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Our latest lecture with Chet Manchester

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Penrith holds lectures once a year as our free gift to the community. The lectures are a means of providing our community with spiritual insights that may help to bring harmony and healing to individual lives. They also provide an opportunity for the public to find out about the teachings or Christian Science and its founder Mary Baker Eddy.

If you missed our latest lecture or would like a more in-depth version of Chet’s lecture, Aha Moments That Heal, click here.

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You can watch other online videos here.

Kindness: Let it “make your day”

This month we have a guest blog from Kay Stroud, Kay is a freelance writer focussing on the undeniable connection between our thinking and our health. She write for metropolitan and regional news media throughout Australia and beyond, and is a regular contributor to Australia’s national forum, Online Opinion, and the APN regional network in Northern NSW and Queensland. Kay is also the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Northern-Eastern Australia (NSW, QLD, ACT, NT)
November 13, 2015 By  2 Comments

Health improves in kinder-hearted world

Did you know that a baby’s first instinct is kindness? Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the Max Planck Institute, in Germany, have found that infants spontaneously engage in helpful behavior and will even overcome obstacles to do so. It appears to be the alleviation of other’s suffering that motivates them — whether or not they engage in the helping behavior themselves.

Kindness is our natural and, some might say, divine, spark. Spiritual activists from many religious traditions have stated similar sentiments to that of Paul the Apostle, “…be kind one to another, tenderhearted” …and … “walk in love,” each affirming our essential spiritual nature which expresses the divine Love.

November 13 is World Kindness Day, “a day to look beyond ourselves,” the global organisation contends. The movement affirms that if we’re to progress in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.

What we do have in common is our innate compassion and kindness, which, when reclaimed, will undeniably help to heal our world.

Greater kindness at home, in the workplace, on the road and on social media can have significant healing effect. However, it’s not always easy to be kind to those who seem to be getting in the way of our fondest hopes and desires, as my experience shows.

I’d found the perfect new home after weeks of searching and it ticked all the boxes. The thing was, it would cost every dollar we had and more, and my joy in finding it was causing my husband to experience terrible stress, as he strongly believed that we’d be forever chasing our tails in financial hardship.

Tension was escalating between us, as circumstances dictated that a decision be made that very weekend!

Diverging for a moment, it’s interesting to note that 80% of visits to the doctor are believed to be stress-related. One of today’s spiritual thinkers, Deepak Chopra, gives this explanation. “… what is “stress” if not fear, anxiety and worry dressed up in more socially acceptable clothing?” He suggests that “being “stressed out” is just the code word for being really, really scared.”

I found it helpful to see stress and pressure for what they really were – fear – and not simply obstruction or stubbornness. And, for me, the realisation that my stance was adding to my husband’s fear was a wake-up call to gently step back from the argument.

So, what happened about our new home?

I found that I needed to set aside my personal agenda, mentally let go of that house, and just be open to a love-based solution that would benefit us both. I then waited expectantly, for I’d experienced time and again solutions that unfold from such actions.

Checking my emails over breakfast, I was surprised and excited that a new home had come on the market that day in the right area, which suited our budget perfectly.

The agent was able to meet us there within the hour. It may not have matched my preconceived ideal but it had a great feel. We were both moved – as if we had one mind – to decide there and then to purchase it.

I was in awe again of the power of patience and kindness.

In fact, spiritual healer and thought-leader, Mary Baker Eddy, sums up the whole matter this way. “When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

I can vouch that happiness and success increase in a kinder-hearted society, and there is strong evidence to suggest that our health benefits, too.

Read this article in the press on the Lismore Northern Star.

Hear a short audio version on ChristianScience.com

Praying for our environment

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http://www.seasonofcreation.org

In September Christians from around the world have been asked to pray for our environment.

The mandate to care for our environment starts in the first chapter of Genesis. Here we learn that God created all — the earth, the heavens, the seas, the plants and animals as well as man (generic term) both male and female (Gen 1:1-31). When we respect and value the beauty, diversity and usefulness of our world we are honouring God.

The founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, states in her major work Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that all of God’s creations “point to Mind [God], the spiritual intelligence they reflect” (p. 240). Later she explains that “spiritually interpreted, rocks and mountains stand for solid and grand ideas” and “the fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love” (p. 511).

Some may argue that God gave humanity the right to use creation solely for humanities benefit because God gave man “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen 1:28). Modern day theologian and Old Testament scholar, Gordon Wenham, explains that the dominion given to humanity is for the benefit of all creation. He compares this to the role of ancient kings who were considered the image of God and “God’s representatives on earth who governed the earth on his behalf”(p. 39). As we are all made in God’s image and likeness and the Bible portrays God as solicitous of the welfare of his creation, this is what we are expected to be too.

Eddy explains that “all nature teaches God’s love to man” (Science and Health p. 326) and that “there is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God. (p.503). However, we can’t show our love for God, Spirit, by dwelling on the material physical form We need  to value the purpose of each part of creation to the whole of creation by looking beyond the physical form to the spiritual qualities these forms express. Guidance of our responsibility is given in the statement that “God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower” (p. 518).

God’s creation is like a beautiful symphony. Some notes may be more dominant than others but each note is valuable and essential to the beauty of the whole symphony.

Written by Sue Searle.

(Sue is a Christian Scientist, a Master of Theology Student, and member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Penrith)

Links to resources you might find helpful in praying for our world

Eye on the world: Supporting through prayer the world’s efforts to preserve the environment 

by Sentinel staff

Click here to view:’ http://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/1qpc83vutly?s=e

Audio

Praying about the environment.                                                                                       

Guests: Cheryl Arts, Susan Stark, Glen Lauder

Sentinel Radio 1990

Click here to view:’ http://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/gfbszvhs4a?s=e