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2023 per capita tax message

From the February 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Dear Members of The Mother Church,

This letter offers each of us a moment of gratitude for our Church and its Founder. Together, we join in a simple act—paying our per capita tax. But it is profound in meaning, as we are obedient to the letter and the spirit of the Church Manual, which is “uniquely adapted to form the budding thought and hedge it about with divine Love” (Mary Baker Eddy, Manual, p. 104). Budding thought, hedged about with Love, naturally grows and bears healing in our daily demonstration of Church around the world.

As a Christian Scientist and, currently, as President of your Mother Church, I’ve asked myself repeatedly and honestly: What does membership in our Church mean as a community of metaphysical thinkers, enabling us all to discern the moment-by-moment activity of God’s love and our united efforts to serve God and, by that, mankind? I realize that it’s always a matter of perspective. And that’s what the new experience, How Do You See the World? in the Christian Science Publishing House in Boston is all about.