Willis F. Gross of Boston, Mass., delivered a lecture on Christian Science in Junction Hall, May 4, under the auspices of Second Church of Christ, Scientist. He was introduced by E. W. Craven, first reader of First Church of Christ, Scientist, who said in part,—

One of the misapprehensions about Christian Scientists is that they do no missionary work. As I understand missionary work, it is the bringing of the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, and of the salvation which is manifested through him, to the attention of people who do not understand it as we do. Christian Scientists do this kind of missionary work on a large scale. In this community Second Church of Christ, Scientist, maintains regular Sunday services and also a Sunday school, as other churches in this community do; also, for the purpose of diffusing a knowledge of Christian Science and thus doing missionary work, it maintains a free reading-room. It also gives a free lecture; and thus, as missionary work is popularly measured in dollars, it expends over three hundred dollars per year for that purpose. Is there another church in this community that spends such an amount for missionary work? If so, that church does well. I speak now of First Church, because I know more about it. It spends for publication work, for maintaining a reading-room, and for lectures the sum of $3,395. Is there another church in Seattle that expends an equal amount per year in cash for missionary work? If so, it does well. There are other benevolences, moreover, in which we have been interested as a body, such as the San Francisco disaster and the earthquake at Messina.—Correspondence.

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July 29, 1911

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