Extracts from Reports of Christian Science Committees on Publication


The following addresses to non-Christian Scientists were made either by the Committee or by those acting in his behalf: The Meliorist Club, University Christian Church, Fort Worth; and the staff members of the Y.M.C.A., Beaumont. The Committee on Publication read a paper on "What Is the Imperative Message of Religion for Our Day?" on the program "News in the World of Religion," over the Texas state network from Station KFJZ, Fort Worth.

An Assistant reports: "A lady called me and asked me if I could possibly spare a few minutes to talk to a very distressed sea captain. . . . His boat had just passed through the war zone on the way from Europe, and, although he came through safely, he was very fearful about the return trip he was to make in a day or so. While the captain was visiting her, in order to help him out of his distressed mental condition, she turned on a musical program coming over the radio. When this program was finished, the Christian Science program came on. She started toward the radio to turn it off for the reason that her husband had positively requested her not to listen to any religious program on the radio, no matter what denomination. However, in this particular instance, she noticed that her husband and the captain had started to listen to the Christian Science program. She decided to sit down quietly and listen too. They all listened very attentively to a program entitled 'God's Encircling Arms.' When it was finished the captain said, 'You know, there must be something to that Christian Science.' She said her husband agreed with him. The captain further stated that he would like to talk to someone who knew something about Christian Science. I had met this lady on two or three different occasions, and she had learned that I was a student of Christian Science. She told the captain she would get in touch with me. Of course I was happy to talk to the captain about Christian Science. I pointed out to him that we had a textbook and let him read a few passages from it which I felt would meet his present need. He was so enthused over the textbook that he asked me if he could take it with him. His boat was leaving at noon the next day. He not only left with the textbook in his pocket, but also a copy of The Christian Science Journal. I pointed out to him the list of churches and practitioners in the back of the Journal and especially marked the Christian Science Society in the city of his destination, and he said he would try to get to the service there."

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In Thy Vineyard
March 8, 1941

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