Items of Interest

The dedication of a branch church edifice is an event close to the heart of the church member. For years the practice and rule in the Christian Science church has been that a church edifice shall not be dedicated until it is fully paid for. Mrs. Eddy phrased this rule when she wrote to one of her students, as quoted in the Christian Science Sentinel of October 14, 1905 (p. 104): "If your church is chartered, your church edifice should be dedicated when it is paid for. May heaven's rich blessing crown your faithful labors, and unity and praise dwell within yoru walls and in your hearts."

Naturally, in its procedures looking to dedication a branch church decides its course according to the majority vote of its members; but, after the decision, it is most desirable that all the members turn wholeheartedly to the accomplishment of that most commendable action, the dedication of the church edifice, free of debt, to the service of God. Indeed, democracy in a Christian Science church implies that the minority will conform to the decision made through vote in a business meeting, according to the by-laws.

February 2, 1935

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