Terms of service

Last updated: April 11, 2022

Welcome to ChristianScience.com (the “Site”), owned and operated by The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston and its affiliate The Christian Science Publishing Society (“TFCCS”). By using the Site, you accept and agree to these Terms of Service (“Terms”) and the Site’s Privacy Policy and Permissions page, incorporated into these Terms by reference.

Please note: These Terms do not apply to the following areas on the Site, each of which has its own specific Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and/or Permissions information: Christian Science JSH-Onlinequarterly.christianscience.comchristianscience.com/concord and the Online Shop.

TFCCS reserves the right to change these Terms at any time. You agree that we will notify you of modifications to these Terms by posting them on this page. Changes will become effective 14 days after they are posted. You should review these Terms for any changes before using the Site. 

Copyright and Permissions

The content on this Site, such as text, photographs, images, logos, audio, video, and software, and the compilation of such material (“Content”), is the property of TFCCS and its affiliates or its content suppliers. The Site and Content are protected by copyright law in the United States and in other countries, and may also be protected by database, privacy, trademark, and other applicable laws.  All rights not expressly granted through the Terms are reserved.

TFCCS grants you a license to view Content, and in some cases print or download Content if Site functionality permits, for your personal, noncommercial use only. Please note that “personal use” does not include sharing Content, such as posting articles or images on social media, other than as permitted by these Terms and the Permissions guidelines. You may not sell, republish, redistribute, or reproduce in quantity any Content contained on this Site without the express written permission of TFCCS.

Please see the Permissions page for information on how to request permission to reuse Content from the Site. Photographs credited to a third-party supplier (such as Associated Press, Thinkstock, or Getty Images), are owned by that supplier. Please contact the supplier directly for permission to reuse their material.

Restrictions on use of audio and video programming

ChristianScience.com's audio and video programming (“A/V Programs”) consists of live and archived webcasts, podcasts, and lectures that are made available by free streaming and in some cases may be offered for embedding or download.

Any rights and uses of the A/V Programs not expressly granted on the Site, including the Permissions page, or permitted by Site functionality, are reserved by TFCCS.

The following uses of A/V Programs are not permitted:

  • Redistributing, editing or modifying the A/V Programs or links.

  • Posting A/V Programs other than using the provided embedding functionality, if any.

  • Incorporating advertising into or associating advertising with A/V Programs, or implying that the Site or TFCCS endorses any product, service or cause of another party.

  • Inserting an intermediate page or other content between A/V Programs and any other website.

TFCCS or its suppliers retains all ownership and other rights in the A/V Programs and associated logos and trademarks. TFCCS may discontinue offering A/V Programs or require you to stop using A/V Programs at any time for any reason.

No republication or resale of Site Content 

Except as expressly permitted in these Terms, you may not reproduce, distribute, display, perform, sell, trade, or otherwise exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of, use of, or access to the Site or its Content.

Notice and procedure for making claims of copyright infringement

If you believe the Site is infringing your copyright, TFCCS will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(2) (“DMCA”). Pursuant to the DMCA, written notification of claimed copyright infringement may or should be submitted to the following Designated Agent for the Site:

Service provider(s): The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Name of Designated Agent to receive notification of claimed infringement: Edwin R. Blomquist, Jr.

Full address of Designated Agent to which notification should be sent: 210 Massachusetts Avenue, P09, Boston, MA 02115-3012

Telephone number of Designated Agent: 617-450-2000

Email address of Designated Agent: copyright@csps.com

To be effective, the notification must include the following:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.

  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Trademarks

Christian Science is a registered and common law trademark and service mark owned by The Christian Science Board of Directors and is used to publicly identify TFCCS as the source of products and services offered under the Christian Science mark.

The Cross and Crown design, Church trade name logo, Concord logo, Christian Science Daily Lift, and Mapparium are trademarks and service marks owned by the Christian Science Board of Directors.

Please see the Cross and Crown Licensing page for information on how to request permission to use the Cross and Crown trademark.

Christian Science JSH-Online, The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, the Herald of Christian Science, the Christian Science Quarterly, and The Christian Science Monitor are trademarks owned by The Christian Science Publishing Society.

These trademarks and other marks, logos and images used on the Site are property of TFCCS, CSPS, or their suppliers and may be registered in the United States, European Union, and in other countries, and may not be used without obtaining written permission.

Feedback

If you provide TFCCS with any questions, comments, bug reports, feedback, or proposed modifications concerning the Site ("Feedback"), TFCCS shall have the right to use such Feedback at its discretion, including, but not limited to the incorporation of such suggested changes into the Site. You hereby grant TFCCS a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive license under all rights necessary to incorporate and use your Feedback for any purpose.

Submissions to the Site

If you submit statements, questions or comments to the Site, you grant TFCCS a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, modify, translate, and create derivative works from such statements, questions or comments, in whole or in part, in any media, now known or later developed, with or without name attribution. You also warrant that the submission does not violate the rights of any third party.

TFCCS may publish statements, questions or comments at its sole discretion. Please do not submit any comments that are commercial in nature, that violate copyrights or other rights, or are obscene, defamatory, or derogatory of others. Please see the guidelines for Submitting testimonies for the Wednesday online meeting.

Directories

The Site may include access to directories, such as The Christian Science Journal Directory and CSO Network Directory. Directory advertisers have provided their contact information for the purpose of offering their services. Please be respectful and only use this information for that purpose.

The personal data and contact information provided by directory advertisers may be protected by laws governing privacy, data protection, and commercial messages. For example, in some jurisdictions it is not lawful to collect, store, or process personal data of individuals without their consent, and in some jurisdictions it is not lawful to market to or solicit the individuals listed in public directories without their express consent. 

By using the Site, You understand and agree that you may not collect any email addresses from these directories in order to send unsolicited commercial email messages. The advertisers in these directories do not consent to receive commercial email messages at the addresses listed. However, advertisers do consent to receiving appropriate, relevant communications from branches of The Mother Church.

Mapparium™ Experience visitor terms

The Site’s Terms and Privacy Policy apply to your visit and purchase of tickets to the Mapparium Experience. When purchasing tickets, you also agree to the following terms:

  • Photography and videography are not allowed inside the Mapparium globe.

  • Visitors under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • All visitors need a ticket, regardless of age.

  • You can purchase tickets up to 60 days in advance of your visit.

  • We will exchange your ticket for a different day if you need to reschedule for any reason, subject to availability.

  • All discount tickets must be obtained in person at the Welcome Hall, at the Christian Science Plaza.

  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the exhibit space.

Please review our Privacy Policy for details on how we use and safeguard the information you provide when purchasing tickets.

For more information about visiting our exhibit spaces, please see the FAQs.

International and interstate nature of communications on the Site

You acknowledge that in using the Site, you may be sending electronic communications through our and our service providers’ computer networks, portions of which may be located in various jurisdictions in or outside the United States. Accordingly, by agreeing to these Terms, you acknowledge that use of the Site may result in interstate or international data transmissions.

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding online conduct, acceptable content, and transmission of data in your use of the Site.

No illegal or harmful use

As a condition of your use of the Site, you will not use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms.

  • Make unsolicited offers, advertisements, proposals, or send junk mail to any email addresses found on or through the Site

  • You may not share passwords for the Site.

  • You may not use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair it or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site.

  • You may not obtain Content or other materials and data through any means not intentionally made available through the Site.

  • You agree not to modify the Site or to use modified versions of the Site.

  • You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, or any part of the Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Site, or any part of them, through hacking, password mining, or any other means or interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on or through the Site.

  • You may not upload any executable code, scripts or other data which alters the function, display or content of the Site.

No framing or embedding

You may not frame or embed pages or specific Content found on the Site, except as expressly permitted or enabled by the functionality of the Site or one of its hosting sites (such as videos hosted through YouTube). See our Permissions page and Linking pages for more information.

No bypass of access restrictions

You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to bypass our robot exclusion headers or other measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site.

Termination; Terms of Service violations

TFCCS may in its sole discretion and at any time update, change or discontinue the Site and its Content. You agree that any termination of the Site or your access to the Site may be effected without prior notice. The provisions of the Site’s Terms, Privacy Policy and Permissions page shall survive termination.

We may block or terminate your access to the Site for any breach of the Terms. Any suspected fraudulent, abusive, or illegal activity that may be grounds for termination of your use of the Site may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. This remedy is in addition to any other remedies available at law or in equity. You agree that TFCCS will not be liable to you or any third party for any such termination.

Third-party web sites; advertisers

The Site may include links or references to other websites or services solely as a convenience to users (“Reference Sites”). TFCCS does not endorse Reference Sites or their information, products, or services, and your transactions with Reference Sites are solely between you and such sites.

Disclaimer of warranties

THE SITE, ITS OPERATION, AND ALL OF THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THE SITE ARE PROVIDED BY TFCCS ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. TFCCS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF OR ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN DISCLAIMERS OR LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, THE FOREGOING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

TFCCS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR THE CONDUCT OF USERS OF THE SITE OR INFORMATION EXCHANGED OR POSTED ON THE SITE, INCLUDING CLAIMS OF DEFAMATION, OR FOR ANY LOST CONTENT OR DATA.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend (at our election), and hold harmless TFCCS, its affiliated entities, directors, officers, trustees, employees, contractors, agents, and third-party suppliers from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees and costs, arising out of your use or misuse of the Site, any breach or alleged breach by you of these Terms, any breach or alleged breach of the copyright, trademark, proprietary or other rights of third-parties by you, or any breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants made by you under these Terms. TFCCS reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify TFCCS, and you agree to cooperate with TFCCS’s defense of these claims.

No personal liability

No director, officer, trustee, employee or agent of TFCCS shall be personally liable for the performance of or failure to perform any provision of these Terms.

Applicable law

These Terms are governed by the Copyright Law of the United States, and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S.A., without regard to their choice of law principles. Your exclusive forum for bringing any claim or cause of action against us (whether pursuant to contract, tort, author rights or otherwise) is the courts located in the City of Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A. You hereby accept and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts in any proceeding or action. With respect to any such proceeding or action brought in such courts, you hereby irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law:  (a) any objection you may have now or in the future to such jurisdiction or venue, and (b) any claim that such action or proceeding has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Nothing limits our right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive or any other form of relief.

Credits

Bible passages used on the Site and marked:

  • Alkitab berasal dari Alkitab, Terjemahan Baru, edisi kedua, © 1974, 1993 Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia (LAI). (The Bible, New translation, 2nd edition, © 1974, 1993 Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia (LAI)).

  • Biblen 1992 bringes med tilladelse fra Det Danske Bibelselskab og er fra den autoriserede oversættelse af Bibelen fra 1992. © Det Danske Bibelselskab 1992. https://www.bibelselskabet.dk/brugbibelen/bibelenonline

  • CKJV are from the Chinese KJV online, 中文英王欽定本.

  • Bibel 2000 (www.bibeln.se) © Svenska Bibelsällskapet. Används med särskilt tillstånd.

  • João Ferreira de Almeida ,são tomadas da Bíblia Sagrada, João Ferreira de Almeida, Revista e Atualizada, 2ª Ediçao, Sociedade Bíblica do Brasil.

  • KJV are translated from the Holy Bible, King James Version.

  • LBLA son de La Biblia de las Américas® (LBLA® ), Copyright © 1986, 1995, 1997 The Lockman Foundation. Usada con permiso. www.LBLA.com.

  • Nuova Diodati dalla Nuova Diodati 91/03. © La Buona Novella Inc. Bible Publishing House, CH-6343 Rotkreuz. Tutti diritti riservati.

  • NBLA son de la Nueva Biblia de las Américas (NBLA), Copyright © 2005 por The Lockman Foundation. Usada con permiso. www.NuevaBiblia.com.. www.NuevaBiblia.com.

  • Luther21 sind der Luther21 entnommen. © La Buona Novella Inc. Bible Publishing House, CH-6343 Rotkreuz. Alle Rechte vorbehalten. info@buonanovella.com.

  • NP pochodzą z Biblii - Nowego Przekładu, Warszawa 1976, Brytyjskie i Zagraniczne Towarzystwo Biblijne. (The Bible, Nowy Przeklad version 1976, © The British and Foreign Bible Society).

  • NTV son de la Santa Biblia, Nueva Traducción Viviente, © 2010 Tyndale House Foundation.

  • RVR60 ha sido tomado de la versión Reina-Valera 1960 ® © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960. Renovado © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 1988. Utilizado con permiso. Reina-Valera 1960 ® es una marca registrada de las Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas y puede ser usada solo bajo licencia. 

  • Ti Biblia 1982 manipud iti Ti Biblia-Ilocano © 1982 Philippine Bible Society. (from Ti Biblia-Ilocano 1982 version).

  • Uusi kirkkoraamattu, jonka kohdat ovat Pyhästä Raamatusta, 1992 (Uusi kirkkoraamattu) © Kirkon keskusrahasto. (from Holy Bible, 1992 ( New Church Bible) © New Church Fund).