Spiritual healing. What is it? Who is it for?
"The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, a spiritual understanding of him, an unselfed love." — Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
Christian Science is both a religious teaching and a Bible-based system of spiritual healing. The Bible — especially the teachings and healings of Christ Jesus — form the basis of Christian Science and its system of spiritual healing. Christian Science is available to all. More about Christian Science.
Students of Christian Science regard it as a way of life — as the promised "Comforter"of the ages. It is in the spirit of love that they bring this web site to the community along with the special joy and regeneration they have found in the study of this enlightening system of Christian healing.
All are welcome to attend Sunday services, Sunday School (up to the age of 20), Wednesday evening testimony meetings, and to visit our Reading Room located in the church building.
November 22, 2013
IMPORTANT ACA UPDATES
Beginning in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), virtually all Americans will need to have a medical health insurance plan that meets federal requirements, or pay a tax penalty. (Those who are enrolled in Medicare or another government health plan will be treated as complying with the law; those enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan should check with their employer to confirm whether the plan is ACA-compliant.) So, like other Americans, Christian Scientists must think through their options under the ACA and how to comply with the law. Sections A, B, C, and D below are provided to offer helpful information.
A. Christian Science coverage not included in state exchanges for 2014
As you know, over the past two years, the U.S. Federal Office has diligently worked to secure the inclusion of Christian Science health care services in health insurance plans offered at the state insurance marketplaces. We are deeply grateful for governmental receptivity to insurance coverage of this kind.
However, because of the time crunch that insurance carriers experienced due to state and federal governmental delays, it ultimately was not possible for Christian Science health care services to be included in the state exchanges for 2014.
B. Congressional exemption solution still uncertain
The U.S. Federal Office continues to pursue a legislative solution with Congress that would enable those with sincerely held religious beliefs against purchasing the required medical insurance to apply for an exemption.
There is strong support for this solution among Members of Congress; however, we cannot guarantee that Congress will act on the legislation this year. As always, please consult our websitefor periodic updates, and let us know if you'd like to help with these efforts!
C. Related items recently posted to our website
A metaphysical perspective on health care from Board of Directors member Margaret Rogers (replay of her remarks during our Sept. 24 online audio town hall: "The ACA and you")
Regular updates to our ACA FAQs
D. 2014 ACA decision flow chart
Looking for some guidance as you think through your options regarding the health care reform law in 2014? Check out this flow chart which we’ve created for informational purposes (the Church does not provide legal advice).
Massachusetts residents may also want to check out our MA-specific informational flow chart.
Congressman Schock (center) pauses for a photo with Church member Carol Rose and Illinois Committee on Publication Tim Mitchinson—who recently met with their state's representatives to talk about Christian Science—and the U.S. Federal Office's Gary Jones and Melanie D'Evelyn.
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
CBS program: “World religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Christian Science, and Jainism”
On Oct. 13, CBS aired a program entitled “World religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Christian Science, and Jainism”. If you missed the live broadcast or it didn’t air in your area and you’re interested, you can view the program on CBS’s website.
An insider’s look at Capitol Hill and Christian Science
Have you ever wondered what Capitol Hill is really like, beneath the surface that’s portrayed in the media, and
how this relates to the work of the U.S. Federal Office? Read what three Christian Scientists with experience as staffers on Capitol Hill have to say, especially as it relates to Christian Science's presence on the Hill.
Former intern publishes article on CS and the ACA in New Hampshire paperElodie Reed, the Government Relations Division's Summer 2013 intern, is now a reporter for New Hampshire's Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. In an October article entitled, "Find a health care voice: The individual mandate, individualized", Elodie discusses Christian Scientists and the Affordable Care Act. Check out Elodie’s article!
|CHRISTIAN SCIENCE COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION,
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Learn what this committee is doing on behalf of Christian Science.
How will the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect you?
Visit the U.S. Federal Office web page to get up-to-date information.
Health care reform
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