“Oconto Christian Science Church Still Relevant”
Lewis, Margaret. “Oconto Christian Science Church Still Relevant.” Green Bay Press Gazette, April 7 2016.
The Oconto, Wisconsin Christian Science Church was built in 1886, the first Christian Science church in the world. Lewis, a media and legislative representative for Christian Science in Wisconsin, commemorates its continuing services over the past 130 years, as well as its place in the National Register of Historic Places. Lewis quotes the Oconto County Historical Society in documenting the church’s beginnings, starting with the healings of several women who went on to be instructed by Mary Baker Eddy in the only class she taught in the ‘West’ (Chicago) in 1884. Their return to Oconto brought rapid growth and funds to build their church. Lewis gives a brief biography of Eddy, including her transformative healing in 1866, her reliance on the Bible, the writing of her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and the formation of The Christian Science Monitor at the age of 86. Lewis also notes that Eddy’s textbook was voted in 1993 by the National Women’s Book Association as one of 75 books by women “whose words have changed the world.” In 1998, PBS “Religion and Ethics News Weekly” chose Eddy as one of 25 most significant American religious figures in the 20th century.
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- Availability: Online - Free
- Official Christian Science Publication: Yes
- People: Eddy, Mary Baker
- Publication Date: 2011-2020
- Resource Types: Article
- Resource Types: Web Resources
- Subjects: Branch Churches
- Subjects: Church Growth and Change
- Subjects: Healing and Health
- Subjects: Social and Cultural Studies