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.

Join our healing mission today!

  Serve the Cause of Christian Science in the Boston area! Join our energetic and dynamic team of dedicated Christian Scientists at the BA. Click the links below to learn more.  Immediate Openings for… Executive Assistant to the Director of Christian Science Nurses Training We are seeking an accomplished administrative professional who can handle with […]

 

Serve the Cause of Christian Science in the Boston area! Join our energetic and dynamic team of dedicated Christian Scientists at the BA. Click the links below to learn more. 

Immediate Openings for…

Executive Assistant to the Director of Christian Science Nurses Training
We are seeking an accomplished administrative professional who can handle with ease a wide range of activities for the Christian Science Nurses Training Department and its Director
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Christian Science nurses and Visiting Christian Science nurses
Be a part of our vibrant, healing ministry of Christian Science nursing in greater Boston and beyond. We’re expanding our staff and welcome inquiries from Journal-listed Christian Science Nurses.
Learn More — Christian Science nurses   
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Reception/Night Security
(Immediate opening – full or part-time; hours 10pm – 8am)
Stand watch for our peaceful refuge. Express qualities that represent and support Christian Science nursing and healing in all contacts. Patrol buildings and grounds to help maintain security of our campus.
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Landscaping & Maintenance Worker
An opportunity awaits to do landscaping and maintenance for our beautiful building and 24-acre grounds at Chestnut Hill, MA, all year around!
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Development Officer
Immediate opening:
Develop donor relationships to fund and advance the healing ministry of Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association. Experience the joy of working in support of Christian Science nursing!
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More job opportunities at the BA 

Building for Progress – Update

As we look forward to the BA’s next 100 years of Christian Science Nursing and healing, we are taking several steps to continue preserving this refuge. For example, when the main air conditioning system in the Christian Science Nursing Building failed during the hottest days of last summer, we were confident that divine Love would […]

As we look forward to the BA’s next 100 years of Christian Science Nursing and healing, we are taking several steps to continue preserving this refuge. For example, when the main air conditioning system in the Christian Science Nursing Building failed during the hottest days of last summer, we were confident that divine Love would lead the way to a resolution. All the way from installing temporary portable A/C units in each room – to completely re-engineering the cooling systems — this nine-month timeline and gallery illustrate the countless hours and hard work of many staff and contractors – leading to a successful installation – just in time for warmer New England weather!

 

A strong foundation of healing

“Imagine yourself traveling on a ship across the ocean 400 years ago. The voyage has been long and treacherous, the waves have endlessly tossed you about, and the storm is daunting. And then you see it – a single tree on a hill.” That’s how Alison Alioto, the BA’s Christian Science Nursing Administrator, begins her […]

“Imagine yourself traveling on a ship across the ocean 400 years ago. The voyage has been long and treacherous, the waves have endlessly tossed you about, and the storm is daunting. And then you see it – a single tree on a hill.” That’s how Alison Alioto, the BA’s Christian Science Nursing Administrator, begins her inspiring account of the BA’s origins. Listen to her describe the significance of Mrs. Eddy’s request for a sanatorium – a refuge for healing — and how the provision for the BA unfolded from there.
 


 
Click here to read the article “A Progressive Step” by Adam H. Dickey from the December 16, 1916 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

2018: A year to remember

What a year it has been!  All the way from the Christian Science Nursing Arts graduation last winter to volunteers last summer to inspiring activities for The Residences at 910 this fall – enjoy our 90-second BA Yearbook Video for 2018. We love to remember all the good this refuge provides for so many.   […]

What a year it has been!  All the way from the Christian Science Nursing Arts graduation last winter to volunteers last summer to inspiring activities for The Residences at 910 this fall – enjoy our 90-second BA Yearbook Video for 2018. We love to remember all the good this refuge provides for so many.

 

 

 

Peaceful and joyous blessings to you from the Benevolent Association

 
Watch our inspirational holiday video, with words from Mary Baker Eddy’s beloved poem, “Mother’s Evening Prayer.”
 
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Watch our inspirational holiday video, with words from Mary Baker Eddy’s beloved poem, “Mother’s Evening Prayer.”

 

 

 

The Christmas Story In Song & Verse

On Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 PM, The BA Players — a talented group of residents and staff — will be presenting a one-of-a-kind performance of inspirational readings and music. All are invited to this free special event for the holiday season, taking place in the Benevolent Association Chapel. Questions — call 617-734-5600 or email. […]

On Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 PM, The BA Players — a talented group of residents and staff — will be presenting a one-of-a-kind performance of inspirational readings and music. All are invited to this free special event for the holiday season, taking place in the Benevolent Association Chapel.

Questions — call 617-734-5600 or email. Click here for a downloadable flyer.

ORH – Helping Christian Scientists find homes

  In September I attended the yearly conference of the ORH (Organization of Residential Homes), which was held in San Francisco at Arden Wood. If you are not familiar with this organization, ORH has been helping Christian Scientists find residential homes since 1973. The 19 member-organizations are located primarily in the US, with the exception […]

 

In September I attended the yearly conference of the ORH (Organization of Residential Homes), which was held in San Francisco at Arden Wood.

If you are not familiar with this organization, ORH has been helping Christian Scientists find residential homes since 1973. The 19 member-organizations are located primarily in the US, with the exception of McNeil House in the UK.

I especially enjoy the ORH conferences and meeting with the members because of the rich diversity among the organizations and their homes and facilities. These range from large to small. In the US, members are primarily from the East and West Coasts, although there are homes in Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Ohio. In some instances the homes are embedded within a larger community, enabling the Christian Science group to take advantage of the many amenities of a larger facility.

Adding to the diversity are more specialized homes represented by Asher Student Foundation, Twelveacres, and Rainbow Valley Resource Network.

If you are searching for a residence with other Christian Scientists, there is a handy tool on the ORH website that allows you to locate homes by location as well as amenities. You can search for homes based on a variety of criteria, such as: activities, meals, laundry, benevolence, pets, housekeeping, transportation, and Christian Science nursing. For those of you who are looking for completely independent living, the listing includes facilities in that category as well.

In 2013, when the ORH conference was held in Boston at the Benevolent Association, we interviewed Daystar Northwest Foundation, which supports the Christian Science community at Daystar Retirement Village in Seattle. Click here to listen to that interview.

And if you are interested in independent living in Boston with like-minded Christian Scientists, please check us out at The Residences at 910. You might be interested in our two-night complimentary stay to give you an idea of what living at The Residences at 910 is all about.

 

If your community defines you, what should it be saying?

Last week we held a marketing meeting with residents from The Residences at 910 to get their feedback on our website, postcards, and other marketing materials. They had lots to tell us. They especially liked sharing their individual journeys that led them to move to The Residences, and what they thought might look like hurdles […]

Last week we held a marketing meeting with residents from The Residences at 910 to get their feedback on our website, postcards, and other marketing materials. They had lots to tell us. They especially liked sharing their individual journeys that led them to move to The Residences, and what they thought might look like hurdles to those thinking about moving from their homes.

In this session the residents also critiqued our marketing materials — including the latest postcard for The Residences at 910. Overall they were pleased, but they had a question about how we described The Residences. On this postcard we had used the term, “55+ Community.” They asked “Should you place an age on those coming here?”

How to describe our community?

We explained that we had tried out the term “55+ Community” on this postcard because we weren’t satisfied with other common terms to describe this kind of community. There are many other terms we have used in the past: “independent living”, “senior living,” “residential living,”” retirement community,” and more. There are actually even more terms that could define the amenities we have at The Residences, which we have not used, such as “congregate housing” or “senior housing.” We also explained that The Residences at 910 is for those who want particular amenities — such as weekly housekeeping, dining services, transportation to church and cultural events, and planned activities. And that it is usually retired individuals who are seeking those amenities.

Tell us what you think

We asked our residents to suggest terms they would feel comfortable with. And we are also interested in what your take is on defining The Residences.

For now we have settled on Christian Science community. So you will see that on our next postcard.

Interestingly enough we are not the only ones who are wrestling with the question of terminology. Try googling “unretirement” or “seniorpreneur.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Reply below or you can contact me directly at:
jtoler@chbenevolent.org

If your community defines you, what should it be saying?

Last week we held a marketing meeting with residents from The Residences at 910 to get their feedback on our website, postcards, and other marketing materials. They had lots to tell us. They especially liked sharing their individual journeys that led them to move to The Residences, and what they thought might look like hurdles […]

Last week we held a marketing meeting with residents from The Residences at 910 to get their feedback on our website, postcards, and other marketing materials. They had lots to tell us. They especially liked sharing their individual journeys that led them to move to The Residences, and what they thought might look like hurdles to those thinking about moving from their homes.

In this session the residents also critiqued our marketing materials — including the latest postcard for The Residences at 910. Overall they were pleased, but they had a question about how we described The Residences. On this postcard we had used the term, “55+ Community.” They asked “Should you place an age on those coming here?”

How to describe our community?

We explained that we had tried out the term “55+ Community” on this postcard because we weren’t satisfied with other common terms to describe this kind of community. There are many other terms we have used in the past: “independent living”, “senior living,” “residential living,”” retirement community,” and more. There are actually even more terms that could define the amenities we have at The Residences, which we have not used, such as “congregate housing” or “senior housing.” We also explained that The Residences at 910 is for those who want particular amenities — such as weekly housekeeping, dining services, transportation to church and cultural events, and planned activities. And that it is usually retired individuals who are seeking those amenities.

Tell us what you think

We asked our residents to suggest terms they would feel comfortable with. And we are also interested in what your take is on defining The Residences.

For now we have settled on Christian Science community. So you will see that on our next postcard.

Interestingly enough we are not the only ones who are wrestling with the question of terminology. Try googling “unretirement” or “seniorpreneur.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Reply below or you can contact me directly at:
jtoler@chbenevolent.org