In the Media
Finding the true origin of happiness
Anna Bowness-Park / Vancouver Courier
April 25, 2018
This year, Finland has been crowned the "happiest country in the world", according to The World Happiness Report 2018 which was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.
While many of us define happiness largely within the context of how much income we earn, the report tells us that this is not in fact a solid definition.
God’s goodness dispels the darkness
April 24, 2017
In my late 30s, my mother and my mother-in-law, both cherished people in my life, passed away within days of each other. I reeled from grief and felt a darkness overwhelm me. I felt orphaned – bereft of the unconditional love that both these women had expressed toward me.
But I love the Bible, and I knew that it challenges us to look outside the human sense of things and to have faith in God and His role in our lives – that is, to understand God as the source of all good. I’ve also learned that this divine goodness is the truth of our experience, in which happiness and health are our normal condition.
How do you worship God?
September 13, 2017
People all over the world worship God in many different ways. For many of us, worship includes maintaining a consistent awareness of God’s presence and love, and having an impact on the world by living from that basis. It includes words and deeds of kindness and grace.
The Press Room
In a world fraught with religious strife and division, genuine understanding between people of differing faiths and backgrounds sometimes seems as rare as it is vital. Stereotypes abound. Religious believers often find it hard to see past their differences. Secular commentators often lump all faiths together as if they were the same. Similar obstacles are equally common in public perceptions of Christian Science.
Christian Science Committees on Publication have been in dialogue with the world since the early years of the denomination. The clearing away of misconceptions of Christian Science that would obstruct genuine understanding is at the heart of their work. In establishing the Committee office, the church’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, instructed that this work be carried out “in a Christian manner” (Church Manual, p. 97). The purpose is not spin or the promotion of a public image, but to bear witness to truth. The spirit is that of healing, not criticism of those who disagree.
On the Press Room, you’ll find examples of letters written by Committees, as well as other resources that address common misconceptions.
Wendy Margolese, Committee for Ontario, has provided this statement to a reporter at CBC radio in regard to the tragic situation involving one of our Christian Science family:
"Elisabeth Salm was a loved member of our church. At a time like this, Christian Scientists want first and foremost to give her family deepest love and support. We’re also grateful for the caring efforts — and simple humanity — of the wider community in response to what has occurred. We know that this care and humanity, and not violent acts, reveal the true spirit of a city and a society.
"When a truly good and spiritually illumined person” is so unexpectedly taken from us, as a Christian Scientist wrote some years ago, "perhaps one's first impulse is to feel the very heavens should open and weep at the magnitude of the human loss." The writer went on to say that ultimately we can best "honor the real meaning of their lives ... through our allegiance to the Life that is God} and to living more fully the image of God reflected in each of us. This is the faith represented in a Christian Science Reading Room.
Wendy Margolese, Committee for Ontario, in a statement to CBC
May 27, 2018
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41: 10