One path to health care, or another choice?


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’m curious about what’s missing in Oregon’s media on health and health care. You see plenty on health care reform, lots on the latest trends in conventional medical research, and much discussion about society’s hopes for a cure to our most obstinate health challenges. What you don’t see reported much is the public’s increasing pursuit of alternative and integrative health practices. People are concerned about their Continue Reading

Medical marijuana – isn’t there a better way?


“Medical pot clinic manager gets prison term” This headline in an Oregon newspaper isn't particularly remarkable. Everyday the news carries stories of crime and punishment. Here the defendant illegally provided marijuana to people. If we peel back the layers of this headline we begin to see a different issue than what's on the surface. It really isn't just about crime and punishment. It's about humanity's yearning to relieve pain and suffering. Sixteen states and D.C. have legalized the use Continue Reading

The prayer that heals us (dogs & cats too)

This blog post by my colleague and friend in Texas, Keith Wommack, illustrates the all inclusiveness of God's presence and efficacy in health care.  I know you will enjoy reading his thoughts on this topic.   John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. by Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas The prayer that heals us (dogs and cats too) is not a matter of wishing and hoping for the best. It is based on spiritual laws. It is reliable and Continue Reading

Are you one of the 245,386? There IS another way for those who react adversely to drugs.

Hi folks.  Again, my friend from the UK, Tony Lobl, has written an excellent and timely post which I want to share here.  At this moment I am sitting in health care reform hearings in the Oregon State legislature, and I am struck by the absence any discussion of spiritual care as a viable alternative.  Tony provides compelling reasons as to why we should consider spiritual care.  I hope you enjoy reading his thoughts as much as I did. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication Continue Reading

The medical model: Solution to every health problem – or is it?


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It’s not uncommon for the topic of Christian Science to come up in my conversations with others because people know I'm a Christian Scientist. Healing through prayer is often a part of these discussions. Invariably, it comes out in subtle--or not so subtle--terms that prayer is nice, but medical science, i.e., the medical model, is the ultimate and final solution to health problems. I haven’t been able to find the Continue Reading

Science, Healing, and Faith

Science, healing, and faith: Christian Science in Oregon I was not raised in Christian Science. I found this scientific religion while in college. I was looking for something more than my mainstream Christian religion provided me. I took a spiritual journey, so to speak, learning about different faiths and pondering seriously what I read. Eventually I realized that there were particular core principles that felt true to me. I didn’t know how they fit into any other religious or philosophical Continue Reading