On the evening of September 24, three members of the Christian Science Committee on Publication’s US Federal Office were joined by Kevin Ness (General Counsel of The First Church of Christ, Scientist) as moderator, in an 80-minute live online “town hall”-style meeting to primarily answer questions from Christian Scientists on how the US “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” — known as the ACA — may affect them. Signed into law by President Obama in March 2010 and designed to make health care more accessible and affordable, this comprehensive health-care reform law impacts individuals, employers, and insurance companies, and includes a mandate for individuals who can afford it to be enrolled in a health insurance plan or else pay a tax penalty.
All those words which were written long ago are meant to teach us today. —Romans 15:4, J.
On July 9, the world’s one billion Muslims will begin to celebrate Ramadan, which many think of as the holiest holiday in Islam. Ramadan is a time of self-purification and self-sacrifice.
In 2008, over 154,000 people gathered in Seattle, Washington, (along with seven million who watched online) to talk about compassion. Anchored by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others, the five-day meeting explored ways that children and adults could commit to living with compassion for others and for themselves.
Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name of God. ” “… this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God,” Francis said Wednesday (May 22) in remarks at the informal morning Mass that he celebrates in the chapel at the Vatican guesthouse where he lives.
It’s hard to open a newspaper in South Africa without being saddened by front-page stories about police corruption and brutality, the abuse of women, and the misuse of political power. Yet, almost everyone you meet shows some measure of hope and a determination to help make things better—very often through prayer.
When news is disturbing, it’s worth looking at the big picture. Earth is home to more people than at any time in history.
“The global embrace of Internet technologies has reconfigured the fabric of society for congregations in a contemporary context. Adaptation to these new tools of ministry in the 21st century is no longer the luxury it was in the 1990s.
Americans spend $34 billion a year on so-called alternative medicine—botanical pills, acupuncture, energy healing, and the like—despite the fact that few of these techniques are backed by any science. Study after study has rejected the ability of such treatments to cure.
In a recent New York Times story, seven Newtown police officers give a firsthand account of the carnage they found inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14. In the piece, Eric Brown, a lawyer for the union that represents the police officers, said many of the officers who responded to the school shooting will likely suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the rest of their careers.