Ruth B. Ewing, C.S.D.

Portrait by Max Bohm. Original Longyear Collection.


RUTH B. EWING was awakened to the healing power of Christian Science through the recovery of her husband, Judge William G. Ewing, of an illness that physicians had pronounced incurable. In 1886, she took Primary class from Mrs. Eddy at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, followed by Normal class the next year, and entered into the practice and teaching of Christian Science in Chicago. Ruth was one of 12 students chosen to read an address at the Congress of Religions, a feature of the 1893 World’s Fair held in Chicago. In 1895 Mrs. Ewing, at the request of Mrs. Eddy, was ordained pastor of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, serving for a few weeks until the Bible and the Christian Science textbook were ordained as the impersonal Pastor of all Christian Science churches. She then became Second Reader and served alongside Edward A. Kimball, who was First Reader.

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