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Workshops on balancing family and career

From the June 1998 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The theme of this year's three-day congress of Vision New England, a 110-year-old association of Christians and churches, was "A Heart to Know God." Many of the workshops dealt with questions of achieving balance in our lives, as journal Features Editor Kim Shippey reports.

Ray Hammond, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, left a successful medical career to go into the ministry. He and his wife Gloria, who is a busy pediatrician, opened their workshop by juggling balls in the air— not very well!

Their point was soon made. "Life has become a juggling act for too many of us. We're in the fast lane, trying to do too much in our lives, especially those who are trying to balance family and career." But, they said, "God's got a Word and a plan for us." The question that has to be asked is: Are we shortchanging our marriage, children, church, community, even our God? "The only way to keep things together is to have a vision of what our calling is."

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