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Who cares if I'm spiritual?

By Jenny Sawyer
January 25, 2018

Like many of the questions I get as the teen editor, this one really got me thinking. We do talk a lot about being spiritual in Christian Science. So it’s a fair thing to ask: Why is the fact that we’re spiritual so important? What does it have to do with your daily life, dealing with school, sports, boyfriends and girlfriends, and parents?

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Special feature for teens: Identity
Special feature for teens


Turns out that answering the question “Who am I?” yields very different responses than the question “What am I?”  What starts to get at the substance of our identity—the qualities we express or our spiritual makeup. That’s why we asked four authors to tackle the “what” from their own experiences wrestling with what defines them.

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Your Healings

Clear guidance for healing

By Robbie Robison

It was summer, and I was having a blast on a service trip to Peru—meeting locals, participating in service projects, and working with children at an orphanage. One day, though, I became ill and couldn’t join in the activities with our group.

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Black and white? Or brothers?

By Name Withheld

It was my first week in college in the United States, and I didn’t understand what was going on with my roommate. At first I’d been friendly, but he wasn’t very responsive. So I backed off—thinking he needed his space. However, I soon noticed that while he didn’t seem to want to talk to me, outside of our room, he was friendly with others.

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From this week's Sentinel

Hair care

By Deborah Huebsch

When she flipped out after a haircut went wrong, this author realized she had some praying to do about her identity. Was it based on the length of her hair, or on something more substantial?


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From this week's Sentinel

The way I really am

By John Biggs

He'd always identified a physical problem as just who he was. But when this author began actively challenging this limited sense of his identity—through his understanding of Christian Science—the limitations began to drop away, and he found the freedom that comes from knowing ourselves spiritually.



Fearless in the face of danger
By Jeremy Fox

In the middle of a frightening situation, one teen found that instead of fear and panic, he could feel the peace of God’s presence—and that turned everything around.

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Your Healings 

A new way of praying—that heals
By Ashley Kamau

A healing of a cold turns into a lesson on how to pray effectively.

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Your Healings 

Healing a broken heart
By Dyllan McClain

She felt as though all the love in her life came from one person: her boyfriend. So when he broke up with her, she thought she’d lost something she could never get back. A pivotal conversation in Sunday School changed her mind—and her experience.

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Daily Lift

Taking the deep dive in turbulent waters

Beth Whittenbury from Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA

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