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Tuesday Nights at the Reading Room




October 8: Soul of a Woman — The Life & Times of Mary Baker EddySoul of a Woman

Join us for a screening of New Hampshire Public Television’s production, Soul of a Woman – The Life and Times of Mary Baker Eddy. The 60-minute production is part of the organization’s 20th Century Biographer Series and provides an unbiased look at the woman Mark Twain referred to as “the most interesting woman who ever lived, and the most extraordinary.” 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Growing the Seed to be Focus of Mother Church, Reading Room Event, June 3

The benefits to the world of spiritual and mental growth will highlight the discussions of this year’s Annual Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, to be shared locally at the downtown Reading Room via live webcast on Monday, June 3.

seedlingsThe Reading Room at 102 Trinity St., across  the street from the Austin Convention Center, will be open to those wanting to participate as a group in viewing the webcast, which will begin at noon. A light lunch will served. The program is expected to be over by about 1:30 p.m.

The Annual Meeting of the Mother Church provides an opportunity for members of the Board of Directors and officers of the church to update the worldwide membership on the vision, plans, and activities of the Mother Church. This year’s theme is “Small Seeds, Vital Growth,” which refers to Jesus’ remarks about the mustard seed, the “least of all seeds” that becomes the greatest of all herbs and a tree where birds can rest.

The Board of Directors has recommended that church members read Mary Baker Eddy’s essay “The Way” in preparation for the meeting. The essay in Miscellaneous Writings includes the mustard seed parable and describes the attitudes to be cultivated to promote Christian healing.

The Annual Meeting is offered entirely online this year, with the Mother Church arranging for tweeting before, during, and after the meeting; online workshops; and other Web-based activities. More information about the Annual Meeting is available on the Mother Church website.

To contact the Reading Room, email or call 512-472-8109.

Reading Room Week of Great Deals—March 24-30

The Christian Science Reading Room in downtown Austin is hosting a week-long book event March 24-30. Numerous items will be available for free or to the highest bidder.

The Reading Room of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Austin is a study and retail resource where people can read or purchase Christian Science materials.

Downtown Austin Reading RoomHours for the week of the book event will be Sunday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the event, a number of materials published by the Christian Science Publishing Society will be available for free, with donations welcome. These items include Bibles, Science & Health textbooks, concordances, biographies, dictionaries, bound volumes of periodicals, and reference books.

Items in excellent condition will be for sale by silent auction. Bidders can leave their contact information and purchase offer, with the item going to the highest bidder at the end of the week.

The Reading Room is located downtown across from the Convention Center at 102 Trinity St. A few free parking spaces are available for visitors. The phone number is 512-472-8109.

ReadingRoomBuzz: Safety

By Elaine Ratliff

A girl was waiting for her friend in the friend’s mobile home during a heavy rainstorm.  Without warning, a flash flood arose, shifting the mobile home from its foundation.  Recognizing the danger of the situation, the girl stepped outside the home into four feet of water, and was immediately swept downstream.  Unafraid, she sang a hymn as she went, and listened for God’s instructions for her safety.  Soon a car floated by, and by climbing onto the roof, she was able to grab hold of the branch of a tree as the car floated by it. From there she rescued a man who was adrift in the flood, and orchestrated the rescue of several others in nearby trees.

“Good thoughts are an impervious armor,” explains Mary Baker Eddy in a short article in The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany.  “…clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.”  (pg. 210)

You may not find yourself in such dire circumstances as a flood, but the knowledge that you  are always safe in God’s care can be useful in lesser situations as well.  The story above is told in a pocket-sized pamphlet titled “Safety” which you can purchase at the Christian Science Reading Room.  Also included are articles about safety during an accident, in an explosion, and on a date where drugs and alcohol led to a police bust.  You can also purchase  The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany in convenient paperback form or on CD.

Before you take off for your next summer adventure, come visit the Reading Room and explore this idea of safety in these and other resources available at this bookstore for thinkers.  Then have a SAFE summer!

There are two Christian Science Reading Rooms in Austin: 102 Trinity Street in downtown Austin (across from the Convention Center) and in Lakeway at 3575 RR 620.   Elaine Ratliff writes ReadingRoomBuzz from Raleigh NC. You can read more of her blogs at

ReadingRoomBuzz: Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, and Jesus

ReadingRoomBuzz: Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, and Jesus

By Elaine Ratliff

 The last of the Harry Potter movie series opened this weekend, and now that Harry and Lord Voldemort have finally met in the long anticipated battle of life and death, good and evil, light and darkness, we have to wonder if there is anything from Harry’s wizard world of make-believe that applies to our very ordinary muggle lives to resolve the issues of good and evil that we face every day. While Harry resolved issues of getting lost, making mistakes, being afraid, facing the unknown, and even death itself through magic, that’s all fiction. What can WE face all those issues with—and triumph?

This week’s Buzz links you to a wonderful answer from Warren Huff, the director of Cedars Camps in Lebanon, Missouri. Cedars is a summer camp for Christian Science kids, as well as a conference center for adult activities throughout the year. Metaphysical articles about the Christian Science Bible Lesson are posted on the Cedars website weekly. “Life—and the Deathly Hallows” is the title of Warren’s bonus article following last week’s Bible Lesson on Life.

“As entertaining as Harry Potter’s fictional feats of wizardry are, they don’t compare to all the real life wonders performed by Jesus in ‘the greatest story ever told,’” he writes. While Jesus’ works are even more amazing than Harry’s, Christian Science shows them to be repeatable by all of us. See how by clicking the link to read Warren’s one-page summary of “the greatest story ever told.”