National Volunteer Month 2021

Sue Holzberlein talks about her 25 years of volunteering at the BA “Volunteering at the BA has made me recognize and realize God’s law of harmony and provision, not for just me, but for everybody.” “If people knew how wonderful volunteering is, you would have so many volunteers you wouldn’t know what to do with […]

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Sue Holzberlein talks about her 25 years of volunteering at the BA

“Volunteering at the BA has made me recognize and realize God’s law of harmony and provision, not for just me, but for everybody.”

“If people knew how wonderful volunteering is, you would have so many volunteers you wouldn’t know what to do with them.” That’s what Sue Holzberlein, who has been volunteering at the BA for almost a quarter of a century, told us during a recent phone call. 

She explains, “Volunteering at the BA has inspired me to be more patient and more humble. It’s increased my conviction in the power of good. It’s made me recognize and realize God’s law of harmony and provision, not for just me, but for everybody. It reminds me of what it means to be a Christian Scientist, to have that sense of unselfed love. And, it reminds me of the importance of Christian Science Practitioners and Christian Science Nurses.”

Sue began volunteering on a Thanksgiving weekend about 25 years ago. It was a particularly challenging time of her life, and she felt she needed to follow the council she’d been raised with. “If you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself, ask God, who needs help that I can give. Listen, and then give that help.” So, despite her full-time job and child-care responsibilities, she made room for volunteering at the BA one Saturday a month. She loved it, and has never stopped. 

“I was really inspired by the spiritual conviction, understanding, inspiration, and the constancy of the guests at the BA as they were here having their healing,” she recalls of those first years of volunteering. And she has stayed with volunteering ever since, because, as she describes it, she was “being blessed by the opportunity at the BA to see the spiritual reality of good that is present even where matter seems to suggest a different picture. I really felt impelled to see all the good that was truly going on.”

Last spring, when the BA had to close its campus to visitors and volunteers, Sue realized how much she missed volunteering. “I was so happy when I was asked if I would continue to do readings for the testimony meetings from home, because it re-connected me to the BA.” Using her experience as First Reader for her branch church during that time, Sue helped the BA come up with a way to continue its Thursday evening testimony meetings via Zoom. “Being a testimony meeting reader helps give focus and greater purpose to my spiritual study,” says Sue.

For Sue and for all the volunteers who have been finding ways to volunteer virtually via Zoom this year, the BA sends deep and heartfelt thanks. We are so grateful for our volunteers! The unselfed love they express adds an invaluable dimension to the healing atmosphere of the BA.

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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.
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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.