Effective Teachers' Meetings

A branch church in California reports that it held five workshops. At these meetings the teachers explained how in their experience spiritual realities are most effectively taught; they spoke of the importance of the By-Laws on Sunday School teaching in the Church Manual by Mrs. Eddy (Art. XX). Also covered was the subject of making their teaching practical through illustrations from the Bible and daily life. The teachers were encouraged to make more diligent use of Concordances both to the Bible and to Mrs. Eddy's writings in preparing their lessons; to develop a greater facility in using the whole of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy as a glossary to define the spiritual meaning of Scriptural words; and to make more frequent use of questions in guiding the pupils to scientific answers.

Our Leader writes: "Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate the truths he taught by themustardseed and the prodigal?" (Science and Health, p. 575.) In following the highest human authority, the teachers demonstrated their ability to teach the Scriptures by illustrative symbols, translating material objects into spiritual ideas.

This teaching is bringing results. A teen-age boy, in reading one section of the Lesson-Sermon, outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly, noticed the citation in Proverbs which relates the story of a righteous man and a deceitful man. The boy realized that when he had been asked if his room was straightened and he had answered Yes, he had been dishonest. So he straightened it. Later, the boy reported that his employer had highly commended his work. He was told to set his own hours and report the total at the end of the week; and he would be paid accordingly. "I trust you," his employer explained. More blessings came to the boy, and he attributed this to the daily study of the Lesson-Sermon.

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