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April 24, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
It seems almost too good to be true: a maimed, disfigured soldier and a dowdy spinster who married each other for "mutual consolation" find miraculous healing and happiness under the eaves of "The Enchanted Cottage" at Hollywood's Crossley Theatre. And in a way, it is.
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April 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I've been feeling out of sorts lately - cranky, anxious, insecure - and not sure what to blame. My youngest daughter thinks Mercury might still be in retrograde. Her sister blames the recent swarm of earthquakes for my angst. And my eldest daughter suggests it's my advancing age; older people have more trouble adapting to daylight savings time, she says. They want me to figure it out soon so I can stop moping around. That's why last week's invitation for spiritual healing at a wolf preserve sounded like something I needed.
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July 28, 1990 | From Religious News Service
A panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals has been asked to decide whether Christian Science parents can face criminal penalties if their children die after receiving only spiritual healing treatment for serious illness. The panel heard arguments July 11 in St. Paul on an appeal by Hennepin County of an April ruling by Hennepin County Judge Eugene Farrell that dismissed second-degree manslaughter charges against a Christian Science couple in the death of Ian Douglass Lundman.
HEALTH
May 23, 2005
In reading "Far-Off Healing" [May 2], I could not help but think about the old Peanuts comic strip in which Linus and Charlie Brown ponder one of faith's imponderables, how many angels fit on the head of a pin, the answer being "10 if they are skinny and 5 if they are fat." Trying to gauge the effect of "distant prayer efforts" of one faith or another seems to be just that. We will never know the answer, and I doubt that, in looking closely, a "scientific study" will be able to say much one way or the other.
OPINION
May 1, 1988 | Nathan A. Talbot, Nathan A. Talbot is manager of the Committees on Publication of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston
In 1902, Merrill Reed and his wife, residents of Los Angeles, were acquitted by a jury of their peers in the first case tried under California law testing the practice of spiritual healing. The couple had lost a child to diphtheria, then a common cause of children's deaths. No one doubted the parents' love for the child, or their attentiveness at her bedside or their sorrow over her death. Medically, it was questionable whether the child could have been saved.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1990 | STEPHEN GOTTSCHALK, Gottschalk, a Christian Scientist, has worked as an editor and consultant for the church. He has written frequent articles about the church and its beliefs and is the author of "The Emergence of Christian Science in American Religious Life," which was published in 1973
One's first response to this case may be: A child died under spiritual rather than medical care; yes, we have sympathy for the parents, but they acted irrationally--medicine should be the standard in our society. Case closed. Or is it? Consider briefly two other cases: A dear family friend when I grew up in Los Angeles was a doctor whose daughter died of a congenital kidney disease. He never got over her death--or the feeling that, somehow, he should have been able to save her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1988
The article by Philip Hager told of the California Supreme Court's decision that a Christian Scientist mother can be prosecuted for the death of her child (Part I, Nov. 11). As disappointing as the decision is, even more disappointing is the fact that this ruling appears to rule out ample evidence that spiritual healing has been going on effectively for over 100 years now and that it happens on a daily basis throughout the world. Christian Scientists, and members of other respected denominations as well, practice spiritual healing for their children not to make martyrs of them but to provide them with the most loving, caring form of healing treatment they know to exist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1993
I was glad to see some reporting on recent developments with regard to the Twitchell case in the Aug. 12 article, "Court Overturns Conviction of Christian Science Couple." Unfortunately, one of the statements gives your readers the wrong impression about their Christian Science neighbors: "The justices said the Twitchells 'reasonably believed' they could rely on spiritual treatment without fear of criminal prosecution because a church publication the father had read suggested as much."
NEWS
November 10, 1988 | United Press International
The California Supreme Court ruled today that parents may be criminally prosecuted for the death of a child treated by spiritual healing instead of medical care. The ruling came in the case against Christian Scientist Laurie Walker of Sacramento, whose 4-year-old daughter, Shauntay, died of acute meningitis in 1984.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1993
In the rare cases where a child has died while under Christian Science treatment, the media has sometimes presented these cases in terms of the religious rights of the parents versus the rights of the child. Such was the case in the Nov. 27 article, "Effort Seeks to Force Child Medical Care Regardless of Beliefs." This assessment is severely limiting and hides from public view the deeper issues. Christian Scientists turn to spiritual healing not because of dogma but because their method of treatment has proven to be the most effective in their lives, often for many generations.
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May 27, 2000 | Pamela Davega Carr
RECOVERY MESSAGE: Pastor Kyle Idleman will discuss "Accident Recovery: Rebuilding Your Broken Family" at services at 6 tonight and Sunday morning at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 at Shepherd of the Hills, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Free. Information: (818) 831-9333. THOUGHT SERVICE: "Give It Some Thought" will be the topic discussed by the Rev. Bill Schirmer at 10 a.m. Sunday services at La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore St. Free. Information: (818) 249-1045.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1999
Gov. Gray Davis, Mayor Richard Riordan and Jewish community leaders will gather Sunday for "An Afternoon of Healing" in a show of solidarity in the aftermath of this week's shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California will convene at 2 p.m. at the Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., organizers said.
NEWS
June 28, 1999 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lynnette Luis fans her hands slowly across Juliette's narrow back, her touch as soothing and tender as her thoughts. "Let no harm come," she says silently to herself. It's as if she were rocking a baby, swaying gently to the memory of a faded lullaby. Gently, gently. She wants Juliette to know that she is safe, that time won't stop, but for now it will pass silently and without intrusion. She speaks through touch, whispering for Juliette to release what is held back, rest what is weary.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
It seems almost too good to be true: a maimed, disfigured soldier and a dowdy spinster who married each other for "mutual consolation" find miraculous healing and happiness under the eaves of "The Enchanted Cottage" at Hollywood's Crossley Theatre. And in a way, it is.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1996 | From Religion News Service
Leukemia strikes a 7-year-old Oregon boy. His parents treat him with prayer instead of medicine. The boy dies. Some accuse the parents of ignorance and abuse, writing them off as backward believers in hocus-pocus. The Linn County district attorney accused Loyd and Christina Hays of something worse: manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. A Circuit Court jury deliberated 10 hours before agreeing April 22 to convict Loyd Hays of criminally negligent homicide.
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May 27, 2000 | Pamela Davega Carr
RECOVERY MESSAGE: Pastor Kyle Idleman will discuss "Accident Recovery: Rebuilding Your Broken Family" at services at 6 tonight and Sunday morning at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 at Shepherd of the Hills, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Free. Information: (818) 831-9333. THOUGHT SERVICE: "Give It Some Thought" will be the topic discussed by the Rev. Bill Schirmer at 10 a.m. Sunday services at La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore St. Free. Information: (818) 249-1045.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1989
I was interested in a Times column that offered one writer's view of discussions surrounding the Christian Science Monitor--and her effort to express a concern and care for the paper ("A World Newspaper Falls on Parochial Bottom-Lines," by Cynthia Parsons, Opinion, Jan. 15). But the viewpoint she put forward left in its wake several mistaken notions about our church. Christian Scientists certainly don't feel they lead "a life of compromise with the world." Far from it! With a noticeable amount of vigor they are bringing a full and vital life of spirituality to the world.
NEWS
August 15, 1995 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Imagine you're part of a scientific experiment. You've been asked to be part of a healing process--but not with chicken soup or get-well cards. Your job is to pray. Weird science? Just wait. The project director says the prayers are for fungus cultures. The object is to slow their growth, as if they were an unwelcome infection. In the end, the cultures that received the spiritual attention actually grew slower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1993
In the rare cases where a child has died while under Christian Science treatment, the media has sometimes presented these cases in terms of the religious rights of the parents versus the rights of the child. Such was the case in the Nov. 27 article, "Effort Seeks to Force Child Medical Care Regardless of Beliefs." This assessment is severely limiting and hides from public view the deeper issues. Christian Scientists turn to spiritual healing not because of dogma but because their method of treatment has proven to be the most effective in their lives, often for many generations.
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