Holding Crime in Check

adl21

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It’s never easy to see tragedies that undo lives and families and communities. In my 30 years of law enforcement I encountered  plenty of this sort of thing.  Our hearts go out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, and to all parents and teachers across the country.  And yet, as we enter the season of good will and peace on earth, we are challenged to find a way to address the unexplainable. Without some view of the Continue Reading

Violence and health – challenging the status quo

iStock_000005412288XSmall

We often talk about health in terms of treating disease or not getting sick. But there are other factors that can negatively affect one's health that aren’t so obvious, such as violence. This is a major public health issue that is monitored by the Center for Disease Control. Take for instance young people. The CDC reports that: “Youth violence results in considerable physical, emotional, social, and economic consequences. Although rates of youth homicide have declined substantially during Continue Reading

Doing good for the benefit of who?

2470268_s

By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I'm sure there are many examples of people selflessly helping others. What comes to mind for you? Perhaps someone who is well known, like Mother Teresa. Or perhaps there is someone you personally know who is a selfless giver, not expecting anything in return. I think immediately of incidents like: Hundreds of boat owners and ferry pilots converging on the Manhattan shoreline to evacuate stranded New Yorkers after the Continue Reading

Thankfulness – a blessing for everyone

iStock_000018181436XSmall

By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication About a year ago, not long before Thanksgiving, I was invited to participate on an Oregon Public Broadcasting live panel discussion focused on the theme “...how people hold on to their faith when it is tested.” It was an interesting discussion with lively audience participation. “Lively” for sure. More than half the audience, and it was open to the public, was made up of various anti-religion groups self-identified as “humanist” or Continue Reading

Storytelling and healing

iStock_000011282157XSmall

By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve been thinking about how the stories we hear and tell are a powerful way of learning and connecting.  Through our stories we connect with our past, we experience the present, and we anticipate the future. Many sacred texts such as the Bible are a compilation of stories that were passed on orally from generation to generation.  When the written word, and the ability to read, became more common and widespread, these Continue Reading

Placebos are not the endgame.

iStock_000001354866XSmall

By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon The Institute of Medicine released a report in June describing the prevalence of chronic pain in America. They report that it “affects at least 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.” These astounding numbers are so large that finding a solution for this Continue Reading

Lasting Health Benefits of Religious Attendance

OUr Church

Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas, shares an inspiring blog post on the health benefits of attending church.  I want share it here so that my readers have the benefit of Keith's thoughts.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack You say you were dragged to church every week? You didn’t want to go? Your mother insisted it was good for you? Well, she was right. And in even more ways than she imagined. Turns out, Continue Reading

Freaked out about your health?

headache

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Health anxiety. Boy, that’s a big issue. It’s a condition I’ve seen in many people over the years. Parents worrying about each symptom experienced by their child. Adults obsessed with every the latest malady reported in the news. Have you ever paid attention to the conversations around you at work? A day doesn’t go by without someone talking about his latest health issue, what his doctor says about it, her concerns Continue Reading

Young people healing through prayer? Yep!

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon There are those  times in our lives when we meet remarkable people.  The last two years have been one of those times for me.  You see, I get to meet with Christian Science college students at the University of Oregon every week.  They're incredible.  Their insights and understanding of the principles underlying the practice of Christian Science are unparalleled.  Two of them, Lauren and Denise, recently took the time to Continue Reading

True manhood

_mg_8494

By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It was another night of disagreement between my parents, which led to my father's inevitable drinking. He marched out to his truck with his rifles, saying he was going to kill himself. "You don't love me. Just wait until I'm gone, then you'll be sorry." As the oldest of three sons I once again was put in the position of the "adult", intervening, taking away his guns, and telling him to go back into the house. I had become Continue Reading