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.

Look up!

It was ten minutes before the start of a Christian Science church’s Wednesday evening testimony meeting; a member and a long-standing visitor turned up to find the doors locked and no usher in sight.

When I arrived there a few minutes later, someone opened the doors and unlocked the gate to the car park. With three minutes to go, the First Reader walked to the platform and not one seat in the auditorium was filled. The organist who was playing was out of sight and not even one of the regulars. The individual who was clerk, and also served as an usher and board chairman, was away that week, as were another handful of stalwarts. It didn’t look promising.

October 15, 2012

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