On Giving a Christian Science Lecture

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, under the guidance of divine wisdom, established The Christian Science Board of Lectureship. She provided for its activities in the Manual of The Mother Church. Therefore, every authorized Christian Science lecture takes place under the provisions and protection of the Church Manual. Such a lecture is based on the truth taught in Christian Science, namely, the allness and oneness of divine Mind, God, and His alone government and power. A Christian Science lecture presents to the world that of which Mrs. Eddy speaks on pages 126 and 127 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," where she says, "This is that needful one thing—divine Science, whereby thought is spiritualized, reaching outward and upward to Science in Christianity. Science in medicine, in physics, and in metaphysics."

The giving of a Christian Science lecture is first considered, in its every aspect, from a metaphysical basis. From that basis the necessary human steps are worked out in intelligence, order, dignity, and joyous alertness. This ensures that the giving of a lecture will not become a matter of a mere duty, routine, or, possibly, entertainment. While maintaining its dignity of purpose and deportment, it should never become heavy with undue solemnity, never tainted with ritualism, but it should reflect the spontaneity of Love rejoicing in its own loveliness and power to bless. No petty personalities should creep in to interfere with the nobility of Mind and its active, enriching qualities. It partakes of freshness, inspiration, the ever-renewing energy of Spirit. It is, indeed, the irresistible activity of Truth demanding that a highway be made in the desert of human beliefs for its message of freedom, health, joy, and beauty.

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