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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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Gaining freedom from depression – an inspiring story

My latest BuzzFeed blog addresses an “epidemic” of depression and suicidal thoughts among the millennial generation by sharing one young woman’s inspiring story of her spiritual journey to complete freedom from manic depression. Here is an excerpt. Looking back, I can see my family and friends did the best they knew how to help, but eventually I felt impelled to […]

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An early case of trial by media? Mary Baker Eddy and the ‘Next Friends’ Suit’

A colleague found a short, scholarly article on the web called ‘The “Next Friends” Suit: Mary Baker Eddy, and The Church of Christ Scientist’, on Trial. It is published by Sacred History Magazine and written by Lorin Geitner, Law Librarian at Chapman University Law School.  My colleague wrote: “The article gives a fair account of the trial of Mrs Eddy […]

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Mary Baker Eddy – an “Inspiring Religious Thinker”

Mary Baker Eddy has been included in a Huffington Post listing of “Quotes by Inspiring Religious Thinkers”.  She is listed alongside such luminaries as The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mother Teresa, as well as more historical figures such as Maimonides and Rumi… Have a look at slide 26 in “Interfaith Quotes by Religious Thinkers” to see which […]

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Was the franchising business model a spiritual inspiration? TED suggests the answer is “yes”!

“Who invented the franchise?” – asks this TED Education talk. The answer it gives might surprise many and it will delight those who have themselves found that the “access” spiritual Christianity – particularly Christian Science – can give to “broader and higher realms” can override issues of lacking “access” to temporal power and financial resources.   This is an […]

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US politician pinpoints prayer and health linkage

The following positive comment on the therapeutic impact that prayer can have was written in the Indy Star by Indianapolis State Representative Vanessa Summers.  The article is called Medicine and faith merge for better health “Scientists are no longer debating whether or not spirituality plays a role in preventing chronic diseases or in promoting a healthy […]

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200 years on, and STILL going strong? Looking forward to a special anniversary with a question…

The first blog in our “100 years on, and still going strong” series commemorating the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science 100 years after her passing was the 100th blog on this site, and having closed that series with the 200th blog mark we want to celebrate today’s anniversary of her birth with a question… […]

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100 years on: The (simple) secret of Mary Baker Eddy’s life…

“God has not given us vast learning to solve all the problems, or unfailing wisdom to direct all the wanderings of our brothers’ lives; but He has given to every one of us the power to be spiritual, and by our spirituality to lift and enlarge and enlighten the lives we touch.” – Phillips Brooks “The […]

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100 years on: Mary Baker Eddy’s book in Susan B Anthony’s hands!

Next in our “100 years on, and still going strong” series, celebrating the continued resonance of Mary Baker Eddy’s life and ideas 100 years after her passing… Today we are featuring, with permission, a March 2011 article that appeared on the website of The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, entitled: Science and Health owned by Susan […]

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