At annual meeting, Christian Scientists see “new spirit” emerging in society

Boston, MA — by Kevin Ness, Committees on Publication Manager, The First Church of Christ, Scientist In today’s culture of political divisions and religious strife, Christian Scientists spoke at their church’s annual meeting of “a new spirit” emerging, which is calling forth the best in people across denominational and national lines. In an interview, the […]

Christian Scientists gather in Boston at denomination’s annual meeting; ponder the relevance of church

Photo: The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, MA© 2016 The Christian Science Board of Directors By: Richard Evans, Manager, Christian Science Committees on Publication, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, MA Boston, MA — When Christian Scientists convened in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, June 6, for the annual meeting of their denomination, they faced […]

Can prayer heal addictions?

An abbreviated version of this post was published in the Concord Monitor (click to read). It also was published on Concord’s Patch.com According to news reports, pop singer Prince had been dependent on opioid painkilling medication, and that he was treated for a drug overdose a few days before he passed on in April. He […]

Health benefits of spirituality

An abbreviated version of the following was published in the Concord Monitor. A recent Concord Monitor interview with retired New Hampshire Hospital Chaplain Rachael Keefe shows how spirituality and spiritual care help patients with mental illness. Chaplain Keefe served for six years, praying for and providing spiritual counseling to patients and staff at New Hampshire’s […]

Spiritual health care that works

Vermont Sunflowers photo by Elodie Reed Participation in alternative health care has surged in recent years. Many people want care and healing with simplicity and results. They are increasingly wary of expensive care that is complicated or drug and surgery dependent. A few years ago, the Los Angeles Times published “More Doctors Going the Alternative […]

Placebo surgery?

Placebos have graduated into surgical procedures. A placebo is a pill or substance without an active medical ingredient. The patient believes that he is receiving a drug. Physicians have found that the patient, unaware of the deception, may respond as if an actual drug was administered. Five years ago psychologist Dr. Irving Kirsch, Associate Director […]

Find a health care voice: The individual mandate, individualized

The following piece was written by recent Amherst College graduate Elodie Reed, reporting for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, NH. The original can be read online at the Ledger-Transcript website and on the Concord Monitor website. Find a health care voice: The individual mandate, individualized By Elodie Reed Monday, October 7, 2013 (Published in print: […]

Christian forgiveness

The clip-clop of horse’s hooves echo in our thought as my wife and I recall our visits with a dear Amish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Several decades ago we established a bond of friendship based on our mutual respect for each other’s faiths. The response of the Amish community during the Nickel Mines school […]