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Midtown Church (United Church of Religious)

San Diego Churches“In a traditional church, God is over here,” said Paula Brandes as she reached her hand away from her body. “In Religious Science, God is within us. We don’t have to reach out to find God. We see God as our equal.” Brandes serves as the teacher for the children’s group at Midtown Church. “Christians want to be your parent, laying down the law for you. Christians, and most religions, have all sorts of rules. Christians have a need for this. They need and want this structure.” Brandes compared Christians to children who thrive in a disciplined environment. “For me, I don’t want a structure. I don’t want to pray to God, I want to pray with God. I am equal with God. I know this seems so New Age, and yet it is inherent in who we are as people. If people were given their own free choice, I think they’d want this. I just can’t see God as a god who wants to be the boss as [these other religions do].

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4 Comments

  1. D. Goodmanson

    May 25, 2005 at 12:43 pm

    a reader wrote a letter to the editor about me:

    Positive Gift
    Drew Goodmanson really did not choose a very good example of a Church of Religious Science for his article several weeks ago (“Sheep and Goats,” May 12). Some of the interview comments he received did not seem to reflect what I know about the Church of Religious Science! I belong to the Center for Positive Living in Carlsbad (a Religious Science Church), and the pastor there is very well known in Religious Science circles. Dr. Jane is a gifted teacher who served on the RSI (Religious Science International) board of directors and RSI board of education for many years. She also instructs Religious Science ministers. If you truly would like to inform your readers, you may want to contact Dr. Jane Claypool at the Center for Positive Living!
    Nancy Ferguson
    via e-mail

  2. D. Goodmanson

    June 15, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    a reader wrote a letter in response to this letter:

    They All Die
    I called because in the June 9 Reader there’s a letter titled “Many Miracles,” and it’s from a Christian Scientist, I gather. It concerns a “Sheep and Goats” article from May 12 on the United Church of Religious Science. I’m curious about something. My late uncle had a bunch of in-laws who were Christian Scientists, and I remember when I was a kid, when we visited their house there were never any Saturday Evening Posts or Life magazines or anything lying around, only Christian Science literature, which to me as a child was pretty boring. And also, we — coming forward to the recent past in San Diego here — we had some neighbors who were Christian Scientists. Their children were friends of our children. I’m a little bit curious. I know my uncle’s in-laws, a lot of the older people, are dead now. The woman who wrote the letter that you printed in the June 9 Reader, from what she says, a lot of Christian Scientists believe in miracles, and they more or less perform miracles on each other — you know, one of them gets sick and the others pray for him or her and he or she then gets well. And her letter implies that they are not sick very often and that prayer keeps them healthy. But I’m just wondering, they all die of something eventually, so what do they die of? I’m not being sarcastic, I’m just curious.
    Name Withheld

  3. It’s a little weird to me that you don’t have an address posted so people will know where you are.

  4. Where are you and are you gay friendly if so do you teach classes. Ive been going to Janes church for year. I cant quite get a vibe on you

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