Thank you for subscribing to JSH-Online and engaging with the articles, testimonies, poems, and podcasts we post on this website. We deeply value the commitment of each of our readers to the healing ideas we publish, and we are always grateful for the feedback we receive. But we would like to learn much more from you. Here at Journal, Sentinel, and Herald (JSH), we see this as a time of great opportunity to take stock and ask how we are doing and how we can do even better, beginning with the Christian Science Sentinel.
The core of our Christian Science publications has been, and always will be, the divine Science found in the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures—a message that, in turn, leads readers right back to these priceless and practical books. But how this timeless Truth is presented in the periodicals in each new era needs to be responsive to shifts in thought. Mary Baker Eddy said these magazines are to be “ably edited and kept abreast of the times” (Manual of The Mother Church, p. 44).
And this is where we are reaching out for your ideas. In 1908, Mary Baker Eddy designated the mission of each of the periodicals in an article called “Something in a name,” which appeared in the first edition of The Christian Science Monitor (see The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353). Together, as the readers, writers, and editors that make up the JSH community, we are asking deep questions: What do the missions of the periodicals demand of us in this era? Are we keeping these messengers of Truth relevant to our readers' lives? And how can the periodicals resonate even more with Mrs. Eddy's vision for them in today's world? This year, we'll be reaching out to you in a number of ways to share our ideas and listen to yours. Your honest and sincere feedback will help us ensure that the Sentinel is primed for today's thinkers and consistently contains content you consider to be both must-read and must-share.
We’ll begin with a couple of simple steps:
- Many subscribers will receive a survey asking your views about our current print and digital content.
- Online readers will notice a series of simple questions that appear at the end of selected pieces in each week’s digital issue of the Christian Science Sentinel. (See example below.)
We sincerely look forward to your candid responses to both the longer survey (if you receive it) and the queries appearing on Sentinel pages about its content. Eventually, similar questions will appear in the Journal and Herald, and further steps will follow. The goal is to make all our magazines ever more helpful, healing, and supportive of the spiritual growth of all humanity, including each of our readers—whether longtime readers, brand-new subscribers, or visitors discovering Christian Science for the first time.
Thank you for offering your honest feedback, and praying with us as we listen for how to do even better as we go forward.
Please enjoy this article from this week’s Sentinel and check out the survey question at the end. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
With our love and gratitude,
From all of us at JSH-Online