About the Committee on Publication
The Committee on Publication was first established in 1898 by Mary Baker Eddy. The first Committee on Publication was Alfred Farlow, who worked under the direction of Mrs. Eddy. The mission of the Committee on Publication is to engage with members of the media, lawmakers and the public-at-large to provide an accurate understanding of Christian Science.
The Committee is not the publishing arm of the Church, although the name may indicate otherwise, but serves as an informational resource to answer questions and clear up misperceptions. Mrs. Eddy defined the duty of the Committee in this way: “to correct in a Christian manner impositions on the public in regard to Christian Science, injustices done Mrs. Eddy or members of this Church…” (Page 97).
Russ Gerber, the Manager of the Committees on Publication, guides the church’s 135 representatives located throughout the world as they interact with journalists and with local lawmakers. He is also available for interviews, and he works closely with reporters, editors, and producers, providing information and other resources they may need for stories involving Christian Science.
We welcome your questions and hope you’ll be in touch soon.
For more than twenty years Russ Gerber has been a practitioner of Christian Science, devoting his full time as a healer available to the public. He also holds a teaching degree from the Church and teaches annually a class on Christian Science, an in-depth study of spiritual healing based on the teachings of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science authored by the Church’s founder Mary Baker Eddy.
Mary Baker Eddy assigned to the Committee on Publication the duty of correcting impositions. The second sentence of this section of the By-Law, however, indicates that she expected all Christian Scientists would be doing corrective work in some form… Meaningful insight is found in the experience of Alfred Farlow, the first Manager of Committees on Publication. He was the only individual to have direct instruction from Mrs. Eddy while serving as Manager, and this booklet offers a view into Farlow’s work under her direction. Designed for any Christian Scientist seeking to answer the call to corrective work, it illustrates the Christly compassion at the very core of the work.