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Is religion or spirituality irrelevant? Out of touch? Conflicts with real life? Well some Christian Scientists we interviewed recently felt otherwise.

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The New York Times reported in early August that The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association are pushing for guidelines on diagnosing and, eventually, treating Alzheimer’s much earlier than is standard practice.  It’s believed this will go into effect in the fall and some experts predict there will be a two- to three-fold increase in the number of people who are told they may have the disease.

But now there’s push back.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, August 11, 2010; 9:18 PM ET

Q: In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year traveling the world, finding spiritual enlightenment along the way. Julia Roberts, who plays Gilbert’s character in the movie version out this week, apparently found enlightenment of her own through the role, revealing that she has become a practicing Hindu.

As Joan Ball asks in a Guest Voices post, “Is it possible to live a life of deep, transformational faith without dropping everything and hitting the road?”

In your tradition, what is the aim of the spiritual journey?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

In answering this question I can’t speak for anyone other than myself. No matter what religion or culture you belong to, I believe that each person’s spiritual journey is ultimately between that person and God.

So as an individual Christian Scientist, what is my aim for my spiritual journey?

Had your fill of trivialities?  So have I.  And so has a news producer I recently visited at a television station in Southern California.

She admitted what we’ve all seen, that so much of local television news is dominated by small, meaningless stories that qualify as news simply because they’re sensational or graphically visual pieces.  She had some substantial story ideas in development herself, but doubted they would make it to air.  One was rejected simply because in it’s final edit it ran 3-1/2 minutes instead of the usual minute-and-a-half.  Not small enough, I guess.

I left the meeting with a related question on my mind: how much does small thinking dominate other aspects of our lives, like the practice of religion?

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, August 5, 2010; 7:16 PM ET

Q: Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no longer accept her religion’s teachings on homosexuality, feminism, politics and birth control. “In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian,” Rice announced on her facebook page. Can you leave religion and keep Christ? Can you be spiritual without being religious?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

The more I understand people, the less I want to categorize, label and stereotype them. We are each on a journey though life. Many call it a spiritual journey, many do not. I believe spirituality touches the lives of most, whether or not they know it or even like it. There are those who feel they can be spiritual without organized religion. I am not here to disagree or to judge others.

I had a conversation the other day with Mitchell Landsberg, religion writer for the L.A. Times.  We spent a fair amount of time talking about the “publicness” of church.  If you look at the number of people who sit in the pews each week across the spectrum of denominations, there’s no question that the public is increasingly congregating in places other than church buildings.

Is organized religion becoming irrelevant in a right-now digital world?

Last Wednesday, two colleagues and I met with Jonathan Rockoff from The Wall Street Journal.  He began our meeting with a question: “Considering all the reporters you’ve met with, what is it you’d most like them to understand about Christian Science?”  What a great way to start a discussion on our religion!

It gave us pause for a moment, but what we focused on was individuality and choice.  And now that I think about it, I’m glad we focused on that.

Standard-Times (New Bedford, Massachusetts) July 30, 2010
By Linda Andrade Rodrigues, Staff Writer

President Obama recently signed one of the most comprehensive national health care reform packages ever, but it is not a panacea. Some Americans receive no benefits at all.

Christians believe Jesus heals the sick. Christian Scientists believe that this spiritual healing is available to everyone — no conventional medical intervention required.

Founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866, Christian Science is a religious teaching and Bible-based system of spiritual healing. There are 1,755 churches worldwide, and there is no hierarchy.

100 years ago no one ever imagined the world we’re living in today.

  • a world you can access and engage in through a small screen
  • a world where 500-million people a day visit the same address (Facebook)
  • a world where news from anywhere is at your fingertips in a moment

Yes, these are exciting times. They’re also unprecedented and unsettling times as institutions question what they should look like and how they should function in a world so different from the one in which they began.

The Christian Science Monitor, July 20, 2010

By A staff writer

Boston —

The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston formally unveiled draft plans Tuesday that call for building two new commercial and residential buildings on the perimeter of its 14.5 acre campus in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The draft, crafted in consultation with a citizens advisory committee appointed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, also envisions changes to the Christian Science Center’s signature plaza and its 686-foot-long reflecting pool.

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