In accordance with the democratic form of government of all Christian Science churches, it is the custom of the board of directors of a branch church to confer with the members on all matters of importance relative to the welfare of the cause, and to solicit their intelligent cooperation in many important matters. Apathy and indifference regarding membership in The Mother Church are certainly opposed to the welfare of the cause of Christian Science since, according to our Church Manual, such membership is necessary for the organization of churches and for the proper conduct of church services.

In several places recently visited by the writer while on an extended trip, a crying need was found for members of The Mother Church, there not being enough such members to conduct properly the church services. Inquiry into the situation disclosed the fact that branch church members thought their local membership sufficient, and could not see the reason for being members of The Mother Church also. As it is possible that some Christian Scientists are unmindful of the privilege and unaware of the significance of membership in The Mother Church, it may be well to present facts which will disclose its import and reveal the necessity and inevitability of such membership as being the only proper expression of full relationship to the cause and of complete affiliation therewith.

March 23, 1912

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