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Applications are now available for DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council (NLC)!
As you look ahead to high school and think about who you want to be as a friend, student and spiritual seeker, DB NLC encourages you to apply for this four-year program dedicated to developing leadership skills, spiritual growth and service to others. NLC is filled with exciting summer adventures, an annual retreat with all NLC classes, a supportive relationship with your own local CS adult mentor and monthly conference calls with your class family of up to 20 other teens from around the country and two dedicated class leaders.
This is the opportunity to learn and live true leadership in high school, create lasting friendships, take memorable trips and work toward earning the Congressional Award from your U.S. Representative.
Applications are due in two months (October 10). Apply now!
NLC changes who you are! It allows you to reach out of your comfort zone, helps build your confidence and leadership skills, and allows you to grow spiritually and connect with teens your age… People should consider NLC because it gives them a second family, a second home, and in that home they are able to learn and grow in such a loving and positive environment.
Make a Difference with NLC!
Since 2004, NLC students have accomplished the following:
Contact the NLC office by email or call 888.416.7348 x135.
|Join DB Outreach in San Diego!
This Labor Day weekend, join your friends and other Christian Science teens and adults in San Diego, CA. Registration closes Monday, August 14, so sign up soon! – Details
DiscoveryBound Compass is another opportunity to meet and connect with Christian Science peers. Learn more about this one-year program for those in 10th-12th grade on the DB website.
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We have a great opportunity to reinvent our reading room. A new Central Market will be taking over our old space. Our new location will be around the corner in the space that was previously Subway. The goal is to be into the new space by Oct 15th – Oct 30th!
Would you like to share your ideas for this new space? You are invited to attend a meeting Monday, July 10th at 7 PM in the current reading room location to share your ideas.
Check this website for updates as the project makes progress.
The last time a total solar eclipse went solely across the US coast to coast was 1918. So don’t miss it!
When: Aug. 21, 2017 11:41 AM
Where: Principia School Campus in St Louis, MO
(Principia School K-12 is a school uniquely For Christian Scientists.)
What:The day will include a talk by astrophysicist Dr. Doyle, lunch, info booths created and hosted by Upper School students, and your own pair of Principia eclipse glasses.
For more information and to RSVP visit: http://www.principia.edu/eclipse
Dr Laurence Doyle, astrophysicist, has said “I’ve never heard anyone who saw an eclipse say ‘ Gosh, I’m sorry I saw that”.
Here is a quick list of what you will see:
- Shadow Bands
- Bailey Beads
- The Diamond Ring Effect
- Prominences and Flares
- and Most importantly: The eclipse!
Can’t make it to St Louis?
You can view a talk by Dr. Doyle about the history of solar eclipses at http://www.principia.edu/eclipse
Are you impressed with the incredible offerings at Principia, a school uniquely for Christian Scientists, and would like to give to this amazing place?
A Painless Birth
I was expecting my second baby. I was determined that this birth would be a better experience than the birth of my first child which had been difficult and long. I have to say that I was unprepared for the first birth. I had not done the mental preparation that is required. I thought that just because I was a Christian Scientist that the birth would be easy.
So as I said, I was expecting my second child. I decided to take a much more focused approach. I contacted a Christian Science practitioner that I has worked with many times. As we talked, I told him my fears and concerns about the previous birth. He suggested that a deep sense of calm handles pain. So I decided to spend the next several months understanding calm. I began by making a list of qualities of calm. What did the concept of “calm” really mean? Did I have to wait for some sort of emergency to be calm? If not, how could I bring a greater sense of Calm into my life even before the birth?
In the beginning of my study on Calm, I thought there was a lot about calm that I did not admire. I thought being calm was doing nothing. I was a go-getter. I admired energy and vivaciousness. I thought calm people were boring. I began to get a whole new view of calm that included peace, harmony, and tranquility as I began my research into what “calm” really included. I began to appreciate a quiet sense of calm in others. A calm Reserve was a good quality that allowed one to think before speaking and to be considerate of others by putting others needs before their own. I began to start appreciating the qualities of peaceful calm. I tried to put calmness into practice in my life. For example, I would sit on my bed after a long day at work and practice stilling my thought and enjoying the quiet. I had never been able to do this before.
During the first pregnancy, I chose not to take special classes to prepare for the birth that the midwife offered. I was afraid that the classes would just be a lot of talk about the medical aspects of birth. This time, I decided to take all the classes and to translate the material circumstances into spiritual ideas. Instead of being worried about what to eat and what not to eat, I studied Hymn 20 in the Christian Science Hymnal that has this line; “Fed by thy love divine we live for Love alone is Life.” During the class on breathing, I thought of Hymn 49 “Breath through the pulse of desire (prayer) Thy coolness and thy balm. Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire, speak through the earthquake wind and fire (pain), O still small voice of calm.” When we had a class that discussed special exercises, I prayed to see that I already expressed flexibility, openness and inspiration – Qualities of God that are mine because I reflect him.
There were a few other fears that I had to face too. First, the fear of emergency. I lived 45 minutes away from the midwife. What if I went into labor during rush hour and I couldn’t get to the midwife on time? Would we have to deliver the baby ourselves? What if something terrible went wrong and I couldn’t get to her clinic? I conquered these fears with the fact of my oneness with God. God is ever-present, all knowing, all seeing, all acting, and all wise. How could I be in better hands than those of God? I was his expression I could never be too far from God. I calmed down and stopped worrying about an emergency.
I was afraid of Pain. During the first birth, I was in labor for 2 days. I ended up in the hospital. I had felt chaotic and out of control. I had been absorbed into the mental picture of pain. To overcome these fears, I reminded myself of those qualities of peace I had begun to cherish. A favorite Bible verse helped me through this fear. It goes “Fear not little flock it is God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” His kingdom is harmony, peace, fearless, and painless calm. Pain is Hypnotism of mortal mind. There is no mortal mind since God is the only Mind. That Mind, God, knows only Good. Recognizing this freed me from the hypnotic sense that pain was inevitable.
As I handled some of the more superficial fears, others began to emerge. I realized I had to admit that I had to handle the fear of failure. I felt I had failed in my practice of Christian Science during the first birth because I went to the hospital instead of being able to rely on prayer alone. I threw in the towel and took the drugs and the epidural instead of praying. Would I fail again? This line from a favorite article in Prose Works written by Mary Baker Eddy tenderly lifted me out of that fear: “Divine Love is an ever-present help and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment…. More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the ‘Peace, be still’ to all human fears, to suffering of every sort.” What is that sweet assurance of peace that handles suffering i.e. pain? Omnipresent Love.
The last fear I had to handle was not my own fear but the fear of the midwife. My husband recognized this. He told me that even though the midwife was wonderful and supportive she still believed this was a human process – natural but also painful. I thought “No, she is completely supportive of my beliefs and prayers.” My husband reminded me that yes, that was true, but I still had to handle the mortal concept that though this was a natural process it was a material and painful experience that she held in thought. I saw that he was right. I handled the last fear with this Truth by Eddy “The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely, Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind or in physical forms.” I followed that idea with this one “A logical and scientific conclusion s reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind but one alone, — MIND.”
During every checkup leading up to the birth the baby was in a “Posterior” position. This meant he was facing the wrong way. This type of positioning was known by the midwife to be especially painful to the mother causing a lot of back pain. I had prayed continually about this issue. I finally thought, I have done the prayer I am not going to worry about that problem anymore. I am simply going to let God handle it. I was inspired by “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action.” I looked up these words inertia – tendency to remain in a fixed position, unchanged, disinclination to move or act. Retard – delay, slow the advance or progress. Check – to hold back. I decided I would just yield, surrender all to the Divine Mind, the source of all movement. He would handle the rest.
The day came for the baby to be born. At 10 am my water broke. I had arranged for the midwife to come to my home for a home birth. I would not worry at all about getting to her or her getting to me. I had control of the complete environment in my home. I asked everyone to be quiet – a quality of calm. I had my husband read to me a list that included the previous quotes to keep my thought focused on these truths. The first contraction my stomach looked like an alien invasion was taking place, the baby had completely flipped and was now in the correct position for birth. In just 4 short hours my son was born. After that first contraction flip, I felt absolutely no pain.
When he arrived I thought; “that was so much fun. I want to do it again!” God is so good. I wanted to stand on a chair and shout it to the world. But instead, I will share it with the world by sharing my experience with you.
Karen Christian McMullen
Victor Hancock,a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Richardson and WWII veteran,
will give a talk on World War II at:
1230 W Spring Valley Road
Richardson Tx 75080
Tuesday, June 20th 11:30-12:30
click here for more information
A student at the Unitversity of Texas did a capstone project on Christian Science Architecture and specifically the First Church of Christ, Scientist Austin which was the first Christian Science Church built in Texas. To watch this very interesting presentation click here
The Bible Study Group has just started studying the book of Samuel.
Get a new view of Hannah, Eli, Samuel, and Saul. What do they mean to us today?
At the same time, get to know new friends from all over the Dallas Ft Worth area while sharing in a pot luck meal.
We would love for you to join in.
Barbara Vining and Kim Korinek have inspired us to write for the Christian Science periodicals.
We discussed our motive for writing: letting your unique voice be heard.
Think about the audience to whom you are writing. We are not writing just for other Christian Scientists and this is not just a record of your personal experience. We are writing for the world. We are writing for our neighbor who knows nothing about Christian Science. We are writing to share our love for God, man and Christian Science. In writing, we are speaking heart to heart.
Kim and Barbara share many ways to get an idea started like starting with the title, an outline, or a central idea. Find your point and stick to it, expand it, try writing as if you are writing a letter to God, to the world, or to a loved one. Let Spirit speak to you.
Editing! On the face of it, no one likes to be edited. But we all need it. Mrs Eddy edited and reedited her own work many times. In the meeting we looked into a few very funny misstatements that were not caught in editing. Love the editing process.
We had two 15 minute writing sessions and time to ask questions.
There will be another chance to ask questions regarding your articles in hand on June 11 when we will offer some group editing in a Skype session with Barbara and Kim for more questions.
Please feel free to come and bring your rough drafts.
Would you like to get out and for a little fun and fellowship?
Here is a schedule of events that will be held at The Leaves.
1230 W spring Valley Road
Richardson, Tx 75080
All are invited to attend.
May 8, 11:30 AM (this coming Monday) Mother’s Day Talk by Rose-Mary Rumbley, Dallas’ famed story-teller.
May 19, 11:30 AM Longyear Museum Talk: Their Current Work
May 25, 11:00 AM Richardson Art Society Exhibit and Sale
June 1, 10:30 AM Presentation at Kookaburra Pet Store to learn about Parrots
June 16, 11:30 AM Father’s Day Talk by Dave Lieber, motivational speaker, author and humorist from The Dallas Morning News
All Progressive Living events are listed on The Leaves website: www.TheLeaves.org/plp
The Principle Foundation is administering this new fund that would enable those who desire Christian Science nursing to have access to this resource regardless of their financial situation. The Fund is now giving grants to Christian Science nursing patients in the United States who cannot pay the full cost of their care.
The fund, NFCSN, can help in any situation where a Christian Science nurse is needed including in home care and facilities. The grants may not pay for all costs associated with care, they can be an invaluable aid to those individuals who are seeking and finding healing through Christian Science.
You can find more information or to donate to the fund at
The Principle foundation