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"Martin," is a long-term member of Christian Science and organizer of the group.He said at a 2004 conference that Emergence International was formed "after self-identified gays were finding themselves being thrown out of their congregations on the basis of their sexuality." 1996: The Church originally had only three requirements for membership: the applicant had to believe in the church's doctrines, to not be a member of another faith group, and to have passed their 12th birthday.On what she thought to be her deathbed, she read a passage in the Bible about one of Jesus' healings. She later founded The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA.She suddenly realized that healing comes not from internal bodily processes, nor from the power of a person's mind. She also founded The Christian Science Monitor, an internationally distributed secular newspaper.Some gays and lesbians have felt unwelcome in some local congregations because of their sexual orientation.Church and members' attitudes towards homosexuality: 1960s and 1970s: John Strausbaugh published an article in the New York Press which described the history of the New York City Christian Science Group, an independent support group for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender people, their friends and supporters." He referred to a 1967 article in the Christian Science Sentinel titled "Homosexuality Can be Healed." He also cites other articles through the 1970s "which used terms like 'promiscuous,' 'bizarre,' 'abnormal,' 'immoral,' 'unseemly,' 'unhealthy,' 'unnatural,' 'cursed' and 'perverted' to describe gays and lesbians." It is difficult to fault the Church for their position.In more recent years, additional qualifications were added, including freedom from "adultery, promiscuity and homosexuality" as well as refraining from "alcoholic beverages, tobacco and drugs." In the 1996, the Mother Church returned to Mrs.
After a few minutes, a woman came to my table, sat down and said with big smile, "Hi, I'm Chris!The formal name of the denomination is the Church of Christ, Scientist.However, most people refer to it as the Christian Science church; they refer to its members as Christian Scientists.The church went through a period of rapid growth during the first half of the 20th century.Membership leveled out by 1950 and has since gradually declined. On 2004-JUN-28, we asked the Mother Church for more specific information on the church teaching and homosexuality.