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Joining a Christian Science Church
One of the most important steps in the career of students of Christian Science is the joining of The Mother Church or a branch church or society. If church membership consisted solely in having one's name added to an already existing list of members, it would be a simple matter. A Christian Science church, however, does not consist merely of a body of men and women; rather is it the demonstration of the truth they know. A Christian Science church is more than a material structure including an organ, platform, desks, and pews. In her remarkable definition of "Church," on page 583 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our Leader writes in part: "The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick."
While a Christian Science church edifice, beautiful in its simplicity and attractive because of its pleasing and practical design, is essential, the material structure of itself does not heal. It is the truth understood and demonstrated by the church members that brings about the healing and redeeming work; and this is the all-important part of every activity of the Christian Science movement.
The Field of Thought
CHARLOTTE RUTH DECKER
MABEL M. BEESON
Our Reading Rooms
E. VIOLET J. DICKSEE
Right Thinking Applied to World Conditions
THOMAS W. DIXSON
The Right Standpoint
"The Lion of the tribe of Juda"
ARTHUR NOEL SHAW
A clergyman, writing in your issue of recent date, admits...
Charles W. J. Tennant, Manager of Committees on Publication for Great Britain and Ireland,
The Christian Science church has no desire for controversy...
Albert E. Lombard, Committee on Publication for Southern California,
The laudable purpose of a gentleman...
Charles W. Hale, Committee on Publication for the State of Indiana,
In some notes on a Sunday school lesson, published in...
Peter B. Biggins, Committee on Publication for Alberta, Canada,
Spirit is Substance
MABEL A. SALT
Letters from the Field
with contributions from Samuel Greenwood, Laura B. Weeks, Estelle P. Fleet, Helen Louise Earles
"The beauty of holiness"
Albert F. Gilmore
"The truth shall make you free"
Ruling One's Own Spirit
Ella W. Hoag
with contributions from Mary Alexia Cusack, Adeline Brupbacher, William A. Silvernail, Clarence Layton, Hazel Barnes, Regina Moe Syverson, Rendle Carl Leathem, Maud V. Eder
I became interested in Christian Science while studying...
Harry Botsford MacRae with contributions from Gerda MacRae
Ten years ago, when I seemed at the point of nervous...
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the...
One of my earliest demonstrations of the healing power...
That I may in daily living be worthy, in an ever increasing...
Ralph Cyril Holmes
My mother came into Christian Science when I was about...
EDNA L. EARNEST
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Horace F. Holton