Staying Informed Through the Committee Site

Staying Informed Through the Committee Site

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by Don Ingwerson

Check out the Committee on Publication site! This is a great resource to keep up to date on Committee work. Here you will find the 2014 Manager’s message, information on discussing health from a Christian Science perspective, Alfred Farlow’s article on Setting the Course, a link to the Federal Office site, and more. Click here to access this useful site: Committee on Publication

About the Committee on Publication

About the Committee on Publication

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by Don Ingwerson

Every once in awhile I encounter the thought that the Committee on Publication office has something to do with the Publishing Society. I came across this great page on the Federal Committee on Publication site that breaks down what exactly the Committee on Publication is doing, as well as a message from Russ Gerber, Manger of the Committees on Publication, and some background information on Alfred Farlow, the first Committee on Publication. Here is the direct link to the web page: About the Committee on Publication.

About the Committee on Publication

The Committee on Publication was first established in 1898 by Mary Baker Eddy. The first Committee on Publication was Alfred Farlow, who worked under the direction of Mrs. Eddy. The mission of the Committee on Publication is to engage with members of the media, lawmakers, and the public-at-large to provide an accurate understanding of Christian Science.

The Committee is not the publishing arm of the Church, although the name may indicate otherwise, but serves as an informational resource to answer questions and clear up misperceptions. Mrs. Eddy defined the duty of the Committee in this way: “to correct in a Christian manner impositions on the public in regard to Christian Science, injustices done Mrs. Eddy or members of this Church…”  (Page 97).

Russ Gerber, the Manager of the Committees on Publication, guides the church’s 135 representatives located throughout the world as they interact with journalists and with local lawmakers. He is also available for interviews, and he works closely with reporters, editors, and producers, providing information and other resources they may need for stories involving Christian Science.

2013 Manager’s Message

What is the biggest imposition on Christian Science today? Watch this video to find out more.

About the Manager, Russ Gerber

Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

For more than twenty years Russ Gerber has been a practitioner of Christian Science, devoting his full time as a healer available to the public. He also holds a teaching degree from the Church and teaches annually a class on Christian Science, an in-depth study of spiritual healing based on the teachings of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science authored by the Church’s founder Mary Baker Eddy.

Setting The Course

Alfred Farlow

Mary Baker Eddy assigned to the Committee on Publication the duty of correcting impositions. The second sentence of this section of the By-Law, however, indicates that she expected all Christian Scientists would be doing corrective work in some form… Meaningful insight is found in the experience of Alfred Farlow, the first Manager of Committees on Publication. He was the only individual to have direct instruction from Mrs. Eddy while serving as Manager, and this booklet offers a view into Farlow’s work under her direction. Designed for any Christian Scientist seeking to answer the call to corrective work, it illustrates the Christly compassion at the very core of the work.

 

About the Federal Office

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I wanted to share the updated information about the Committee on Publication Federal Office. I hope you find it informative. It can be found here: http://christianscience.com/member-resources/for-churches/committee-on-publication/u.s.-federal-office/about-the-u.s.-federal-office

The Christian Science Committee on Publication U.S. Federal Office, established in 1943, works with U.S. Congressional, executive, and regulatory offices. Our mission is to help these federal offices and the public gain a more accurate understanding of Christian Science, including its longstanding contribution in the field of healthcare and healing. We also work to ensure that spiritual health care services, such as those provided by Christian Science practitioners, Christian Science nurses, and Christian Science nursing facilities – including the public’s access to them – are not adversely affected by any law.

Confronting adverse legislation in his day, the first Manager of the Committees on Publication, Alfred Farlow, wrote to his colleagues in 1908:

“It seems to me that we will have to give some heed to the elections, make friends with our neighbors who are in the legislating business and lose no opportunity to broaden their sense of fairness and justice.”

For more than three years, the U.S. Federal Office has been speaking with governmental offices about the federal health care reform efforts that culminated in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA). While this law does not yet contain any religious accommodation or exception for Christian Scientists and others who use spiritual care services for their health, we continue to actively work towards this goal.

If you are interested in helping the U.S. Federal Office, we encourage you to explore various ways of getting involved. Similarly, if you have any questions or suggestions for our work, please do not hesitate to be in touch via telephone at (202) 296-2190 or by sending an email to federal@christianscience.com.

Wakefulness and Congressional Meetings

Wakefulness and Congressional Meetings

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by Don Ingwerson

I thought it was interesting to read some more metaphysical ideas others have had while engaging with legislators. The Federal Committee on Publication site recently posted an article by Michael Estes from Hermon, Maine on the spiritual work he did to prepare for the meetings and what the results were:

One of the metaphysical ideas I worked with in preparing to go to Washington, DC was a quote from Alfred Farlow: “We need to watch that we are not put to sleep… my usefulness to the Cause is in proportion to my wakefulness.” I really loved the idea of being wide awake to the fact that I have had so many healings in Christian Science that have fundamentally changed my whole perspective on health care, leading me to view life as something so much more than a matter-based existence subject to chance and change and defined by a genetic code. I was really praying to see that the power of the healing ideas taught by Christian Science would meet with a receptive audience in the Congressional offices we would be meeting with. I was also praying to know that I would be able share clearly the healings I have had and the importance of religious freedom to my practice of Christian Science. read more

About the Federal Office

About the Federal Office

The Christian Science Committee on Publication Federal Office, established in 1943, works with congressional, executive, and regulatory offices in our nation’s capital. Our mission is to help these offices and the public gain a more accurate understanding of Christian Science, including its longstanding contribution in the field of healthcare and healing. We also work to ensure that spiritual health care services, such as those provided by Christian Science practitioners, Christian Science nurses, and Christian Science nursing facilities – including the public’s access to them – are not adversely affected by any law.

Confronting adverse legislation in his day, the first Manager of the Committees on Publication, Alfred Farlow, wrote to his colleagues in 1908:

“It seems to me that we will have to give some heed to the elections, make friends with our neighbors who are in the legislating business and lose no opportunity to broaden their sense of fairness and justice.”

For more than two and a half years, the Federal Office has been speaking with governmental offices about the federal health care reform efforts that culminated in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While this law does not yet contain any religious accommodation or exception for Christian Scientists and others who use spiritual care services for their health, we continue to actively work towards this goal.

If you are interested in helping the Federal Office, we encourage you to explore various ways of getting involved. Similarly, if you have any questions or suggestions for our work, please do not hesitate to be in touch via telephone at (202) 296-2190 or by sending an email to federal@christianscience.com.