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"A church without walls"

From the February 1991 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"I think it's safe to say that each of us is thinking about church in a different way. Whether you're a Christian Scientist or a Methodist, whether you're searching for a denomination or a faith, you've all touched and felt something here. You felt church. You felt the spirit of God, the joy, the brotherhood, the harmony, and the peace that come from true Church. It's interesting, we're in a university auditorium on a university campus in the middle of a large city. We're not in a traditional church at all. We're in a church without walls. We're in a church within our hearts. That church without walls is universal; it belongs to everyone and everyone is a member of it. If we belong to the church without walls, we don't ever walk away from it, we'll never walk out of it, we'll never be separated from it in any way. We're not going to be able to leave the spirit of church in this room after this meeting, anymore than any one of us could stay in this room after this meeting. It goes with us. It goes with you when you journey home .... It's the kingdom of heaven and it's at hand, within each one of us.

"The world is a better place because of these days together. We have learned more about the power of God; we have learned more about ourselves; and we've learned more about how to care deeply and do something about our precious world. We're not citizens of over forty countries; we are citizens of the world and we're each free."

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