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Spirituality and health: Inseparable

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.

King James Bible 400th Anniversary

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.

New study finds how important mental health is to physical health

Arlington (Massachusetts) Patch, May 12, 2011

By Ken Girard

Sometimes my wife and I go out to Robbins Farm to see the kids playing. It’s a real joy to see their exuberance, vigor and antics. Our town is certainly blessed with an abundance of youngsters who, though they may not realize it yet, are growing up in a place that can provide them with a real foundation for the rest of their lives.

Mrs. Eddy and Mr. Rock 'n' Roll

KQED-FM (San Francisco), April 26, 2011

By Steven Saum

Not long ago I received an email marketing missive meant for my late mother.

"Dear Amazon.com Customer," it began. "We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated 'Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism' have also purchased 'Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards.' For this reason, you might like to know that 'Stone Me' is now available in paperback."

Bin Laden: What do I think? How do I pray?

By Keith Wommack

“Bin Laden is dead.”

How am I to think about a person who allows himself to be so confused and so filled with hate that he masterminds terroristic activities?

Now that this man has been killed, what do I think? How do I pray?

Do I understand the need for a man to be stopped from harming others? While this is taking place, do I understand the need to continue to pray to see more of everyone’s spiritual nature?

Achieving health may require a diet of humble pie

Pie

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“You cannot build anything on a false front,” according to Smith, a humble man himself. Authenticity, empathy, and unconditional positive regard are the groundwork for accomplishing any long term healing success.

What gets in the way of healing, according to Smith, are relationships of dominance. An imbalance of egos is problematic. Patients’ concerns are often overlooked and their desires unheard. Because doctors, nurses, and clergy are viewed as ‘experts’, the patient’s ego is devalued. Even the uniforms worn by these specialists can often convey, “I’m important…you’re not.” read more

Spirituality is too often overlooked in the God debate

Q: How should we talk about God online?

Yes, there are a bunch of folks who would welcome a more constructive tone of conversation on Cif Belief. They could probably be classed as the non-polarisation set!

What they have in common is not religion, but spirituality. It includes people whose conviction prompts them to join a church, mosque, temple, synagogue or gurdwara. And it includes many more who have no such inclination.

Breaking free of the traditional health model

Doctor

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Christian Scientists are sometimes stereotyped as being prohibited by their church from any interaction with the medical profession. Not true, but still a widely held perception.  Some people stereotype medical professionals as part of a medical-pharmaceutical monolith, allied with insurance giants to provide only an impersonal, assembly line approach to managing health dilemmas. I was pleased recently to find convincing evidence that this too may be an unfair stereotype.  

Narrow views of God, gender

From The Washington Post

Q: Many traditions teach that while both men and women are equal in value, God has ordained specific roles for men and women. Those distinct duties often keep women out of leadership positions in their religious communities.  What is religion’s role in gender discrimination?

Stop seeds of hate

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, April 8, 2011

Q: Muslim leaders are often asked to condemn the actions of Islam’s radical fringe. Should Christians be expected to condemn the inflammatory actions of Pastor Terry Jones?

It’s hard to imagine someone reading the story on Pastor Jones and not thinking horrible thoughts—as I did.  Pretty much in this order, and within a moment or two, my emotions ran something like this: surprise followed by sadness, then quickly on to anger then seething anger and then…well, finally utter disbelief.  “Are you kidding?!!” “You call that Christian?” “Someone should…”

In my private world it was red hot condemnation alright.  But then I wasn’t acting on my toxic thoughts, as Jones was acting on his, so for me it’s no big deal, right?  A little steam coming out of my ears is no match for the plumes of smoke from a hate-laced book-burning that’s then streamed over the Internet for all to see and react to with deadly rage.  My repulsion was different.  It was beneath the surface.

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