Responding to the pandemic with care for our world
New offerings for June 2020: Making the “new normal” better than before
At a time where people are looking to reopen, reconnect, and restart lives that more closely resemble normalcy, we offer this previously produced Library content. It speaks to the opportunity for changing our perspectives in order to bring more progress and healing to the world.
New Visions in Social Change
This 2012 program focused on the emerging field of social entrepreneurship, including the promise this approach holds for solving the challenges of the 21st century. This is a 30-minute video is an edited version of the original two-hour program.
Seekers and Scholars Episode 6: “Daring to see the world differently” — The Christian Science Monitor (Part 2)
This 2017 podcast episode focused on what Christian Science Monitor photographer Melanie Stetson Freeman sees as inspiring qualities in the subjects of her photographs. Even when on assignment to document famine in Africa, she found resiliency and human dignity shining through even the most difficult circumstances—and pointing to humanity’s capacity to rise above difficulties.
Women of History: Caroline Getty
Read about the first teacher of Christian Science in France. She held her inaugural class in 1915, amid World War I—”the Great War.” The practical love she found in Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas was a beacon to others during what seemed like world-ending tragedies, including the 1918–1919 Spanish flu epidemic in France. It’s noteworthy that a decade later Getty wrote this, as the Christian Science church’s Committee on Publication for France :
Mrs. Eddy enjoins Christian Scientists to obey the laws of the land in which they may be living and, if the laws demand it, to report to the medical authorities any case of contagious disease. There are enthusiasts in every religion who lack common sense, but the true Christian Scientist will no more think of sending his child to school or to the movies before all danger of contagion is over than will anyone else. Mrs. Eddy’s teaching on this point is perfectly definite.
For Getty’s full statement see Christian Science Sentinel 30, no. 41: June 9, 1928: 808).
New offerings for May 2020
As many of us continue to remain in relative isolation, the desire to unite and connect may take different forms. In our current response to the pandemic, we offer three examples of how this might take form: through service to others, individual reflection, and music as a facilitator of both.
Women of History: Sarah Pike Conger
Read this article from our “Women of History” series. Sarah Pike Conger, a student of Mary Baker Eddy, was trapped in Beijing’s international district during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Strengthened by her study of Eddy’s teachings, she served others, offering comfort and aid. Her fearlessness, compassion, and activity became a sturdy support to many who were targeted during the Rebellion.
Seekers and Scholars: Windows into spiritual autobiography
Listen to this episode of our monthly podcast series. Mike Hamilton, the Library’s Executive Director, comments on the importance of spiritual reflection and autobiography. This episode draws from an older Library program, Spiritual Writing: Mary Baker Eddy and Julian of Norwich. Eddy and Julian shared an immense spiritual fortitude that each found in the solitude of communion with the Divine. Both women spent the rest of their lives sharing the overflow of inspiration and comfort with others.
Webcast: Christian Science music and the modern soul
Watch this Library program represent the role of music as a vehicle to individual reflection, as well as to connecting and sharing with others. The program gives perspectives of modern composers, arrangers, authors, and performers, exploring how they share their inspiration through sacred music.
April 2020 offerings
At a time when many of us need to work remotely and practice social distancing, The Mary Baker Eddy Library offers this curated content. We invite you to watch, listen, and read these relevant selections:
- A video recording of a 2009 program titled “Nursing’s spiritual roots in contemporary practice,” which seems timelier than ever.
- A 2018 Seekers and Scholars podcast episode titled “Inspiring contemporary hymns—migration and refuge,” addressing issues of dislocation and separation.
- An article from our “Women of History” series, on Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
We hope you find inspiration and enjoyment.
This 2009 video features Jean Watson, founder of the Watson Caring Science Institute; Peggy Burkhardt, Professor of Nursing at West Virginia University; and Linda Kohler, a Christian Science nurse. Introduction by Lesley Pitts, past executive director of The Mary Baker Eddy Library and former Christian Science nurse.
This 2018 recording features hymnist Josette Flamand and Dr. Ryan Vigil, a composer, pianist, and musicologist, who is also Manager of General Publications at The Christian Science Publishing Society.
This 2015 research article features Clara Barton, the Civil War’s famed “Angel of the Battlefield,” who had great respect for the person and teachings of Mary Baker Eddy.