FROM THE Directors

Working toward peace

The Christian Science Monitor

The founder of this paper, Mary Baker Eddy, wrestled with the issues of war and peace during the early years of this century. In 1908 she wrote, "For many years I have prayed daily that there be no more war, no more barbarous slaughtering of our fellow-beings; prayed that all the peoples on earth and the islands of the sea have one God, one Mind; love God supremely, and love their neighbor as themselves.

"National disagreements can be, and should be, arbitrated wisely, fairly; and fully settled" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany).

We stand committed to this ideal and are convinced that the pursuit of this goal requires daily prayer, willingness to seek divine guidance, and confidence in divine Providence. The liberating power of mankind's prayer and spiritual commitment has been amply attested to in the past and recently in Eastern Europe. In this light, it can be seen that arbitration requires firm resolve accompanied by fear-destroying patience. If arbitration is to be effective, vengeance, hatred, and willfulness need to be countered and dissolved by love, reason, and compassion.

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To take up arms—spiritually
February 18, 1991

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