About EI

Emergence International (EI) is a world-wide community of Christian Scientists, their families and friends, that provides spiritual and educational support for LGBTQIA+ people, as they deal with homophobia and hetrosexism. EI honors the integrity of individual growth through the leadership of Mary Baker Eddy in her writings, and by fellowship with similarly-minded Christian Scientists.


By the late 1970’s groups of gay Christian Scientists were meeting in at least six cities in the United States and the United Kingdom. A first-ever conference for representatives from some of these groups met in Chicago in 1983. Following a second conference in 1985, several participants decided to develop a national identity for gay Christian Scientists, and Emergence International was born.

For a more complete Story of Emergence, please visit our Articles & Testimonies page. Or look at past Conference Reports on our Annual EI Conference page.

Active Groups

We have members in many cities and towns in most states in the US. We also have members in several provinces in Canada, as well as in Mexico, South America, Australia, Germany, England, Spain, and the Middle East (see column on right).


You are invited to join Emergence International. The Membership fee is $20 per year. Payment can be made on our Donation page.

The Collection Basket

Whether or not you are a member of Emergence International, you are welcome to make a donation to our organization. Contributions to the Collection Basket are gratefully received at any time and are used to support EI‘s outreach.

Please use the form on our Donation page to submit your contribution.

Emergence International is a non-profit, tax-exempt religious corporation. Contributions to the Collection Basket are tax-deductible for U.S. Taxpayers.

Active Groups

United States of America

Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Burlington, VT
Chicago, IL
Southern Florida
Hawaii (Big Island)
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City
Long Beach, CA
Milwaukee, WI
Monroe, LA
New York City
Palo Alto, CA
Phoenix, AZ
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC

International Contacts

London, England
Manchester, England
Toronto, Canada

Other Networking Organizations

Gay & Lesbian Principians
C.S. Lesbian Connection