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Christian Science practitioners work full-time praying for others. They come from all walks of life – some have been teachers, athletes, musicians, engineers, even medical physicians, before entering the practice of Christian Science healing. Something they all have in common is their love for God and desire to help humanity. Christian Science practitioners are not funded by the church; their patients pay them for their services. Hear more in this video.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, April 28, 2010; 12:09 PM ET

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event next week? Should government officials decide who can or cannot speak at such an event? Should the government proclaim a National Day of Prayer? Was a federal judge right to rule it unconstitutional?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

It might be helpful to note that for a federal judge to rule a National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, it does not mean that prayer itself is ruled unconstitutional.

Medical bills? Christian co-ops rely on faith
Little-known health care sharing ministries exempt from fines in health law

MSNBC, April 14, 2010; updated 8:58 AM ET
By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer

A health writer at MSNBC, JoNel Aleccia, recently contacted me to find out whether the new federal health care reform law has a religious opt-out that applies to Christian Scientists — she was interested to hear that it doesn’t. Instead, the church has tried to work with lawmakers so that insurance companies would not discriminate against people who choose spiritual care. I think spiritual care is for everyone – not just Christian Scientists – and our country’s system should reflect the pluralistic approach that our citizens take toward health care.  Here’s Ms. Aleccia’s article.

The New York Times published a letter to the editor called What the Christian Science Church Teaches from the Church’s Board of Directors in response to ‘The Christian Science Church Seeks Truce with Modern Medicine‘ (March 24).

Many people think that Christian Scientists are not free to make their own healthcare decisions.  They are!  Check out this video for an illustration…

Last Friday, The Washington Post ran a guest column called Practicing Spiritual Care Responsibly in response to comments on Christian Science by Herb Silverman of the Secular Coalition for America. The column addresses the importance of caring for children well. Here’s the piece.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, March 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? When does it cross the line into manipulation and coercion?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

For many of us, proselytism is a loaded word like “crusade,” “righteous,” or “conquer” – it has such strong historical and ideological implications that it most often seems to be used in a negative context. It therefore requires a good amount of objectivity to ask ourselves, when speaking of organizations or individuals proselytizing anywhere in the world, at what point and to what extent do those on the receiving end lose in the process of proselytism?

On Faith Guest Voices
The Washington Post, March 5, 2010; 1:46 PM ET

By Gary Jones, Manager, Federal Office, Christian Science Committee on Publication

In his February 28 “On Faith” blog post (“Our Secular Coalition visit to the White House“) Herb Silverman says he wants “to dispel some grossly unfair but predictable media comments” and to respond to “those who continually accuse the Secular Coalition for America of hate-filled, religion bashing.” He exhorts them to take the time to examine the evidence.

On Faith Panel
The Washington Post, February 23, 2010; 12:01 PM ET

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ to American foreign policy. Should U.S. foreign policy get religion?

By Phil Davis, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication

History teaches that healthy societies are governed by guiding principles that support inclusiveness and universality where the welfare of their citizens is concerned.

Being interviewed by a journalist is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Friends tell me they’re much happier that someone else does that.  Still, most journalists practice their craft fairly and honestly, they ask intelligent questions, and they value a process that can be instructive as well as constructive.

When the Christian Science Church Directors sat around a table with California-based syndicated columnist and author Tom Elias, the Directors not only gained an insight into some of the difficult issues Californians are struggling with today, but Elias gleaned a lot more about the Church than he’d known before.  It was a two-way learning experience.

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