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Christian Science at Chautauqua

Welcome to the Christian Science House, Chapel and Study Room at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York – a place of spiritual exploration, healing, and community.

Nestled within the historic grounds of Chautauqua Institution, our Chapel and Study Room are a sanctuary for sincere seekers to come together and discover the transformative power of Christian Science. Here we embrace the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, who taught and practiced the healing impact of God’s love for mankind. Through prayer, spiritual understanding, and the study of the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy’s foundational work, we strive to deepen our understanding of God’s infinite love and its healing impact on our lives. This textbook along with the Bible are our pastor.

As part of the vibrant Chautauqua community, the Christian Science House offers a warm and welcoming Study Room 24/7. Individuals can research the King James Version of the Bible and/or Christian Science on our computer in the online Concord program, find support, and engage in thoughtful discussions. Whether you are simply curious about our teachings or a lifelong Christian Scientist, we invite you to join us on this enriching journey of spiritual discovery.

Throughout the nine-week season, we hold Wednesday Evening Testimony Meetings, Sunday Worship Services and inspiring lectures that nurture spiritual growth and understanding. Along with other denomination houses, we hold a Social Hour on Tuesdays on our porch with a fine view of Bestor Plaza.

Our House is a place where hearts and minds are open — healing is sought and experienced. We extend a heartfelt invitation to be part of our Christian Science House at Chautauqua Institution. Together, let us explore the boundless possibilities of spirituality and healing by embracing the transformative power of God’s love in our spiritual journey. You are always welcome!


The discoverer and founder of Christian Science is Mary Baker Eddy, who was a lifelong student of the Bible. Christian Science is a groundbreaking movement that emphasizes the power of prayer and spiritual understanding in bringing about healing. Eddy established the Church of Christ, Scientist in New England in 1879. Prior to establishing the church, she authored and published Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in 1875. She went on to establish three religious magazines: the monthly Christian Science Journal in 1883, the weekly Christian Science Sentinel in 1898 and the Herald of Christian Science published in multiple languages. In 1908, she went on to publish a global newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, which has won seven Pulitzer Prizes. Join us as we explore the life, teachings and enduring influence of Mary Baker Eddy, a trailblazer whose writings continue to inspire and uplift generations.

An easy way to learn more about this denomination, its activities, and various resources is at www.ChristianScience.com. A sample of some topics that you might want to find are: