February 16, 2017
Here are some notes from our Christian Science Monitor discussion group on February 16, 2017. We talked about various articles in the February 20, 2017 Monitor beginning with the main article about Israel and Palestine. A take away from that, which happened to be a theme for the whole hour was to understand there is one Mind—not many minds competing for power, sovereignty, etc. This ties in with our annual Spiritual Goal, “The scientific unity which exists between God (Truth for this month) and man must be wrought out in life practice, and God’s (Truth’s) will must be universally done.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 202.
From that discussion about whether there should be one or two states in Israel, we discussed a dichotomy in the US with the native Americans and their plight. We discussed how to pray about those who seem to “have” and “have not.”
Next we talked about the “Points of Progress” pages in the Monitor, specifically how the Australian government has been able to decrease smoking related hospital admissions by 23%. We tied this into drugs and alcohol and the prayer that God’s creation is complete, cared for, not needing to depend upon material methods for fitting in or dealing with the ups and downs of life, not needing to escape or needing to join the current trends, not needing to worship a false idolatry. The question was asked, “At what point should individuals be required to do things vs them being free to make their own choice?” (Also related to government regulations vs corporations choosing to regulate themselves.)
We then talked about the editorial, “Shout out for honesty shifts one of Europe’s more corrupt states” and how Romanians are learning that, “a head of state that obeys the law is (NOT) a weak leader and that honesty is (NOT) stupidity. . . Families and schools now have to educate young Romanians to build their character. . . “ This outcry is an example for the rest of the world to see and learn from. . .
Which led us to briefly touch on “Fake News” on page 11 and two letters to the editor and a Sentinel article from the2/13/17 titled “Engaging with the news in a healing way.” In this article, we are called upon to be prophets or “spiritual seers” as MBE defines the term, when reading the news. We concluded with a thought from this week’s quarterly Lesson Sermon on Mind, “. . . for there is nothing covered that shall not revealed; and hid that shall not be known.” Matthew10: 26