Today there are over 180 students' associations with active teachers of Christian Science, and yet even more associations (about 220) continue to meet yearly although their teachers have passed on. What does it take to be a vital, active association when the teacher is no longer present to teach and guide students? How can an association without its teacher continue to promote the students' spiritual growth? Can associations change aspects of their yearly gatherings? (In our October 2009 issue, the officers of the Board of Education, along with Allison "Skip" Phinney, discussed Christian Science students' associations: Why did Mary Baker Eddy establish them, and what's their educational and healing mission in the Christian Science movement's second century?) J.
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