Annual Appeal


A Century of Healing at the BA and Your Vital Role

The idea of the Benevolent Association was revealed to Mary Baker Eddy as a result of her consecrated prayer. Adam Dickey wrote in his article in the December 16, 1916 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel:


“Our Leader was for many years deeply impressed with the thought that the Christian Science movement should have places where people suffering from ills of various sorts could retire for treatment, rest, and recuperation…. The purpose which the Directors of The Mother Church seek to accomplish in organizing the Christian Science Benevolent Association is one that is in direct obedience to our Leader’s wishes and which had for a long time been uppermost in her thought.”


When the Board of Directors of The Mother Church invited contributions from the Field to build and maintain the Christian Science Benevolent Association, individuals, branch churches and societies—including Sunday Schools—from around the world responded. Gifts came from as far away as Egypt, the Sudan, and Russia. The donors’ circumstances and gifts varied greatly, but they all had in common a great love and gratitude for the healing efficacy of Christian Science.

As we recognize a century since the opening of the Benevolent Association, we are deeply grateful for the countless healings witnessed at the BA, proving the effectiveness and relevancy of Christian Science. Your support is integral to the care we provide.

Today we are asking for your help to meet an immediate need for operating funds that support our Christian Science nursing services and Christian Science nurses training. Because of the great demand for the BA’s Christian Science nursing services, your ongoing support is more important than ever. We depend on contributions to make up 35% of the funds required to provide our Christian Science nursing care. Your donation is essential to meet our budget and to provide care for those in need. Please send your gift today. Your support does so much good. Thank you for your loving consideration.

With gratitude,

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson
President, Board of Trustees

Janiva Toler

Janiva Toler
Chief Executive Officer


P.S. Please consider joining our 2020 Sustaining Circle or renewing your membership by giving $1,000 per year or $84 per month. The Sustaining Circle provides an important financial foundation for our Christian Science nursing services and Christian Science nurses training program.

Notes of gratitude from around the world (PDF)