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. 

It’s simple — Church unites us

Not long ago I was talking with a woman long-distance on my cellphone. She’s a longtime member of The Mother Church, who doesn’t have computer access, and we talked about the challenge this presents for The Mother Church to stay in touch with members and keep us all informed. I asked her if she was aware that the theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is “Church Alive.” We then had a comical cellphone moment—she sounded puzzled and replied, “Did you say, ‘Is church alive?’ ”

It may sound as if I’m splitting hairs, but it feels important to be clear that the Annual Meeting theme is not posing a question that we are to wonder about collectively throughout the year. Rather, by embracing this theme, we’re declaring emphatically together, as a unified movement, that our Church is alive!

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