National Day of prayer, or “every day is a prayer”?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Since today is the National Day of Prayer I thought it fitting to reflect on how prayer works in my life. As a child I behaved like most kids. I cried when I was sad. I ran away from anything that frightened me. If I was happy I would laugh or get excited and do all kinds of crazy kid things. All of this was pretty normal, given how I grew up. When I reached young adulthood my responses became less impulsive. I was more Continue Reading

If I get more, you don’t get less.

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve been thinking about events in Wisconsin and Ohio lately: large demonstrations at the capitol, anger over moves to limit collective bargaining, political maneuverings in the legislature, and demonstrations right here in Oregon supporting the unions in Wisconsin. There’s a lot of energy and emotion around unions and collective bargaining right now. Collective bargaining is not unfamiliar to me.  I was a member of a Continue Reading

“She does not have that permission from me.”

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon What a powerful statement! I’ve been thinking about it since I first read it in The Globe and Mail two weeks ago. How often do we unwittingly give, or withhold, permission for so many things in our lives? In this instance, it was Gabrielle Gifford’s doctor guaranteeing that she wouldn’t die because he didn’t give her permission to do so. Congresswoman Gifford was shot in the head point blank by a deranged gunman on Continue Reading

Prayer is…..

My friend and colleague from Texas, Keith Wommack, put this post up today. Prayer is an important topic and  you will find his short discussion to be inspiring. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Prayer is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God. Prayer is a spiritual understanding of Him. Prayer is an unselfed love. Prayer is desire. Prayer is the fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good Continue Reading

Does God really exist?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon According to a poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life… “more than nine-in-ten Americans (92%) believe in the existence of God or a universal spirit, [but] there is considerable variation in the nature and certainty of this belief. Six-in-ten adults believe that God is a person with whom people can have a relationship; but one-in-four – including about half of Jews and Hindus – see God as an impersonal force. Continue Reading

Does prayer work?

By John D. Clague, Committee on Publication for Oregon Is prayer real, and does it actually have an effect? This question is met with no small amount of skepticism when it comes up in my conversations with people who aren't accustomed to praying. So, does it work? Or is it just wishful thinking, hoping that the odds work out in our favor? It's an honest question, worthy of close examination. Across the nation, according to the Pew Research Institute, 58% of the population say they pray at Continue Reading

Health care legislation, or health: which is best for Oregonians?

Health care legislation, or health: which is best for Oregonians?

Few people know, or remember, that in 2009 the Oregon legislature adopted its own version of health care reform with the passage of HB2009. This sweeping legislation set up a multitude of committees and boards to direct the legislative and rule-making process for ensuring that all Oregonians have “access to health care.” As the legislative liaison for the Christian Science Church in Oregon, I've been tracking decisions and attending meetings of some of these committees so I can stay abreast of Continue Reading

Holy Smoke!

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It’s the unexpected that gives me the most difficulty. You know, the kind of thing that just isn’t anywhere on my list of possibilities for the day, or for the moment. In fact, last Sunday I didn’t even have a list of possibilities. I was just cruising along because life is good. I was almost at church when I got the call: Our church building was on fire. “That can’t be” I told myself. Unfortunately, it was true. As I rounded the last corner I could see the building surrounded by fire trucks, 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