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Coming Out For Good

by Tom Taffel April 24, 2019 The following article was recently rejected for publication from the Christian Science Publishing Society. From the editors: “Publication of your article would definitely look like an endorsement from The Mother Church of homosexual practice. Thus, we cannot publish it.” Walking through the valley of the shadow of death wasn’t the path I chose; but it was… Read more »

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A Celebration of Life for Kathleen Clementson, B.D.A.E., C.S.B.

Recently a life celebration was held for Kathleen Clementson, B.D.A.E., C.S.B., a pioneering feminist artist of the stature of Judy Chicago, who went on to become a Christian Science healing practitioner, teacher and lecturer, speaking to university medical audiences between 1994 and 2001. Kathleen met her soulmate while taking primary class instruction in 1985 and ultimately wed Suzanne Nightingale in… Read more »

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Glimpses of Eternity

by Tom Taffel Due to unexpected time constraints, I curtailed my 2018 Emergence International, St. Louis talk: “Life, Death and Our Journey Home” – which unfortunately deprived our attendees of the most important and elucidating part of the talk devoted to “Shared Death Experiences,” based on Mary Baker Eddy’s illuminating, (albeit underappreciated), statement in Science and Heath: There is one possible moment, when… Read more »

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A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life (Memorial Service) You can use a share A talk by Tom Taffel at the 2018 Emergence Conference Below is a “Celebration of Life Service” you can use and share with others. It’s uplifting, joyous, healing and ‘ready to go.’ In time of need, you will not need to start from scratch and reinvent the wheel. I… Read more »

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A Celebration of Life through Music

Hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal Assembled by Tom Taffel 64,    From Sense to soul my pathway lies before me 134,  I look to Thee in every need 146,  In god I find a precious gift 77,    God is my strong salvation 413,  Let us sing of Easter gladness 263,  Only God can bring us gladness 412,  O dreamer, leave thy… Read more »

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Protect and Defend

by Tom Taffel June 3, 2013 To defend is the natural tendency to guard and fortify. Naturally, we take steps to defend ourselves against the things we think will threaten, attack, and weaken us. This is quite different from being “defensive,” which is often associated with suspicious and distrustful behavior. To me, the battle cry of defensiveness is the costly… Read more »

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“Evil is neither communicable nor scientific”

“Evil is neither communicable nor scientific” by Tom Taffel Revised June 28, 2017 In the truest sense of the word, only good, derived from God, is communicable, scientific and of lasting benefit. God’s thoughts never leave their source. They communicate only good — never evil — as the means to teach us beneficial lessons. Erroneous beliefs can have many camouflages… Read more »

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Emergence International 2015: “A glorious day is dawning”

At the 2015 Conference in St. Louis, the following keynote speech was delivered by Dr. John Near, retired Professor Emeritus of Music at Principia College. Emergence International 2015: “A glorious day is dawning” Dr. John R. Near, Professor Emeritus of Music, Principia College Good morning! I’d like to begin by reading Hymn 2 from the Christian Science Hymnal. A glorious… Read more »

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Conquering Contagion by Rev Paul Peck – Wednesday 04 February

    Conquering Contagion 8,8,8,8   When others would a plague rehearse, And broadcast fears of woe-some fate; When news brings on an illness’ views, And plans of error conquering man.   Then we must work to soon reverse These lies which foretell, soon or late, A claim that Life would not eschew, Nor can it be within Life’s Plan…. Read more »

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U.S. Supreme Court & Marriage Equality 2015 – The Last Dance – Saturday 27 December 2014

   Justice waits, and is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting victory. Mary Baker Eddy (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 277)     Donna Summer – Last Dance (Official Video) by Donna Summer 2 years ago 185,882 views Official music video for “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.       Gay Marriage Cases Teed Up For Supreme Court Justices’ Action  |  By By MARK SHERMAN… Read more »

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