The Christian Science Committee for Institutional
Service in the State of Oregon provides volunteers who conduct Christian Science services and meet with individuals who request help through prayer in Oregon jails, mental hospitals and other institutions.


Joyce Merritt
Karen Rippberger
Barb Weiser


Barb Weiser



Our committee's work makes Christian Science activities available to people confined in institutions to those who are unable to take advantage of our churchs public activities.  Students of Christian Science who represent this committee visit and pray with those requesting it who are confined in prisons, jails, mental hospitals and juvenile facilities in Oregon.

The motive for undertaking this work is not to 'spread' Christian Science or enlarge church membership, but to respond to those reaching out for the truth that makes free, that reforms, heals, and uplifts.  Our outreach programs have helped many inmates and patients to overcome physical, mental and spiritual challenges through application of the truths taught and proved by Christ Jesus.

Our mission is to fulfill Jesus' command, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)  The work is challenging but equally rewarding, and offers many opportunities for spiritual growth. 

We invite you to join us in our efforts to facilitate the healing chaplaincy which addresses the needs of those individuals currently incarcerated.



"... unloosing bonds of all
captivity."   -Hymn 202


"As I choose to identify myself with Spirit, God, Good, as I resolutely direct my mind to contemplate only what is true;... my thoughts, words and actions become God's ambassador in this place (prison.)"

                 - An inmate