say ‘it’s for real this time’ and that they ‘always knew this would eventually happen, it was just a matter of when.’ I will not stand for this and neither should you. Parents should not have to hug their children in the morning and worry about whether they’ll see them at the end of the day. We don’t have to live in a country where the politicians let this happen again and again and again. These students in Texas now have to reckon with the unspeakable trauma of a shooting at their school — the experience of calling their parents in a panic, hearing the shots ring out from a classroom, scrambling and running for their lives. Soon they will attend funerals for their classmates and friends. It’s time for America to find the courage to take on the powerful and fight for our own safety. We can’t wall ourselves off from the threat of gun violence — it doesn’t work. Nor can we simply arm ourselves against one another — that makes it more dangerous still. We need the courage to take on the special interests who say that nothing can be done, that these acts of evil are beyond our ability to control. They are not. The gun lobby and the politicians who receive the NRA’s checks must understand we will not tolerate another vote against our safety. Congress must find the courage to pass the effective laws that can protect our children and stop dangerous people from accessing guns. And if this Congress won’t protect our kids and communities from gun violence, this November we will vote in a Congress that will.”

http://lawcenter.giffords.org/statement-gabrielle-giffords-reacts-to-shooting-at-texass-santa-fe-high-school/

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A man hugs a woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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Newtown a year later: We choose love

An excerpt below is from the Christian Science Sentinel – December 13, 2013

This article originally appeared as ‘Today’s article on Christian Science’ in the December 13, 2013 edition of The Christian Science Monitor.


The outpouring of love since last year’s tragic shooting at an elementary school in my community has been colossal. Not only did I know people who were directly affected, everyone I know here did as well. But even through the terrible pain, I understood that God – whom I know as Love itself – wasn’t in this. And I knew that God could redeem it.

This divine redemption brings to mind a statement written by Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science. She wrote in her bestselling book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless” (p. 207). Also the Bible says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Amazingly, this is what has happened in our community; we have proved it possible under the most challenging of circumstances.

President Obama came and wept with each family individually, more a minister than a commander-in-chief. The funerals and the vigils were many, guarded by legions of volunteer firefighters from far and wide, with flanks of them lining the streets. This town was ripped wide open, but it was instantly and intensely cradled in love – bathed in it, almost overwhelmed by it.

The weekly edition of The Christian Science Monitor did a cover story about a local church’s healing response to this tragedy, and hundreds of copies were donated and distributed in the community. Indeed, prayer was instantly a trending topic on Twitter, and stayed on as one for a long time. Prayer was a word that was on almost everyone’s lips, surging from each individual heart to connect with the great heart of Love.

The loving response this town would choose became clear to me one week after the tragedy. That next Friday there was to be a chiming of bells organized by our governor, and all churches in Connecticut were to participate by tolling a bell 26 times, once for each victim. But in the center of Newtown, 28 bells were heard that day, since it was decided to include the perpetrator and his mother in the prayerful remembrance. This was a challenging thing to do, and although it was not a universally popular move at the time, I felt it was our first collective step toward healing. Everyone is a cherished child of God.

There is a clear consciousness here that the beloved children and teachers will be remembered. This community has celebrated each one of those children’s birthdays. Each child bears an individual as well as a collective legacy mandating us to love in such a way that ensures no one else ever experiences this kind of pain. They’re also being honored as we take steps toward positive change in the world. Parents have banded together to inspire folks to make the “Sandy Hook Promise,” “to join other parents to encourage and support sensible solutions that help prevent gun violence in our communities and our country,” and has also recently launched the Parent Together initiative, a nationwide campaign to educate parents about children’s safety and to make changes to help prevent gun violence. Both of these efforts have a healthy, bipartisan approach that is unifying instead of divisive. Additionally, a huge proportion of locals have been to Washington, D.C., in recent months to passionately share their perspectives in all sorts of venues.

We’ve experienced that human caring and decency trump the most heinous evil. God, divine Love, is present to help, save, and heal. We feel empowered and secure. We have faced the worst, but we have not become embittered, cynical, or afraid. We chose to love instead, which is the most powerful response ever possible. We are not only feeling but we’re extending that embrace. We are striving for such an infinite Love that leaves no one out, for if everyone feels and experiences real Love, this won’t happen again.

Comments:

Rob,

I think you should post it! Yes, early responders spiritually is what’s needed. Thanks!
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May, 18, 2018

Thank you Rob,
This Sentinel article is a beautiful illustration of divine Love and I appreciate thinking of God as in the heart of Love which is where we dwell too
Jane H. ; xoxo

May 18,2018

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Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Now Illegal In Maryland

 

 

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

 

Maryland joins a growing number of states that have adopted similar legislation to protect LGBTQ youth. ConnecticutCaliforniaNevada, New Jersey, OregonIllinoisVermont, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington state and the District of Columbia have all banned conversion therapy; New Hampshire and Hawaii recently passed protections that are awaiting approval from their governors.

 

 

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05/15/2018 03:47 pm ET Updated 16 hours ago

Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Is Now Illegal In Maryland

A growing number of states have adopted similar legislation to protect LGBTQ youth.

It’s now officially illegal to perform so-called gay “conversion therapy” on minors in Maryland.

The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed into law Tuesday, threatens mental health or child care practitioners with disciplinary action if they are found attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of anyone under the age of 18.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the new law makes Maryland “a better place for countless young people.”

No child should ever be subjected to the abusive practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy,’” he said in a statement. “This dangerous and inhumane form of child abuse has no basis in science and is uniformly rejected by every major mental health and child welfare organization.”

 

Chad Griffin

@ChadHGriffin

A growing number of Republicans & Democrats alike are recognizing so-called “conversion therapy” for what it really is — child abuse. Thanks to the many advocates, allies, parents, and survivors who fought to protect LGBTQ youth in Maryland!

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https://www.hrc.org/blog/maryland-enacts-legislation-protecting-lgbtq-youth-from-conversion-therapy 

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Maryland Protects LGBTQ Youth from “Conversion Therapy”

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HRC, FreeState Justice and WISE claimed victory as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law SB 1028 — critical legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of…

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Conversion therapy is ineffective, according to several national health organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The APA, in particular, criticizes gay conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, for offering a “serious potential to harm young people.”

“The potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient,” according to the association, which says conversion therapy programs tell participants that “homosexuals are lonely, unhappy individuals who never achieve acceptance or satisfaction.”

Young people who are rejected by their families over their sexual orientation or gender identity are more than eight times more likely to attempt suicide than youth from accepting families, according to the Trevor Project, a pro-LGBTQ advocacy group that is working to ban conversion therapy across the U.S.

Maryland joins a growing number of states that have adopted similar legislation to protect LGBTQ youth. ConnecticutCaliforniaNevada, New Jersey, OregonIllinoisVermont, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Washington state and the District of Columbia have all banned conversion therapy; New Hampshire and Hawaii recently passed protections that are awaiting approval from their governors.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/maryland-outlaws-gay-conversion-therapy_us_5afb185ce4b0200bcab94bf2?section=us_queer-voices

Maryland just added its name to a growing list of states that have outlawed so-called gay conversion therapy.

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Maryland just added its name to a growing list of states that have outlawed so-called gay conversion therapy.

Courage to leave a dangerous living situation

 

Divine Love is universal, inclusive, and ever-present, the source of all the love there is – the Father-love providing and defending, the Mother-love nurturing and comforting. We are never separated from this love!

 

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More than just a feel-good day

What started off for today’s contributor as an experience of being alone and desperate turned into a time of discovering just how tangible, practical, and familiar God’s love truly is.

There are many ways a parent’s love can be expressed. I’ve certainly known men and women who have never raised children yet don’t hesitate to show considerable love to youngsters.

In other words, selfless love isn’t exclusively about people of a particular gender or those who have children. It is about expressing spiritual qualities such as patience and joy in attending to those around us. And because God, who is Love itself, created us, we all have the ability to express and feel God’s love, wherever we may be.

Mary Baker Eddy, an earnest student of the Bible who discovered Christian Science in the 19th century, saw the nature of God as both Father and Mother, our spiritual Parent. If we think of our Father-Mother God as meeting our needs, rather than feeling we are dependent on other people, we come to see that we can’t be denied God’s love. Divine Love is universal, inclusive, and ever-present, the source of all the love there is – the Father-love providing and defending, the Mother-love nurturing and comforting. We are never separated from this love! Although it may not always be expressed in the person or place we expect, there is no stopping God’s love from finding us when it’s needed.

I saw this when I was a young woman and fell “down the rabbit hole,” so to speak. I found the courage to leave a dangerous living situation, but I hadn’t had time to plan ahead. I was alone, wearing dirty clothing, and desperate. I managed to call my parents, who began putting together a plan to fly me home to them. I hitched a ride to the airport, with no idea whether I would be able to board a plane before the day was through.

Spying a distant corner of the crowded airport (feeling that I was not even worthy of a chair), I flopped down on the floor. Then I heard my name called over the intercom, so I walked over to the counter. A man – someone I had never met – was standing there with a warm and compassionate smile. He was a local Christian Science practitioner, someone whose full-time job is to help people through prayer. My father had reached him earlier and asked that he pray about the situation.

As he’d been praying, he’d felt inspired to come to be with me in person. He had driven to the stables where I’d been working, where he was told I was at the airport. He even bought me food (it had been at least a day or so since I had eaten). I still marvel at how this stranger put his prayers into action for a straggly teenager that day!

In essence, though, he wasn’t a stranger. I hadn’t seen him before, but the love he expressed felt very familiar. If I’d closed my eyes I would have thought I was with my mom or dad, not some man I had never met. I appreciated his kindness, but it was more than that. I sensed that behind it was a spiritual love impelled by God. It was pure, the way God’s love always is. I felt divine Love holding me together like a warm embrace and reaching right through me, without judging me. The ideas the man shared weren’t just words; they became spiritual anchors during this trip and many times after. His assurance that I was worthy of being loved was an affirmation that God was my forever Father, Mother, and companion. I knew I was safe.

As my name was called to board a flight a few hours later, we said our goodbyes. He reminded me that God was right where I was, loving and providing for me. Boarding the plane, I immediately saw more evidence of God’s love while settling into my seat next to a woman who, smiling from ear to ear, not only told me how much she loved horses, but offered me food and drink.

Above all, though, this wasn’t just a feel-good day. An enduring sense of our Father-Mother God’s boundless, healing love stayed with me, and my situation turned around completely.

I still cherish that day in the airport and have continued to see this same love generously shared over the many years since, proving time after time to me that Love isn’t personal; it is truly divine.

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/A-Christian-Science-Perspective/2018/0509/More-than-just-a-feel-good-day

Worthy – and free from the weight of the past

 

In a letter to a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in New York City included in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mrs. Eddy sums up the importance and value of each one of us: “As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing” (p. 165). 

 

Where Is My Mother With Virginia Harris, C.S.B. + HRC And The Academy Awards

 

“It’s on us to change the world for these kids and make it a better place. Just like my Ellen did 21 years ago and continues to do to this day,” says Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m a proud Mom for Equality and a longtime member of HRC.”

May 8, 2018

https://www.hrc.org/blog/for-mothers-day-hrc-launches-moms-for-equality-with-star-studded-lineup

 

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Are You My Mother?

by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

 

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A wonderful children’s book that has delighted young children for a couple of generations is “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman. Adult readers are charmed too when they read it out loud to their rapt audience. My very young boys loved hearing it, and I never tired of reading it, over and over and over again!

It’s the story of a tiny hatchling bird who breaks open his shell while his mother is off to find food. He pops his head out of the shell and asks, “Where is my mother?” He decides to go looking for her. But since he can’t fly, he walks…and on his search encounters a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow, all of whom he asks, “Are you my mother?”

Kids laugh because it’s obvious, right? A kitten or a cow can’t possibly be the mother of a bird! But then again, the bird doesn’t know what the appearance of his mom looks like because he hasn’t seen her yet!

During my many readings of the book, I have often thought that maybe the little guy is actually recognizing the kind, good-hearted, and caring spirit within these different animals…and maybe he really wants to know, “Would you be my mother?…I am very afraid and unhappy, could you help me feel safe and take me home?”

The mothering qualities of comfort, unconditional love, gentle nurturing and careful guiding are all within each of us to express and share with whomever needs support. They are placed and protected in our very being by the Mother-Love of all earth’s creatures, big and little. Most important to know, too, is that these ever-present animated qualities are poised in our hearts, prepared to respond unhesitatingly to a cry, “Would you be my mother?”

The tiny bird meets no response until he comes to a big steam shovel. “You can’t be my mother!” he cries as the big shovel snorts from its exhaust.

Ah, but here again the appearance isn’t telling the whole truth. The big shovel carefully picks up the tired and scared hatchling, drives him to his tree, and gently lifts him up and plops him down into his nest. Mom returns with snacks and oh-so-much-love…HOME!

In your world surely there are individuals yearning to feel the embrace of mothering comfort from your willing heart. Be alert to their unspoken, “Would you help me?” You are able to simply lift them up and return them to the safety of their nest-home prepared by our Mother-Love…to remind them they have never ever left home!

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Purpose with Laura Moliter and Oprah

 

When you have worked as hard and done as much and strived and tried and given and plead and bargained and hoped – Surrender. When you have done all that you can do, and there is nothing left for you to do. Give it up. Give it up to that thing that is greater than yourself and let it then become a part of the flow.
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“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2: 13, Amplified Bible)

 

 

We all want to feel that we have a purpose, and that we are fulfilling it in the best way possible. We have a natural desire to be doing what we were meant to do, being who we were meant to be. To connect with and live this true intention brings contentment within, a sense of rightness.

Sometimes it seems difficult to know exactly what our purpose is as well as to accomplish it confidently and fruitfully. When we think that we are doing this discovering and action alone, we can be left feeling challenged, often unmotivated, and unclear. But let’s remember that our divine purpose is not one that we crafted. It is God’s plan, and He brings with His plan the capacity to fulfill it.

God gives us insight and strength and guidance. And He also gives us the very longing, the actual desire to do what we must do. God isn’t making us do something we don’t want to do. He gives us the motivation within that yearns to do what He would have us do, and to do it with Him. And that means gratefully relying on God’s resources, readily available to us, so that we may do His glorious work for His good pleasure and for our own satisfied joy.

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist

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FAITH

 

Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood.

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From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

 

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I would that all the churches on earth could unite as brethren in one prayer: Father, teach us the life of Love.

Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.,March 22, 1899

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From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

Hope

 

In her Preface to Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has written (p. xii), “In the spirit of Christ’s charity,—as one who ‘hopeth all things, endureth all things,’ and is joyful to bear consolation to the sorrowing and healing to the sick,—she commits these pages to honest seekers for Truth.”

 

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