Pupils' Associations

That the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science displayed great wisdom in providing for the needs of those who should accept her teachings as the way to salvation, there is ample proof. So fully did she safeguard the advancing steps of the student that nothing was left undone which could assist the seeker after Truth in finding and keeping the way of spiritual progress. This protection applies no less to the individual student than to groups of Christian Scientists banded together to promote their own growth, and to carry on the activities of the Church of Christ, Scientist. The "Rule for Motives and Acts" (Manual, p. 40), for example, constitutes a complete compendium for right thought and action on the part of the individual. And whoever lives in strict obedience to its provision will advance steadily and surely toward the goal of right desire, emancipation from the bondage of physical sense.

Provision for class instruction and for the relation which should exist between teacher and pupil is no less definite. Mrs. Eddy put this relationship into cogent words on page 83 of the Church Manual: "A teacher shall not assume personal control of, or attempt to dominate his pupils, but he shall hold himself morally obligated to promote their progress in the understanding of divine Principle, not only during the class term but after it, and to watch well that they prove sound in sentiment and practical in Christian Science." Thus succinctly and completely does our Leader set forth the relationship between teacher and pupil. And it is no light obligation which the teacher assumes under these explicit instructions.

To enable the teacher to keep mentally in touch with his pupils and to aid them to maintain sound sentiment toward Christian Science and successfully to carry on its practices, provision was made for an annual meeting of teacher and pupils. The opportunity thus provided may be made of great benefit to students, who anticipate the occasion with joyous expectancy, looking upon attendance at the meeting not as a duty, but rather as a priceless privilege. The feast provided by the teacher constitutes a postgraduate course, as it were, for the progressive thought. It is fair to conclude that class teaching has given new impulse to the students' search for Truth, the result of which has been a marked degree of progress in ability to receive it. Because of this attainment, the student is ready for the unfoldment of the deeper subjects of Christian Science. To the thought spiritually awake new light constantly unfolds, and each revelation is but another preliminary step towards ever holier aspects of the perfect love with which the Father loves His children.

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"The finger of God"
March 9, 1929

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