The recent public controversy over vaccination has produced strong opinions – and surprising divisions – in contemporary Australia on the competing concerns of public health and toleration of diversity. In a recent “Open for Discussion” interview (“Vaccination – A researcher’s insight”, October 20), Associate Professor Julie Leask spoke of the need to reach out for the cooperation of the “people in the middle” on this issue, and that’s where I find myself – perhaps surprisingly to many – as a Christian Scientist. The long experience of Christian Scientists as a religious minority might in some ways point to the possibilities of a “middle path” of mutual respect and understanding.Continue Reading
As 2017 lifts off the launchpad some of us have commenced a “renovation rescue” on ourselves by resolving to eat healthier and exercise more. That’s renovating from the outside in. It can certainly make us feel better.
But for a real make-over, resolve to renovate from the inside out. Take time to explore the power of your spiritual pilot light to improve your life! Continue Reading
In response to a comment appearing October 8 in the Canberra Times, a letter to the editor was submitted, although it was not published. As a fair hearing is essential to clarifying misunderstandings held by the public about Christian Science, I include my response below:
A recent talk by a Christian Scientist on “the how, why, and wonder of spiritual healing” considered the serious question of how such healing happens. It certainly isn’t “paranormal,” as one commenter assumed (Oct 8), nor, for Christian Scientists, is it at odds with reason and understanding. Yes, in many ways the significant healings that have taken place in Christian Scientists’ practice do challenge conventional material assumptions about the nature and processes of life. So does New Testament ChristianityContinue Reading
The ratings don’t lie. And they are telling us that millions are watching TV programs such as Who do you think you are?
That’s clear evidence of just how fascinating we find it to trace our family histories back through the generations. And to watch celebrities doing so!
In particular, I’ve been intrigued with how moved the featured personalities are by the heartbreaks, injustices and challenges experienced by their ancestors, even though they are encountering them for the very first time.
Shocking discoveries also pepper family histories,Continue Reading
You have exciting travel plans. You announce your plans to friends and family.
What’s the reaction?
Is your excitement reflected back to you? Or do you find yourself swamped by a barrage of fears and prejudices? Worse still, are you adversely influenced by this negativity?Continue Reading
“Scientists have made a powerful discovery that appears able to improve everyone’s life. Reports indicate it works on individuals, families, communities, economies, and nations. Interestingly, it appears that too little of this substance may explain the coarsening of language and the hardening of hearts so evident in politics and the media. Lack of it also might be responsible for everything from substance abuse to the anxiety many people say they feel despite the unprecedented security, better health, and affluence the world is experiencing.
This week’s ANZAC Day commemorations highlight the best of human conduct – servicemen’s and servicewomen’s courage, mateship, decency and willingness to lay down their lives for country and mates on the battlefield.
At the same time though, and in a quieter way, ANZAC Days are proving occasions to mention those who suffer trauma as a consequence of being embroiled in the devastation and brutality that go hand-in-hand with war. It is estimated that upwards of 30% of all serving Australian defence force personnel experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The call continues by Professor Alexander McFarlane, the head of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide, for a national response to provide greater PTSD support.Continue Reading
Our social, theological and healthcare reformers stand on the shoulders of such “greats.” Why they should be celebrated during Australian Women’s History Month and for International Women’s Day.
I wept for Maud Watts’ plight. She was the central character in the 2015 film, Suffragette, which depicted the core group of women who fought to obtain the vote in 1912 London. A socio-political environment hostile to women’s suffrage led to a tragic set of circumstances where she was forced to give up everything she held dear. Her marriage, her son, her home, her job, her dignity and her health were stripped from her as she devoted herself to lobbying for a woman’s basic right to have a say about how things could be done better in her world.
The Commonwealth of Australia had already given women here that right a decade earlier. But progress was slow in the state governments, and it was not until 1926 that women were able to both vote and stand for all Houses of Parliament in all parts of the Commonwealth.
“Mind governs the body, not partially but wholly,” wrote thought-leader, Mary Baker Eddy, over 100 years ago.
In ensuing years of painstaking research, discovery, testing and analysis the bio-sciences, too, have come to generally support the idea that there is a distinct connection between thought and body.