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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.

As Radio Boston indicates in a recent segment, the Church stated that it shares common ground with the Boston Landmarks Commission in wanting to preserve key aspects of the Plaza. It would like, however, to explore less restrictive approaches to landmark designation that would provide historic recognition and protection while allowing the continuing evolution of the Plaza in beneficial ways for the Church, the neighborhood, and the City. The Commission has alternative approaches to landmark status on page 71 of its Study Report on the Plaza. And here’s the letter that the Church submitted to the Boston Landmarks Commission: Church letter to BLC. Here’s the story from WBUR:

Christian Science Church: Don’t Preserve Plaza in Amber

Radio Boston, July 14, 2010

Christian Science Plaza in Back Bay is widely acknowledged as a triumph of modernist architecture. Preservationists want it designated an official Boston landmark to protect it from change. But at a meeting of the Boston Landmark Commission last night, church officials warned against “preserving it in amber.” Radio Boston’s Adam Ragusea has an update.

http://www.wbur.org/2010/07/14/christian-science-plaza

The question of how Christian Science care will fit into a post-health care reform landscape can be partially answered by examining the experience of existing coverage for Christian Science nursing/practitioner care in public and private insurance. That’s right – some insurance companies already pay for this type of care. In fact, it has been covered by insurance for over 90 years. (Please consider providing the information we request below.) More specifically . . .

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, July 9, 2010; 8:37 AM ET

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ of all religions, the idea that all religions preach the same message of love, tolerance and compassion. Historians Karen Armstrong and Huston Smith agree that major faiths are more alike than not. But in his new book “God is not One,” religion scholar and On Faith panelist Steve Prothero says views by the Dalai Lama, Armstrong and Smith that all religions “are different paths to the same God” is untrue, disrespectful and dangerous. Who’s right? Why?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

There is something beautifully simplistic and unifying about the concept that all religions “are different paths to the same mountain.” And while I earnestly want to believe this, today’s world has so many different religions –big, small, philanthropic, corporate-like, sincere, others with questionable sincerity –that I find such a conclusion unrealistic.

We appreciate Radio Boston’s program highlighting proposed improvements to the Plaza. In addition to the benefits to the community, including making the Plaza a more inviting destination year-round and creating a more environmentally sustainable setting, there is indeed a financial component to the revitalization plan. Having a financially self-sustaining real estate model will ensure the community’s enjoyment of the Plaza well into the future.

In regard to the statement that the Church is “cash-strapped”, we did have a liquidity issue six years ago but that issue was addressed at that time through streamlining operations and staff layoffs. Today the Church is financially stable with no debt and has been operating in the black for several years.

We continue to exercise financial discipline in our operations as would any prudent non-profit in order to support its mission.

Here’s a link to the program: Christian Science ‘Infinity’ Pool May Be Finite

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, June 4, 2010; 4:36 PM ET

Q: Is the Gulf oil spill also a moral crisis?

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it also a moral crisis? How does religion influence our use and abuse of the natural world? Does religion help or harm the environment?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

Jesus Christ was the master of practical, successful prayer and demonstrated how great an impact for good his form of prayer could have on the environment.

The Christian Science Committee on Publication maintains a Federal Office in Washington D.C. The overall mission of the Federal Office is the same as the Committee on Publication itself: “to correct in a Christian manner impositions on the public in regard to Christian Science . . . .” Church Manual, p. 97.

As you may know, President Obama recently signed one of the most comprehensive health care reform packages ever. Most provisions of the new law, including the mandate that all Americans must be covered by health insurance, do not take effect until the year 2014. Unless the law is amended in the future, Americans will be required to buy primarily medical insurance to satisfy this mandate. Regrettably, the law does not provide that those who use spiritual care for their health can satisfy the mandate by purchasing health insurance covering that kind of care.

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