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How to rest (Hint: Step away from the Blackberry...)


The Washington Post, August 16, 2011

Q. “The world today really needs the perspective, the rest, the enjoyment that Sabbath gives,” Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman says in an interview with Sally Quinn, making the case for a weekly day of rest. In this season of Congressional recess, family trips and controversy over whether or not President Obama should take a vacation, why does rest matter? Is vacation spiritual?

Better leisure time, better health

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on on August 9, 2011.

To make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term, which means not only to be free from the demands of work (even for just a weekend), but also to be still and reflect. Click here to read the full article.

The positive health effects of prayer

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on on August 2, 2011.

Did you catch the brief but remarkable story about researchers who have concluded (once again) that more and more Americans are praying about their health? As striking as that is, it's not the big surprise in the latest study. Click here to read the full article.

Prayer has a role in treating illness

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.

Rethinking the universe

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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.

Who knew that standing firm on "scientific evidence" could be so controversial? 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.

Church requests rezoning for Plaza

The Mother Church extention

(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.


Pile of pills

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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.”

At Christian Science Annual Meeting, church officers say they're listening

The Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2011

By Gregory M. Lamb

The original extention of The Mother Church

(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.

Health care reform from the inside out, 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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