After an interval of not quite a decade, I certainly am enjoying the opportunity to serve again on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Besides traveling to speak with groups of people whose love for God shines so brightly, this appointment brings with it jubilant interaction with the membership of sponsoring branch churches. I’ll tell you, these folks are just wonderful! How hard they work, and what they accomplish for people in their communities, is utterly inspiring.
As a result of their selfless efforts in inviting community members to lectures, I’ve noticed some definite and encouraging shifts since I traveled as a lecturer ten years ago. The leading difference has to do with how diverse the audiences are today. Without a doubt, people of just about all faiths have become much more willing to attend one another’s events. I would estimate that in at least a third of the lectures I’ve delivered during the last few months, not only have there been people from a variety of faiths in the audience, but also ministers, rabbis, priests, and preachers. That didn’t happen so often ten years ago. Occasionally I have an opportunity to speak with some of them after a lecture, and we always share such camaraderie, knowing that, besides having the same “Boss,” so to speak, we each have such similar goals in helping people.