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Dear Members and Friends,

We are very pleased to announce that Laurie Q. Richardson, CSB, of Chesterfield, Missouri, will take up the responsibilities of Clerk of The Mother Church, effective January 13, 2020. The Christian Science Board of Directors has elected Laurie to the role of Clerk, as it fits the present need to focus full time on serving and supporting our worldwide membership.

Barbara Fife, CSB, who has served as Clerk with much devotion and grace since October 2018, while also serving this year as a member of the Board of Directors, will relinquish her role as Clerk and continue to serve on the Board, giving that work her full attention.

Christian Science healing has been central to Laurie’s life. She has served our movement in many ways: as an active branch member, through Christian Science nursing, and as a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. Laurie is a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Town and Country, Missouri, and will continue to teach class and hold association meetings in St. Louis.

“Serving Mary Baker Eddy’s Mother Church now,” says Laurie, “brings the privilege of embracing our worldwide membership as we unite to support the world— so yearning for mental, moral, and spiritual freedom.”

We thank Barbara and look forward to welcoming Laurie and her husband, Rich Allen, to Boston in January.

With love and gratitude for you all,
The Christian Science Board of Directors

Dear Members and Friends,

It is a joy and a privilege for me to share news of today’s admission of new members. Admission takes place at a regular business meeting of the Christian Science Board of Directors and is required in the Church Manual. Today the Board voted to admit new members to our worldwide church family.

Applications for this admission were received in English, French, German, Igbo, Portuguese, and Spanish and were sent to us from the following locations: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), France, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

These newest members of our worldwide church family unite with us in making a commitment to the Church Mary Baker Eddy founded that is “designed to be built on the Rock, Christ; even the understanding and demonstration of divine Truth, Life, and Love, healing and saving the world from sin and death; ...” (Manual, p. 19).

As always, our sincere gratitude goes out to all members and Christian Science teachers who support the admission of new members through their prayers and by approving and countersigning applications.

Applications for membership are welcome at any time. The next admission of new members will take place on June 5, 2020. Completed applications must be received by the Office of the Clerk no later than June 3.

With heartfelt love and appreciation for each of you,

Barbara Fife, CSB
Clerk of The Mother Church

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