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Church Alive

No Doubt About It, Church Is Alive! 

. . . at least, judging from the numerous inspiring letters and articles the Journal receives every day from individuals all over the world. For example, Puneet Sharma, of India, whose Christian Science Society held one of the many Church Alive Summits inspired by the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting of The Mother Church.  

Turn the page, and you’ll find thought-provoking excerpts from a session at the recent Boston Summit called “Services that Heal: Inspired Reading and Listening,” given by the Readers of The Mother Church.  

Following that are articles—Church in Action—from Puneet and others who are truly witnesses to a revitalized, and yes—alive Church. 

‘A truly "public" lecture'

From the September 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A Christian Science lecture on a college campus marked a first for us. 

Our branch church had been struggling with a challenge many churches face when giving a lecture: Lots of effort goes into organizing one in order to share divine Science with neighbors, friends, and community, yet with little success when judged by actual attendance. 

This year we didn’t start with a plan. Rather we held to a simple but profound faith in the truth of Mary Baker Eddy’s insight that “the intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man” (Science and Health, p. 284). This freed us from a false responsibility to “give” a lecture. It empowered us to know the lecture would be given and received, and we would be blessed for our efforts. We shifted our thinking from considering a lecture as a specific event and instead saw it as a way we could share an ongoing relationship with our community. We just cherished the desire to have a truly public lecture. 

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