Cecil Cranston

Cecil Cranston
Christian Science Co-Chaplain
Multifaith Services

A bit about me


Hello, my name is Cecil Cranston, and I am a Christian Science Co-chaplain at the University of Victoria. Along with Chris Bowers, we offer students a way to look at various topics that are relevant to life on campus, and work through them by discussing how learning who we are as God’s children and what is most important to us helps to deal with conflicts, fears, stress, loneliness or any other problem that seems to confront us.

Before starting at the University of Victoria, I worked a number of years as an accountant, counselling people with their finances. I have been a student of Christian Science most of my life and have found by relying on the goodness and power of God, wonderful things have happened. I now look forward to sharing this help that is always at hand with students to help you as you start this next phase of your life.

I enjoy walking, golf, playing bridge and spending time with friends and family.

You can reach me at 250-889.3757 or cecil.cranston@telus.net
My office hours are by appointment or on Tuesday 10:00 to 11:00

About the Christian Science Faith

The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the foundation for the theology and practice of Christian Science. Christian Scientists see the Scriptures as their “sufficient guide to eternal Life.” We look to the New Testament accounts of Christ Jesus’ life, ministry of salvation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, as illustrating the deepest truths of God’s nature, goodness, and love. As we see it, Jesus showed that everyone is the loved child of God. And that healing and regeneration come as we acknowledge God’s presence and love, and recognize our true nature as spiritual, as made in His image. Examples of God’s willingness and power to help and heal can be seen in accounts throughout the Bible, including those of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets, as well as of Jesus and his disciples and followers.

Christian Science teaches that God is unchanging Love, (I John 4:8), and that He is the ultimate power of good in our lives and the world. The word “Science” in “Christian Science isn’t a reference to the physical sciences, but to the divine or spiritual laws of God that enabled Jesus to heal, and which can be understood and practiced systematically in daily Christian life. Christian Scientists take seriously Jesus’ commands to love God, love and respect others, and treat others as we wish to be treated.

New Englander and Christian religious leader Mary Baker Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1879 and established its worldwide activities. These include The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and a variety of religious publications, as well as the Pulitzer-prize winning Christian Science Monitor news organization. Local democratically-organized branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, worldwide, provide Sunday worship services, Sunday School, mid-week testimony meetings, public Reading Rooms, and lectures. The activities and services of the church are carried on by its members, men and women serving equally. Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, serves as the denomination’s textbook. Together with the Bible the two books serve as the impersonal Pastor for the worldwide church, providing guidance and inspiration that is always available, as well as sermons and readings for worship services. 

First Church of Christ, Scientist
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