The Christian Science Committee on Publication U.S. Federal Office, established in 1943, works with U.S. Congressional, executive, and regulatory offices. Our mission is to help these federal offices and the public gain a more accurate understanding of Christian Science, including its longstanding contribution in the field of healthcare and healing. We also work to ensure that spiritual health care services, such as those provided by Christian Science practitioners, Christian Science nurses, and Christian Science nursing facilities – including the public’s access to them – are not adversely affected by any law.
Confronting adverse legislation in his day, the first Manager of the Committees on Publication, Alfred Farlow, wrote to his colleagues in 1908:
“It seems to me that we will have to give some heed to the elections, make friends with our neighbors who are in the legislating business and lose no opportunity to broaden their sense of fairness and justice.”
For more than four years, the U.S. Federal Office has been speaking with governmental offices about the federal health care reform efforts that culminated in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA). While this law does not yet contain any religious accommodation or exception for Christian Scientists and others who use spiritual care services for their health, we continue to actively work towards this goal.
If you are interested in helping the U.S. Federal Office, we encourage you to explore various ways of getting involved. Similarly, if you have any questions or suggestions for our work, please do not hesitate to be in touch via telephone at (202) 296-2190 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Federal Office is part of the Government Relations Division of the Committee on Publication, which oversees and supports government relations efforts of Committees on Publication worldwide. For more information about activities in your particular area, contact the Committee on Publication for your state, region, or country!