As The Christian Science Publishing Society prepares to take its next steps forward, it is helpful to pause in gratitude for the great progress already made, such as remarkable progress in the adoption of digital and Web-based publishing. Today online subscribers to The Christian Science Journal, Sentinel, and Herald throughout the world have immediate access both to today’s periodicals and all past issues. And access to a variety of formats of the Bible Lesson is also just a click away.
At the same time, The Christian Science Monitor now reaches a larger readership than at any time in its history. Many millions around the world read its insightful coverage online, and in doing so, many are introduced to the idea of “Christian Science” for the first time. One of these readers recently wrote to us: “I thought ‘Christian Science Monitor’ would be some extremist, ridiculous thing denouncing science and coming up with its own version of events, driven by its own agenda. I expected this website to be absolutely nutty. However, I think you guys have an absolutely fantastic, accurate website with uncompromising integrity. Better than mainstream media.” Active engagement with, and appreciation for, the publications of our Church by readers, subscribers, and advertisers, has contributed to reducing the annual Publishing Society operating deficit by more than two thirds.
While much remains to be accomplished, we feel this remarkable progress has been the result of a consecrated focus on the spiritual purpose given to each of our publications by its Founder, Mary Baker Eddy. Those working in the Publishing Society, as well as those writing for our publications, show a daily commitment to feeding the spiritual hunger of our readers and the world, and we are enormously grateful to them.