The church I chose for my report is the First Church of Christ, Scientist. I interviewed a church member, Robert Jeffrey, who is a Christian Science practitioner, a former lector, and a Sunday school teacher of grades three through five. A Christian Science practitioner has devoted his or her entire life to the healing of the sick by praying for them and with them and cannot obtain any other profited occupation. Jeffrey makes himself open to phone calls every day of the year for patients yearning to be healed without medical exercise. A lector is one of sixty people chosen by the Mother Church in Boston to address people around the world about Christian Science. Jeffrey is the leader of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Michigan. Every state has one and is chosen for a year. It is a public information office, and his duty is to notify and clarify to the public any misinterpretations of Christian Science they might encompass. He is clearly a devout Christian Scientist, and he was very generous with his time and information during the interview.
Robert Jeffery's contact is as follows:
Home phone: 248-350-0004
Church phone: 248-626-5369
a) Historical Background
Mary Baker Eddy, a Congregationalist and a devout Christian, was born in 1821 in New Hampshire. All members of her family were spiritual Bible students and Bible scholars. She was born a very unhealthy child and remained sick until she was forty-five years old. She had reached out for help with her illness by trying many medicines, but finally found relief in homeopathy, which Robert Jeffery referred to as "the cure of people without medicine," better known today as the Placida effect. Although doctors prescribed to her several drugs, she slowly began reducing the dosage because she was afraid of harmful side effects. Eddy then decided to take in drops of pure water, cutting her medicine intake completely. The more she decreased her intake, the better she became, and she was...