“The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it”
We are writing with gratitude to you, our readers and contributors.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, who also established the Board of Trustees to manage the business of The Christian Science Publishing Society, saw all the periodic publications produced by this Society as serving a movement of thought, a community of spiritually minded thinkers. She stipulated that they be “ably edited and kept abreast of the times” (Church Manual, p. 44).
We see “abreast of the times” as applying to all aspects of publication. The content, format, design, production, distribution, and pricing are constantly evolving. Mrs. Eddy once described an early redesign of The Christian Science Journal this way: “Dear readers, our Journal is designed to bring health and happiness to all households wherein it is permitted to enter, and to confer increased power to be good and to do good. If you wish to brighten so pure a purpose, you will aid our prospect of fulfilling it by your kind patronage of The Christian Science Journal, now entering upon its fifth volume, clad in Truth-healing’s new and costly spring dress” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 262).
As the Trustees have listened and prayed about how the Publishing Society can better fulfill its service to humanity today, we’ve come to appreciate more than ever that the great company spoken of in Psalms 68:11 includes all readers, contributors, and everyone dedicated to this Cause.
We are leagued together in a vibrant community of spiritual thinkers and healers. We feel the demand of the current moment unites us more closely than ever before. And we thank you for being a part of this great company.
As we work to improve the value of these publications, we have also begun modest price increases to subscriptions—in many cases the first increases in a decade, despite continually rising costs. Examples of increased value include:
The weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly has a newly upgraded digital format with additional adjacent Bible-study resources. The Lesson is accessible in print as well as on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop, and via audio.
The Sentinel has new designs in print and digital that highlight its focus on supporting our spiritual watch for ourselves, our families, our communities, and humanity. The Herald of Christian Science is now publishing new online content—including audio—weekly in four languages. And the Journal is regularly offering inspired material from a growing number of Christian Science teachers and a range of Mother Church activities. JSH-Online.com now includes the ability to explore the life and healings of Mary Baker Eddy by word-searching key biographies: Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer; the Robert Peel trilogy; We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Volumes 1 and 2; and A World More Bright: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy. In addition, audio versions are available for Christian Healer and We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Volume 1. (Audio of more biographies will be available in the future.)
The Christian Science Monitor is renewing its focus on bearing witness to the laws of God in action, including through increased coverage focused on universal values, as seen in “The Respect Project” and “Finding Resilience.” More values-focused coverage is forthcoming.
Thank you for subscribing, writing for, and sharing these publications. We appreciate your support and involvement, and we plan to be communicating more regularly with you. We also welcome your insights, comments, and suggestions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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