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Dear Members and Friends,

When Skip Phinney told us of his desire to step down from serving on the Christian Science Board of Directors at the end of December, we were tempted to try to talk him out of it. But when he reminded us that he first came to serve the Church in 1960, we realized our only legitimate response was to express profound gratitude for the many ways his service has strengthened The Mother Church and the Cause of Christian Science. And while it almost seems easier to list the few offices he has not held than to come up with all those he has, we know you will want to join us in specifically thanking Skip for his selfless service as Manager of Committees on Publication, Clerk of The Mother Church, Special Lecturer, Editor of The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald, President of the Board of Education, President of The Mother Church, Teacher of the 2015 Normal Class, and member of the Board of Directors. 

Skip and his wife, Pam, will be moving to Kennebunkport, Maine, to resume the full-time practice of Christian Science healing and to continue Skip’s teaching. Of great encouragement to all of us is the fact that, with considerable perspective to draw upon, Skip says there is a newness and vitality to what’s going on in our Church today, like he’s never seen before. As he put it, “It’s clear that Christian Science is what’s coming, not what’s going!”

Although Barbara Fife only began serving as Clerk of The Mother Church in October of this year, we felt right away that she had the qualities and background needed for the Board of Directors. We’re happy to announce that she will step into that position in January, while also continuing as Clerk. Barbara has a breadth of experience and knowledge of the field gathered during 13 years of lecturing, as well as teaching and public practice. Grace, calm, and spiritual strength are evident in all she does, as well as the vital sense of joy and humor. We are so grateful for Barbara’s willingness to serve on the Board and as Clerk, as several others have done both in the early and recent history of our Church. Thank you, Vancouver, Canada, for loaning her to Boston!

With love and gratitude, 


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 Danish, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish and were sent to us from the following locations: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Isle of Man, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, 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 May 31, 2019. Completed applications must be received by the Office of the Clerk no later than May 29.

With heartfelt love and appreciation for each of you,

Barbara Fife
Clerk of The Mother Church

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