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Keeping mercy

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. (English Standard Version) Know now then that […]

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Making the Bible practical

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Reading the Bible practically requires thought. This is different from reading the Bible  emotionally or as if the words are what God said. The Bible isn’t a history book and God doesn’t speak human words. God is Spirit and communicates […]

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Poetry and tradition

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Ash-Wednesday by T S Eliot Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Desiring this man’s gift and that man’s scope I no longer strive to strive towards […]

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The questionable big bang

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bible scholars recognize two distinct accounts of creation in Genesis. In the first chapter of Genesis through chapter 2:3, God renders the common noun, Elohim. As for the second account, the beginning of human history, God renders Yahweh in the […]

If you are in upstate New York…

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hi Everyone, I would like to invite you to the Unitarian/Universalist Society in Oneonta, New York, November 30. I will be giving the sermon, subject: appreciation. The service begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Church location is 12 Ford Avenue, Oneonta, […]

Free Science and Health E-Book offer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The first person to enter the promo code (below) at Trafford Stub.com will receive a free E-book of 21st Century Science and Health 10200000231748

Saving silence

posted by Cheryl Petersen

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1 ESV

Gender fluidity and spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In our sex obsessed world, the propaganda of twirling human gender and identity can’t help but alter language, views, laws, and religious creeds. The terms “non-binary” or “gender fluidity” have recently been added to the more newly established titles of: […]

Getting out of the rut

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Moses lived a few hundred years after Joseph, the guy who saved the children of Israel from starvation by bringing them to Egypt. The move to the land of plenty was a glorious salvation. By time Moses was born, the […]

Authentic baptism

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last week, I was asked by Chris to come watch his baptism. He decided he wanted to be baptized in the Susquehanna River. The day was lovely. The event was touching. Chris’ family was there and church friends. We all […]

Entering the realm of Spirit

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Psalms 106 recalls the story of when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. They crossed the Red Sea and passed over into the land of Sinai. From here the children were to move into the Promised Land […]

Does God give approval?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Working as a news reporter, it becomes obvious that some stories can almost paralyze readers. I too have been guilty of letting my thoughts become paralyzed, not only with a particular news event but also with beliefs. Time and effort […]

What crowd are we in?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Read from the book, A Heart Like His, by Beth Moore, “All of us need to be surrounded by people who are invited to hold us accountable and question the questionable.”

Church leader’s interpretation needs rounding out

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A statement from leaders of First Church of Christ, Scientist, has been brought to my attention. Their statement, found in the 2014 July edition of the Christian Science Journal, answers the question: “Should Science and Health with Key to the […]

Keeping the primary goal, primary

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Traveling on a plane from the east coast to the west, we riders sat shoulder to shoulder, like eggs in a box. We faced, and overcame challenges so as to co-exist. The strength of our co-existence came about due to […]

One cause and effect

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A powerful concept I’ve pondered is the oneness of cause and effect. Divine Science is embedded in a unified cause and effect. Interestingly, the effectiveness of knowing cause and effect as one and the same, offers me more balance in […]

Introduction to 5th edition of modern Science and Health

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My introduction to Science and Health happened while I was working in New Zealand as a research scientist. I met an amazing person, a woman in her 80’s, a well-known artist; a national treasure. She was loving and strong, exuding […]

Tips on worshipful presentations

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’ve been attending classes on how to present a message for a church. Here are a few tips I took away from last nights class. -Don’t use divisive words. Churches often have their own lingo however, using this lingo creates […]

Balancing spiritual independence and group settings through leadership

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The fastest growing “religion” in the West is the trend toward spiritual independence. Spiritually independent people are eager to explore the teachings, texts, and techniques of all religions and refuse to be limited to or labeled by one religion alone. […]

Don’t blink, Blessings are here

posted by Cheryl Petersen

1 Peter 3:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being […]

I still like my Pastor

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Unlike my contemporaries, who have drifted away from religion and either started attending another church or stopped going to church altogether, I haven’t drifted from my religion. But, I no longer attend church regularly. Back in the day, I was […]

Zen Kitty’s evening muse

posted by Cheryl Petersen

John 20:19 English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Appears to the Disciples 19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood […]

Can this religion be saved?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

For the lack of better words, religions generally refer to shepherds and sheep. Church leaders are the shepherds and church members are the sheep. As with any union, there will be disagreements. Problems in religious unions arise, not because of […]

Catching up with progress

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After years of hostility toward God and religion, it’s time to look up again. We can peer into the immortal cosmology, past all the foibles and meanderings of the human existence. The hostility gets old as thinkers roll up their sleeves […]

Sometimes I just want to cry

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I don’t cry very often. Usually, I’m really tired and one thing after another piled up until I break down and cry. But, the other day, everything was fine. Really fine. I was out on a walk. The snow fall […]

Zen Kitty and life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole,–Roger Caras Cats are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Children are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Jobs are not […]

Our neighbor celebrates Advent

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbors in the Village have an Advent display in their living room. The display radiated a serenity that caught my attention. I’ve never participated in Advent before so was intrigued. According to About.com, Mary Fairchild, Christianity Editor says, “Celebrating […]

The Heresy of Revisions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Let me be blunt: revisions of religious texts, whether verbally or in print, are postmodern heresies. To which I say—Okay. First off, languages and circumstances change. The lifestyle of today is not the lifestyle of yesterday. When attempting to apply […]

Let spirituality guide science, theology, and medicine

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Here is an excerpt from an abridged version of Science, Theology, and Medicine,  a discussion on how to guide those modalities with spirituality.   “Some spiritual healers exhibit an innate effortless ability to reflect Truth—they are the Mozart of music, […]

Making a Good God Reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”  Gen. 1:31 The knowledge that God made everything good can be difficult to act on. Everyday life experience contradicts that knowledge. Even second-hand experiences contradict the […]

The religious and nonreligious challenge beliefs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The end of year 2001, with the prospect of religious-based terrorist attacks terrifyingly real, many are quick to cast the nonreligious as the liberator. The prospect of a 21st century nonreligious-based society forms part of a larger narrative about the […]

Streamlining relevant religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Why read the Bible?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The luxury of easy access to a variety of God-oriented books in the 21st century sometimes draws my attention away from reading the Bible. The Bible can be a rather hairy read, all the drama, killing, adultery, incest, torture, and […]

Interpreting life rather than creating life

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Exodus 9 tells part of the story where Moses asked Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. Pharaoh wasn’t too keen on losing his slaves, so Moses had to give him an incentive. With Moses came a slew of […]

Death and Dying

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The nons

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The dubious debate over religious versus non-religious in the United States has captivated many minds in the field of thinkers. That’s because in addition to millions of religious folk, a significant number of non-religious (nons) would benefit from religious clarity. […]

Back to College

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After 30-years, I returned to college and attended a two-week session at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. We studied Spirituality in Christian Life. The books that provided the framework for the class: The Desert Fathers, Julian of Norwich, […]

Keeping Tabs on Zeal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The ceaseless struggle between religious zealotry and common sense conjures conflict and confusion. Zealotry is destructive. Common sense is sometimes uncommon. Zealotry is defined as fanaticism or excessive intolerance of opposing views. But, it also can mean ardor or fervor. […]

What is the Science of Being?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview a digital booklet that resonates with spiritual thinkers. You can consider a view of science and religion that is compatible. This booklet discusses the query and quest of eternal Being. You can learn how to experience […]

Exploring Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview and buy new/old thoughts on Prayer. Excerpt: “Effective prayer is buoyed by an intense desire for increased grace. The desire must be combined with a genuine effort to express courage, forbearance, love, and good deeds…We are […]

Christian Healing in the 21st Century

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview, and purchase, a dialogue on spiritual healing. Excerpts from the dialogue: Whatever our profession or position in life, we can go to the sick and love much, but we must regard common sense and common humanity […]

Footsteps in Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview, and buy, a discussion on what steps to take next in life. Excerpts: Spiritual power is not used to control or ignore the fleshly sensations but to become aware of Spirit, of honesty, connectedness, humility, joy, […]

Collapsing Time

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Timelines present a chronological sequence of related events along a drawn line. They aid readers to more quickly grasp information according to time. Timelines can also collapse time. Let me explain. The Bible spans millenniums. Taking the event of ascension, […]

Power of Propaganda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human psyche is indeed an enigma, an alien of sorts. Therefore, it is no wonder I feel a draw to study spirituality. Spiritual mindedness keeps the human mind realistic, in the world, but not of the world. Human minds […]

Online Bible Class

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry offers online classes and I decided to join in. The Gospel of Mark is the session I’m currently enrolled in and have to say, it is interesting and simple. I’ve never taken an […]

Holisitc Approach to Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spirituality is explained critically from a holistic standpoint in this century. Historically, spirituality was knit tightly to religion—only because religion was the main source of knowledge up until a few centuries ago—and involved a lot of ritualism and superstition. The […]

Sexuality and God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Womanhood and manhood are not biological destinies. As we tap into our spirituality, we can balance the intellectual and intuitive, home and work, family and career. Many religions depict God as Father-Mother, with all the wonderful qualities embraced by man […]

Hospitality in Religion and Healthcare

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hospitality has become big business in the travel industry and the trend is appearing in the fields of religion and healthcare. Granted, the business of hospitality exposes the fact that we are hospitable when we are getting paid money. Not […]

Selective Hearing, Selective Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Why is it that my husband can hear me think, “The cookies are done,” and yet he can’t hear me verbally repeat over and over, “Please don’t wash my blouse with the mudroom rugs”? He can be on the other […]

Mindsets No Longer Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy was a household name one hundred years ago—Christian, preacher, author—a Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer of the 19th century. However, Eddy’s main book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures made some rather bold statements for […]

Review on The Pacific Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As an avid reader of the Bible, I looked forward to reviewing The Pacific Bible. Privy to the fact that almost four hundred verses—reiterating extreme human habits unacceptable in today’s society—have been removed, I reminded myself to read with an […]

Are You Ordinary?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The book Twelve Ordinary Men,  by John MacArthur is keeping my attention. MacArthur details the lives of Christ Jesus’ apostles beginning with the fact that these disciples were ordinary. Fishermen, a doctor, a tax collector. Jesus chose 12 people to […]

Constructing the Nativity XI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a […]

Constructing the Nativity X

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male […]

Constructing the Nativity IX

posted by Cheryl Petersen

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with […]

Constructing the Nativity VIII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and […]

Constructing the Nativity VII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own […]

Constructing the Natvity VI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the […]

Constructing the Nativity V

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth […]

Constructing the Nativity IV

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; […]

Constructing the Nativity III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby […]

Constructing the Nativity II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[b] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name […]

Constructing the Nativity I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both […]

Borrowed Christmas Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Santa Claus is a jolly reminder that many of the traditions engaged in during Christmas time were borrowed, maybe never to be returned. The traditions of gift-giving, tree decorating, feasting, and honoring gods, can be traced back to ancient Scandinavia, […]

Prayer VI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpts from the Abridged chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health. Christ Jesus also apparently gave this suggestion: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then […]

Prayer V

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpts from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health. The gratifications of the tactile senses and the bombardment of information require us to hone our spiritual sense and knowledge. We must become […]

Prayer IV

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health A twisted prayer comes from the human mind that is so tightly wrapped up in defending outgrown knowledge that it can’t breathe an […]

Prayer III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health Mistakes are made every day. Quite often we are sorry, especially for the mistakes that hurt other people and the living environment. The […]

Prayer II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book 21st Century Science and Health Adding words to prayers has not proven reliable. Verbose prayers take detours into unrealistic terrain and the human ego tries to take over. […]

Prayer I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health Successful prayer is the faith that all things positive and good are possible to God. Nurtured by selfless love, faith expands into spiritual […]

Thoughts on Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Prayer won’t change God, because God is unchanging wisdom and Life, but prayer can adapt us to the Science of spiritual being. The premise of prayer must include the fact that God already knows what you need. We are never […]

Religion and Voting

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We have the right to practice the religion of our choice, without interference from the government. This is not to mean we have the right to use religion to influence the government or politics.

Abraham Lincoln was a Smart Dude

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was listening to the book, America: The Last Best Hope, by William Bennett, and was pricked in conscience after hearing Abraham Lincoln’s views on loyalty. When Lincoln was President of the United States and the Civil War was on […]

The Conservative versus Conservation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion became easier to understand when I learned to distinguish the difference between the conservative and conservation. The conservative believes all the problems have been solved and there is no need to do any more. The world has been created. […]

Don’t Sit on the Same Step–Move Up

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When realizing I could feel God’s love for me more than I could feel the pain racking my jaw, the pain diminished. My jaw was messed up due to a previous accident. Prayer helped but the problem persisted. I’d asked […]

Globalized Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In rural upstate New York, the public schools are having an intense time with the budget cuts. Many community leaders are getting together to share ideas and develop workable policies apropos to the region, with the common goal of providing […]

The Monk and the Motorcycle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Driving slower than the speed limit through the Village of Delhi (Pop. 3087) in upstate New York, I could see ahead, two monks sporting brightly colored monastic robes and walking placidly along Main Street.  I piloted my motorcycle to the […]

Mountains and Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The principles of Christian Science, as laid out by Mary Baker Eddy, work for me. I would not have gone to all the trouble to revise and update Eddy’s book, Science and Health if the book didn’t have formidable meaning […]

An Argument Disguised as Complacency

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Anytime we criticize others, we really need to zero in and see if there is any validation to the remark. I hear preachers and religious congregants say things like, “Religion is dying because the people are so materialistic.” Granted, the […]

Time to Ditch Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy could be viewed as the Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer of the 19th century except Eddy wrote a book, Science and Health that sold well before she started a church. Once Eddy did start a church in […]

Look for Today’s New Success

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sitting—thankfully on a cushioned chair—in the local rural Village Hall, my brain was lurching and lunging as I listened to the Village Trustees and Mayor hammer out the meeting agenda. The public meeting went on for almost 4 hours as […]

Love Corrects

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When our daughters did something wrong, I didn’t punish them by making their life hard or crummy. I tried to teach them something better to do. I gave them opportunities to do something productive or useful. This tactic was extremely […]

Getting a Handle on our Mind

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From the Chapter: Power of Suggestion: Crowd Thinking as read in 4th edition of, 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The power of suggestion has a long and capricious history. Research of the human mind and […]

Traditions to Pass On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The cultural preservation of religious principles occurs through traditions however do the traditions resemble rote style learning or independent thinking and practice? Are the teachings communicative or ceremonial? Is an institution claiming authority over passing along the teachings? An effective […]

Preachers Help One Another

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology was established in 1991 by a group of Lutheran congregations in counties of upstate New York for 2 primary reasons: To provide training for Deacon Candidates, and to provide continuing education and growth in […]

Definitions of Angels and Miracle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Angels. God’s thoughts passing to people; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, brute-like inclinations, and mortality. Miracle. That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science. […]

It’s a Trip and I Am on for the Ride

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Though I read in 21st Century Science and Health, that there is no birth, maturity, decay, and death in Science…there is birth, maturity, decay, and death to deal with in my current experience. To think otherwise is delusional, at least […]

Dubious Disciple Posted My Letter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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You, Me & Religion Interviews on Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Movie Review, I Am

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Tom Shadyac, a movie producer, went on a crusade to figure out what was wrong with our world and how we can fix it. He documented his discoveries in the film “I Am.” After meeting and talking with prominent people […]

Investing in Profitable Spiritual Emotions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are varied and across-the-board, like cold cereals. And, I’ve learned to buy into the humdrum Crispix rather than the sugary Cocoa Puffs when it comes to emotional investment. Emotions are feelings which characterize our attitude, which in turn makes […]

Ingredients in the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My last post talks about how we want to read the whole Bible, not just our favorite parts. I keep digging in the Bible and find yet another story about some dude named Sheba who figures he wants to rebel […]

Direction Other Than Big Bangs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Well, it was a bit of a bummer for thousands of people in San Diego who were prepared to watch July 4 fireworks over Glorietta Bay. Instead of seeing a distinct stream of fireworks for 20 minutes, there was a […]

Memory Expansion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

There she was, Naomi, teeny-tiny and sleeping peacefully in the baby carriage. Her parents are our friends, so of course, my husband and I went to meet Naomi. I stood there looking at the newborn and smiling. A flood of […]

Functional …holic

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Alcohol screening is used to identify potential alcohol misuse, including dependence. Alcohol dependents generally are dysfunctional in society however many are highly functional and have jobs, homes and families. Intriguing. I don’t drink alcohol but the idea of a functional […]

Wrapping the Brain Around Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Brain plasticity was snubbed when first introduced to society centuries ago. Even modern Neuroplasticians with solid hard-science credentials coldshouldered the idea that brains are not hard-wired for life. Undaunted however, the brain gives evidence that when a person is motivated […]

Guest Blog by Julia Wade, Singer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Journey to Innovation by Julia Wade  As the Soloist at the international headquarters of the Christian Science church — The Mother Church — I found myself in the unique position of bringing to the services all kinds of inspiring […]

Memories of Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the […]

A Parody on CRUD

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human Beings are constantly being diagnosed with symptoms that I satirically refer to as collectively belonging to Chronic Repetitious Urging Disease (CRUD). I myself have been afflicted with these symptoms that stop me from living life to its fullest. The […]

Pivotal Point in Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Don’t tell me what to do, but tell me what I am as God’s image

Truth Seekers Journey

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Like some of my 1980’s contemporaries, as a truth seeker I discovered Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health, written in the 19th century. Eddy a Transcendental Romantic-era thinker and healer was plucked from decades of obscurity in the late […]

Latest Edition of Science and Health

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Miracles in the 21st Century

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My maternal grandma’s last name was Sheppard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. My husband’s maternal grandma’s last name was Shepard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. I was close to both grandmas. I […]

Stop Emotions from Hijacking Consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a terrible way to start an article, but it gets better fast. It was years ago and I had a form of Streptococcus that made my ear drain puss constantly. The doctor gave me antibiotics and told me […]

Contraceptives and Church

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women […]

Looking at the Lord’s Prayer From a New Angle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Christ Jesus taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of Spirit, not of mortal perceptions. Jesus said, “Pray, therefore, like this:”[1] and he gave that prayer which […]

Birth Control and Abortion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Needless to say, when the touchy subjects of birth control or abortion make headline news, I usually bite my tongue but this time I will add my practical 2 bits. I have to agree with pragmatism over politics or religion. […]

Find Signs of Renewal in My Oft Maligned Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every Sunday morning when I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and sisters and me to Sunday School. This ritual continued through my teen years and includes memories of learning Bible stories and hanging out with people […]

Developing a Workable Faith and Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Faith and religion have been dancing for millenniums, quite often stepping on one another’s toes until they bleed. Blame for the bleeding usually gets placed on religion, so much so, that the last few decades have been chalked up as […]

Not Hating Religion but Loving Christ and Feeling Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christ Jesus’ story is so epic, it could be thought of as a foundational legend for research into Mind-healing. You may know the tale, but it doesn’t get old: Just over 2000 years ago, Jesus developed a skill that could […]

Funny Bible School Bloopers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I love to have a good laugh. Here are some Vacation Bible School Bloopers uttered by innocent children, read from the Farm Show Magazine. – Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. -Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption. […]

The Foster Parenting Toolbox

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Doug and I were licensed foster parents for 15 years. I know fostering isn’t for everyone, it just happened to speak to me and open a world of understanding and empathy for which I am extremely  thankful. The new book […]

Drinking in Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the […]

Head and Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How do we know Cause and effect? How can we believe in God? Is it through the head or the heart? God has been defined as divine Mind, Love. Instead of answering, or bickering over, the above questions, I ask, […]

Sex Workers and Going to School

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The sex trade in Thailand is noticeable. My daughter and I worked at an orphanage where girls were attending school instead of working the streets. However, volunteers soon learn to drop all delusions that going to school is saving these […]

We All Can Be Free

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human beings were slaves to chance and fate until Newton’s theory of absolute physics came into being. Scientists were freely able to manipulate our surroundings and situations by simply applying physical laws. But the opportunity of independence from the material […]

Christian Science Video for the Classroom

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Technology and a Sharing Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

New technology. Babies born every minute. Earth never stopping. The forces of expansion and rapid movement are radically transforming society. A void is felt. The pursuit of material wealth is exhausting and meaningless. The heart looks to religion for meaning. […]

Outgrowing the Old Doesn’t Need to be Prickly

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It is common for human beings to outgrow clothes. Children outgrow clothes due to the sheer fact their bodies grow. Adults outgrow clothes due to style and fashion changes. Human beings are also known to outgrow friends and churches which […]

Streamlining Relevant Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A Course in Miracles is Studied

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“I come here because we respect one another,” said Sabina, a participant in A Course in Miracles gathering in upstate New York. The group meets once a week to support and encourage one another on their spiritual journey to find […]

Getting Back Up On Our Feet

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Smithsonian Magazine ran an article in its September issue titled, A+ for Finland, discussing Finland’s extraordinary achievement in education. A little background reveals, for hundreds of years, the Finns were stuck living between the two rival powers of the […]

Physicians Can Be Wise Spiritual Guides

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I became pregnant, I made special effort to select a midwife who was spiritually inclined. I found Julie, a woman with common sense and the strength to use calm wisdom. Julie delivered both our daughters. The first daughter came […]

Serious or Curious about Evil

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The word “evil” needs to be used thoughtfully. It is straightforward to classify Hitler with evil. However, when we fostered children, and some children appeared to be evil incarnate, I made it a point seriously to reject the word evil. […]

Motorcycling with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Taking Spiritual Supplements

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A government study found that more than half of American adults take at least one dietary supplement, spending billions of dollars a year on herbs, vitamins, minerals, hormones, and other pills. Despite the popularity, skepticism remains as to the effect […]

Drummer’s Circle in Autumn Equinox Sunset

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The overused statement, “Spiritual, not religious,” is an attitude just as susceptible to lead to self-indulgence and a superiority complex as institutional religion. I figure, the conflict between the spiritual and the religious is similar to a married couple getting […]

Painful Thoughts Can’t Embed Themselves in our Memory

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A piece of broken glass had embedded itself in the bottom of our daughter’s foot. She didn’t notice the glass until after the skin had grown over it because it only stung when she walked going down a slope. Our […]

Multifaceted and Multidimensional Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When I wake up in the morning, I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, change out of my pajamas into everyday clothes, pin my hair up, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, have prayer time, and go to work. […]

Feeding Yourself

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After a severe accident, I was taken to the emergency room. It was hours before my husband was able to call a Christian Science Practitioner to pray for me but we felt it was a good idea because I was […]

Healing Dry Skin

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Authority is in Revelation, not in Religious Objects

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As the revisionist of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health, I receive emails or letters from people about my book, 21st Century Science and Health. Here is a recent one: Cheryl, I got the kindle version of 21st Century Science […]

Hurricane Irene Series 2

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Hurricane Irene Series 1

System of Divine Science Intact

posted by Cheryl Petersen

While always controversial, Mary Baker Eddy’s theories have been exceptionally influential in Mind-healing. The impact of this 19th century spiritual leader remains extraordinary. Eddy formulated her theories within the framework of what she termed, divine Science, a.k.a. Christian Science. Her […]

Spiritual Study and Power are Not Complicated

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My study of divine Science helps me better function intellectually without every little sensory detail in my environment hijacking my attention. I study spirituality without going into information overload. Spirituality and its imminent power to heal are not about complicated […]

Six Attitudes of Divine Science, VI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The word “creed,” or credere seems derived from cor dare — to give one’ s heart. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health offers, not a list a beliefs but a list of 6 tenets that can help to carefully […]

Six Attitudes of Divine Science, V

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religious ideology can become blurry as time and change warp human perceptions, therefore reexamination of religious doctrine can be beneficial. This blog is a continuation of a review of the tenets of Christian Science as presented in Science and Health […]

Six Attitudes of Divine Science, IV

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Time has a way of distorting that which is not tended to properly, even in religions, therefore I am taking a bit of time to reexamine the tenets of Christian Science, calculated as rules of guidance instead of dogmatic regulations. […]

Six Attitudes of Divine Science, III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Details, details, details. Sometimes they drive us nuts, other times they are extremely pertinent to a situation. In the case of religion, when the demand is to keep religion relevant, details can be reviewed. This post is the third in […]

Six Attitudes of Divine Science, I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A professional couple was inquiring into an espresso stand business that was for sell. Emails between the buyers and seller were exchanged, in which details were provided. A lengthy follow-up phone conversation came soon after the emails because the business […]

The Wall Street Journal Article on Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mitch Horowitz provoked an interesting alert in his article, When Spirituality Kills, published July 8, 2011 in The Wall Street Journal. Horowitz alerts the public, “but not at the expense of the free exercise of spiritual experiment that has long […]

Be a Top-Notch Student

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Scientist’s appreciate the spirit of discovery, and as a metaphysical scientist, I’ve learned to appreciate the spirit of discovery that characterizes divine Science and its contributions to the research of spiritual Mind, God. In divine Science, a clear distinction is […]

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Spirituality gets us through life with more success
Is it the younger generation, or people with a greater awareness? The trend to recycle, reuse, and reduce is becoming more and more apparent to me. At a Whole Foods store, I noticed a customer bring in empty containers and wait in the cashier ...

posted 8:16:28am Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Horse sanctuary: one of many rays of light
The snow is finally melting in upstate New York. I can only imagine how glorious the animals feel after enduring the cold winter. Full of delight. I recently met an advocate for Rosemary Horse Sanctuary nearby. The owner saw a need and met ...

posted 8:24:49am Apr. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Resurrecting and ascending
From 21st Century Science and Health: The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal creature is not our real essence. If it were not for the indissoluble immortal ...

posted 9:49:49am Apr. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Good dissolves bad
Sometimes, I just feel bad. Bad about myself, or life, or my situation. I can figure out why, for example, it’s because of hormones. But giving it a name doesn’t get rid of the bad feeling. Science and religion both discuss the ...

posted 9:54:06am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Keeping mercy
Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. (English Standard Version) Know now then that the ...

posted 8:07:29am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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