In October and November 2009, the Christian Science Board of Directors visited Christian Science branch churches and Societies in Japan, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore. Dilshad Khambatta Eames, an executive assistant for the Christian Science Board of Directors, originally from Pune, India, accompanied them, along with Nancy Price, travel manager for the Board of Directors. Dilshad's report follows.
OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, the Christian Science Board of Directors has accepted meeting invitations from branches around the world. It soon became clear that this activity, however demanding, was a vital, life-changing extension of Church, a bridge-building gathering of thoughts to reveal a "grander view" (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 218) of humanity's unity with the one unchanging good God.
The Board's meetings in Asia were unique gatherings for many seeking-hearts where time, distance, and space hardly mattered. There were holy moments. Moments of listening to one another with an open heart, exchanging information about lives, cultures, and experiences; a voicing of gratitude, testimonies of healing, concerns, informal friendly dialogues; and a sincere sharing of deep metaphysical ideas, all in the spirit of Church, healing, and unity. Tremendous love, thoughtfulness, and specific prayer by the church members in each location we visited set the stage for the holy outcome of these gatherings.