AUGUST 2017: A MESSAGE FROM REV. JOSIE
Position on the Better Care Reconciliation Act
CENTRE FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
POSITION PAPER – JUNE 29, 2017
Subject: Position on Health Care
The Trump administration has created the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the result of which will make significant changes to Medicaid and reverse much of the initiatives of Obamacare.
Centers for Spiritual Living sees that it is in the best interest of all to create a health care system that ensures that all U.S. citizens have access, and will not be financially devastated in the process.
SUGGESTED QUOTES FOR LOCAL MINISTER/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR
“All people have the right to lead a happy, healthy life, as it suggests in our very founding document. We have that capacity as a nation. We need to be aware that we are making a choice - either for or against that belief.”
QUOTES FOR ATTRIBUTION TO REV. DR. KENN GORDON, SPIRITUAL LEADER OF CSL
“Access to a healthy life is the right to all and the economic health of any country rests upon this right”
“It is in the best interest of all to create a health care system that ensures that all U.S. citizens have access, and will not be financially devastated in the process”
“It is a basic spiritual principle that we are to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of others. When an illness leads to bankruptcy – or desperate GoFundMe campaigns - entire families and communities are adversely affected. Together, citizens of the United States could support a system where everyone who needs health care has access without the threat of financial ruin.”
SUPPORTING SPIRITUAL QUOTES AND/OR MATERIAL
From Centers for Spiritual Living “Declaration of Principles”
From Centers for Spiritual Living Global Vision
We see a world in which every person lives in alignment with his/her highest spiritual principle, emphasizing unity with God and connection with each other; a world in which individually and collectively we are called to a higher state of consciousness and action.
We envision a world in which we live and grow as One Global Family that respects and honors the interconnectedness of all life; a world where this kinship with all life prospers and connects through the guidance of spiritual wisdom and experience.
We envision a world where personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sectors, providing sustainable structures to further the emerging global consciousness.
We envision a world where each person has enough food, a home and a sense of belonging; a world of peace and harmony, enfranchisement and justice.
We envision a world that works for everyone and for all of creation.
Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
The criterion for any man as to what is right or wrong for him is not to be found in some other man’s judgment. The criterion is: Does the thing I wish to do express more life, more happiness, more peace for myself, and at the same time harm no one? If it does, it is right. It is not selfish. But if it is done at the expense of anyone, then in such degree we are making a wrong use of the Law.
Other versions of the Golden Rule from Philosophy
The Silver Rule
Do not do unto others as you would not want done to you.
Kant’s Categorical Imperative
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
Ethic of Reciprocity" passages from various religions: Bahá'í Faith to Taoism
SUGGESTED COURSES OF ACTION
June 26, 2017
Summary: CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would reduce federal deficits by $321 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to current law.
June 22, 2017
Summary: Contents of actual bill up for discussion.
June 8, 2017
Summary: Outline of Act senators will be voting on
For immediate release
June 29, 2017
CENTERS FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING SAYS HEALTH IS A CORNERSTONE OF OUR RIGHT TO LIFE
GOLDEN, Co – The release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act this week is leading Centers for Spiritual Living to stand with the American people for their inalienable right to pursue Life – which includes by its very nature the opportunity to accessible and affordable healthcare.
Centers for Spiritual Living shares the practice of the Golden Rule with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Humanists, Atheists and many others, which provides a fundamental value that other people should be treated the same way that we ourselves want to be treated. This value is also fundamental to the American Dream, where all have the opportunity to create a productive and prosperous life.
Clearly the access to affordable health care is an underpinning to achieving the American Dream but more importantly it is a commitment to living our spiritual values in a constructive and inclusive manner.
“Access to a healthy life is the right to all and the economic health of any country rests upon this right,” said Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living, noting that the right to “life” is listed alongside happiness in the Declaration of Independence.
The comment came in reaction to the Senate’s release on June 22, of its 142-page Better Care Reconciliation Act.
“It is in the best interest of all to create a health care system that ensures that all U.S. citizens have access, and will not be financially devastated in the process,” Gordon continued in acknowledgment of the excessive number of bankruptcies and crowd-funding campaigns due to uninsured health care bills.
It is the Centers for Spiritual Living firmly believe that since we would not want to see this for ourselves, accessible and affordable health care for all is clearly the right and spiritually appropriate thing to do.
“It is a basic spiritual principle that we are to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of others,” Gordon said. “When an illness leads to bankruptcy – or desperate GoFundMe campaigns - entire families and communities are adversely affected. Together, citizens of the United States could support a system where everyone who needs health care has access without the threat of financial ruin.”
Gordon states, while calling on all Center for Spiritual Living communities nationwide to engage in peaceful activities to affect positive change, and to partner with other spiritually-motivated groups who seek to live the Golden Rule through the US healthcare system.
To abandon those who are most in need is to demonstrate that we do not actually understand or practice our own religious and spiritual beliefs nor do we govern on our deepest spiritual values. Centers for Spiritual Living call on all elected officials to address health care in the US from a true inclusive, compassionate expression of their religious and spiritual values.
ABOUT CENTERS FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) is an organization of nearly 400 spiritual communities in 30 countries around the globe that provide spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place. Based in Golden, CO, CSL is a member of the Association of Global New Thought, which includes Unity and Agape. Founded in 1927 as the Institute of Religious Science, its goal is to teach powerful principles for personal growth and global transformation, while honoring all paths to God.
For more about Centers for Spiritual Living, see csl.org.
Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon
Spiritual Leader, Centers for Spiritual Living
Ph: 250-860-3500 | Cell: 250-317-2330
Statement on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) believes in the Oneness of all Life and Creation. We envision a world free of homelessness, violence, war, hunger, separation, and disenfranchisement. We see a world which has renewed its emphasis on beauty, nature, and love through creativity, art, and aesthetics.
We recognize the evidence of science: Human activity is the main cause of the climate crisis, and human creativity can be used to reverse its effects. The climate crisis is seen in extreme weather, changes to seasonal patterns, rising sea levels, species extinction, the melting of glaciers, and shrinking of the polar ice caps.
Climate change will affect not only our generation but our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations of humanity, as well as all other forms of life. It is a moral issue. The predicted impact of climate change will have a disproportionate impact on the least developed countries and on those living in poverty, who are least responsible for the emissions of Greenhouse Gases. It will displace whole populations and we lament the potential loss of culture identity and belonging.
We urge our member communities to do what they can to be wise stewards of the climate and the environment in all phases of their operations and to encourage members to do so in the homes and workplaces. We call upon religious, political, and social leaders to address the climate change crisis as an urgent moral issue. We urge local and state governments to support and invest in energy conservation and renewable energy development. We urge national governments, including the United States, to respond to Global Warming with great urgency and firm leadership by enacting and supporting mandatory measures that reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and environmentally responsible practices.
We join with other organizations, including the Association for Global New Thought, The Parliament of World Religions, and the Universalist Association in taking a principled stand on this issue. The time for morally responsible action is now.
For Immediate Release
Call to Action for all Centers...
June 2, 2017
Centers for Spiritual Living
Climate Change Statement and Position
The Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) stands in support of the Paris Climate Accord (Paris Agreement). We view Thursday’s decision by the Trump Administration to back out of the agreement to be a significant setback for any global effort to curb global warming.
The Paris Agreement was created to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to help reverse the devastating effects of Global Warming. It is unfortunate that a Nation, which is one of the largest polluters historically, is taking such a step. The United States now joins Syria and Nicaragua, who did not sign the Agreement because it was viewed as too weak. The Agreement has been signed by nearly 200 other countries.
We believe that God acts through creation, not independently of it. Statements which have been made to the effect that, “God will take care of Global Warming,” fail to recognize that each of us individually and us as a whole are responsible for our own experience - that God acts through creation. If we want a green and verdant planet, we will have to act in ways which support that outcome.
“Centers for Spiritual Living believes climate change and environmental deterioration are moral issues and as a spiritual organization, we must take a stand,” said Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, CSL Spiritual Leader. “Climate change will not only affect our generation, but our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations of humanity, as well as other forms of life. We stand united with other faith communities in our call to care for the earth and to protect the poor and suffering.”
CSL recognizes the evidence of science: Human activity is the main cause of the climate crisis. This crisis is seen in the extreme weather, changes to seasons, rising sea levels, species extinctions, the melting of glaciers, and shrinking of the polar ice caps. The scientific consensus is clear.
The United States can best serve its own interests and those of all of humanity by continuing to be an environmental leader of the world in reducing emissions. Today’s decision to exit from the Paris Agreement moves in the opposite direction. “We recognize that our good is within us, so we awaken to our individual responsibility and empowerment to properly steward our planet. So, let our voices be heard and let our actions speak of our love for our planet,” said Dr. Gordon.
Below find two links where your members can get information about how to be good stewards of our planet:
Centers for Spiritual Living
Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon - Spiritual Leader