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A continuing conversation

From the June 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A global conversation was launched across two continents and on personal computers spanning some 40 countries at the 2003 Annual Meeting of The Mother Church & Conference. As an attendee of last year's Annual Meeting, I saw the qualities of hope and expectancy of good—along with the current challenges and opportunities facing this movement. And, as the new Clerk of The Mother Church, I find here that same spirit of hope and expectancy.

In a sense, the meeting took place everywhere—in Boston, in Berlin, and on the World Wide Web. It really was as if The Mother Church was everywhere. And, of course, it truly is represented wherever you, as a member, live. I hope you'll join the continuing conversation on Monday, June 7, starting at 1 p.m. EDT. In the spirit of last year's gathering, the meeting will be accessible to all, whether you're attending in Boston or joining online from anywhere in the world.

Annual Meeting 2004 begins where we left off last year—with Christ Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan. Luke 10:30-37 . This year's reports will explore the depth of this parable as it relates to our individual and collective roles in responding to the spiritual needs of our neighbors with the healing message of Science and Health. We'll be sharing some wonderful examples of good Samaritans in action. In preparation for this meeting, we'd love to know of your own good Samaritan experiences. Tell us how you've been responding to your neighbor. Please send your stories to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Attn: 2004 Annual Meeting, P.O. Box 1471, Boston, MA 02115, or to

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