"Unity, the bond of perfectness"

There are trends in the Christian church that Christian Scientists observe with great interest. One is the desire of an increasing number of Christians to restore the ministry of healing to the church. Another is the attempt to bring about greater unity between various Christian denominations. Christian Scientists earnestly believe that when primary emphasis is placed upon spiritual healing, and this term is better understood, a vital activity will take place in the church, bringing about a more unified effort to overcome the claims of evil.

Disunity is an error, a disease, and if the church is to regain its original vitality and power in the lives of its members, disunity must be healed. Christ, the divine manifestation of God, is the healer.

In a letter to the Christian Science churches in Chicago sixty years ago, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, referred to something that can be the experience of all Christian churches. Her message appears in her book "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany." On page 164 she says: "A great sanity, a mighty something buried in the depths of the unseen, has wrought a resurrection among you, and has leaped into living love. What is this something, this phoenix fire, this pillar by day, kindling, guiding, and guarding your way? It is unity, the bond of perfectness, the thousandfold expansion that will engirdle the world,—unity, which unfolds the thought most within us into the greater and better, the sum of all reality and good."

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Identity Is Joyous
May 9, 1964

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