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Q&A about the Christian Science Board of Directors wearing multiple “hats”

From the May 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Q: Sometimes questions arise in the thought of Church members about the Christian Science Board of Directors wearing multiple “hats”—that is, holding more than one office—within the Church organization. Since members don’t always write about their concerns, they may not receive the answers that would be helpful. For that reason the Board of Directors is glad to provide to all Journal readers some of the extensive background information available on this subject. 

A: We can understand anyone’s deep desire to make sure Church Manual provisions are followed, and genuinely welcome the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with you, as well as some background provided by The Mary Baker Eddy Library and from the Church’s historical records. These were certainly helpful to us in making careful decisions, and we trust they will be helpful to you as well.

The Board has spent considerable time thinking through this topic, especially valuing the individual roles of the officers of The Mother Church as outlined in the Church Manual. Throughout the history of The Mother Church, members of the Christian Science Board of Directors have filled more than one post at the same time.

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