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The new Concord—at your fingertips

From the April 2013 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Journal, Sentinel, and Herald readers continue to embrace the new design, launched this year. The goal was a fresh and contemporary look, but more than that, a desire to give a sense of sacredness, accessibility, and elegance. 

We think the recent release of Concord 2.0 aligns with those same goals. It’s contemporary and accessible, and enhances one’s spiritual study. You can search for words or phrases, make lists of citations on a study topic, mark the text with a function that works like a highlighter pen—and add private notes (encrypted—visible only to you) in the margin, just as you would with a pen or pencil. Available offline (in a desktop product) or online, you can access it on your smartphone or iPad. It’s fast and easy to use.

The main purpose of Concord is simple: It’s to help readers delve into the books—the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. It’s not a tool exclusively for Readers at branch churches or Christian Science practitioners and teachers. Its reach is wide—a research and study tool for everyone. These books are filled with healing ideas about God and man, ideas that are beautifully interlaced and mutually supportive. 

Concord helps open up and underscore these connecting ideas. Every time I enter a search word or phrase into Concord, I find dozens of quotes that stimulate thought and deepen spiritual concepts. As Christian Scientists, we know and value the importance of depth; it nourishes our understanding of our oneness with God, as His beloved child. We know that substantial, focused study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings brings understanding and conviction. And it is this clarity and certainty that heals. 

I like to think of Concord 2.0 as created with love. In response to customer feedback, we made changes and added convenient features. It now works better on an iPad. And my favorite new feature is the ability to add multiple annotations to the books. Let’s say you’re reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures with an eye toward studying the synonym “Mind.” Mark those references in purple. While you’re at it, you could mark everything that, say, references “Love” in blue. And as you’re working, you can add notes in the margins. And then you can select all of those annotations about “Mind” and “Love” and export them into a notebook—a list of citations that can be printed out. (And it goes the other way, too—you can export your notebook to create an annotation set.) 

If you’d like to know more about Concord—have a question, need help solving an issue, are curious about how any of these improved features work—please visit And if you’re new to Concord, go online to for a free 14-day trial. 

We want to do everything we can to help you enjoy digging into the books with this wonderful, enhanced tool!

Jen McLaughlin is the Publisher’s Agent, Office of the Publisher’s Agent, Mary Baker Eddy’s Writings.

The Christian Science Board of Directors is the publisher of Mary Baker Eddy’s writings, which include Concord. The Christian Science Publishing Society is the distributor.

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