International Divine Science Association

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The International Divine Science Association was founded in 1892 in San Francisco, California by religious leader and author Malinda Cramer.[1] The association was "founded for the promulgation of Divine Science, the God idea of perfect unity, harmony and wholeness, associated together in a unity of spirit, for the healing of nations, and the general good of humanity."[2]

The International Divine Science Association hosted several New Thought Congresses through the 1890s. The association was a loose coalition of Divine Science leaders and centers across the United States,[3] and is credited as the first of several umbrella organizations created at the turn of the 20th century for the New Thought movement.[4]


  • Satter, B. (2001) Each Mind a Kingdom: American Women, Sexual Purity, and the New Thought Movement, 1875-1920. University of California Press. p 106-110.


  1. ^ Hill Lindley, S. and Stebner, E.J. (2008) The Westminster handbook to women in American religious history. Westminster John Knox Press. p 49.
  2. ^ Horatio Willis Dresser. (1919) A history of the new thought movement. T. Y. Crowell Company. p 193-196.
  3. ^ Melton, J.R. and Baumann, M. (2002) Religions of the world: A comprehensive encyclopedia of beliefs and practices. D - J, Volume 2. ABC-CLIO. p 400.
  4. ^ Melton, J.R. (1999) Religious leaders of America: A biographical guide to founders and leaders of religious bodies, churches, and spiritual groups in North America. Gale Research. p 138.