The Mother Church

The Mother Church , known officially as The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, is founded upon Mary Baker Eddy's discovery of the spiritual nature of all true being, is erected upon the understanding and demonstration of this truth, and is maintained by the spiritual activity of all who unqualifiedly accept her as the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science and the Leader of the Christian Science movement. The Church of Christ, Scientist, is more than a human organization. Even as the church Jesus established, it is built upon a spiritual foundation, the rock of Christ-healing. This rock is not a material stone or a human personality; it is the acknowledgment in the hearts of men of the truth of the teaching and practice of Christ Jesus, the Messiah, revealing the everpresence and omnipotence of God, Spirit, the divine Principle of all real being.

After Mrs. Eddy's discovery of Christian Science and her elucidation of it in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," there came to her the divine impulsion to provide the proper means through which this healing and saving Science should be made available to all mankind. Consequently, in 1879, she took steps to organize a church founded and built upon the rock of spiritual healing, as practiced by the primitive Christian, which should save mankind from sin, disease, and death through the understanding and demonstration of the eternal facts of being as taught and practiced by the Master. A charter was obtained; Mrs. Eddy was called and ordained as pastor; and the church thus organized proceeded to hold services and otherwise promulgate the Science of spiritual healing.

Love's Chastening
May 25, 1929

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