Can anyone visit one?
A Christian Science Reading Room is part bookstore and part library. Its purpose is to make available to the public resources that nurture spiritual discovery and healing.
I found it did just that when I was struggling in my early 20s. A lack of direction and isolation from family and friends led me to spend time in a Reading Room quite often. I can say that each time I visited, the loneliness and dark cloud of purposelessness lessened. The spiritual resources brought me comfort and clarity in how to think about my life from a healing perspective.
There are online as well as print materials available now. When you first go in, you will probably see a selection of Bibles and Bible resource books, as well as the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, available for purchase. A librarian will be there to greet you, answer any questions you may have, or just invite you to browse. You will also find the Pulitzer-prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor; Christian Science magazines, which include authenticated testimonies of healing through prayer alone; and a variety of biographies on Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science.
One of the unique parts of a Reading Room is the quiet study room where anyone can study, read and pray. These public places are a resource for anyone on a quest for spiritual understanding, as I was, and are open to people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ways of life.
Next time you pass a Christian Science Reading Room, I hope you will feel free to visit. You will find us at the ground floor of 49 York St Sydney, trading hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 4:30pm (except public holidays). We also have a reading room in our First Church at 295 Broadway, Glebe 2037 – trading hours Monday to Friday noon to 4 pm.
Kay Stroud writes on the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health and practices Christian Science healing www.health4thinkers.com