FOR 120 YEARS, READING ROOMS have presented Christian Science to their communities and sold products produced or distributed by The Christian Science Publishing Society. Today, there are about 1,500 of these rooms in more than 70 countries, most in the United States. Ethel Baker, Senior Manager, and Linda Conner, Field Manager of Christian Science Reading Room Activities, have visited many of these Reading Rooms, holding more than 30 workshops worldwide, involving about 2,000 members from 500 branch churches. These interactive workshops explore the indispensable place that Reading Rooms occupy in communities—and the world—by making available to humanity the healing, saving ideas of Christian Science.
I recently spoke with Ethel about what Reading Rooms can do—even more than they do already—to fulfill their unlimited potential.
JEFFREY HILDNER: Let's flash back to the roots of the mission of Reading Rooms—back to Mary Baker Eddy's vision.