A summit for 20- and 30-somethings — October 11-13, 2019
“...let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
—I John 3:18, New International Version
This spiritual summit is open to professionals, stay-at-home parents, world travelers, graduate students, and recent grads in their 20s and 30s. If you're interested in exploring how Christian Science can have a more effective healing impact in your life and for the world, we'd love to have you join us. This isn't just about "thoughts and prayers." It's about seeing how your prayers are one thing: thought and action. We'll also explore how Church is a safe haven and springboard for our spiritual growth and a tangible blessing to our communities. So come as you are! Whether you've been studying Christian Science for a long time or are brand new to it, whether you know it's right for you or are still figuring out your relationship to Christian Science. Let’s change the world together.
The fees described below include the Early Bird discount; pricing will change on September 1, 2019.
Pricing with housing consists of two nights of lodging at the Boston Sheraton Hotel (Friday & Saturday). It also includes main summit activities and meals starting with dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday.
Pricing without housing includes main summit activities and meals starting with dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday.
Please note that food and childcare fees are $100.00 per child. Childcare is offered for children up to the age of 12. To find more details about childcare, go to the Childcare section on this page.
Registration with housing in a shared double room: $200.00 per adult
Registration with housing in a shared triple room: $150.00 per adult
Registration with housing as a family with 2 adults: $200 per adult, children under 12 stay free
Registration with housing as a family with 1 adult: $300, children under 12 stay free
Registration without lodging: $75
You may also opt to stay Sunday night for $100 (pricing per adult, children staying in a family room are free).
Financial aid is available. Click here to fill out a financial aid form.
FRIDAY, October 11
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Welcome, hymn sing
8:00 PM Hang-out time and games
SATURDAY, October 12
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Childcare drop-off
9:00 AM Welcome
9:45 AM Lecture: Fujiko Signs
10:00 AM “Why Christian Science?” discussion
10:45 AM Breakouts: Life and career paths (2 rounds)
Moving beyond career to purpose
Finding your path
Dealing with transitions
Parenting as a Christian Scientist
Balancing work and family
Moving from burnout to balance
Working in a non-CS environment
Breaking out of the mold
12:30 PM Childcare pick-up
12:30 PM Lunch
1:45 PM Childcare drop-off
2:00 PM Overview of afternoon
2:15 PM Lecture: Tom McElroy
2:30 PM Life and world issues breakouts (2 rounds)
Nurturing healthy relationships
Living CS in everyday life
Being a CSist in an increasingly medicalized world
Achieving a more just and equal society
Moving from human identity to spiritual identity
Promoting peace and resisting aggression/violence
4:15 PM Ice cream party
5:00 PM Sharing Christian Science with others
6:00 PM Discussion with CS Board of Directors
7:00 PM Childcare pick-up
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Free time and organized exploration
SUNDAY, October 13
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Walking tour of Mary Baker Eddy’s Boston (optional)
10:00 AM Church & Sunday School
11:00 AM Childcare drop-off
11:15 AM “Why Church?” discussion
12:00 PM Manual 101
12:45 PM Lunch (on-site)
1:45 PM Overview of the afternoon
2:00 PM Getting involved in church (2 rounds)
Membership - what does it mean and why is it important?
Being a Reader
Teaching Sunday School
Writing for the periodicals
Becoming a CS practitioner
Christian Science nursing
Solos and music
4:00 PM Wrap-up and fruitage
4:45 PM End
5:00 PM Childcare pick-up
The summit will be held at The Mother Church (210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115).
Summit housing will be at the Sheraton Hotel (39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199). Meals and summit sessions will be held on-site at The Mother Church.
Financial aid is available.
Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the summit. Check-in at the summit will begin at 3:30 pm on Friday.
If you are interested in sharing a ride with someone driving to the summit, check out the following carpool guidelines.
Options for traveling to and from the Boston airport:
Subway service, fee: $2.75 USD (one way)
Bus service, fee: $3 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi, Uber, and Lyft fares: $35 USD (one way)
The Sheraton Hotel does not provide shuttle service.
If you want to travel into Boston (or back to the airport) with other participants, there will be an option after you register to add your travel information to a shared Google document so people can coordinate rides.
Bus Shuttle (FREE from the airport) - Bus route time is approximately 20 minutes.
FREE to ride from Logan Airport to Boston. At the airport look for Massport - Logan Express buses, which stop at all terminals (Arrivals level pick-up at Logan Express stops). Get off at Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston Street) stop and walk about 5 minutes to the Sheraton Hotel (39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199) or 10 min to The Mother Church (250 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115).
Bus Shuttle ($3.00 to the airport) - Bus route time is approximately 20 minutes.
A one-way fare from Boston to Logan Airport is $3.00 and can be purchased with a credit/debit card only. NO CASH IS ACCEPTED. Board the bus at Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston Street).
If you need more information about this transportation option, please click here to visit the Bus Shuttle website.
Subway ($2.75) - Using public transportation will take about 30-45 minutes.
Follow signs to the Blue Line Airport Subway Station. Take the Blue Line toward Bowdoin and get off at Government Center. At Government Center Station transfer to the Green Line. There are four branches of the Green Line; if you’re on the B / C / D, get off at Hynes Convention Center. If you’re on the E / Heath Street, get off at either the Prudential Center or Symphony Station stops.
Taxi, Uber, and Lyft
Airport cabs will cost you about $40 from the airport to Sheraton Hotel.
For Uber and Lyft, submit your request when you’re ready to walk outside. Exit on the Arrivals level. Depending on which terminal you're in, head to the nearest AppRide/TNC pick-up lot. This is where all the drivers meet travelers for pick-up.
Have a question?
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Childcare will be provided by The Mother Church's Childcare committee for kids through the age of 12. Childcare will be provided on the following dates and times:
* Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:45 pm to 7:00 pm
* Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
* Childcare and Sunday School are also offered during church, and it’s separate from the childcare provided for this event.
You would be welcome to bring your children to the Friday night gathering and hymn sing, Saturday night activities, and all meals Friday through Sunday.
Registration fee: $100 per child and includes meals from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and housing for your child in your room at the Sheraton Hotel.
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