Responding to the pandemic with care for our world

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.

Nursing’s spiritual roots in contemporary practice

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.

Inspiring contemporary hymns: migration and refuge

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.

Women of History: Clara Barton

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.

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