Let the CSO Support Team know if you would like to start or are starting a CSO; we can help you think through the process and connect you with others. CSOsupport@christianscience.com.
To start a CSO and be listed in The Christian Science Journal Directory or The Herald of Christian Science Directory, just meet the two requirements Mrs. Eddy wrote for CSOs in the Manual:
Have at least one member who is a student or faculty member and a Mother Church member
Operate under the rules of the university or college
If you do not yet meet the requirements above, it might be possible to list your group as a Forming CSO on christianscience.com. Reach out to us at CSOSupport@christianscience.com; we’d love to hear what you’re up to!
Working with your school’s requirements
Some schools require that you register as a recognized student organization in order to hold events and lectures, and participate in student fairs. Check with your campus Chaplain or Student Activities office to find out their requirements for official recognition. There may be exceptions to the written requirements. It can be worth clarifying that you are not looking for funding. Some schools require:
Officers — President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc.
Faculty/Staff Advisor — If you don’t know a Christian Scientist, try other professors! CSOs have often found support in the religion and philosophy departments.
Bylaws — View a sample CSO constitution.
Minimum number of members — If you are looking for other Christian Scientists at your school, try reaching out to local branch churches and the CSO Support Team at The Mother Church. Even with a small number of members, you can still make a big impact!
If this seems a little daunting, know that we are here to help at CSOSupport@christianscience.com.