It seems like only yesterday that the idea of a digital Journal, Sentinel, and Herald subscription was introduced in this column. The article “Next Tuesday, a Year from Now” (Journal, March 2011) suggested a day when readers would be seamlessly supported by the Christian Science periodicals in their daily study of Christian Science in both print and digital formats. Well, “Tuesday,” is about 90 days away! JSH-Online is expected to launch the last week of March 2012.
While we don’t yet know the exact subscription price, we do know that when you subscribe to JSH-Online and maintain a Journal, Sentinel, or Herald print subscription, you’ll get a special introductory price until September 2013.
With your online subscription you’ll have access to both text and audio content of the Journal, Sentinel, and Herald. You’ll be able read articles from the most current print issues as well as search the digital “bound volumes” to find and read a gem from the past. You’ll also be able to share articles with friends via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter—and your friends will be able to freely access the article whether they’re a subscriber or not. You’ll even be able to move from the periodicals to the Pastor, the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and to other published writings of Mary Baker Eddy, through links in the quotes and citations in any of the text utilizing the integrated “read-in-context” Concord-lite feature included with your subscription.
This has been a major project for The Christian Science Publishing Society and fortunately we haven’t done it alone. We’ve been supported along the way by all of you who’ve contributed to the JSH-Online idea by writing to us with your ideas and comments, sharing both your concerns and encouragement. Your prayers and thoughtful remarks have helped us refine the scope, depth, and presentation of the final JSH-Online subscription.
You’ve also supported us in keeping the focus on the purpose and importance Mrs. Eddy placed on the periodicals, so clearly expressed in the By-Law “Church Periodicals” in the Manual of The Mother Church, Article VIII, Section 14. While this By-Law places an expectation on members to subscribe—under-write—the editing, publishing, and distribution of the periodicals, it also puts clear expectations on the editors and publisher to ensure the periodicals are relevant and accessible to the reader as “the organs of this Church.” It’s the goal of JSH-Online, as the digital extension of the Journal, Sentinel, and Herald, to support the spiritual progress of every subscriber and reader by holding to the purpose Mrs. Eddy gave each of these three periodicals in her article “Something in a Name” (see The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353):
“The Christian Science Journal, designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth;”
“Sentinel, intended to hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love;”
“Der Herold der Christian Science, to proclaim the universal activity and availability of Truth.”
The following excerpts from an e-mail summarize the love, support, and dedication to sustainability that readers have shared: “I am continually impressed with the efforts by the Publishing Society to keep current and yet maintain a needed connection with the conventional. . . . The new JSH-Online is exciting to read about and will be a major milestone in the CSPS moving into the future. But yet you have not neglected those who are content and comfortable with the current or conventional format. This is the best of both worlds for sure. . . . I have given in to the Kindle and find it a great device. I guess I am old school. I do not text or tweet or use Facebook. That being said, your move to the Web and advancing this presence is positive and necessary. To survive is to move forward. If one is to stand still, you will get left behind or just get run over, neither a good option. . . . I, like many others, am eager to use the new JSH-Online. Thank you for thinking of all your readers by keeping the analog to paper process in place. . . . I am sure I am one of many who find your efforts rewarding and appreciate all the hard work.”
Thank you all for your prayers and support in the coming months. We look forward to having you as one of the early subscribers to JSH-Online.
John Sparkman is Managing Publisher, Journal, Sentinel, Herald.