Items of Interest

One of the very important activities of the Christian Science movement is carried on by accredited teachers of Christian Science. It may be said that teachers who are active are conveniently listed in the Practitioners' Directory of The Christian Science Journal, with the word "Teacher" after their names. Those who advertise themselves elsewhere as teachers of Christian Science are found generally to be nonmembers of The Mother Church; for a genuine Christian Scientist desires to proceed according to the By-Laws Mrs. Eddy regarded as essential for her Church.

One who contemplates having class instruction in Christian Science naturally familiarizes himself with the By-Laws in the Church Manual which have to do with teaching. Articles XXVI and XXVII. Section 9 of Article XXVI will show the prospective pupil that a teacher must have a certificate in order to teach, and that he must have been continuously active and loyal as a Christian Scientist, or have the approval of The Christian Science Board of Directors, before teaching. Articles XXX, Section 8, will show the reader that only those who are members of The Mother Church, and who have the qualifications named in the previously mentioned By-Law, "shall be deemed loyal teachers of Christian Science."

A Christian Scientist has class instruction of an accredited teacher but once, unless through some contingency he becomes eligible for reteaching under Section 8 of Article XXVI, or unless he is chosen as a pupil by the Board of Education. Those class-taught and experienced Christian Scientists who are to become teachers are given further instruction by this Board of Education, as is shown by the By-Laws in Articles XXVIII to XXX inclusive; but this instruction is for the purpose of creating new teachers, and so it deals with the subject of how to teach Christian Science to primary pupils.

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