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Inspiration from the midwest church alive summit

In April, over 1,000 people gathered at the Midwest Church Alive Summit in the Chicago area. Church Alive Summits are organized by local members to discuss issues and ideas about church that are pertinent to their communities. Here are some of the participants’ thoughts after attending the two-day event.

From the August 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Summit helped participants evaluate what is mandated and what is traditional in how we model our churches and their activities. Best of all, the underlying theme focused on looking at what we are doing in order to bring the freshness of Spirit to all that we do in and for church—keeping it all “abreast of the times” ( Church Manual, p.