Get inspired about sharing Christian Science
In college, you have an opportunity to bless your friends and your community. Your love for God and man can lead you to make a real difference. God-directed activity comes with everything you need to accomplish your tasks! God’s plan is whole and complete, nothing lacking. If you are led to serve the CSO, you can trust that God’s law of provision is in activity in every moment. One with God is a majority.
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If the idea of getting involved in CSO activity sounds good, but you think you just don’t have the time for it, maybe it’s because you already have some preconceived concept of what CSO work means—and maybe that concept isn’t what’s right for you. This particular form of Christian outreach has to be inspired, just like every other activity in your life.
Turning to God and seeking a fresh way to look at how involvement in a CSO might fit in naturally with your other activities is a great starting point. If your motive is to bless others and grow in your understanding of God, then you have every reason to believe that God can show you a way to get involved, without placing extra burden on your daily schedule. In fact, you’ll probably find that, with these motives in mind, and with a new outlook on what CSO activity could mean for you and your campus, this spiritually grounded activity will help make other responsibilities in your life feel lighter, too. — Tom McElroy, CS, Christian Science Lecturer, Massachusetts, USA
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Lots of folks are interested in love and spirituality. In fact everyone is interested in God to some degree. They just might need a little support and encouragement unpacking those ideas a bit. You might be surprised to see how many students actually are quite interested in the logic and love behind Christian Science. It definitely takes courage to share but we are each working out how to best do that. One thing that has been helpful for me is remembering that each of us is naturally drawn to good and that means everyone is drawn to God. — Josh Niles, CSB, Christian Science Lecturer, Idaho, USA
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Have you considered that God sent you to this campus to bring the Christ, Truth, out into the open? God sent Philip into the desert to talk to one man, an Ethiopian, which opened the entire continent of Africa to Christianity. God sent Peter to talk with a crowd of people gathered at Cornelius’ house. They were all convinced that Peter spoke the ultimate truth. God sent Paul here, there and everywhere speaking to people who often weren’t interested. These men really weren’t alone preaching the good news or the healing power of Christ. They were ambassadors, sent by God, to fulfill a holy purpose. You have a holy purpose and God is working with you to help you fulfill your mission. (John 4; Science and Health 483).— Elise Moore, CSB, Nashville, Tennessee
Elise Moore is a Christian Science teacher. Find her teacher profile here.
When talking to others about Christian Science, my first step is always to ask them about their religious beliefs and find where we can agree. If they practice some sort of religion, I point out that Christian Scientists also believe that one God created us or that we can follow Jesus’s example to learn how to live our lives. If they are against religion, I let them know that the thing that matters above all else is loving your neighbor as you love yourself. I tell them that we believe Love is the strongest force of the world. That’s something they can usually get behind because no religion has to be involved to practice Love. To find common ground, it is so necessary to let go of the “I’m right, learn from me” mentality. God is already communicating to them all they need to know at that moment. Your job is to provide a safe space for them to ask questions, even if the answers don’t lead them to Christian Science. I’ve had plenty of conversations in which I’ve found common ground with people, and then referred them to another campus religious organization. Both of our experiences have been enriched by learning about the other’s beliefs, and those conversations are still imperative to the CSO movement. -- Katie LeCornu, Alum College of WIlliam and Mary CSO
Instead of trying to "compete," work collaboratively! Work with other Christian groups to co-sponsor activities. Go to their events and show your support and cultivate relationships. Ask for help! You're not on your own. And never, ever assume that someone isn't interested or won't understand. If you assume that, you're missing an opportunity to connect with someone on a spiritual basis. And, again, avoid trying to "convert" others, allow them to lead their spiritual investigation of Christian Science.
Ask other religious groups how they did it! Ask the chaplains/religious officials on campus. Email student activities manager(s). Remember, ambition is super attractive and people are always willing to help people who are willing to help themselves. Advocate for yourself and your CSO. Reach out to CSO presidents (listed in the Directory). Many of us have started our own CSOs and totally understand what you're going through. When I started my own CSO, I remember feeling so frustrated by all the "red tape" and felt hopeless. Then, I told myself that if Mrs. Eddy could start a church by herself (and look at all the opposition she faced), I could certainly start a CSO by myself. People WANT to help you and WANT to see you succeed. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and ask. Remember, it's always a no if you don't ask. — Abby Mietchen, Alum Colorado College CSO