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CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.
– Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Of service to all

From the February 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Tad Blake-Weber––staff

For the past eleven years I have attended to the homeless in Balboa Park and the city center in San Diego, each week giving out food and other essentials. I also share spiritual nourishment as a Christian Science practitioner, by talking with the homeless about their innate spiritual identity, and also by sharing issues of The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel, as well as occasional copies of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I had been praying about what more I might do and how else I could be of service, when one day about six years ago a Christian Science practitioner and prison chaplain called me and asked if I would consider applying to be a chaplain. I did so, and in due time started this ministry. 

Part of the prison where I serve is set aside for immigration cases. I feel blessed to meet folks from every corner of the earth—from Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Mexico, and others. I come across Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and many other religious and theological leanings. Many of the inmates are fearful, for in prison they meet gang and drug cartel members, but they can also learn about Christian Science—the Comforter promised by Christ Jesus, which reveals the laws of God that “casteth out fear” (I John 4:18).

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