Discovering the Discoverer

Sculpture of Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer of Christian Science, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

On a recent visit to the SAAM (Smithsonian American Art Museum), in Washington DC, I happened upon a beautiful marble sculpture of the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. This super interesting museum was filled with portraits of important American thinkers.

Though Mary Baker Eddy was well known by the public at the time this sculpture was made – around 1889 by Luella Varney Serrao – she did indicate that her real being couldn’t be discovered in a personality (or for that matter a marble sculpture) but in her writings. “Those who look for me in person, or elsewhere than in my writings, lose me instead of find me.” she wrote in Miscellany, page 120.

Christian Science is not a cult – or blind worship of a person or idea. And, it has no connection with Scientology. Christian Scientists don’t worship the personality of anyone, including their leader Mary Baker Eddy. Instead, they recognize and worship God as the one infinite “Person”, or divine Principle. In the chapter called Personality in Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy notes: “There was never a religion or philosophy lost to the centuries except by sinking its divine Principle in personality. May all Christian Scientists ponder this fact, and give their talents and loving hearts free scope only in the right direction!”

So, here’s a helpful thought. If you want to discover the discoverer of Christian Science, all you need are her books. The main one is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and it is available in our Reading Room in Glen Ellyn. Why discover Mary Baker Eddy, you ask? The description card for this sculpture at the SAAM indicated one answer: The cure for evil (including sickness and disease) comes about by spiritual means, according to Eddy. You can learn to master these deceptions as Jesus taught, through the teachings of Christian Science.

Back to School

Chicago mural by Ignasi Monreal

Chicago mural by Ignasi Monreal

Are you ready to climb higher in your understanding? It takes some effort but the rewards are worth it. The recent Bible Lesson on Mind had important tips for the “back to school” crowd, and everyone!

Here are a few good ideas I found:

• Know that true wisdom comes from God – infinite Mind.

• Brain is not the source of intelligence.

• Learning self-discipline, with habits of obedience, is fundamental to happiness.

• Thought which is open to the limitless ideas of Mind has enormous possibility.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science writes: “Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (page 195)

With the educational ladder before you, have confidence that you reflect the intelligence of infinite Mind. Trusting in this guide will bring a rewarding, limit-shattering and productive year! Our Sunday School, for kids up to age 20, goes hand-in-hand with an academic education. Bring your young friends any Sunday at 10 am. Our church is located at Hawthorne and Main Streets in Glen Ellyn and everyone is always welcome!

True Employment Benefits

Photo by Matej Cerin

On the surface, my employment history does not seem very stable: 1 major career change from education to financial services; 7 less dramatic career changes; and over 10 different employers. However, I have always viewed God as my ultimate employer, and looked for His guidance to show me where I am needed, and what work I have to perform.

A poignant example took place in the late 90s when I made the shift from education to financial services to better provide for a young family. My job search was accompanied by constant acknowledgement that I work for Spirit, God, serving divine creation, versus a material corporation providing services to mortals.

I accepted a position as a corporate customer service representative at a large commercial bank. The demands grew rapidly and when another representative had to take an unexpected leave, I had to complete the work of 3 people for a 6-week period without time off or leaving the phone for very long. There was a strong inclination to fear that I would have to ignore my family, suffer from “inevitable” elevated stress levels, and that I would fail to provide proper service to our customers.

Instead of entertaining these thoughts, I went back to the knowledge that I work for God, divine Mind. I was highly active in my local Christian Science church at this time, and delved deeply into the weekly Bible lessons that the Mother Church provides. This deepened my spiritual understanding of the “Science” part of Christian Science. In Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, the founder and discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, states on p. 128:

“The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose.”

Instead of being a frantic, stressful time, this period was peaceful, fulfilling, and rewarding. During regular business hours, I demonstrated improved endurance and greater flexibility. Also, the growing call volume reduced drastically for this period. By the end of the 6 weeks, I had even managed to complete some overdue projects. Senior management took note and this opened up an opportunity to execute one of the seven less dramatic career changes mentioned earlier. This, in turn, allowed me continued success during the recession of 2008. I am very grateful for the stability provided by practicing Christian Science in employment, and many other areas of life.

Thanks to Todd W. for sharing this testimony.

Blown off course?

Little bird blown off course

Last fall high winds and a big rain blew this little friend to our church doorstep. With disheveled feathers and a wobbly stance it was gathering equanimity on a Sunday morning as we arrived at church. Sometimes, having withstood blustering circumstances ourselves, we may be struggling to get back on course.

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy (who was no stranger to buffeting winds of criticism and other untoward circumstances in founding Christian Science) talks about a “spiritual wedlock”. To me this could indicate being anchored safely in divine Love’s peace and comfort, regardless of the situation.

She says: “The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers: 'Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb’s wife, — Love wedded to its own spiritual idea.'"  (SH page 574:27-3)

Sometimes it seems like we have been blown off course – we feel lost, things may look hopeless and we can’t seem to get our bearings again. That’s when we have to get quiet and listen for the gentle whisper in thought of divine Love’s presence. Actually, we are already in that sheltered place because it’s a place in our thought. “In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss, – to the perfectibility of God’s creation.” (SH page 577:9)

And so, as this little bird did, we find our God-given dominion – whatever we need to free us to express the good qualities we naturally have. “The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.” (SH page 57:24)



How do you worship God?

Church Service at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Glen Ellyn, IL

From Tim Mitchinson's blog post on September 13, 2017

People all over the world worship God in many different ways.  For many of us, worship includes maintaining a consistent awareness of God’s presence and love, and having an impact on the world by living from that basis.  It includes words and deeds of kindness and grace.
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©2017 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

The Healing Power of Appreciation

From Tim Mitchinson's blog post of January 11, 2017.

Everyone loves to be appreciated – to have their good qualities recognized.

The blog Little Things Matter, recognizing the importance and health-giving power of appreciation, wrote, “When you express your approval or gratitude by showing your appreciation for something [another has] done, you will not only enhance their lives, but you will enrich yours as well. You will feel more fulfilled because you have done something to make someone else’s life better.”

Taking this a little further, when you realize that the good you and others express has its source in the divine, the results can be even more beneficial – in some cases, life-changing.

Read more from this post at the official site of The Committee on Publication.

What are you reading for your health?

Stack of Books

From the July 20 post, by Tim Mitchinson, on the Christian Science in Illinois blog:


I love summer!  It is a great opportunity to work in the yard, watch the kids play and of course, do some summer reading.  English playwright, Joseph Addison, once wrote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
Dr. Ken Pugh agrees.  Pugh, of Haskins Laboratories, a science institute for language research, associated with Yale University, wrote, “Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain benefits from a good workout every now and then.”
Beyond simply building our brain muscles, however, reading can also greatly influence our thinking – depending of course on what we read. And, our thinking has a significant impact on our health. A more spiritual view of our life and health contributes to improvements in our overall wellbeing.
Josef Mack, of Creative Holistic Business Solutions, recently advised, “Medical science is starting to put more credence in how our beliefs and thinking affect our health. It is very important for us to watch what we think and what we accept as truth and reality.”

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This blog article was written and published by Tim Mitchinson, Committee on Publication for Illinois.