The following was written in support of Church Alive, a focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church.

Your questions about Church

RESPONSE 1: MARTHA MOFFETT

If a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, were nothing more than a collection of personalities, then whether or not that church rises to its healing, cutting-edge, life-giving potential (which the Manual of The Mother Church envisions and provides for) would depend on the collective thought of the members. But the amazing thing about the Church of Christ, Scientist, which Mary Baker Eddy founded, is that it has a spiritual foundation and superstructure (meaning it is God-inspired). In that sense it is not like any other church in the world. In a certain sense, then, it’s not dependent on the personalities of its members. Indeed, instead of the members changing the church, the church changes the members.

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