Compassion to What End?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people on street corners asking for money the last several years. I have to admit that sometimes cynicism nags at me in response to the plea scribbled on a piece of cardboard in their hand. “Anything will help. God bless” Other times I just feel bad for the person holding the sign.  On rare occasions I actually give them some money.   I can’t explain why some people struck a chord Continue Reading

Holding Crime in Check

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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

Giving as Thanks Aids Health

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it’s a time to especially acknowledge the gratitude I feel for all the good in my life. A dictionary might define this term, thanksgiving, as “an act of giving thanks”, but I think it means more than that. It goes beyond uttering words of thanks to expressing it in concrete ways. It’s more action oriented and isn’t focused on me. Rather, my gratitude should impel Continue Reading

The promise of hope fulfilled

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What I know of Christmas today is certainly different than what I knew as a child. I was really caught up in the magic of the holiday: the Christmas tree, decorations, presents, special treats, and being out of school for two whole weeks. It was a magical time of year. As a child I was clueless about the sometimes unfortunate backstory of the magic. Stress, lack of money to buy gifts (or even to eat), being alone when you're supposed to be with family and friends, broken relationships, Continue Reading

Doing good for the benefit of who?

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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

Beyond Coping to Healing

Today's guest post is by a friend and colleague, Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida.  His post is a beautiful discussion of where we need to be after dealing with a crisis.  Just coping may actually be more harmful than the healing that is necessary and  possible.  I know you will find Bob's post interesting and helpful.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. There’s coping with a crisis….and then there’s healing it. And there’s a Continue Reading

The Boomers are coming

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Roger Whiteway, my colleague from Virginia has a good point about how we should view health care reform and the burgeoning population of baby boomers.  He makes good points to ponder.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Roger Whiteway, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Virginia What do Sly Stalone, George W. Bush, Danny Glover and I have in common? This month we became eligible for Medicare coverage. Yes, the first wave of the Baby Boomers 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

Sin’s impact on Health

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So just how does "sin" affect our health?  And just what is sin?  My colleague and friend, Keith Wommack, from the great state of Texas, has an interesting discussion on this topic. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas There is a lot of suffering these days, it seems. If I wanted to shoot hoops today, but the only sneakers I could find were a pair of size 8½ red high-tops, I’d be Continue Reading

Nursing that doesn’t fill a void

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What impact will health care reform in the United States have on the health care delivery system in Oregon? I’ve been watching this pretty closely. One trend, even before the current reform began, is the shortage of care givers. Now, with reform, there is increased access to care making the shortage worse. Availability of good health care is a concern to patients, policy makers, and legislators alike. In a recent article, Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian points out that one way to meet this Continue Reading