Tag: Christian Science

Christian Science facility proposed

Patients would be treated with prayer, not medicine Since Clifton House in Minneapolis closed a few years ago, the Christian Science-centered nonprofit group has been looking for a new home. When New Brighton’s First Church of Christ, Scientist offered them two acres of their land, Clifton House jumped at the chance. The city is considering the group’s application to build a new home. Some neighbors have complained to the City Council that the proposed building would block their view of Pike Lake, but nothing was said about how Clifton House would care for patients — through faith. Traditional Christian Science

Leader of Christian Science church resigns

BOSTON (AP) – The head of the Church of Christ, Scientist, has retired after 12 years as the church’s top official, church officials announced. Christian Science Theologically, the Church of Christ, Scientist is a cult of Christianity Research resources on Christian Science Virginia Harris, who chaired the Boston-based church’s board of directors during a period of expansion, financial difficulty and restructuring, retired Friday. The church cut 125 jobs this year and scaled back its Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor newspaper as it worked to recover from financial difficulties, including a 2003 deficit in the millions. The church said Harris dedicated

Christian Science church bans spiritual teacher after she married her lesbian partner

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A woman who married her lesbian partner in Massachusetts was banned from teaching in the Church of Christ, Scientist, after she refused to “repent” for her actions. Homosexuality How various religions and denominations view homosexuality News Tracker: Homosexuality More Religion News Blog items that mention homosexuality Apologetics Index Research Resources on Homosexuality A church letter sent to Kathleen Clementson said she had abused her role as a teacher and could teach spiritual healing again only if she repented and served a three-year probation. Clementson, 62, instead returned her teaching credentials and left the church. “I don’t

Christian Science church eyes cuts

Overhaul of Monitor, layoffs are discussed Officials of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston told employees yesterday that ailing finances are forcing them to restructure church operations, including laying off top-level managers, possibly ceasing production of some publications, moving others overseas, and overhauling operations at the Christian Science Monitor. Christian Science ‘Christian Science’ is neither Christian, nor science. Theologically, the movement is considered to be a cult of Christianity Research resources on Christian Science “Overall contributions to the Mother Church have not kept pace with the demand,” church treasurer Walter D. Jones said in a speech to employees

Publisher John Lewis Selover,

Associated Press, Aug. 2, 2003 http://www.nytimes.com/ By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON (AP) — John Lewis Selover, the publisher of The Christian Science Monitor and a Christian Science Church leader who helped shepherd the church’s expansion, has died. He was 72. Selover, of Boston, died Friday “among family, after a brief illness at home,” said Peter Osterlund, spokesman for the Christian Science Board of Directors. Osterlund said the family declined to specify the nature of the illness. Selover was elected to the board of directors in 1985, and later became the board’s vice chairman. In 1998, he became the manager of

Christian Science

PBS, Religion & Ethics, Feb. 14, 2003 http://www.pbs.org/ BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: We have a special report today — on Christian Science, the Church of Christ, Scientist. Its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, claimed to have discovered a science behind the healing miracles of Jesus. But in recent years, the Church has suffered controversy and decline. The Church says it has no membership figures, but observers say its numbers may have fallen below 100,000. The Mother Church, as it is known, has been exploring new ways to reach the public. But some Christian Scientists charge the price of that has been to

Christian Science and its discontents

The Boston Globe, Nov. 12, 2002 http://boston.com/ By Alex Beam, Globe Columnist, 11/12/2002 Who is interested in doctrinal disputes inside the Christian Science Church? I am. Just as it did in the late 1980s, the Church has launched a bold, expensive outreach initiative intended to broaden the appeal of Christian Science. With great fanfare, the Church is promoting its new $50 million Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity and has recently been ”positioning” Christian Science as a healing art within the popular new age health movement. And – exactly as happened when the Church flushed well over

When Faith Fails Children

Religion Based Neglect: Pervasive, Deadly … and Legal? My husband Douglas and I were devout, lifelong Christian Scientists until 1977 when we lost our only son Matthew as a result of our religious beliefs regarding medical care. It’s hard for most people to understand this. It’s hard for many to grasp how parents could watch a beloved child suffer, yet not call a doctor. I need to begin, therefore, by describing the pressures involved. The First Church of Christ, Scientist, founded in the late nineteenth century by Mary Baker Eddy, teaches that all disease is caused by sin. As little