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Following the example set by the question-and-answer column in the early Journals, when Mary Baker Eddy was Editor, this column will respond to general queries from Journalreaders with responses from Journal readers. You'll find information at the end of the column about how to submit questions.

We call our organization "the Christian Science movement," but are we really moving?

From the September 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

We call our organization “the Christian Science movement,” but are we really moving? Everyone in my church is over 65.
From a participant at the Portland, Oregon, Youth Summit

A: From a metaphysical perspective, what we experience as the Christian Science “movement” is the outward expression of what we hold in consciousness about this movement. So your question invites a wonderful opportunity to consider what you entertain in thought about your individual church—including fellow church members—and also your perception of the movement in general.

By definition, Church “. . . is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas . . .” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 583). As such, it is designed to be experienced as movement. Healing in Christian Science is always the result of a deeper apprehension of spiritual ideas, and every single healing engages us in the demonstration of Church. Indeed, the collective sharing of healings in testimony meetings, the Christian Science periodicals, and even in our daily conversations with friends and neighbors plays a key role in advancing this movement.

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