From the Directors

Experience has shown that the text of talks and addresses delivered by Christian Scientists at membership meetings, committee meetings, or at any other meetings held in the interest of dedication or other church activities, should not be made available otherwise than by their oral delivery to the audiences invited to listen to them, unless they are published and circulated through the regular and authorized channels for the dissemination of Christian Science literature. While these talks which are prepared for oral delivery on specific occasions are undoubtedly helpful to those who hear them, to make and distribute copies is inadvisable and objectionable. Therefore, no attempt should be made to take shorthand or other voluminous notes of addresses, talks, or Christian Science lectures, and unauthorized copies of them or parts of them should not be made and passed around.

Considering all that has been published in these columns relative to the passing about of papers alleged or purported to be copies of letters, articles, addresses, and talks by Christian Scientists, or excerpts from them, it seems strange that the objectionable practice should still persist. Even Christian Scientists who are otherwise loyal and alert need to beware of subtle arguments which would lead them to disregard the warnings repeatedly given on this subject. Care needs to be taken to preserve the purity of the teachings of Christian Science and the integrity of the literature which disseminates these teachings. It is essential, therefore, that Christian Scientists carefully avoid encouraging the circulation of unauthorized copies of statements on Christian Science. The Manual of The Mother Church (Art. I, Sect. 7, Art. VIII, Sect. 11, Art. XXI. Sect. 3) gives definite instruction in this connection.

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