Janiva’s Post for June 2020

    IN JUNE     1. The Christian Science Nurses Training School is active. – CSNAI (Introductory Christian Science Nursing Arts) started on June 16. With ongoing restrictions in place for Massachusetts, it calls on us to be more flexible in conducting the classroom and mentored portions of the class. All is going well! […]

 

 


IN JUNE

 

 

1. The Christian Science Nurses Training School is active. – CSNAI (Introductory Christian Science Nursing Arts) started on June 16. With ongoing restrictions in place for Massachusetts, it calls on us to be more flexible in conducting the classroom and mentored portions of the class. All is going well!

2. Interviewing and Hiring – There are five new staff members working at the BA in June. We have conducted all our initial interviews with video conferencing, with the final interview at the BA and following social guidance. The process is working well And we’re so grateful for the additional support!

3. Patient admissions – We continue to be able to admit patients at the BA and to respond to calls for the Visiting Service. While we do have restrictions in place, our Christian Science nursing services and responding to requests continue with no interruptions.

4. A new BA Trustee – We recently welcomed a new Trustee to the BA Board. Rob Collier is from Michigan and brings great expertise and appreciation for Christian Science nursing. We so value the different perspectives of our board and how that supports the BA!

5. Excellent team – How exceptionally our dedicated, resilient, flexible, and joy-filled staff have risen to the challenges of the last months! They are the best! During times like these, it reminds me that I should tell each of them, far more often than I do how essential they are to the BA and its mission. A big shout out to the BA staff, and their families that support them, as they carry out the services of the BA.

AND

 I’m reading in June – Adam Dickey: Secretary to Mary Baker Eddy, Chestnut Hill Edition.  (Mr. Dickey was from its founding one of the trustees of the BA)

 I’m listening toHymn #304 from the Annual Meeting. I love hearing everyone singing together.

Podcast: Meet Caitlin Sheasley

Caitlin Sheasley talks about Christian Science nursing, mentoring, and distance running.  Currently an instructor and mentor in the BA’s Christian Science Nurses Training School, Caitlin shares thoughtful insights into the metaphysical focus required in this work. She also explains how the qualities she expresses to successfully run in a marathon are also needed to be […]

Caitlin Sheasley talks about Christian Science nursing, mentoring, and distance running. 

Currently an instructor and mentor in the BA’s Christian Science Nurses Training School, Caitlin shares thoughtful insights into the metaphysical focus required in this work. She also explains how the qualities she expresses to successfully run in a marathon are also needed to be a successful Christian Science nurse.

 


New BA Giving Guide

Your continued support of the BA is crucial to the services and programs we provide — now and for the future.  Our new Giving Guide provides you with important information to make the most of your contributions.
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Your continued support of the BA is crucial to the services and programs we provide — now and for the future.  Our new Giving Guide provides you with important information to make the most of your contributions.

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Giving Guide PDF

5 things you need to know about the Benevolent Association

Happy Spring to everyone. The BA has remained active throughout the last few months though we have not been allowed to have visitors. Now we are joyfully working with plans to open our doors in accord with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased Reopening Plan. Here are five things you should know about the BA this month. […]

Happy Spring to everyone. The BA has remained active throughout the last few months though we have not been allowed to have visitors. Now we are joyfully working with plans to open our doors in accord with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased Reopening Plan. Here are five things you should know about the BA this month.

Janiva Toler5  THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BA 

THIS MONTH

  1. MEET OUR CHRISTIAN SCIENCE NURSES – You will enjoy hearing the great interview that Steve Carlson had with Steve Okwor, a graduate of the Christian Science Nursing Arts and long-time Christian Science nurse at the BA. It’s part of our “Meet our Christian Science nurses” series.
  2. QUARANTINE WORKS OF ART – You may have seen the incredible creativity of folks on the internet with the #gettychallenge. It may have started with a Dutch Instagram account Tussen Kunst & Quarantine (or Between Art and Quarantine.) It was picked up by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, with some simple instructions: choose a work of art, and find three items around your house to recreate it. Our residents at The Residences at 910 had their own take on this challenge. Listen to Barbara Fay Wiese tell you the story. And here are a few of the recreations.
  3. WE’RE INTERVIEWING! I have heard from many of you that the last months have been a good time for prayer, study, and reflection. If you or someone you know is being led to make a change, please consider working at the Benevolent Association. Here is a list of our current open positions.
  4. 2020 GRADUATION for the Christian Science Nurses Training School has been rescheduled. Be sure to save the date for this year’s Graduation on November 1, 2020. Watch for more information to come.
  5. MATCHING OPPORTUNITY for Christian Science Nurses Training. Your help for making this training available is greatly needed and so appreciated. Your gift will be matched through June 30. Thank you for any support that you can give.

 

WHAT I’M READING – Century of Christian Science Healing, especially the testimonies from the period around WWI.
 
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO – NYCOS National Youth Choir of Scotland. And my favorite is The Lord of Sea and Sky

– Janiva Toler, CEO

Meet our Christian Science nurses

In a recent online interview, Steve Carlson asked Christian Science nurse Steve Okwor what he feels are the biggest rewards of this work. Steve expresses so much joy and in his work here at the BA. He especially appreciates the qualities of “humility, patience, kindness, discernment, and love”. Steve also recites one of his poems […]

In a recent online interview, Steve Carlson asked Christian Science nurse Steve Okwor what he feels are the biggest rewards of this work. Steve expresses so much joy and in his work here at the BA. He especially appreciates the qualities of “humility, patience, kindness, discernment, and love”. Steve also recites one of his poems that was published in the Christian Science Sentinel.


$85,000 Matching Opportunity for Christian Science Nurses Training

Today, you can support the healing ministry of Christian Science nursing and help ensure it is readily available wherever it is needed. Now is the perfect time to give!    Your gift for Christian Science nurses training will be matched dollar for dollar through June 30, 2020 (or until the match is met).    For more […]

Today, you can support the healing ministry of Christian Science nursing and help ensure it is readily available wherever it is needed. Now is the perfect time to give! 
 
Your gift for Christian Science nurses training will be matched dollar for dollar through June 30, 2020 (or until the match is met). 
 

For more information, please contact
Jennie Christensen, Director of Development,
at 1-800-662-9937 or jchristensen@chbenevolent.org

 

 

Your relationship with the Church Manual By-law, ‘Christian Science Nurse’

Come join in a special workshop Your relationship with the Church Manual By-law, ‘Christian Science Nurse’     “This church is impartial. Its rules apply not to one member only, but to one and all equally. Of this I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will increase the spirituality of him […]

Come join in a special workshop

Your relationship with the Church Manual By-law, ‘Christian Science Nurse’

 

 

“This church is impartial. Its rules apply not to one member only, but to one and all equally. Of this I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will increase the spirituality of him who obeys it, invigorate his capacity to heal the sick, to comfort such as mourn, and to awaken the sinner.”

— The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy

 

Do you have a desire to more fully embrace this Church Manual By-law? This workshop is an opportunity for students of Christian Science to explore the place that Christian Science nursing has in our Church. Get a look into the Christian Science Nursing Arts Training.

Thursday, April 9, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Christian Science Nursing Building

Please RSVP by April 2
email: inquiry@chbenevolent.org or call: 617-734-5600

“Witnessing the presence of Love…” Podcast interview with Nathanael Kenworthy

Steve Carlson recently talked with Nathanael Kenworthy, a participant in the BA’s Christian Science Nurses Training School. Click the play button below to hear Nathanael share his honest perspective on the BA’s Christian Science Nursing Arts Program.

Steve Carlson recently talked with Nathanael Kenworthy, a participant in the BA’s Christian Science Nurses Training School. Click the play button below to hear Nathanael share his honest perspective on the BA’s Christian Science Nursing Arts Program.


Thanksgiving Brunch

This year we are serving our traditional Thanksgiving dinner following the Thanksgiving church service. And we are inviting our church community to join us. It will be a wonderful meal with family, friends, and fellow church members. Please join us. Traditional Turkey with all the Fixings Omelet Station Seafood Entrée Vegetables of the Day Mulled […]

This year we are serving our traditional Thanksgiving dinner following the Thanksgiving church service. And we are inviting our church community to join us. It will be a wonderful meal with family, friends, and fellow church members. Please join us.


Traditional Turkey with all the Fixings

Omelet Station
Seafood Entrée
Vegetables of the Day
Mulled and Sparkling Cider
Coffee & Tea
Trio of Thanksgiving Desserts
(Vegetarian options will also be available)

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 12:30 to 2:30 pm
910 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA

Reservations are required, and guest prices are as follows:
$18.00 per adult; $5.00 for children 6-12 years of age;
no charge for children 5 and younger.
RSVP by November 21 at 617-734-5600 or email: frontdesk@chbenevolent.org

Special Rest & Study offer for military service personnel

The BA has been providing a peaceful refuge for many during its 100-year history— including military service personnel. In the spirit of previous offers for active military service members, the BA is giving a 50% discount on Rest & Study accommodations, including three meals a day. Thank you for your service! Following is a mother’s […]

The BA has been providing a peaceful refuge for many during its 100-year history— including military service personnel. In the spirit of previous offers for active military service members, the BA is giving a 50% discount on Rest & Study accommodations, including three meals a day. Thank you for your service!

Following is a mother’s thank you message after her son stayed at the BA following his service in WW II

June 12, 1945
Dear friends,
I thank you for accommodating my son. I am very thankful—I can tell you…that [he] came home changed, freed from his unnatural reservedness and closed attitude which he had showed since coming back from overseas. He spoke with us, enjoyed the family and friends, even sang a song!”

For more information on this offer, please contact us at: inquiry@chbenevolent.org or call 617-734-5600.
Offer is good from November 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.