WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PRACTITIONER?

The 5 W'S of the public practice of Christian Science

If you've ever taken a journalism course, you'll know that every story should cover the "Five W's": Who, What, When, Where, and Why. I was thinking about that formula a few weeks ago at a dinner with California friends I hadn't seen for a long time. Hearing me mention that I'm a Christian Science practitioner, Marcy brought up the question, "What exactly is a Christian Science practitioner?" Before I could answer, Mary, from across the table, offered that a Christian Science healer is kind of an advisor, or a counselor. Well, not really, I ventured.

Maybe the best introduction to what my profession is would be to answer Marcy's question—and the question posed on the cover of this issue—by falling back to the standard guideline that any beginning journalist would use. Not a bad idea!

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