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On July 8, 2011, Mitch Horowitz wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal titled "When spirituality kills." In response, Russ Gerber, spokesman for the Christian Science Church, submitted a letter to the editor, which has been published. Click here for the letter posted on or please read below.

In "When Spirituality Kills" (Houses of Worship, July 8), Mitch Horowitz refers to Christian Science and alludes to its safety. While the track record of its practice over the last 140 years isn't perfect, any connotation that the cumulative record suggests it is inherently unsafe doesn't square with the facts.

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Living in a Quantum World. The June cover of Scientific American really caught my eye. It seems that for a while now, physicists have been saying yes, quantum mechanics exists, but it only applies to a category of small things, very small things. However, the author of this article, along with a growing chorus of other physicists, says it looks like quantum mechanics applies to bigger things too.

So what?

The author, Vlatko Vedral, writes, “In a quantum world, a particle does not just have to take one path at one time; it can take all of them simultaneously.” All of them, at the same time. Imagine if you or I could take various paths simultaneously. That would really break our concepts of space and time. My understanding is that sometimes physicists refer to this as non-locality, or perhaps, infinity. June 21, 2011

By Bill Scott

Like many of us, I’m interested in learning about efforts to improve health care in America. One method in my home state of Washington began in 2006, with the creation of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA)committee. The primary purpose of the 11-member group is to “ensure medical treatments and services paid for with state health care dollars are safe and proven to work.”

Since the committee’s inception, it has ruled on 21 procedures and denied coverage to about half of them. The decisions to date are expected to save the state approximately $32 million annually—but the savings have not come without controversy.

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(c) Julie Furbush for The First Church of Christ, Scientist

On May 17, the Church filed a Planned Development Area (PDA) Master Plan for the Christian Science Plaza. A PDA Master Plan is a zoning mechanism that must be approved by the City's Boston Redevelopment Authority Board and the Zoning Commission at pubic hearings. It includes the basic dimensions (heights and density) and uses of proposed new buildings, as well as development concepts, planning objectives, and other background information — all previously addressed in the Plaza Revitalization Project Plan. Approval of the PDA Master Plan is needed before selection of developers takes place.

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Shannon Brownlee’s 2008 bestseller, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, was described by David Leonhardt of The New York Times as, “My choice for the economics book of the year.”

Barnes and Noble describes Overtreated this way… “humane, intelligent, and penetrating analysis empowers readers to avoid the perils of overtreatment, as well as pointing the way to better health care for everyone. In this gripping, eye-opening book, award-winning journalist Shannon Brownlee takes readers inside the hospital to dismantle some of our most venerated myths about American medicine.”

The Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2011

By Gregory M. Lamb

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(c) Al Belote for The First Church of Christ, Scientist

The Christian Science Board of Directors is listening—and wants to continue engaging in a dialogue with church members. That was a key message at the Annual Meeting of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

“We’re ready to talk about things,” commented one church member in a video shown at the meeting Monday.

Concurred Michael Pabst, chairman of the five-member Board of Directors, who conducted the meeting: “The meeting today is not a culmination but a continuation” of frank, unscripted conversations with church members., June 1, 2011

By Wendy Romano

I recently attended the New Jersey: State of Health conference and one speaker’s statement grabbed my attention. She defined health as “that state that all of us want to be in physically and mentally.”

Intrigued, I checked Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary where I found this definition: “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit, esp. freedom from physical disease or pain.”

The question that health professionals and individuals have been struggling with is, “How do we get there?”

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What is “spiritual wellness” exactly? The University of Miami’s Medical Wellness Center defines it this way:

“Spiritual Wellness is the quest for meaning, value, and purpose resulting in hope, joy, courage and gratitude. It encourages one to develop a personal faith and to seek God in all things. It is the discovery and incorporation of a personal set of values and beliefs that defines the person, places the individual in relation to the larger community, and engages a faith that promotes justice.”

I like this definition. It’s inclusive and encouraging. Most importantly, it acknowledges the value of faith and the central importance of the search for God (bold italics are mine). Then it finishes with an expanding, outward vision of what we can do with our spiritual wellness.

Houston Chronicle, May 16, 2011

By Keith Wommack

Last week, when our meeting first began, I had the feeling I was in the presence of a new friend. I was right.

Who was I meeting with? Dr. John K. Graham, President and C.E.O. of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center for Texas in Houston.

Dr. Graham is both a physician and a priest. The Institute’s website states that he received his M.D. Degree from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans and is board-certified in two medical specialties – otolaryngology and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

This year marks 400 years since the publishing of the King James version of the Bible. To celebrate, the Mary Baker Eddy Library has a 1611 KJV on display. The exhibit includes images and information about its history, as well as an opportunity to hand transcribe passages of the Bible a la the 1600s.

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