A Spiritual Experience

[Written Especially for Young People]

CHURCH membership is a spiritual experience, not just a material or physical activity. To put into practice what one understands of Christian Science, is of primary importance in church membership. Being a member of a Christian Science organization at a university or college is one way to enjoy and benefit from this spiritual experience. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. XXIII, Sect. 8), "Members in good standing with The Mother Church, who are members of the faculty, instructors, or students in any university or college, can form and conduct a Christian Science organization at such university or college, provided its rules so permit."

Through the wisdom of our Leader, young people who are interested in Christian Science have here a splendid opportunity to expand their understanding of Truth and to gain practical experience which will be of great value in church work. By uniting with such an organization the student has occasion to prove the availability of the Science of being in human affairs. Though administration and maintenance must not be overlooked in these university organizations, members should realize that first and foremost the organizations provide an opportunity to grow spiritually. They provide for right mental activity and valuable human experience. They prepare students for further church work. The branch churches gladly co-operate with them in many helpful ways.

With a constant turnover in membership and yearly shifts in administration, these Christian Science organizations at times face a seasonal problem. The work differs from season to season or school year to school year. However, this suggestion of broken continuity can be met by the fact that the same Mind continually unfolds and governs, yesterday, today, and forever. To have the outward manifestation of a successful human season there should be steadfast realization of changeless Truth. Plans and activities based on Principle ensure a fruitful year.

January 25, 1941

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