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Mothering love! A SATURDAY (AND SUNDAY) THOUGHT

This is taken from a phrase coined by church members grateful for the work of Mary Baker Eddy (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 52:6-7). Many members even called Mrs Eddy “Mother” for a time. At her request that practice was discontinued, and she has since been known as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science […]

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Can we love even our deadliest enemies?

My latest blog has just been posted on Medium, and it looks to the example of Jesus on the cross to ask: Can Easter inspire us to love our deadliest enemies? That is, can our loving, forgiving prayers actually make a difference as we all face the spectre of terrorism and other violence around the world? […]

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Plugging the gender gap – the spiritual way?

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! My new Medium blog is called “Is a lack of parity a particularly religious problem?”, and it is my contribution to the #PledgeForParity discussion that IWD2016 wants to promote about plugging the global gender gap.(See: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme) And don’t forget my #IWD2016 online lecture on Mary Baker Eddy’s legacy at 7pm, UK time […]

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Have yourself a very merry…Christmas New Year!

  I have posted a new blog on Facebook, although you don’t need to be a Facebook user to read it.  It is called “Could 2016 be a continual spiritual Christmas?” Here’s an excerpt: But suppose it was early February, mid-June, or late October and there was no Santa, no reindeers, no baby Jesus in a […]

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The blessed season – A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT

I’d describe Hamilton Wright Mabie’s optimistic message as coining a counter fact to the consumerism and gluttony that too often seems to parade as our modern day Christmas. As Mary Baker Eddy once put it in her own wry style: “Mother wishes you all a happy Christmas, a feast of Soul and a famine of sense.” (Miscellany) For my part, I trust […]

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Seeing the addict through healing eyes

“Seeing beyond another’s addiction” is my latest blog posted on The News Hub, in which I ask, “what if we’re dealing with an addict – especially one convinced they can’t make better choices, or simply don’t want to? Do we have a choice? Can we choose how we view them, and might that make a difference?” To read the […]

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PODCAST: 20th century UK artists and ground breaking women politicians

I recently participated in a Mary Baker Eddy Library podcast. It focused on British students of Christian Science who were pioneering modern artists (Lucy Kent on Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Winifred Nicholson) and glass-ceiling shattering women parliamentarians (Robin Harragin on Nancy Astor, Margaret Wintringham and Thelma Cazalet-Keir). For my part, I was offering some perspective on Christian Science in the UK. […]

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Bridging the physical and spiritual – thoughts on Halloween!

I never knew just how much of a hand my British homeland had in shaping Halloween. “Halloween originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe, particularly around what is now the United Kingdom. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most potent and spirits can make contact […]

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A spiritual response to gun crime?

This quote speaks to me of a part we can all play in responding to gun crime, whatever our political persuasion about the human causes for it. We can check our own mental landscape for any intrusion of hatred of others in our thinking and spiritually rise to counter that imposition on our divinely gifted, all-loving […]

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What would spiritual scepticism look like?

What would spiritual scepticism look like? My latest blog on The News Hub is called “Do we need a healthier model of scientific scepticism?”  Here is an excerpt: As fellow scientist David Pruett observed in the Huffington Post: “The authors of the manifesto are all scientific mavericks whose viewpoints are not mainstream. It’s worth noting, however, that […]

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