Starting a CSO

It only takes one student, professor, or faculty member.

Getting a CSO started

It’s an opportunity to deepen your practice while finding the natural relevance of these ideas on campus and sharing them. It may feel like a big undertaking, but your trust in divine Love enables all the practical steps to unfold. 

“As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good. Thus may each member of this church rise above the oft-repeated inquiry, What am I? to the scientific response: I am able to impart truth, health, and happiness, and this is my rock of salvation and my reason for existing.” (My. 165:16)

Interested in getting starting a CSO on your campus? 

The first step is to let us know through our contact form and we’ll follow up quickly about next steps.

How do I get others involved? 

An easy place to start is by identifying and connecting with other Christian Scientists on campus. Not sure if they exist or how to find them?  We can help!  We have an ongoing project to find and connect Christian Scientists on campuses around the world.  At the same time, be open to seekers who are interested in what you’re providing and perhaps want to get involved as well.  

Just remember, don’t get hung up on the numbers. There have been many dynamic CSOs that consist of a single member. The power of the ideas and the love you have for your campus will make an impact, not the number of people involved.  So, let Love guide your prayers and actions for this activity, and let the rest unfold. 

"Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts,even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear" (Science and Health, p. 506:18).

What’s next? Take a look at the CSO Activities section and see what inspires you.

One activity — and a great way to make your presence known — is to host an information table in a central location on campus. Often universities have an activities fair at the beginning of the year when all of the clubs on campus can have a table introducing their activity. Generally, you can request permission to have an information table at any time of year. We recommend having a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants more information. The main purpose of this activity isn’t to find other Christian Scientists, though you may, but to connect with fellow seekers. 

How to get established? 

First, check in with the student activities office to see what they require and, while you’re at it, you should also reach out to the campus chaplain. These people are resources provided by the school to help.  

Now what? 

Keep praying! Your CSO work is motivated by your love for others. Trust God’s power in this activity and be open to your own role in it. CSOs have a unifying, healing presence, built on the basis that we are all children of God. And, it’s important to pass the blessings forward because everyone deserves to know they can feel happy, fulfilled, and satisfied. Take a stand for the idea that God is speaking to and guiding each person on your campus.  

We are all students in this journey, so don’t feel like being involved in the CSO means you have to be an expert. This is just another opportunity to find ways to put into practice what you’re learning at every twist and turn in life. Let your understanding of your oneness with God guide and support each step in the process. 

And remember that TMC Youth provides a network of support to each CSO. Since every school is different and each CSO unique, we work to support each one in accomplishing its specific goals. We’ll keep you informed about the work other CSOs are doing and what they’ve found to be successful on their campuses. If you’d like, we’ll help you set goals and keep in touch as you get this idea off the ground. Next, you’ll have the support of the Regional Reps who are useful peer contacts who will share updates about all regional upcoming events. We’re all in this inspiring work together.

Ready to take the next step? 

Start by looking forward to the spiritual growth that will come from your inspired, effective, and uplifting CSO activities.

The CSO support team is happy to help. Feel free to contact us at: (617) 450-3700.

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