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The members of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, are a global family committed to practicing the compassionate, healing, transforming Christianity taught by Jesus. We hope you’ll get to know us, explore, ask questions, and find out more about our worldwide Church and its many activities.

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Branch churches and societies

Church members — are you wanting to find out specific information about managing your Christian Science Branch churches, Christian Science Organizations, and Christian Science societies, and other information about their activities? You've come to the right spot!

Here you can get information about:

  • Reading Rooms
  • Sunday School
  • Prison and institutional work 
  • Reader workshops / Reading Aloud Workshops for Readers (First and Second readers at Branch Churches) (audio guides)
  • How to engage youth in Church 
  • How to start an informal Christian Science group
  • How to form a Christian Science society
  • Church consolidation guidelines
  • Tax and charitable contribution guidelines
  • Hosting a lecture
  • Requesting use of the Cross and Crown trademark
  • Sign up for a weekly email newsletters 

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Ethel Ames Baker CSB

My parents found Christian Science before I was ten, and our family had healings of an ulcer, smoking, and a serious foot wound in the first year.  More followed, and so did my interest in all things Science—through Sunday School, then college.  It was a yearning to understand the “how” as well as the “what” that then led to class instruction in London, and a desire for the public practice.  After a stint in graduate school for theatre, I knew it wasn’t in me to pursue acting.  Instead, prayer opened the way for tour-guiding at The Mother Church and selling advertising for The Christian Science Monitor , followed by a decade of editorial work on The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel , and Heralds . I began receiving requests for help through prayer as I became active in a branch church, and started writing for the periodicals. The Boston area became my home, and I later worked in the Committee on Publication, on Mother Church Annual Meetings, Mother Church Local Activities, The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and Reading Room Communications, as well as traveling for the Church. A part-time summer job had morphed into 25 years of spiritual adventure! I began Journal -advertising in 2005 and by 2009, felt God-assigned to Buffalo, New York, near where I had been born. Several months later came Normal class. Class instruction and Association are held in this storied city where Christian Science has had a presence for more than 120 years. And the best is on the horizon!

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Alessandra P Colombini CSB

I was born in Italy and moved to Brazil with my family as a teenager. Ever since my childhood I had felt drawn to religion and spirituality even though my family was not very religious.  Brazil offered me the opportunity to pursue my spiritual search, and I was able to get better acquainted with the Bible, which I loved. Then in college I was introduced to Christian Science by the young man who later became my husband. I immediately felt it was the deep truth I was looking for.

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Jennifer Clare Lobl CSB

Christian Science found me in my early twenties, and through studying and applying it I began experiencing healings. Along with this came a great desire to help others experience the practical effects of prayer.

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Monica B Esefer Passaglia CSB

I was so blessed with the opportunity of receiving spiritual education in Christian Science at home and attending a Christian Science Sunday School. I always loved the Bible's message and Mary Baker Eddy's teachings in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

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Margarita Sandelmann Thatcher CSB

My parents’ commitment to world peace and humanitarian causes, and their love for Christian Science, set the tone for my childhood, and early instilled in me a respect for all peoples. Added to this, growing up in three countries with four languages helped to enlarge my love for this diverse universe. I was educated in Switzerland, Argentina, and Washington, DC.

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John M Tyler CSB

I learned of Christian Science in my middle teens. Our family came to it through a “miraculous” healing of a relative. I tested it, and was amazed at the consistent results. The Science proved to be genuinely scientific. Its practice became the basis of my studies and early career. That career took some radically different zigs and zags. From research director at an international relations and mediation institute in Italy, to labor organizer in New England, to foundation director, to university professor, to peace and civil rights activist, to founding an anti-racism project which was the basis of the YWCA “Social Justice Award”. The focus, the common denominator of these careers, was solving problems.

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Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy considered herself a spiritual pioneer whose work encompassed the disciplines of science, theology, and medicine. After her discovery of God’s laws as powerful spiritual mandates, always present and operating to heal, redeem, and bless humanity, she devoted her life to practicing, teaching, and sharing this healing Science of Christianity.

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