Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia – the birthplace of our nation. Touring Independence Hall and other historic sites, I reflected on some of the qualities exhibited by our Founding Fathers that made it possible for us to have the liberty and prosperity we now enjoy. Our nation’s independence and success was anything but a foregone conclusion at the time. Indeed, throwing off outdated ideas and institutions took incredible courage and conviction against overwhelming odds. And, having won its freedom, it took our nation many years of additional commitment and compromise to actually function well.
Courage. Conviction. Commitment. Compromise. To me, those fine human qualities are manifestations of Mind, by which we know the right thing to do; of Spirit, from which we gain strength to keep moving forward; and of Soul, which gentles and replaces one’s own will with humility. These were essential ingredients to the bold steps needed for our progress as a nation. And they are essential for our continued progress today, individually and collectively.
In addition to the founders of our nation, we learn from the example of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. She was no stranger to establishing and maintaining institutions which would bless mankind. Her church, its periodicals, the Christian Science textbook, Christian Science practitioners, and Christian Science nurses were all ideas about which she prayed and labored to establish for the benefit of mankind. And just like the qualities of those who established our national institutions, Mrs. Eddy's courage, conviction, commitment, and humility – as well as her deep spiritual insight – blesses us today.
As we begin the New Year with new chapters for our institution, those are the kinds of qualities we at High Ridge House seek to practice. And even as new ideas unfold, we remain committed to our core mission: to support Christian Science healing by providing Christian Science nursing care in the most loving, practical, and economical way possible. In our recent survey, you provided us with many thoughtful ideas and comments on which we will be reporting in the future. But your overall response was clear: having a Christian Science nursing facility in the metropolitan NYC / Tri-State region is extremely important.
Beginning new chapters together, we invite you to attend one of two upcoming conversations on Christian Science nursing. These meetings are being conducted by the President of The Mother Church (and Christian Science nurse) Linda Kohler. She'll be joined by Caroleen Scholet, CS, the Manager of Christian Science Nursing Activities (and a former CS nurse). Although not High Ridge House events, these conversations should still deepen our appreciation of the activity of Christian Science nursing and the institutions which support it. More information is available in the sidebar to the left.
May we all embrace the qualities needed for our individual and collective advancement. We hope to see you on the 6th or the 8th and wish you and yours a new year of great progress.