A heart for community

It's natural to care deeply about community. Real love for family extends to neighbors—and overflows for the whole of society. This occasional column tells how a spiritual perspective has been helping Sentinel readers help others and make a contribution to healing some of the challenges facing communities today. ...

In October 1991 a major fire raged through Oakland, California, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. Nearly three thousand homes were demolished, and restoration is still underway. To complicate matters, the fire rode in on the heels of the 1989 earthquake that had shaken the city.

As the rebuilding effort proceeded, the meaning of the word restoration was given prayerful consideration by members of ten branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, and a Christian Science lecturer. We'd like to share with our readers a letter that arrived here at The Mother Church from the cochairs of a joint lecture committee made up of church members from Oakland/East Bay area branch churches. The letter illustrates how dedicated Christian Scientists were able to offer spiritual support and love to their community in its attempts to rebuild following this disaster.

Learning to float*
December 13, 1993

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