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The evidence of our maturity? A SATURDAY THOUGHT

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The deeper demand? A September 11 thought.

Sharing this quote (written over 100 years ago) is not meant to be an argument against appropriate security measures. Nor is it intended to be an excuse for rose-tinted thinking. But as we once more grieve those lost, and love those still grieving, it is a thought-provoking question to ask ourselves: “How do we see […]

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Nancy Astor – letter and article on a unique glass ceiling breaker

Here is some news on two pieces I have written about Nancy Astor. ARTICLE The recent book “Mistresses of Cliveden” includes several chapters on one of the iconic house’s most colourful occupants, Nancy Astor. Lady Astor, a Christian Scientist, was the first woman to take a seat in the British parliament and the book rightly reflects a complex character, whose […]

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Mothering love!

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?

It never ceases to amaze me that in the midst of the physical and emotional agony of the cross, Jesus was able to look at the very people crucifying him and say — and, of course, mean — ”Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”. So how did he do it? According to Christian Science founder […]

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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: And don’t forget my #IWD2016 online lecture on Mary Baker Eddy’s legacy at 7pm, UK time […]

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Could 2016 be a continual spiritual Christmas?

  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 of love!

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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