Q: What is Christian Science?

A: The Christian Science church was founded in the late 1800's by Mary Baker Eddy to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p 17), the healing Science that Jesus taught by his words and works. The main church is in Boston, MA, with branch churches and societies throughout the world. Click here for more information.

Q: Who is Mary Baker Eddy?

A: Mary Baker Eddy is referred to as the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. She was an extraordinary healer, taught others the healing power of Christian Science, established the Christian Science Church and its many publications. Her major literary work is "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures", first published in 1875. Click here for more information.

Q: What are branch Christian Science churches and societies?

A: Local churches, affiliated with the Christian Science Denomination are organized as an independent Christian Science church, or if quite small, a Christian Science Society. Christian Science branch churches use the name "nth Church of Christ, Scientist, city". For example, in Port Townsend, our branch church is named "First Church of Christ, Scientist, Port Townsend". As more branches are established in a city, they will take the name 2nd, 3rd, ... The main church in Boston, is "The First Church of Christ, Scientist" (without the city aspect), and is also affectionately referred to as The Mother Church.

Q: Who are Christian Science Clergy?

A: Christian Science churches have no clergy, is a totally lay church. Church services are led by "readers" elected by the congregation on a rotational basis. Other officers within each church are also elected.

Q: What are Christian Science Practitioners?

A: Christian Science practitioners provide spiritual treatment through prayer that results in healing, and transformed lives. Treatment is based on the Bible and the principles explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Central to this treatment is the idea of one, all-good God, who loves and cares for each of us. Anyone may call a practitioner for specific help or to answer questions about Christian Science. Mary Backer Eddy provided for Christian Science practitioners in the Church Manual (page 46). For a complete list of Christian SCience Practitioners in our area and around the world, you may refer to the monthly Christian Science Journal, available at any Christian Science Reading Room, including ours, or visit the online directory at ChristianScience.com.

Q: Where can I learn more about Christian Science?

A: There is a wealth of literature available in our Reading Room, located at 275 Umatilla Avenue, the intersection of Umatilla Avenue and Haines Street. Also, see online resources at ChristianScience.com and additional websites on our Links page.