Senior Moments

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My colleague, Bob Clark from Florida, has written a thoughtful blog challenging the notion that with maturity comes debilitation. He shares a healing of Alzheimer’s disease achieved through spiritual means alone. Whether or not you are a "senior", this is a blog worth reading. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida I live in an area with a lot of wonderful older people, “seniors” as they’re Continue Reading

Consciousness and health – more evidence

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This month Baylor University published the results of their religion survey taken in 2009, “The Values and Beliefs of The American Public”.  Two previous surveys were taken in 2005 and 2007.  Most of the findings of the survey were interesting.  Two in particular, however, resonate with me and my relationship with God. They report that those who have a “warm relationship with God” report the fewest “mental health Continue Reading

Prayer That Heals – A Reason for Blogging

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing this post from the blog of Shannon Horst, Christian Science Committee on Publication for New Mexico.  Her story is a clear and compelling example of why people, such as Shannon and I, choose Christian Science as their health care system.  It works!  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. For readers who follow this blog, you know that I generally post an original piece on Monday every week. Well, yesterday, I had every Continue Reading

Storytelling and healing

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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

Can the Thoughts of Those Around Us Influence Our Health?

This is a question that we all need to seriously consider.  If it's true, what can we do about it?  What responsibility do we have for the health of those around us?  Are we contributing to their well-being, or are we having a negative effect on them.  All important questions to reflect upon. In his blog post, my friend and colleague Bill Scott, Christian Science Committee on Publication for the state of Washington, discusses these issues.  You will find it by clicking the link below.  John D. Continue Reading

Insurance Exchange Should Include Spiritual Care Services

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Last Tuesday, July 19th, The Lund Report published a guest opinion piece that I wrote.  It discusses why the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation should evaluate whether or not companies selling products within the exchange should cover spiritual health care services.  You can read the  piece on The Lund Report website, or read it below.   John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. A recent study indicates that 49 percent of Americans have used prayer to deal Continue Reading

Letter printed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal – “Prayer has a role in treating illness”

On July 8, 2011, Mitch Horowitz wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal titled, “When spirituality kills.” In response, Russ Gerber, spokesman for the Christian Science Church, submitted a letter to the editor, which has been published. Click here for the letter posted on WSJ.com or you can read it below.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. In “When Spirituality Kills” (Houses of Worship, July 8), Mitch Horowitz refers to Christian Science and alludes to Continue Reading

Lasting Health Benefits of Religious Attendance

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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?

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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