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Some of us cried openly, others of us cried inside, and perhaps some just went away thinking quietly. We also cheered for each other. Our main theme for today was regardless of where we are in the midst of medicine, how do we move forward? It’s interesting how easily we confided and supported each other, even though several people were new and had never been a part of any of our Fellowship activities before. Part of it was the way Craig sang to us right at the start. It was the song that wrote itself in his heart after our first discussion on medicine from last March: “… let go of your grief and despair…if we bare one another’s burdens – help our sisters and brothers along – we can travel the road sharing our load…” (more…)

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The main question we expect to talk about this time around is, “How can we go forward when we think we’ve prayed the best we know how, and we haven’t yet experienced the expected healing?” This question is just as much on the minds of those who have already had precious and convincing healings, as well as those who may be looking for their first healing through Christian Science treatment. There is plenty of evidence that Christian Science practice is reliable, safe, and spiritually beautiful. It usually awakens a profound spiritual consciousness and keeps the seeker searching for more spiritual growth. But there are other times when we may feel disappointed for a variety of reasons, and this is where we’re looking for the encouragement within the Fellowship. Is God there for us, no matter where we are in our struggles? Can we pray, even if we’ve leaned on a temporary staff? What about family members who have no intention of leaving medicine behind – how do we support them the best? Is it my fault, the practitioner’s fault, or nobody’s fault that I haven’t been healed yet? (more…)

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You may recall that our first discussion on Christian Science and medicine generated so much interest, we were asked to hold another one. So here we are!

Please join us on Saturday morning, May 22, at 10:00. Click the link here for further details.

We’ve posted several blogs in preparation for this meeting, and you may want to review those, along with the comments that have been accumulating along with them.

In preparation for this second discussion:

  1. Plans for our second discussion on Christian Science and medicine, May 22
  2. Christian Scientists and medical ethics II

In preparation for the first discussion:

  1. Ethics of medicine: discussions from the heart
  2. Preparing for discussion on Christian Science and medicine

One of the frequent questions that arises in the context of faithful Christian Scientists and their relationship with medicine is that of guilt. If our goal is to prove our spiritual virtue by our distance from medicine, then of course any thought about the wisdom of temporary medical support would spell failure.  We would measure ourselves – and others – against such a standard. On the other hand, if our goal is to love God supremely and to love our neighbor as ourselves, then medicine itself has very little to do with our self-evaluations.  We would keep our focus on praying more and loving more, despite the struggles and temporary set-backs. If you follow some discussions on Christian Science.com, you may have noticed Mike Davis’ comments on Mary Baker Eddy’s use of morphine. Interestingly he notes that he has never seen any evidence that Mary Baker Eddy felt guilty about it. Check out the link to that conversation, posts #33 and #34.

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The Christian Science Fellowship-Metro Chicago placed “fellowship” as the priority in its discussion on the ethics of medicine. Guitarist Craig Ghislin loosened us up singing his great song: “I get down into the water to shine up my soul; Come out a little bit cleaner on the other side.” No room for pride, fear, self-justification, sanctimony, or guilt by the time he finished with us! We started the discussion as equals, willing to listen to, learn from, and provide support for each other. (more…)

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The purpose of this meeting on Saturday, February 6, at 17th Church, 10:30 – 12:30, is to search together for a better way to support our fellow Christian Scientists if they get involved in medicine. We will be speaking honestly about the ethical conflicts that arise when someone needs temporary medical help. We’ll start with general questions (scroll down to see them) and avoid “absolutist” answers. We plan to summarize our discussion on this blog afterward, but be assured that no personal information will be shared.  You should feel comfortable telling your own stories if you want. Above all, everyone is loved and welcome. (more…)

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Until Saturday, we were lacking in our connections with anyone from the Christian Science African-American community in Chicago. Nobody wanted to make it a racial issue, but we needed to invite people specifically from this community, or we’d never start the conversation.

Getting acquainted

So we got together at Bee Library on South State Street just to talk about how we could get over whatever it is that keeps us too distant from each other. Finding something to talk about was no problem! In fact, after two hours, the majority said they really wanted to meet again. There’s so much more to say.

One of the first topics was the need to deal with ignorance. Ignorance means to ignore, and we can all tear down disconnecting barriers with better education. We’ll also learn to stop judging by appearances.

We came together to listen and learn

The conversation moved back and forth between whether we should be discussing racism or not. One of the reasons in favor of discussing it was the realization some shared that they had discerned subtle forms of racism in their own thoughts. Racism, as well as any other unGod-like thought must be met in our own thought. Institutional racism, for instance, is almost hidden because people don’t feel anger or superiority. But it needs to be recognized, in order to confront it within.

"Even living closely among minority communities, institutional racism surfaces."

Institutional racism comes out in impersonal ways, when organizations fail to treat everyone equally. That’s why it’s subtle. But someone’s thinking it!

Shifting the discussion to another form of division, someone described a tough time he had when he felt rejected by the Christian Science community as a whole. It had nothing to do with race. It had to do with the culture of our healing practice. It started with a physical difficulty he faced. After an earnest effort of several years to seek healing through Christian Science, he felt it was wise to seek medical support. But the rebuke from the Christian Science community shocked and saddened him. At a time when people need the most help, can we not find a way to be there for each other? (more…)

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