“Our Christian Science branch church recently closed because we focused on us and not our community”.
Attendee, Midwest Church Alive 2014
Everybody is listening to people who already agree with them and are further and further reinforcing their own realities to the neglect of a common reality that allows us … to find a common ground to move solutions forward. There is a lot more that people have in common than divides them.
The only folks who are going to be able to solve that problem are the young people, the next generation … tolerant, thoughtful. What are ways to get them involved … and knock down barriers to get the next generation involved.
Former President Obama at first public event since leaving office
“No church, or society, or informal group, is left out.”
Fujiko Signs, CSB
Lives are healed and regenerated as people more fully understand Mrs. Eddy’s motive for prayer when she says, “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include All mankind in one affection.”3
Members of local churches are also finding creative, healing ways to expand their involvement in the community. An experience from First Church, Farmington, New Mexico, relates how the Sunday School teachers decided to invite public schoolteachers to participate in three monthly inspirational meetings. The schools’ teachers formed a panel to identify major challenges being faced in the classroom. The meeting educated church members, and their prayers became specific in support of schoolteachers and students. Gains in the school system were evident through greater order and discipline, as well as improvements in the actual structure. Wasn’t it this branch’s willingness to look outward that enabled such a fresh idea to be put into action? And the real accomplishment was that the community was tangibly blessed. The church was also blessed as Sunday School teachers and students have grown both in numbers and spirituality.
This coming year, let’s continue to turn outward in a confident and consecrated way. We need to ask ourselves two questions: Am I willing to love my neighbor as myself? Am I willing to serve my neighbor and my community as a Christian Scientist?
Virginia Harris, C.S.B
From the September 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal