Our committee's work makes Christian Science activities available to people confined in institutions to those who are unable to take advantage of our churches' public activities. Students of Christian Science who represent this committee visit and pray with those requesting it who are confined in prisons, jails, mental hospitals and juvenile facilities in Oregon.
The motive for undertaking this work is not to 'spread' Christian Science or enlarge church membership, but to respond to those reaching out for the truth that makes free, that reforms, heals, and uplifts. Our outreach programs have helped many inmates and patients to overcome physical, mental and spiritual challenges through application of the truths taught and proved by Christ Jesus.
Our mission is to fulfill Jesus' command, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) The work is challenging and equally rewarding, and offers many opportunities for spiritual growth. We invite you to join us in our efforts to facilitate the healing chaplaincy which addresses the needs of those individuals currently incarcerated.
"What the chaplaincy brings is a new beginning, a ray of light and hope where there was none before. These people are not the same men, women and youths they were months ago. It's inspiring to see their progress."
- A volunteer
"As I choose to identify myself with Spirit, God, Good, as I resolutely direct my mind to contemplate only what is true;... my thoughts, words and actions become God's ambassador in this place (prison.)"
- An inmate
"Christian Science is no longer the religious class I go to, but the only way I know to live my life. I now experience tranquility, am no longer afraid, and some serious health problems have disappeared. I appreciate the dedication of the volunteers and the Quarterlies given to us." - An inmate