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Annual Meeting at The Mother Church 2016 – News Release

I’m currently attending the 2016 Annual Meeting of Christian Scientists, at The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Here are some thoughts in relation to this event by Richard Evans, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication. Christian Scientists gather in Boston at denomination’s annual meeting; ponder the relevance of church. Boston, MA — When Christian Scientists convened […]

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Someone you know might need to feel a deeper connection this Christmas…

‘Give us this day our daily bread’. Many know these words from The Lord’s Prayer, spoken by Jesus. But are they just a petition for nourishment or could they even be protesting against a deeper loneliness? A woman who suffered many lonely times herself thought so. She penned a ‘spiritual interpretation’ of this plea: ‘Give […]

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Is Britain really “no longer” Christian?

The Guardian recently ran an editorial entitled Religion: respecting the minority.   The “minority” in question are Christians. This is based on a “British Social Attitudes” survey which asked a sample of British people whether they regard themselves as belonging to any particular religion and, if so, to which one?  The editorial reports  “when the […]

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Waking up the morning after the century before…!

Last Friday the final of Choir of the Year coincided with the anniversary of 100 years since the passing of Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. (Admittedly, most BBC viewers would not have been aware of this fact!) The programme, hosted by Aled Jones and Josie D’Arby, showcased the talents of six choirs which all […]

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Women’s voices – bringing practicality out in spirituality and religion…

I recently read a book which impressed upon me the healing dimension that can be brought out in familiar spiritual life practices by having a woman’s voice speak from the pulpit.  (Or via a book!)  In this case it is the Judaism of my youth which seems to exhibit a more healing heart as this […]

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Women’s spiritual leadership – coming out from under the radar?

This week, the Huffington Post has an article called “Women as religious Leaders: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling” written by Maureen Fiedler, who is the author of a new book on that very subject. Her report is surprisingly upbeat.   After pointing out the trends for women to have more leadership roles in society […]

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A tale of one city, one frog, and a Christian Science Reading Room!

The world-famous UK university town of Cambridge is popular with tourists and residents alike but Love Cambridge is an organisation wishing “to go the extra mile”, as the Cambridge News put it,  by enhancing and improving the city for all its visitors. To this end, local businesses excelling in customer service were recognised in an award […]

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Media Comment: Cardinal John Henry Newman and the lot of saints.

It was an indication of Britain’s still-vigorous religious life to see so many people turn out for Pope Benedict’s beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman on the last day of his visit to the United Kingdom.  The Roman Catholic faithful left cosy homes in the middle of the night to trek to a cold and […]

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Positive press: Why do you attend church? A humble response in the Sutton Coldfield Observer.

An article submitted as “Why Church?” by regular “Living Faith” contributor to the Sutton Coldfield Observer, Jean Jillings-Warner, was published under the title “Churches become beacons of truth and love” this week. Many people to-day, who do believe in God, feel that church is not necessary.   They say they can just as easily worship and […]

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