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Christian Science Monitor Boot Camp for College Students Interested in Journalism

Are you interested in politics, culture, or world affairs? Curious about how the media covers these issues?

If yes, Monitor staffers want to meet you!

You’re invited to apply for an all-expense paid CSM Bootcamp Weekend for College Students at The Christian Science Monitor, in Boston, April 5-8, 2019

This weekend will include:

·     hands-on journalism workshops

·     talks with distinguished Monitor writers and editors

·     opportunities to be paired with a mentor

Who can apply?

The CSM Bootcamp Weekend is open to college students who are practicing Christian Scientists. All that’s required is a curiosity about journalism! Five to eight students will be selected for the Bootcamp.

What’s this all about?

The Bootcamp Weekend is a collaboration of The Albert Baker Fund and The Christian Science Monitor. It is being made possible by generous ABF donors who are interested in supporting the next generation of outstanding Monitor journalists.

How can you learn more and apply?

Go to: and apply by January 31, 2019.

Christmas at the A/U Ranches

Adventure/ Unlimited Camps for Christian Scientists

Escape the holiday hustle and join our family to cherish the Spirit of the Christ at the A/U Ranches December 22-28, 2018. We’ll deck the halls and cook the feast, leaving you time to decorate cookies and gingerbread houses, help select the A/U Ranches’ Christmas tree, share inspiration and read the Bible Lesson with others, go sledding and skiing, ice skate and play broom hockey on the frozen pond, sing Christmas carols and ride horses in the snow. And you can always relax in the lodge, read and savor a warm fire.

Come by yourself or bring friends and family of all faiths. We’ll take care of all the details and make it a Christmas to remember!

You can also attend as a volunteer staff member and bless others with your service.

Register Here:


We look forward to celebrating the Christ
with you at the A/U Ranches!

Mary Baker Eddy Library Podcasts

Discover the connections between Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy to  current events as well as the past  presented by scholars and fellows diving deeply into the archives of The MBE Library for the Betterment of Humanity.

A very fascinating and enlightening podcast.

Previous episodes include:

“Empathy and Religious scholarship”

“Religious Tolerance and the Art of Violet Oakley”

“Daring to See the World Differently: The Christian Science Monitor”

“Mary Baker Eddy as a Copyright Activist”

“Christian Science and British Modern Art”

For more information:

Presentation by Leslie Connery at The Leaves, Christian Science Nursing Care Facility


Tuesday – October 23 – 7 PM

Medicare open enrollment is almost upon us! You might have questions about your choices, such as:

  • As a Christian Scientist, are there any specific issues that I need to be aware of when I am making decisions about Medicare coverage?
  • What decisions about Medicare do I need to make when I first become eligible?
  • What Medicare coverage options are available to me?
  • How does Medicare coverage work with other types of health insurance?
  • When does Medicare cover Christian Science nursing care provided in a Christian Science nursing facility like The Leaves?

Please join us at The Leaves, A Christian Science Nursing Care Facility, for this talk by Leslie Connery, one of two Government Relations Counsel who supports the Christian Science Committee on Publications in their work with lawmakers and government officials.  Leslie has nearly 20 years of experience with health care, administrative law, and government benefit issues.

The Leaves
1230 Spring Valley Road
Richardson, TX  75080

Last chance to sign up for Discoverybound Scavenger Hunt in Austin

Last Chance to Sign Up! – Registration Closes Sept. 21

Calling all 7th – 12th graders for a scavenger hunt in Austin, TX! We’ll explore the city, have fun on the water and spend an evening at the Austin Asher House. Financial aid is available for registration and air travel. Registration closes soon, so sign up today. See you there!

Register Now here:

Institutional Committee Meeting Notes on: How do I stay Inspired?

Institutional Committee Workers Meeting
at Annual Meeting 2018

Discussion Notes for top 3 questions submitted

Question 1:

How to remain inspired, even when there doesn’t seem to be any
progress, no one is interested in meeting with a chaplain, or prison authorities are
resistant to CS ministry. And we’d love to hear about maintaining relationships
with institutions through our own workers’ turnover!

-Remember chaplain who sat outside prison gate for 1.5 years
-seen administrative resistance healed; reach out to head chaplains at prison; help them
understand that CS is a Christian religion; go in with open hearts; bring periodical article
-sometimes delay gives time to resolve things and open path for Pastor to have impact
-Interfaith chaplain did not want CS in prison; volunteers went every week and sat
outside jail and read Bible Lesson to the jail; volunteers made efforts to maintain good
relations with prison chaplain; got support from inmates; eventually difficult prison
chaplain was replaced; work of CS chaplains acknowledged by prison admin and
-one branch church has members write to inmates; share metaphysical ideas with them
-“Corresponding Chaplains” in CA; has brought many into institutional work; could
include SS students as well; Telmate system for communicating with inmates

Question 2:

Are there options for more comprehensive training before
volunteering at institutions? So far I have heard of training by the facility one is
serving at, but not much from the church – either The Mother Church or branch
churches. We obviously base our ministry on Christian Science, but additional
information and training from a CS perspective would be helpful as well. Any
advice to “newbies”.
-take interested members into prison as observers first;
-have group and individual training of new volunteers
-assess potential volunteers: accompany new volunteers before they begin work
-one group wrote detailed handbook for new volunteers;
-mentor over Skype; hold workshops for new volunteers;
-go into prison with love; look for spiritual growth of inmates; listen for God’s guidance;
-remember that Christ has gone in before you; Mind will guide you in what to say; you
are not going in alone;
-don’t get pulled in by argument of fatigue; the good work gives fresh energy
-remember the Pastor speaks to all; with motive to bless, we will be lead to find in the
Pastor what will speak to the situation; Pastor a complete preparation for this work;
everything you will need you will find in our Pastor;

Question 3:

How can we help discharged prisoners find their feet and continue
with Christian Science? Is giving money to them an appropriate step? If money
is appropriate, how to do it in a way that makes it so that provision is not taken
advantage of?
-Be proactive! Let soon-to-be-released inmates know of existence of our churches and
-help inmates understand true, spiritual source of supply; same source of employment;
prison rules may forbid giving money to released inmates(?) website has ideas someone said
-let churches in area know ahead if an inmate is about to be released in their community
-big need for released inmates is finding employment; perhaps write recommendation for
them; be wise and cautious in giving money; give for specific purpose; if you wish to give
a loan be discerning

There’s a new Version of CONCORD, Christian Science Study Software

What is CONCORD?

CONCORD is computer study software which provides tools for searching and studying the Bible, Mary Baker Eddy’s writings, and Christian Science Hymnals

Why do we need a new version?


*The new version has improved capabilities for smartphones and tablets. You can access citation lists,  manage your lists, and build new ones.  Listening to hymns on your phone or tablet is easier than ever before.  You can have this easy access with you all the time right in your pocket.

*Searches have been refined and simplified.  There are new search options:  “Stemming” and “Range Search” to aid you in focusing your search.

*The new CONCORD contains the newest Hymnal version, too.

*Cross referencing scriptural quotations in Science and Health and the Bible have been made more obvious.

Is it hard to learn the new tools?

There is a new website that has instructive videos and brief articles to tell you how to use the different aspects of the program.  You can access the free trial at:

Free 30 day Trial !!!

Details on the Upcoming College Summit

“Eternal Truth is Changing the Universe”

College Summit Aug 10-13.

Click here for information:


Registration Fee (Includes three nights of lodging (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) plus all meals, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with dinner on Sunday.):

  • $200 for students
  • $225 for recent grads
  • $275 for adults
  • Participants not needing lodging – $100


The College Summit will be held at The Mother Church at 210 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, Mass.
Housing is right across the street from The Mother Church at the Midtown Hotel. Meals will be at Berklee College, just two blocks away from The Mother Church

College Summit Schedule

August 10

10:00 AM Church Tours every 30 minutes until 5 pm (Portico)
2:30 PM Registration Begins (Portico)
3:00 PM Check-in Starts at Midtown Hotel
5:00 PM Dinner
5:45 PM Welcome
6:00 PM Walking Tour of Mary Baker Eddy’s Boston Experience
9:00 PM Hymn Sing in The Mother Church

August 11

7:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Keynote – Christian Science Board of Directors
10:00 AM Healing: The Role of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s Works
11:00 AM Praying for Yourself: Breakout Discussions Round 1

  • Moving past anxiety, guilt, and depression
  • Financial stability
  • Finding your path and purpose
  • Worthy of God’s love: overcoming self-doubt
  • Meaningful relationships
  • Moral courage: the qualities behind our choices
  • Handling and healing grief
  • Staying true to yourself
  • Finding physical healing
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Quiet reflection/journaling

12:00 PM Praying for Yourself: Breakout Discussions Round 2 (repeat of  Round 1)
1:00 PM Lunch
2:15 PM Lecture: “Learn to Pray and Heal: A Spiritual Adventure” with Nate
3:00 PM Panel Discussion: Eternal Truth is Changing the Universe
4:00 PM Practitioners for the World: Breakout Discussions Round 1

  • Politics and good governance
  • Is inequality inevitable?
  • Finding common ground in the midst of conflicting opinions
  • Spiritual identity vs. sexual identity
  • Achieving a peaceful society
  • Resolving the refugee crisis
  • Demonstrating sustainability
  • Moving past sexism and sexual violence
  • World affairs: finding peace amidst the storm
  • Taking the terror out of terrorism
  • Quiet reflection/journaling

4:45 PM Ice Cream Party!
5:30 PM Practitioners for the World: Breakout Discussions Round 2 (repeat of
Round 1)
6:45 PM Career Workshops

  • Praying about direction/place/purpose/future
  • What is true success?
  • Politics and law
  • Journalism and media
  • Education
  • Nonprofits and social work
  • Working and interning at The Mother Church
  • International careers
  • Arts
  • Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Military
  • Technology
  • Quiet reflection/journaling

7:30 PM Dinner
8:30 PM Contra Dancing + Board Games + Mapparium

August 12
8:30 AM Breakfast (Optional Discussion Groups)
9:00 AM Walking Tour of the Church Plaza
10:00 AM Church & Sunday School
11:15 AM Day Overview
11:30 AM Living Generously as a Christian Scientist
12:15 PM Church and CSO Breakout discussions

  • Why Church?
  • The Church Manual
  • CSO What/Why/How?
  • CSO Jam session

1:15 PM Lunch
2:45 PM Workshops

  • Christian Science Class Instruction (why, when, who)
  • Going into the full-time practice
  • Nurturing the practice of Christian Science in your life
  • Christian Science nursing

3:45 PM Getting Involved: Breakout Discussions Round 1

  • Writing for the Periodicals
  • Church and technology
  • Product development focus group
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • Reading Rooms
  • Teaching Sunday School
  • Institutional work
  • Being a Reader
  • Committee on Publication

4:30 PM Break
5:00 PM Getting Involved: Breakout Discussions Round 2 (repeat of Round 1)
6:00 PM Wrap-up and Fruitage
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Free Time

August 13

*All Activities Optional

9:00 AM Organ Demo

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM One-on-one meeting slots* to learn about:

  • Christian Science Nursing
  • Military Chaplaincy Program

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Human Resources Open House!
Visit HR to learn about working and interning at The Mother Church. They will also offer feedback on your resume.

9:30 AM Christian Science Monitor Page One Meeting* (limit 20)
10:30 AM Interested in Working for the Monitor? Meet with the Editors.* (limit 20)
11:30 AM Midtown Hotel Check Out – feel free to depart at any time on Monday.

*Sign-ups for one-on-one meetings and Monitor meetings will be sent out via email after registration for the Summit closes. Slots available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Leaves Presents: International Christian Science Nursing Days












This event will be held at:

The Leaves
1230 Spring Valley Road
Richardson, Tx  75080

For more information Go to:


The Leaves offers a unique haven for Christian Scientists to receive the help that is needed in a physically demanding situation such as bandaging a wound, help with mobility, or overall loving care when one can’t care for themselves. It’s a place where physical demands can be taken care of with loving and prayerful support of the Christian Science nurses and staff, while the Christian Scientist concentrates on prayer for healing.

The Leaves also offers Christian Scientist progressive residential living and opportunities for rest, study, and renewal in a vibrant atmosphere that is supportive of spiritual healing.