On February 17 our branch Church of Christ, Scientist, hosted a New England style "Town Hall Meeting" with the Christian Science Board of Directors. Mother Church and branch church members and adherents of Christian Science assembled together from metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria, and Tasmania. The moderator opened the meeting by saying that it was established upon the basis of what Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896: "... and gather all my students, in the bonds of love and perfectness, into one grand family of Christ's followers" (p. 273).

I left the meeting, as did others, with a renewed feeling of Christlike fellowship, rejuvenation, and a feeling that much healing of indifference, apathy, and cynicism within the Christian Science movement had occurred. To see and feel the gracious manner of each and every one of the Directors was most rewarding.

For me, perhaps the most treasured aspect of the meeting occurred the following Sunday morning. Whilst being the clerk, I am also a Sunday School teacher. The afternoon adult meeting had been preceded by a morning youth discussion with the Directors, and one of the youngest attendees was a ten-year-old in my class. I asked her how she had found the discussion. She responded that she felt "cared for and really felt at home in the Sunday School" and that "the Directors are so caring, listened to everyone even though I didn't ask any questions."

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One well at a time
April 16, 2007

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