mindfulness (little “m”)

I have struggled with the concept of “mindful” for years. It usually comes with a lecture, or a demand disguised as a request often framed as a learning opportunity. It has been used to override boundaries, and bypass requests. The concept is often used in Christian Science to blame, shame, undermine, and side-step the actual … Continue reading mindfulness (little “m”)

Confession, Atonement & Redemption

As the stars in order going,All-harmonious, He doth move;Heavenly calm and comfort showing,Comes the healing word of love.Who the word of wisdom hearethFeels the Father Love within,Where as dawn the shadow cleareth,Love outshines the night of sin.- Hymn 263 I’m part way through Small Creatures Such As We, Finding Wonder and Meaning in Our Unlikely … Continue reading Confession, Atonement & Redemption

When the “Normal” isn’t actually Normal At All

I've been unpacking some of the topics covered by the Get Wise webinar with Bob & Judy Pardon, and (heavily paraphrasing here) somewhere along the way they talked about how destructive systems*, like Christian Science, make the abnormal appear totally normal. This normal/abnormal issue pops up fairly regularly, I often find it triggering in the … Continue reading When the “Normal” isn’t actually Normal At All

Why do young adults disengage with CS communities? HOW IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION!?

I recently received an email from a CS-affiliated group that was holding a local gathering/discussion forum for Christian Scientists. It read, in part: These discussions will be exploring questions like: What are ways that your Christian Science community has supported you? What are some things you would like to see in your CS communities? What … Continue reading Why do young adults disengage with CS communities? HOW IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION!?