Embracing church, finding healing

Adapted from the Church Alive website under the title “Restrictions and resistance dissolved.”

Most of my family attended a Christian Science church when I was a child. My mom and I read the weekly Bible Lesson together, and I loved the Bible stories. Even as a child, I loved Mary Baker Eddy’s use of language in Science and Health. Yet I resisted church attendance much as I resisted a lot of things my family did—claiming my independence and self-reliance. Christian Science seemed too restrictive and weird, and I felt it set me apart from friends who went to more mainstream churches. I really wasn’t practicing Christian Science even though I was reluctantly attending church with my family.

In college, feeling even more empowered and independent, I decided I didn’t need that kind of structure in my life at all. So I severed all contact with church, including withdrawing my membership in The Mother Church.

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