1900 - 2017

      The first known Christian Science institutional work in Oregon began in 1900.  In the Salem area, institutional services were handled by the churches' care committees through the 1960s.   Members rotated through the duties of holding regular or semi-regular  services at the Oregon State Penitentiary, but services were sporadic.

       During the 1970s, a paid chaplain was employed and a  wholly volunteer steering committee was set up to support this work.   Some written reports were provided, but the main form of communication  to the churches was from the chaplain's once-a-year visitation to the  churches.
       In the 1980s  the paid chaplain position was dissolved, and the committee was  re-organized to consist of volunteer chaplains and a volunteer Executive  Committee.  A quarterly 'IS' newsletter was started to share fruitage  (healings) and activities with the Oregon branch churches and  societies. 
      Volunteer  chaplains were scarce; for many months, there was only one working  chaplain, sometimes two.  Twice in the years from 1986 to 1988 an agenda  item appeared: "Should this committee be disbanded?"  Much metaphysical  work was done.  Each time the question arose, the parable of the "one  lost sheep" was an important consideration, and each time disbanding was  ruled out.

        In 1990, the prayerful work toward opening the field really  began to take hold.  Many new volunteers came forward, and many new  institutions were being served.  One very diligent volunteer was able to  make the first trip into a youth facility whose doors had been firmly  shut to this committee before. 
        In  2015 the ByLaws were updated to allow for three Executive Committee  members instead of five. We actively participate in as many facilities  as we have volunteers to serve. 
        As  of 2017, the facility chaplain in the state institutions welcome subscriptions to the Christian  Science Monitor and Christian Science Sentinel. Our volunteers are  welcome  wherever they serve.  

Testimonials - Adults in Custody and Volunteers

From a Former inmate

Returning to my unit from the dining hall, I noticed some copies of the Christian ScienceJournal and Sentinel on a bookshelf at the entrance to the unit. 




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 


change of thought from volunteering TBD

Lecture History