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Items of Interest
The student of the Manual who remembers that it is the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy is aided substantially in determining which of the By-Laws therein may be applicable in conducting the affairs of branch churches and societies. Likewise, the headings of the several divisions and Articles, as well as the titles of the By-Laws themselves, are of assistance to him.
Certain By-Laws which indicate the need for each branch church to make adequate and comprehensive provision for transacting its business in an orderly manner, are contained in Article XXIII under the heading "The Mother Church and Branch Churches." Article XI, Section 13, entitled "Members of Branch Churches" and published under the heading "Complaints," and Article XXXV, Section 1, entitled "For The Mother Church Only," contribute to the student's understanding of the distinctive nature and purpose of the By-Laws which are applicable to branches of The Mother Church, those By-Laws which govern directly the indivicual member, and those which are enforceable as to The Mother Church itself.
A lack of understanding of this distinction sometimes results in the failure of a branch church to adopt adequate rules for its local government, and, upon occasion, leads to the mistaken use of By-Laws intended for The Mother Church only. There is, moreover, in Article XXIII, Section 3, "Mother Church Unique," a clear reminder that Mrs. Eddy intended Christian Scientists to discern the proper application and use of the By-Laws in this respect. All this does not mean, however, that a branch church may not in its own words adopt, if it thinks needful, a rule similar to but not identical with a By-Law of The Mother Church. Of the Manual itself, our Leader wrote (p. 104), "It stands alone, uniquely adapted to form the budding thought and hedge it about with divine Love."
Universal Good Will
ERNEST C. MOSES
Stars of Guidance
MARY E. CONKLIN
Protective Value of the Commandments
CLARA B. STRICKLAND
BURT K. FILER
MARGARET E. GLEASON
LOTTIE M. BROWN
Your issue of September 26 contains an article entitled...
Orwell Bradley Towne, Committee on Publication for the State of New York,
In the report of a lecture at Wesley Church, appearing...
Miss Daisy Woodward, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
An article appeared in your issue of August 8, under the...
Judge Herbert L. Standeven, Committee on Publication for the State of Oklahoma,
A preacher spoke in your city on September 27 using...
Gordon V. Comer, Committee on Publication for the State of Colorado,
Kindly permit me to refer to the review of a book entitled...
William H. Adler, Committee on Publication for Hongkong,
"They presented unto him gifts"
MARY I. MESECHRE
From the Directors
The Christian Science Board of Directors
The Spirit of Christmas
Albert F. Gilmore
Violet Ker Seymer
"Glad tidings of good things"
with contributions from Sigrid Beskow
When, ten years ago, Christian Science was presented to...
Almost as soon as I began to study Christian Science I...
Although I had heard of Christian Science many times,...
Luella M. Kremm
I did not take up the study of Christian Science for...
I am very grateful for Christian Science and for its...
Charlotte E. Bryan
For some time I have desired to send my testimony of...
Laura A. Welter
What a blessed privilege it is to live in this age and to be...
Mary H. Mercer with contributions from Jas. M. Mercer
The understanding of the truth brought to us by our beloved...
Richard M. J. Rowley
SYDNEY KING RUSSELL
Signs of the Times
with contributions from H. C. Culbertson, Ralph W. Sockman, Ralph W. Dow, Fred Squires