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Of this I am sure, that each Rule and By-law in this Manual will increase the spirituality of him who obeys it, invigorate his capacity to heal the sick, to comfort such as mourn, and to awaken the sinner. 
 —Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 230

During the coming year, authors will explore a dozen or so of the By-Laws found under the heading “DISCIPLINE, Article VIII, Guidance of Members” in the Church Manual. We hope this new series will encourage you to take a fresh look at the Manual, be inspired and guided by the divine direction these and the other By-Laws offer, and share your own insights into how following these Rules is guiding you to a fuller life practice of Christian Science.
 —The Editors

The Christian Science periodicals: our continuing education

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Church Periodicals.
It shall be the privilege and duty of every member, who can afford it, to subscribe for the periodicals which are the organs of this Church; and it shall be the duty of the Directors to see that these periodicals are ably edited and kept abreast of the times.
Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church,
Article VIII, Section 14

For a number of years I was a litigation attorney, and I found continuing education to be not only an expectation but also a beneficial support to anyone practicing law. We were encouraged and sometimes required to attend conferences and courses in areas pertaining to our field of practice in order to keep abreast of the latest developments, research, and applications of law. There were many legal publications with articles on various questions of law and practice, as well as analyses of specific cases, how they were argued, and the judicial decisions that resulted. We were also encouraged to share what we had learned in our daily research and application of the law in order to benefit others. Those who took advantage of these many different forms of continuing education commented on how much it strengthened their practice.

Medical doctors, therapists, nurses, counselors, teachers, and many other professionals all have the same need and opportunity for continuing education. 

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