"The Unity of the Faith"

The second Annual Meeting of The General Association of Teachers is another milestone passed in the forward march of Christian Science, and the spirit which characterized it, no less than the number of those in attendance, gave proof of the good already accomplished by this agency. If one who attended these meetings were asked why he had come so far in order to do so, his reply would perchance be, in substance, that he might gain a higher sense of the service of Truth, of the best means for promoting the welfare of our Cause. Another might say that his prime object was to gain such an understanding of unity in thought and uniformity in method as will most quickly and effectively bring this healing truth within the reach of all mankind.

From the history of many of the past religious movements of the world we can see how they were hindered by the narrow or selfish views of many of their adherents,—views which were not intentionally wrong, surely, but which, none the less, wrought irreparable injury to the cause they represented. Even at this comparatively early stage in the history of the Christian Science movement, it is admitted by all fair-minded people who are acquainted with it, that our Leader's understanding of divine Principle and her steady insistence that all merely personal opinions must bow to its supremely wise and loving demands,—that these have already accomplished wonders in establishing a large measure of unity and solidarity in our ranks. We should forget, however, that, even when we have reached altitudes far above the plane where Truth first appeared to us, our prayer must still be that of the Master: "Not my will, but thine be done."

November 5, 1904
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