There's a wonderful family feeling about this month's Journal. It's full of the discovery that comes from realizing we're all the sons and daughters of one Mother and Father. That, no matter what our race or nation, we're all "related" in a fundamental, spiritual way. Turning the pages of this issue one last time as it goes to press, I can't help but think of the get-together four generations of us had at my mother's house last Christmas—retelling old family stories, catching up on new ones, and just plain reaffirming how much we care about each other. "I'm your cousin, Emma, and I love you!" four-year-old Brian kept explaining to his tiny cousin from Tallahassee.
This month's Frontlines takes an inspired family view of our "changing world"—from Warren Bolon's "Borders, nationhood, and identity" to Dorothy Maubane's "In behalf of peace," where she tells how, at a crucial time in the Middle East peace negotiations, she spoke heart to heart with an Arab diplomat about how she and so many others survived apartheid in South Africa through prayer alone.
There's another story of family relationships building in our section Spirituality and Health, where Virginia Harris's talk at last December's Spirituality & Healing in Medicine Conference—"Spiritual essence of the writings of Mary Baker Eddy"—is given in its entirety. Mrs. Harris, Chairman of The Christian Science Board of Directors, has spoken regularly at these conferences, for six years. "This was one of the most Spirit-based conferences ever," she remembers. "People were so eager—wanting to know how to use the teachings of Christian Science." Following her talk, a well-attended workshop was given from the perspective of Christian Science healing.