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Church Alive

CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.
– Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Church and generic man

From the November 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Some time ago a friend of mine who has demonstrated Christian Science consistently—and in some instances dramatically—told me she didn’t need church. She had joined one or two branch churches at different times and places over the course of many years, but had decided it wasn’t her cup of tea.

This dear friend felt her spiritual progress, and ability to heal, was pretty much her own business—a more or less private matter between herself and God, not something involving or requiring others. When I suggested that church might be a way to share the truth with a wider community, her response, in essence, was that she could do that by her own example and didn’t need an organization to support such an effort.

Surprising as this conversation was to me, it was not without resonance. On a monthly basis my own Christian Science Reading Room could attest to the phenomenon of several visitors who bought the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons, studied them regularly, relied on their teachings for healing, but rarely if ever appeared at our branch church services.

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