Resources to help you minister to your members and communities
Here are resources to help you continue offering your healing services and activities to your congregation and your community during this time.
Christian Science Board of Lectureship
This letter is to address hosting a lecture in 2021 and beyond.
Mary Baker Eddy once wrote, “...the world has need of you — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives” (Mis. p110). This is as true today as ever. Whether or not this quote is familiar to you, you’ve certainly given thought many times to how Christian Science informs our ability to bless the world. And that fact is telling. God is always “graciously preparing” us, and, even in challenging times, we don’t have to scramble to figure out what to do, because we’ve already been given what we need. We’ve been given, we have contemplated, and we have been uplifted many times by the spirit of Truth and Love, and we are proving step by step the blessings this brings to humanity. We are ready.
Your “faithful affection” and “uncontaminated lives” are undoubtedly doing such good in many ways already. One way that can take form is in offering a Christian Science lecture to your community, whether online or in person depending on local government restrictions and level of comfort.
Nothing about who we are has changed. God is still the originator of all that’s good and real, of all law, and all right activity. Our guide star is still Jesus’ great commandments — to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and our neighbors as ourselves. This vision is the source of the “innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives,” that Mrs. Eddy was talking about, qualities which get expressed in our lecture activity.
Having unselfish love and faithful affection for our neighbor means we’re open to whatever ways God leads us to reach out to our communities through the lecture work. Wisdom may direct us to postpone an in-person lecture until another time, or it may lead us to be open to God’s guidance in how to use new technology to reach our communities right now through an avenue such as an on-line or over-the-phone lecture. Expressing unselfish love and faithful affection also means we have “pitiful patience” with any community fear about contagion, and a principled approach to following the guidance of local authorities, if public gatherings aren’t generally happening in the area or have specifically been prohibited.
It’s not unusual for there to be a diversity of perspectives about what’s right to do in regard to the lecture work at this time, but, above all, our faithful affection can extend to one another as we each strive to quiet our own human notions and listen for divine guidance. When and how a lecture happens are important details, but not as important as unity and love. We can trust our quiet prayers and ability to witness to Love’s present and total control over all creation, and use these most powerful tools for seeing God’s good will be done, for everyone.
To that end, you should know that if you are unable, due to a combination of government restrictions and limitations in access to necessary technology, to go forward with your public lecture in person or online during this lecture year (prior to July 1), you have the full love and support of The Mother Church. There won’t be any kind of penalty for being obedient to local mandates and following your best sense of how divine Love is guiding your lecture activity. We can all admit that there is a hungering need and ripe opportunity for what Christian Science has to offer at this time. And, while choosing not to strive to meet that need is not an option, the form of how that happens is entirely up to God and what best meets your local community’s needs. Again, God will use us for the greatest good, when we follow God’s wisdom and guidance.
If you’re wanting to know more about what options are available for hosting your lecture remotely — via a conference call or internet-based tool — talk to your lecturer to start! They will be able to explain what they are prepared to do and help you understand how the various options work. This information should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We updated the Lecture Application Form to accommodate different formats , as well as provided guidance for promotion and hosting a lecture remotely at Host a Lecture. And, most of all, we’ll be supporting your next steps prayerfully!
This moment provides a ripe opportunity for the light of Christian Science, set on the hill, to shine and light the way to human progress, health, hope, and salvation. Our God-given “innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives” allow that light to shine through our thoughts and actions and bless the world. Thank you for all you’re doing to let the light shine.
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”
— Rev. 9:16