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
This year the Journal invites readers to take a deep dive into some of the By-Laws in the Church Manual under the section “DISCIPLINE, Article VIII, Guidance of Members.” We hope this series will encourage you to take a fresh look at the Manual, be inspired and guided by the divine direction it offers, and will lead you to share your insights about how these By-Laws and Rules enrich your life practice of Christian Science.
Heartfelt gratitude—gifts of love
From the September 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal
Per Capita Tax.
Every member of The Mother Church shall pay annually a per capita tax of not less than one dollar, which shall be forwarded each year to the Church Treasurer.
— Mary Baker Eddy, Manual of The Mother Church, Article VIII, Section 13
As Treasurer of The Mother Church, I have the wonderful privilege of receiving per capita tax payments from around the world. These annual unrestricted contributions from Church members offset current Church expenses. Often, earnest notes such as this one accompany these gifts of love and appreciation:
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