About Kappeler Institute USA
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The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being (USA)
Purpose and Mission of the KI USA
The KI USA's mission is to archive, publish, and promote Max Kappeler's English language writings and recordings. The activities of the KI USA are currently focused on publishing Kappeler's unpublished manuscripts, bringing Kappeler's work to a larger worldwide audience, and improving our outreach to new and longtime students. Our goal is to make sure that every student has the resource materials they need to study Science.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation according to the code of the Internal Revenue Service of the United States, and is incorporated in Delaware (since 1973). The current working office is located in Seattle, WA. The KI USA exists for educational and research purposes.
KI USA Position Statement on the Science of Christian Science
The Christian Science that Mary Baker Eddy discovered and stated in her Textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, is seen to be the universal Science of all sciences. The denominational aspect of Christian Science is fading away, and its vital role as a proto-science is emerging.
Science cannot be organized and its investigation cannot be outlined or controlled humanly without endangering its unfoldment. Max Kappeler based his research entirely on the Bible and the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy as the complete revelation of Christian Science, as well as the teachings of John W. Doorly, who detected the scientific system of reference in the Christian Science textbook.
The Kappeler Institute USA claims no exclusive rights to the "Science of Christian Science," nor does it present itself as an authority to endorse, control, or regulate work in the subject of Science. Max Kappeler founded the Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being in 1973 to maintain, protect, publish, promote, and archive his English language works.
KI USA Policies
Please note, however, that the KI USA does offer a small number of books and recordings by other authors. These works are either owned and copyrighted by the KI USA (as with Denise Breton, Joel Jessen), or the KI USA has been given special permission to distribute materials (as with John W. Doorly).
Copyrights of Others. It is the policy of Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being, USA, to respect the copyrights of other individuals and organizations. All books and recordings by other authors offered on this KI USA website are sold/distributed with permission of the copyright holder.
Credit Card Security
To further increase credit card security, the KI USA has opted not to use an automated, website based credit card processor. Instead:
Never fax or e-mail your credit card information! If you prefer to order books and recordings via e-mail or fax, send no payment information. We will send you an invoice. The most secure way to provide credit card data is via phone, mail, or the website shopping cart.
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Interpretation of Kappeler's Work. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being is not responsible for personal interpretations of Max Kappeler's works; neither for an individual's choices, statements, and actions based on their understanding of his work (for example, in regards to healing, practice, or teaching). In spiritual studies, states and stages of understanding evolve. Viewpoints change depending on the standpoint of the viewer.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being does not "endorse" other teachers or works, and since 1997, no other teacher has taught under the auspices of the KI USA. The KI USA's mission is focused exclusively on promoting and maintaining Max Kappeler's English language works.
KI USA always recommends that students study Kappeler's original work on the Science of Christian Science. Kappeler's timeless work on this subject is vital to a full understanding of the Science of Christian Science. We also recommend the works that Max Kappeler based his research work on, namely, the Bible and the books by Mary Baker Eddy and John W. Doorly.
Other teachers of Science. As all teachers of Science are independent, they are free to teach their understanding of the subject and are free to research and create their own work on the Science of Christian Science. A teacher's work stands alone as the product of that teacher and must be judged on its own merits. A teacher can, in general, base their work in Science on Kappeler's work, but it will not be "the same as" or a "continuation of" Kappeler's work, as there is always the issue of personal interpretation. Max used to say in his summer school classes "Write this at the top of your paper: This is what I think Max said...." This is why we always recommend studying Kappeler's original work.
Financial Hardship Program
Upon your request, the Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being will mail your "gift" of books, recordings, or Introductory Packets to individuals, along with a gift card informing the recipient that you ordered the materials for them. KI USA will not send materials anonymously. In the case of Introductory Packets, please make sure the recipient is interested in receiving the materials prior to making the request.
The KI USA will limit the number of "gifts" that any one recipient receives without their direct contact with us. We would ask that gift recipients eventually order directly from the KI USA and/or add their name to our mailing list. This is to assure that recipients are interested in Kappeler's work and are getting the assistance they need in their study.
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being endeavors to place only interested individuals on our mailing list. Your name will be placed on our mailing list under the following two conditions:
The Kappeler Institute does not sell or share its mailing list. Your name and/or address will not be given to anyone without your express written permission to do so (see
Orders and Returns
Adjusting Invoices to Reflect Correct Prices. Prices in the KI USA Catalog and website may not reflect the current/correct price. KI USA reserves the right to, at any time, adjust invoices to reflect the current/correct prices of books, recordings, and shipping/handling charges. We will then create a "final invoice" that reflects the adjusted total. We commonly adjust invoices for: actual shipping costs; correcting Mix and Match Pricing for minitapes; special offers in our Newsletter, etc.
If you ever have questions about an invoice adjustment, please contact KI USA.
Outside the USA: We use United States Postal Service (USPS), which defaults to Airmail International under 4 lbs, Priority Mail 4 lbs and over. Airmail normally arrives within 4–7 days, although there are some countries where mailing times are much longer. Your order will be shipped using the least expensive option unless you request otherwise. Please use the comment box, available during checkout, to communicate shipping preferences.
Shipping and Handling Fees. The KI USA policy is to charge actual shipping fees to customers. Shipping fees on your invoice should closely or exactly match the actual mailing cost. Handling fees are set at $2 per address to cover packaging and handling costs, but will be adjusted to reflect the shipping materials used ($3–$4 for multiple large boxes).
Shipping and Handling Fees Waived on Complimentary Items. Complimentary items are not subject to shipping and handling fees. These fees will show up on website invoices, but will be adjusted by our staff prior to shipping. To complete checkout using the website software, you will need to enter a valid credit card. Your credit card will not be charged for shipping and handling of complimentary items (unless you use PayPal to order, and in that case we will issue a refund).
If you are interested in requesting "permission" to use Kappeler's English language copyrighted works, contact the Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being directly. Please inform us of the materials you would like to use, as well as the format and context in which their use will occur. Please allow at least a week to obtain permission.
If you want to use specific diagrams or handouts for distribution, we recommend that you order the documents you need directly from KI USA. The diagrams in the Study Aid and Kappeler's books have been re-mastered into new, attractive laser-prints. The cost of these documents is minimal, and you can elect to receive them in the form of handouts, laminated sheets, or spiral bound booklets. The "permission" to use these documents will be clearly printed on each page. Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing and delivery. For pricing or more information, please contact KI USA.
For more information on this policy, please see Newsletter #13 (pdf, 76 KB), pp. 8, 10 .
The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being does not maintain a list of practitioners or recommend individual practitioners. Max Kappeler always felt his mission was to teach students how to be their own practitioners. Max said:
"In my work I teach, through the method of 'Scientific Obstetrics,' how to accept the self-demonstrating laws of Life, Truth, and Love into our lives."Max also said, in his book The Law of the Self-evolution of Scientific Spiritual Understanding that:
"The law of the self-evolution of God is the basis for our individual evolution in understanding and demonstration of the true man, the image and likeness of God. It shows how our understanding evolves spiritually and scientifically through the order of the 7 synonymous terms for God and the structure of the Textbook in order to achieve an understanding of the Science behind Christian Science" (see the Forward in this book).
Because of this, KI USA encourages students to become their own practitioners through prayer and their study of Science. This encouragement it is not meant to discourage the use of practitioners, friends, or other types of assistance. The "family law"—universal reflection of ideas (Christianity/Christian Science)—impacts the understanding and consciousness of students so that in their prayers students can follow this law and practice not only for themselves, but for every other idea (see A Study Aid for the Science of Christian Science, p. 55).Privacy
Mailing List. The Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being does not sell or share its mailing list. Your name and/or address will not be given to anyone without your express written permission to do so (for example, if you request that your name be added to the Study Partners List, your name and selected contact information will be available to others).
Every effort is made to keep your personal contact information safe, secure, and private (see also our Credit Card Security policy).
Discreet Mail. You may request that KI USA mail your newsletters and orders to you without a return address on the outside envelope or package. To choose this option, provide a written request to the KI USA office to put you on the "discreet mail list." In addition, we ask that you note your "discreet" preference on all your orders. We do not guarantee this process, but every effort will be made to mail discreet materials to your address every time.
the Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being maintains a confidential "Study Partners List" as a service to students. Individuals who are interested in finding a study partner are invited to add their name to this list. For the sake of privacy, the list is distributed only amongst those individuals on the list, and first names only are given. (Click on the link for more information on the Study Partners Program, pdf, 65 KB).
Any use of the Study Partner List for purposes other than individual or group study constitutes misuse. Violators will be permanently removed from the Study Partners List and KI USA mailing list, and those on the Study Partner List will be informed.
Kappeler Trademarks. Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being, Kappeler Institute, KI USA, the KI logos (KI, KIP, KIR), and other names and designations referenced on this website are each service marks or trademarks of Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being (USA). All rights in these service marks and trademarks are reserved by Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being.
Other Trademarks. It is the policy of Kappeler Institute for the Science of Being to respect the trademarks of other individuals and organizations.The Kappeler Institute, USA, claims no exclusive rights to the terms "the Science of Christian Science" or "the Science of Being," and does not present itself as an authority to endorse, control, or regulate the work in the subject of Science.
About Kappeler Institutes, WorldwideMax Kappeler set up independent Institutes in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland to help him with his teaching and publishing work. Currently, the USA and German institutes offer Kappeler's works in the following languages:
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