“. . . that we may be able . . .”
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
—II Corinthians 1:3, 4
Let the Bible and the Christian Science textbook preach the gospel which heals the sick and enlightens the people’s sense of Christian Science. This ministry, reaching the physical, moral, and spiritual needs of humanity, will, in the name of Almighty God, speak the truth that to-day, as in olden time, is found able to heal both sin and disease.
—Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 147
Annual Meeting Invitation 2019
After a year and a half of visiting members in 28 locations throughout North America and Europe, we’re encouraged that many are asking stirring questions about Church, and making progress in answering them. For example, what is really essential for our church to do? Are there non-essential things we can stop doing? How can we feel and express more love as a church? How can we increase the healing impact of our church services, Sunday Schools, Reading Rooms and lectures for our community?
A couple of the more engaging and enlightening questions that we considered together at several meetings were,“What did healing feel like? What happened when the presence of the Christ changed thought or opened a new sense of the power of divine Love to inspire and restore?” After prayerful reflection, the answers quietly and sincerely shared were genuine outpourings of the heart. They were honest. They were real. They moved us. They would have moved anyone.
This unselfed desire to be a church of awakened healers shows that the activity of Christ is what’s really going on in the movement. Our Leader makes clear that our purpose in working together in Church is, “mutually to aid one another in finding ways and means for helping the whole human family” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 98).
The argument in the street would suggest to many that there is decline in the relevance of Christian Science because of advancements in medical science and diminishing interest in organized religion in general. But our timeless and time-tested Pastor is consistently leading us into fresh discoveries of the power of Spirit.
The quotations above that support our theme for Annual Meeting 2019, “that we may be able”, confirm that God enables us today to heal every form of human suffering, including sickness, in a manner that material methods can never accomplish. But am I able to do this? Am I willing? Can I see and overcome the distractions and temptations to doubt divine Love’s powerful provision for each of us? Are our relatively modest numbers, locally or globally, up to the task at hand and ahead?
This Annual Meeting will be devoted to exploring answers to these questions through honest listening, loving, and living of the Word. We welcome you to join us, in person or online, to confirm that each of us is innately able to live and share the Christ-spirit — to lift and heal humanity.
With much love,
The Christian Science Board of Directors
Rich Evans, Barbara Fife, Robin Hoagland, Scott Preller, Margaret Rogers