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The Christian Science Monitor: uplifting the spirit of humanity

From the November 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The following is an edited summary of the 2017 Annual Meeting workshop “The Christian Science Monitor: uplifting the spirit of humanity,” held on June 3 in the Extension of The Mother Church and broadcast live online. To watch the complete replay, visit

To open the workshop, Abraham (Abe) McLaughlin, Manager of The Christian Science Publishing Society, expressed gratitude to attendees for wanting to celebrate the progress of the Monitor. The congregation then sang Hymn No. 509 from the Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430–603. Opening comments from Abe followed.

Abe McLaughlin: Mary Baker Eddy gave the mission of the Monitor as “to injure no man” and “to bless all mankind” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353). We’ve been thinking recently about how, in the first century of the Monitor, there was a focus on the not injuring part. It meant that we were not biased, not sensational, and it was a great century. As we move into the second century, I think there’s a rededication especially to the blessing part. And that’s why we’re excited that you’re here tonight, because we figure that this blessing starts with the folks who know the Monitor, and ripples out and reaches all mankind. That’s the motive for the new Monitor product, Monitor Daily. It’s to bless the readers, and that includes a lot of you here tonight, so we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how Monitor Daily was started.

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