"I counted enough of the congregation [The First Church of Christ, Scientist]...

Universalist Leader

"I counted enough of the congregation [The First Church of Christ, Scientist] to be sure that there were more than fifteen hundred people present. This is conservative. I think there must have been close on two thousand. ... This was on the first Sunday in August. ... These people went to church in midsummer and appeared to enjoy it. They were not there from a sense of duty, for it was as attentive a congregation as I have ever seen—it had to be to follow the ... Christian Science sermon. I am convinced that no denominational group has so thoroughly persuaded all its members of the value of taking its spiritual nourishment at regular intervals as have the Christian Scientists. ... They prepare themselves for the Sunday service by studying the lesson for the week, which means reading closely and meditating upon the sermon for the following Sunday every day during the preceding week. ... The Christian Scientists take time to study their faith every day, and they take time to go to church on Sunday even in midsummer. ... But they don't want a fast any more than most of us want a vacation from eating three meals a day. I am not a Christian Scientist, although if it had not been for the Young People's Christian Union I should probably have become one; but I did attend their services for about two years; and when a lad in high school went without my lunches for two weeks that I might give the money to the building fund of First Church in Chicago."

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November 11, 1922

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