Since the publication of the amended by-law, Article XXIII., Section 10, in the Sentinel of May 22, 1909, there have been received at this office a number of inquiries as to what properly constitutes a democratic form of government, and as most of the questions thus asked had been previously covered in an editorial which appeared in The Christian Science Journal of December, 1902, we have been requested to reprint that editorial, which was as follows:—

Many of the branch churches are to hold their annual meeting within the next few weeks, and since some of them contemplate changing their by-laws in order to meet new requirements, a few words of counsel may not be amiss.

It is of great importance that the by-laws conform to the laws of the state in which the church is incorporated, and if the state law prescribes a line of procedure to be followed in the amendment of by-laws, strict attention should be paid to it. If the state law does not prescribe a method for amending the by-laws, it is necessary that the by-laws themselves provide for this contingency.

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October 30, 1909

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