Trust in the Lord

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

 

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Ensuring every LGBT child knows they were born Perfect

 

 

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e-inspire, May 3rd

by Laura Moliter

“Do as God does. After all, you are his dear children. Let love be your guide.” (Ephesians 5: 1, Contemporary English Version)

We are God’s children and His representatives. We are here to present His qualities to the world, to show God’s creation in its truest light and to bring honor to our Father-Mother.

So, we must do as God does. This doesn’t require us to be something unnatural or difficult, or to put on an act of high-minded righteousness. It means that we behave like ourselves, like the expressions of God that we are. We do this best by remembering our Oneness with Him. We are God’s offspring, but we are never thrown out into the world at some point in time to fend for ourselves. We are always with the Father and He is always with us.

So, we do as God does, with Him. And we know when we are right on target, in the grooves that are both comfortable and successful, when we feel and express Love. Love is our guide and our measure. God is Love. To do as God does, is to do what Love would do. It is to do what is impelled by divine Love which is always kind, just, wise, and therefore right, healing, and satisfying as well.

 

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist


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So Love Doth Guide

 

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COMMENTARY A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE

Resilience amid life’s storms

Today’s column explores how inspiration, joy, and healing break through the storms of fear and self-doubt.

 

Laura Clayton
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Christ Jesus himself felt the heavy mental weight of the world – of bald materialism, ignorance, and hatred – that would try to crush out his life and mission. But because he understood his inherent unity with God, even his crucifixion on the cross could not stop him from rising triumphantly over the grave to bring hope to all the world.

Each of us can strive to follow Jesus’ example in some degree. We are God-impelled to rise up out of trials with renewed vigor and spiritual understanding. In fact, the “stormy” times are what often reveal hidden strength and awaken dormant spiritual qualities such as tender, caring love, patience, and wisdom.

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, experienced many daunting trials in her life. And yet she was able to write with conviction these lines, excerpted from her poem titled “Satisfied”:

“It matters not what be thy lot,
So Love doth guide;
For storm or shine, pure peace is thine,
Whate’er betide.

Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate’s thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.”
(“Poems,” p. 79)

She saw the spiritual power behind resilience and understood how God’s love meets all our needs. So even when the most challenging circumstances try to weigh us down, we can find inspiration and strength by acknowledging that God is our Life and letting His supreme power and lovingkindness lift us up. Then we eventually see that as God’s children, we can never really lose anything good, and as we increasingly grow in strength, gratitude to God, and holy inspiration, we find the freedom to stand tall once again.

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/A-Christian-Science-Perspective/2018/0424/Resilience-amid-life-s-storms

You’ve Got Mail – Follow Up to Oprah’s Interview – Ellen DeGeneres Getting Kicked Out After Coming Out

 

I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.
I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.

Ellen DeGeneres

 

Published on Apr 11, 2018

 

One mother’s unconditional love

 

Rob,

I love how Ellen and Oprah and all the new programs coming out now to help  the lesbian and gay community… are reaching out to  many to help them cope, to offer counseling to parents of these children and to, if they do not know how, learn what  unconditional love is.   I am the mom of a man who is ” different”  and all my life my family has not given him credit for being  a genius….they have not felt comfortable around him and just lately some have told me to give up on him..that I need to go live my own life.. Can you believe that? How could any parent even have a life if they disowned a child of theirs.   Wouldn’t you always wonder how they were. What they were needing you could get them. What support they needed in their job or at school. I mean…to me it makes more sense for the  gay or lesbian or different kids to disown their parents  and kick them out.

 I mean I will never give up loving my son. I will never give up trying to make sure he has the best. I will never give up on adoring him.  If he turns out gay it is fine with me because that means  that he will be loved, and have someone to sit with at night, to read with, talk to..snuggle with, be comforted by.

I say  keep doing what you are doing..with all your heart…as each new awareness brings hope for acceptance  and also brings a more enlarged community that will support people who are kicked out..and they will have a loving family around them all the time …I am grateful for that .

 

All of us can sit in the lap of Jesus and say nothing…absolutely nothing…..and BE LOVED.

 

“I wish it had not happened in my tine,” said Frodo. ” So do I , “said Gandalf, and so do we all who live in such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time given to us.’ JRR Tolkien   “The Hobbit”

 

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April 28, 2018

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Did the Christian Science Periodicals Play A Role In Ellen DeGeneres Getting Kicked Out After Coming Out?| The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

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I felt so heartbroken watching this.
Sari Maaret
Ellen is the light of the world! Thank you for all joy and love you radiate and share with others, Ellen!
rainbowrabbit
The moral of the story is be careful how you treat people. Ellen’s dad is now in his 90’s and ended up needing her help with his living arrangements since he’s old and has trouble moving around.
Vipasha Arvind
I hope OWN does a where are they now on the people sitting in the audience who did not understand and were so ignorant… it ll be fun to know if they still have the same opinions or have they now accepted the truth..
Milhouse

It is sad to know that … today there are still shameful heartless parents who would disown their children for something they did not choose.

Ellen DeGeneres on Getting Kicked Out After Coming Out | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

 
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Published on May 19, 2017
In a 1997 ‘Oprah Show’ appearance, Comedian/TV star Ellen DeGeneres reveals how she coped with family who saw her sexual orientation as a danger. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit http://bit.ly/1ODj0x7

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Executive Summary of Christian Science Board of Directors visit on January 23, 2018

 

*Updated 2/10/2018 at 1:10 PM MST

Excerpt below by Rob Scott

 

A 1980 issue of The Christian Science Journal makes the following claim about Christian Science: “To summarize: Christian Science insists that homosexuality is healable, because it has no more validity than any other erroneous state… All such errors must sooner or later yield to the regenerating power of God … in fact, there is only one kind of man—perfect, normal in every way, the beloved of God.”
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I brought to the [Christian Science Board of Directors – The Mother Church] attention the harm the anti-gay articles are causing our youth as a reason why parents are forcing there LGBT kids out of the house.  Some youth ended up on the streets and were driven to utter destitution [or suicide].

There are several reasons parents reject their LGBT youth,” said Telaina Eriksen, author of “Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child.” “Sometimes it is based on religion; they think that their child is a sinner or that their child needs to be punished so they see ‘the error of their ways.’ They might think if they force their child to leave their home, their child may return repenting, magically somehow no longer LGBT.”

She said that parents who reject their LGBT child need to do some work on themselves, because the problem is theirs, not their child’s.

If the parent is inclined to get angry, lash out at their child or kick them out of the house, they should think about how they would feel if their child were to die tomorrow. Because that could really happen if a parent withdraws emotional, physical and financial support from their minor child,” Eriksen said.

https://seekeroftruthrfs.wordpress.com/?s=christian+science+board+of+directors

Thank you Rob for your recent article/comment.  I am still a member of a branch church, but those [anti-gay Christian Science] articles in the 1970’s-90’s did a lot of damage to my self-worth; I still struggle even after I have come out as a gay man (in my late ’50’s).  I have had no intimate companionship during all those decades, while I watched my ‘straight’ friends getting married, having kids and forming families.  It’s been lonely out there.  So Rob, thanks for bringing this to the attention of the CS movement and hopefully, the CS Board of Directors.  I wrote them a couple of years ago and received no significant answer other than a quick pat on the head “everyone is loved by God”; true, but what about the human institution?

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03/26/2017

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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 and, for that very reason, unclear views of Christian Science.
For this very reason I am still not very keen today about the human organization called church …
The present manifestation of church is not at all what Mrs. Eddy intended it to be!

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It’s #TrueColorsDay, 2018! – End LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

End LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

“It’s #TrueColorsDay! LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness. Together, we can change that.

 

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. While many factors contribute to LGBTQ youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason.

In order to do that, we need to understand the issue and the ways in which we can all play a role in ending it. That’s why we launched #TrueColorsDay (formerly known as #40toNoneDay), a national day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness, and to provide supporters with simple ways to make a difference. This year we’ll also be hosting a series of live conversations online!

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Cyndi Lauper

When I was growing up in the ‘60s I was inspired and empowered by the Civil Rights Movement. Not only was the minority standing up for themselves and saying enough is enough, people in the majority stood alongside them as this country went through one of the most transformative periods in its history.

A moment like that is upon us again and this time the minority is the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. This time it is straight people who are beginning to stand side by side with their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to say that this country is about equality, fairness and that never ending pursuit of happiness.

That is one of the reasons why we founded the True Colors Fund, to lend a helping hand in encouraging my straight peers to get informed and give a damn about equality.

While great strides have been made in recent years, when people can still be fired in over half the states because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender… when young people are so bullied and tormented that they feel their only way out of that hell is to end their lives… it’s clear we still have a long, long way to go before we achieve full equality and acceptance in this country.

In particular, we need to help young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Kids who are coming to terms with their sexual orientation or gender identity are often told by their families, peers, and other influential people in their lives that who they are is somehow shameful or unacceptable. They are often rejected and thrown out of their own homes.

We all hear statistics that are shocking, but when I learned that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth make up to 40% of all homeless youth, yet only 7% of the general youth population in this country, I was furious.

As a parent, I cannot understand those who would kick out their kid simply because they are gay or transgender. Your child is a part of you, throwing them out on the street is like ripping out a part of your own soul. That is why the True Colors Fund continues to work to raise awareness about this issue and develop solutions to ending this epidemic. We will not rest until that percentage goes from 40 to none.

Everyone—whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be allowed to show their true colors, and be accepted and loved for who they are. Every American should be guaranteed equal treatment, at school, at work, in their relationships, in service of their country…and in every part of their lives.

It’s time for us all to join together and say enough is enough. I hope you will stand with us as we continue to move our work forward.

All my best,

cyndi

https://truecolorsfund.org/about/a-message-from-cyndi/


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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May – “It’s time to listen, learn, and heal.”

 

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said she “deeply” regretted the UK’s role in fueling “discrimination, violence and even death” as nobody should be persecuted for “who they are or who they love.”
“It’s time to listen, learn, and heal.”
“I am all to aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country, They were wrong then and they are wrong now,” May said.
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LGBT Campaigners Hope British PM’s Apology Over Anti-Gay Laws Will Fuel Change

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said she “deeply” regretted the UK’s role in fueling “discrimina
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LONDON, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – LGBT campaigners were hopeful on Tuesday that a call by British Prime Minister Theresa May for Commonwealth countries to reform outdated anti-gay legislation would help to stop widespread persecution and discrimination.

Speaking as leaders of the 53 Commonwealth nations met in London, May said she “deeply” regretted the UK’s role in fuelling “discrimination, violence and even death” as nobody should be persecuted for “who they are or who they love.”

About 37 of the 53 mostly former British colonies still have colonial era laws which criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identities with same sex sexual activity punishable by life imprisonment in nine of those countries.

LGBT campaigners have used the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to call for Britain to apologise and push for change, launching a petition, a picket and lighting up the Houses of Parliament with a call for decriminalisation.

Activists said they hoped May’s comments would start to change the conversation in countries where LGBT people are treated as criminals and help to reverse the harm caused.

Jamaican activist Glenroy Murray said May’s comments were a “necessary step in acknowledging and expressing regret about a historical reality that has impacted LGBT people everywhere.”

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of Sri Lankan LGBT organisation Equal Ground, said the speech “paves the way for making some positive change for the LGBT communities of the Commonwealth”, nations home to about 2.4 billion people.

I welcome this acknowledgement of the deep wounds left in our countries by bad colonial laws, wounds from which many of us are still bleeding today,” Malaysian activist Pang Khee Teik told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

It’s time to listen, learn, and heal.”

Some activists, however, did not think May’s comments would lead to permanent change even though she said Britain would support any country wanting reform.

I am all to aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country, They were wrong then and they are wrong now,” May said.

Founder of NAZ Male Health Alliance in Pakistan, Qasim Iqbal, said May needed to create a policy on how the British government would help end discrimination.

“The prime minister needs to now present an advocacy framework on what role the UK government will play in ensuring that the entire Commonwealth is a place where people have the freedom to love a person of their choice,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

(Reporting by Meka Beresford @mekaberesford, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith; ((Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)0)

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Harmony with Laura Moliter

 

e-inspire, April 20th

“Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.”

(Science and Health, page 208)

Reality is harmony. God’s kingdom consists of goodness, justice, peace, health, kindness, unity, fruitfulness. This is heaven and it is ready for us.
Are we ready for it? Are we prepared to learn and accept the real and eternal, and enter those gates into that harmonious realm? Or are we delaying its appearance in our lives by our disbelief, our arguments to the contrary, our fixation on the material presentations rather than on the spiritual Truth?
God is Love. We can lean into this promise that, yes, this universal rhythm of God’s grace can’t go unseen or unheard. We are each being led to discover more of what is really going on, and we must respond to this call. Let’s argue less with our inspirations and insights and truly accept that God is telling us something. He is leading us to see heaven—not in some faraway place and time, but in our own consciousness.
This understanding makes itself known in our experiences. As thought yields to the divine fact, our lives come into accord with the natural law of Love and Life, controlled by God, and expressing goodness, joy, and harmony to be appreciated, lived, and shared.

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