Church Dedications

The New Haven Register

New Haven, Connecticut (First Church).

Its debt liquidated and its mortgage burned, First Church of Christ, Scientist, has dedicated its modern church edifice at 691 Whitney Avenue. The ceremonies took place last Sunday with services at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., climaxing almost 80 years of Christian Science activity in New Haven.

The Christian Science movement had its inception in New Haven in 1886 when two daughters of ... a well-known medical practitioner ....were healed in Christian Science by spiritual means alone. This event wrought such a change in the thinking of [the doctor] that he abandoned his medical practice and devoted his time to the study and practice of Christian Science. His last medical patient ... was his first Christian Science patient. ... A year later [he] and his wife ... studied with the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. Subsequently, in 1888 meetings began to be held regularly in [his offices] in the Boardman Building. ... A Church of Christ, Scientist [was organized, and in 1892 it received recognition by The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts].

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