I so much appreciated the theme of the June issue of The Christian Science Journal [sister publication of the Sentinel], "The Majesty of Christian Science." As one who came (or rather, is coming) late to Christian Science, I am awed by its astonishing power and potential. This Science is so much more than another iteration of the relatively minor theological differences separating most Protestant denominations—infinitely more, in fact, than any current practice of Christianity. It has been puzzling to encounter a tepid, conventional, denominational mindset in some branch churches I have visited. The on-point articles in this issue cannot but help rekindle zeal and commitment.

Since a good portion of my career as an architect has been devoted to the restoration of historic buildings, I read with special interest the editorial regarding the disposition of Mary Baker Eddy's former homes that capped the issue, published as " 'The majesty of Christian Science' and its imperatives for out time" in the May 15 Sentinel. All too often I have found an enthusiasm for the preservation of a structure, heedless of the extraordinary costs involved in its initial restoration and, more important, in its ongoing maintenance. Of even greater concern is the lack of a clear understanding of what societal benefits would accrue from a building's preservation. A vague reference to the importance of "history" is too frequently the last, and only, argument. Questions as to whether a structure was to be kept forever and at what cost are met with confused silence. That the Board of Directors would consider and boldly act on such a controversial issue is extremely refreshing and uplifting. It is proof the Church is vital and active. It is willing to unshackle itself from materialistic bonds and conventional thinking to focus, as it must, on its essential, awesome, majestic mission.

With profound thanks and appreciation for the Board's courageous stand.

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July 24, 2006

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