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2022 ANNUAL MEETING

"One infinite God, good..."

From the September 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.

—Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 340


The following is an edited and abbreviated transcript of the 2022 Annual Meeting of The Mother Church, which took place June 6 in the Church Extension and online. To watch the full replay, visit christianscience.com/annualmeeting. All links in this report will be viewable until June 4, 2023.


Annual Meeting opened with Mimi Oka sharing her experience as last year’s President of The Mother Church. 

Mimi Oka: I had expected that I would travel this year so our worldwide congregation would feel the love of our Mother Church. But the global situation did not permit that, so instead I traveled in thought, listening to and reading all of the reports from our international Field, describing how Christian Science began in Angola, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries around the world. It was often one person who had a sense of their heart burning within, just as Jesus’ disciples felt when they recognized that the Lord had risen, and that fueled their healing and preaching. 

You know, it was not easy. Christian Scientists have encountered plenty of difficulties in these countries. But at the heart of their ministry was the desire to obey our Master’s two great commandments: to love God with all our heart and soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. They’ve recognized and been touched by the Christ, and that has transformed their lives. They can’t keep the truth to themselves; they just have to share it. 

The Founder of this Church, Mary Baker Eddy, said in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, “From the interior of Africa to the utmost parts of the earth, the sick and the heavenly homesick or hungry hearts are calling on me for help, and I am helping them” (p. 147). As members of The Mother Church, we are all participating in this mission. We’re supporting each other because we have each promised “to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus. . .” (Science and Health, p. 497).

Mimi turned the meeting over to this year’s President of The Mother Church, Doris Ulich, who is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher from Bamberg, Germany. Doris read from the Bible and from Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Science and Health, and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy:

Matthew 4:23 Jesus

Matthew 5:1, 2, 7–9

I Samuel 25:4 David, 5 2nd and, 6, 8 give, 10 (to said), 11

13 (to 2nd men), 14, 18, 24 2nd and (to said), 26 my (to liveth), 27 this, 32, 33, 35 Go (to house)

Zephaniah 3:14, 15, 16 Fear (to not), 17

Philippians 4:5 The (to hand), 7

Miscellaneous Writings 93:8

Science and Health 497:5–6

Science and Health 287:13

Miscellany 281:7

Science and Health 258:11–18

Science and Health 258:3–6

Science and Health 570:14–21, 23

Science and Health 264:24

Science and Health 340:23

The readings were followed by silent prayer and the repetition of the Lord’s Prayer, then the singing of Hymn No. 590 from the Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430–603. 

Keith Wommack: What a beautiful and majestic way to start an Annual Meeting! I’m Keith Wommack, and I’m serving this year as Chair of the Christian Science Board of Directors. It is my privilege to introduce the officers of The Mother Church. First, the Pastor Emeritus, Mary Baker Eddy. My fellow Directors on the Board: Scott Preller, Barbara Fife, Rich Evans, and Mary Alice Rose. The Clerk of The Mother Church, Laurie Richardson; Treasurer, Lyon Osborn; our new First Reader, Mimi Oka; and our new Second Reader, Don Wallingford. And, of course, our new President is Doris Ulich, who has been the Committee on Publication for Germany for the last three years and will remain in that role while she is President. 

Did you know that 90,000 visitors a year have been going through the bronze doors of the Christian Science Publishing House, taking in the majesty of the Mapparium? And now they are finding peace and hope in the new exhibit, How Do You See the World? 

Keith introduced a video about the multimedia exhibit and how the seeds of hope are beginning to bear fruit (see christianscience.com/am2022seedsofhope). 

Clerk’s Report

Laurie Richardson: It is so good to be with you, fellow members, whether you’re present here in the Church or with us online. We are one as a global community, held in the embracing love of The Mother Church. Won’t you join me in reaching out with much love to our newest members just recently admitted into membership? 

How can you and I cultivate the ground for future new members? Consider this tender insight sent from a Sunday School teacher in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who has a class of four little girls. He writes: “I sing for the class the words of Hymn No. 513[our Leader’s poem ‘Satisfied’] with its beautiful melody that I know better and that I wish to get them familiar with. I took time to see the difference between the scholastic concept of soul and the Christian Science concept of Soul, God. What a heartwarming and rejoicing activity to find ways to clarify our unique understanding of Soul as God, Spirit. I prayed for the grace of God to illumine those little disciples.” 

Those little disciples—a profound and right way to think of Sunday School pupils in every community. You and I, the seasoned disciples, can be dedicated to fostering their growth in the understanding and practice of Christian Science. Church membership will be a natural outcome of that. 

That sweet report from the DRC reminds us that The Mother Church is active throughout the world. We rejoice that this year saw the completion of the first-time translation of Miscellaneous Writings in Portuguese. Available as well is the first-time translation and first-time audio product in Portuguese of What Christmas Means to Me and Other Christmas Messages, a compilation of Mrs. Eddy’s writings on Christmas which is also available in French, German, and Spanish print book and audio CD. The People’s Idea of God and Christian Healing by Mrs. Eddy have a first-time translation in Italian. A fresh revision has been given to the Swedish translation of Science and Health and the Portuguese translation of Mrs. Eddy’s books Rudimental Divine Science and No and Yes. 

From the Clerk’s office, we have regular opportunity to talk with many members around the globe, including the Clerk’s communication coordinators. This worldwide team prays, listens, and shares ideas to help each other’s communities. This past season, we have found it timely to consider the Old Testament account of Moses sending twelve tribal representatives to search out the land of Canaan, where the Israelites were headed (see Numbers 13–14). These scouts found Canaan to be a good land, but ten of them gave evil reports that its cities were walled and its inhabitants warlike giants. Consequently, the people wept in fear and determined to return to Egypt. But the other two men, Joshua and Caleb, urged the people to be courageous and take possession of the land that God had promised them. This scriptural story reminds us that the unwavering faith of just two individuals enabled them to patiently walk alongside others, lead them forward, and advocate on their behalf. 

We can see that the giants and walled cities of today are divisive political issues, medical domination and disease, violence, unemployment, erratic and destructive weather, war, exhaustion, and so forth. These mesmerize our thinking with fear and discourage us from acting rightly. But we know that we have the ability and privilege of thinking spiritually, like Joshua and Caleb. They had a spiritually based hope—not just a human optimism, but a certainty of God’s goodness. 

We, too, can be living witnesses of Truth right where error would deny it. There is a demand for each of us to have clarity about the purpose of church. Otherwise, we’re like those ten men who were sent out to scout the Promised Land but then got caught up in the challenges. Caleb and Joshua had a sense of God’s love and didn’t lose sight of the higher purpose. 

Let me tell you about a church that felt overwhelmed by tasks and had disagreements about how to handle them with their modest membership. They opened their thoughts to allow young people in their midst to engage more actively and participate in decisions. What had seemed overwhelming was now approached with freshness and joy, reversing a personal sense of responsibility that had been in the way.

We should think of our churches as placed in the world by God, not by human effort or personal sense. Each church has a mission and purpose to invite the community to come in and learn about practical Christian Science healing. We are being called to be more unselfish healers that embrace everyone, not just Christian Scientists in our midst.

As members of The Mother Church, we must carry on the Caleb and Joshua spirit of nurturing. Let the example of these two men remind us that we can watch and pray instead of being intimidated by fearful reports. Healing is a natural and right outcome. We’d like to share with you a video that we feel embraces this very opportunity to be the Calebs and Joshuas of today.

Christian Science nurse Vanessa Campbell spoke on video about nurturing fellow church members (see christianscience.com/am2022campbell).
Then several members who faced challenging problems and found healing through prayer gave testimonies (see christianscience.com/
am2022bordeaux, christianscience.com/am2022peterson, and chris
tianscience.com/am2022dallas). 

After the singing of Hymn No. 157, the Treasurer’s report was presented. 

Treasurer’s Report

Keith Wommack: As of March 31, 2022, the end of the Church’s fiscal year, the amount of funds on hand was $1.626 billion. The Church has no indebtedness, and expenditures for the last year were $111 million. Now Lyon Osborn will share the Treasurer’s report. 

Lyon Osborn: What a privilege to come together to support what Mrs. Eddy refers to as “the greatest and holiest of all causes” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 177). The effectiveness of our work together as a church is reflected in and supported by sound Church finances. The ample funds balance that Keith just reported represents your consistent generous contributions, as well as your Church’s careful stewardship and thoughtful use of those funds. 

From Mrs. Eddy’s time through today, Church members have faithfully paid their per capita tax, subscribed to the periodicals, given during the Sunday collection, contributed special gifts, and planned generous bequests to The Mother Church. Your donations from 54 countries this past year reflect the universality of Christian Science. And The Mother Church continues to carefully manage and spend your contributed funds in ways outlined in our Church Manual. The $111 million spent last year includes a substantial investment in global publishing, such as making the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons available in 17 languages; publishing Mrs. Eddy’s works for the world; and translating children’s publications into French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish.

Each day your Church is responding to humanity’s hunger for Truth. In fact, over the last year, people in every country on the planet accessed Church-published online content, including from The Christian Science Monitor and JSH-Online.com, the digital home of the Christian Science magazines. So you can see how supporting The Mother Church blesses “simple seekers for Truth” right in your own communities, as well as “millions of unprejudiced minds” around the globe (see Science and Health, p. 570). 

Your Mother Church is also investing funds in properly maintaining buildings and property that serve Church purposes, like the Original Mother Church Edifice and The Mother Church Extension. Gratefully, leasing out real estate not currently used by the Church pays for most of these ongoing real estate-related expenses.

That means more of your current contributions support other important Church responsibilities, such as corrective work by over 100 Committees on Publication in nearly 40 countries. You help fund activities that make Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery more available to members and visitors from every corner of the globe, such as in-person and online church services, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, The Mother Church Reading Room, and the How Do You See the World? exhibit.

Other Church spending assists vital functions out in the Field, like work by the Church Activities Department, the Board of Education, and Christian Science Practitioner and Nursing Activities. You’re also supporting the Board of Lectureship, which in 38 countries was able to give many more in-person Christian Science lectures than in the prior year, with encouraging reports of more newcomers attending and engaging with branches.

Clearly, The Mother Church and its branches are essential in advancing Christian Science globally. And Church members are essential because the Church doesn’t exist without you. Thank you for all the ways you’re contributing to humanity’s welfare through church and by demonstrating Christian Science.

Doris introduced a video Field report from First Church of Christ, Scientist, Fairbanks, Alaska. The members talked about the energy and joy they put into their church work, and how that also enriches their healing practice. “I think one of the things that attracted me to the church was that everybody seemed to be working toward a goal,” said Kent Pyne. “I saw that people were actually trying to change their lives by attending church.” Several members spoke about their tradition of choosing specific prayer topics for their meetings. Davya Flaharty remarked, “It helped bring a focus to our Wednesday meetings and to our practice of . . . loving our neighbor.” Steve Levey added, “Mrs. Eddy talks about the need to ‘transplant the affections from sense to Soul’ [Science and Health, pp. 265–266]. I feel like this church has over the decades really been tilling this soil through its work together so that we can grow and make this shift from sense to Soul” (see christianscience.com/am2022fairbanks).

Committee on publication’s Report

Kevin Ness: Paul writes in his letter to the Romans that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). The Committee on Publication’s work is about the unfoldment of God’s infinite good that overcomes any obstacle. All of us together as a church bearing witness to one infinite God, good, is what accomplishes this work, lifting and healing impositions on public thought about Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, and our members. 

Mrs. Eddy reminds us in Miscellany, “Love unfolds marvellous good and uncovers hidden evil” (p. 288). Don’t you love that phrase “marvellous good”? Some of those uncovered falsehoods can appear to remain credible and true. Things like pandemic, lack of unity, fatigue, misconceptions about Christian Science or Mrs. Eddy herself, as well as beliefs that Christian Science doesn’t heal as it once did, or is outdated and should yield to modern medicine.

Yet these imposed false suggestions are being uncovered for us to dispel by understanding all that is beautiful, good, and true. Our Leader writes that “Christian Science is irrevocable” (Christian Science versus Pantheism, p. 12). That means her discovery can’t be revoked or its work reversed. 

Divine Love’s unfoldment of marvelous good is what our Committees on Publication around the world are privileged to witness every day. We’ve been grateful this year for inspired interviews and public talks; conversations with government officials based on Principle and Love; joyous and strengthening branch church talks; unifying ecumenical and interfaith conversations; and dedicated service by Christian Science military chaplains and their families.

What makes each of these activities effective and meaningful is the Christian manner in which we strive to do them, bringing a Christlike healing touch to each opportunity. In particular, there were numerous opportunities this year for Committees on Publication to communicate about Christian Science and public health-care requirements. It was not an easy time, yet it was a joy to speak with government officials, media, individual church members and nonmembers—and to do so in a way that lifted impositions and represented the stately goings of Christian Science. We were grateful to see these conversations bear fruit in the form of a more accurate understanding of individual Christian Scientists’ earnest healing practice. 

We were also pleased to support church members as they prepared for humble and heartfelt conversations with employers, schools, and travel providers about religious accommodation requests. In many cases, though not all, we saw the granting of religious accommodations in regard to public health requirements. And while we’re grateful that many of these mandates have now been eased or lifted as pandemic fears are subsiding, we remain prayerfully alert. We’ve held to the spiritual fact that no matter the challenge in front of us, God alone governs man. And as the expression of divine Principle, all human law must rise to the level of the divine law. “Truth is always the victor,” Science and Health tells us (p. 380).

We’ve seen signs of progress in our editorial work as well. An example highlighted in the May 2022 Journal shared how our office had a healing exchange with a Lutheran author to offer a more accurate sense of how Christian Science views baptism. We were also pleased to see an article by an author from another denomination that appreciated Mary Baker Eddy and her reference to God as “Adorable One” in her spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer (Science and Health, p. 16). It also acknowledged that her reference to God as “Father-Mother” was far ahead of its time.

I’ll close with fruitage from a talk given jointly by a Committee on Publication in the United Kingdom and the UK District Manager. It was for a religion class at a local university, and the speakers explained that Christian Scientists see healing as a natural part of following Christ Jesus and his teachings today. The talk was in the morning, and at the end of the day, a student in the class said that that morning she had forgotten the walking stick she was accustomed to using, yet she had been doing fine without it. She told the speakers, “After hearing your talk, I don’t think I need the stick anymore.” 

We are so grateful for our worldwide Committees on Publication, our staff, and all who support this important work. 

After enthusiastic thanks for the Annual Meeting technical team and for live simultaneous interpretations in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish, Doris welcomed the Board of Directors back to the stage.

Keith Wommack: The theme for this year’s Annual Meeting reminds us that by starting with one infinite God, good—starting with the First Commandment—spiritual thinkers can help their global neighbors because they’re getting a correct view of the Science of being. Our theme tells us that one infinite God, good, ends wars. And one war that God helps us to end is Christianity’s battle with the aggressive belief of decline. If evil suggested to us that in order to save church we would need more mortal minds, egos, personalities, and human will, would we accept that? I hope not. We don’t need more of those.

What we really need is more heart, Love lived, a deeper understanding of our present immortality. These lead to healing. And healing, not numbers, is what is needed. Haven’t we learned from our Pastor that whatever our numbers are, they are equal to today’s demands? The sentence just before our theme in Science and Health states, “The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal” (p. 340). Isn’t that what we’re prepared to do? Isn’t that what we must do?

There’s a story about evil talking to a friend. Evil tells the friend that he’s going to create a new world. And the friend says, “What are you going to make it out of?” Evil says, “Well, I don’t really have to make it out of anything. All I have to do is tell a lie about the one that’s been made.” 

Of course, evil doesn’t have friends, and evil is absolutely unreal. But to mortal sense, evil suggestions appear to be real until we demonstrate otherwise. And we demonstrate by rejoicing in what has already been made—rejoicing in the Science of being. 

Is our big, beautiful theme a tall order to fill? It might seem so, but it is something that we believe the one infinite God, good—through church, whose members and friends are following Christ—can do. And the restoration of the Original Edifice of The Mother Church, and the nearly completed work on this Extension of The Mother Church, could be considered symbolic of how God is strengthening and preparing us for the work at hand.

Scott Preller: Some of the renovations going on are fairly apparent. There’s no peeling coming from the ceiling, and everything looks fresh. This big box over here, when it’s finished, is going to be a new elevator, so someone in a wheelchair will be able to come directly up into the Church from the garage or the street level. And we’re sitting on a new platform after 20 years of a temporary one here. 

But the majority of the work done in the Church is things you’re not seeing—whether it’s work on the wiring, lighting, sound, or the piles the Church rests on, and so forth. And that’s been a metaphor to me about our church services throughout the world, because many churches have reported that they’ve made some modifications. They’ve added hybrid services, or sometimes they’ve continued with Zoom services. But I think the question for all of us as we think about the challenges our Church is facing is, Are we really getting back to what is truly foundational about church—that experience of being newborn of Spirit that Mrs. Eddy says is required in order to join this Church? 

A couple of days ago I had the privilege of attending a wedding, and at the reception I was sitting at a table with fellow Christian Scientists who were talking about their branch churches. They were saying they had been really grateful to have online services during the pandemic, and that in fact there were many people who had not been able to attend services for other reasons who are now attending online. But they said that this has brought challenges, because sometimes people are finding it more convenient to be at home in slippers attending online services than to come to church. So there’s a sense of added burden for those who are doing the in-person services. 

As I listened to the conversation, I found myself thinking about the wedding we had just watched. There were probably some people who had been invited and hadn’t been able to come, and they sent emails to express love to the couple. But there was nothing like being there, together, at that service. You had to be there to really experience the full thing. 

This time in our Church has led me to think about two lessons. One is to be as present as you can. We’re always grateful, when we’re not able to be at a service physically, that we have the opportunity to join online and experience that sense of fellowship. But we also know that being together does matter, and it’s more than just being together physically. It means not just showing up, but showing up hungry.

I was thinking of the story of the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years (see Matthew 9:20–22). A lot of people were there, but she was so hungry to experience healing that she would do anything to touch Christ’s garment, and she had that healing. Jesus was so present with Truth and Love that he felt the need and responded to it.

So our commitment to being as present as we can be is absolutely essential to our progress going forward. Our Church’s progress isn’t going to be measured by what the world is saying about people no longer being interested in organized religion and so forth. It’s going to be in the degree to which we are experiencing the Holy Ghost as we come together and worship God.

The second lesson I’ve been thinking about is that when we show up, we want to show up like we do at a wedding. The spirit of joy and support and yearning for good that every person at that wedding was feeling for that new couple was palpable. And I couldn’t help thinking how different our church services would be if we all showed up more like we do at weddings, to support, to love. It is so evident how much God loves this Church. We just need to make sure we’re loving it, too.

Barbara Fife: I’ve been thinking how much about love is in this Annual Meeting theme. It’s all about God loving His creation, caring for humanity, caring for each of us, and our loving the one infinite God, good. And there’s this line that’s on the same page of Science and Health as the theme: “Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love” (p. 340). 

Our theme starts with and is based on this absolute spiritual fact: “One infinite God, good. . . .” The rest of the theme shows us how this truth relates to humanity’s needs, to how divine Love is meeting those needs. “One infinite God, good” is a theme throughout the Scriptures, and also throughout Mrs. Eddy’s writings. In fact, she opens Science and Health with “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” (p. vii). “Sustaining infinite” is a large term. So from the very first line, she’s saying, “Let’s go deeper. Let’s think of God in broader terms.” 

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines infinite as “subject to no limitation or external determination.” There’s nothing external to the infinite; there’s only infinity. How often do we read in the Lesson, “I am the Lord, and there is none else”? And we know it means more than just that there’s only one God. It means exactly what it says: There is nothing else but one infinite God, good, and all creation within that infinite God, good. There can’t be limits of any kind to delay or stop divine Love from meeting humanity’s needs, from blessing Her creation with good, with equality, with peace, with brotherhood. So there’s no limit to the good that’s possible to each one of us, possible to our families, our churches, our communities, and our world. All have unlimited access to all good, including the teachings of Christian Science.

It’s so nice to see our interns here, sitting in the front pews. In his teachings, Jesus wanted the young to be included. Didn’t he say, “Don’t forbid them to come to me” (Matthew 19:14, World English Bible)? And Mrs. Eddy speaks of the world needing all of us to be “more as children than as men and women” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 110)—to have the thought that’s open to the infinite possibilities and that isn’t burdened by beliefs of limitation.

This April, here at The Mother Church, we had a special opportunity to meet with and hear from young people from all over the world. And we’d like to share a little of that experience with you now.

On video, the Church Activities staff spoke about the weekend Zoom meetings with 70 young people from 20 countries. “We really wanted to hear from young people themselves on the question of how to strengthen the connection between young people and church,” said Manager Ariana Herlinger. “One of the things that came up in almost every weekend was the need of supporting the transition between Sunday School and church. We can’t take it for granted anymore that young people are just going to make that transition. There’s so much in society that’s pulling people away from church and religion and God right now, so it really takes all of us being very proactive about supporting Sunday School students in feeling this deeper sense of connection with church” (see christianscience.com/am2022youthdesignsprints). 

Mary Alice Rose: It really was a privilege to spend time with those fellow students of Christian Science. We were so struck by their love for church and their desire to reach out to church members for help. And that’s now our call to action.

We were also struck by how they wanted to connect not just with fellow church members, but also with their friends, with strangers, with non-Christian Scientists, with the global community. That really is the work of church, their desire to share the Science of the Christ and bring healing. That’s modern-day discipleship.

About a month ago, we had in one of our Bible Lessons the story of Barnabas and Saul going to Antioch. The Bible says, “A whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people” (Acts 11:26). I thought about what that must have looked like—these disciples going there day in and day out, talking to people one on one or sometimes in a group, but praying every day to bless the community. And they were bringing healing wherever they went. That same kind of discipleship is what we’re called to do as well.

The greatest temptation of animal magnetism that comes to us all is that this work of discipleship, of reaching beyond oneself, even to fellow church members and certainly to the world, seems too hard. We think, “I don’t know where to start,” or “It’s just something I don’t want to do right now.” But I’m sure that Saul and Barnabas had to rise above that, and did. 

As I’ve thought and prayed about this over the last month, I’ve been working with the theme for Annual Meeting—the simple idea that one infinite God, good, is the One doing the work. It’s not what God is going to do, it’s what God is doing now—and we reflect that doing. It’s God that unifies, that constitutes, that fulfills the Scriptures, that “annihilates . . . whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes. . . .” 

I’d like to share a passage that has meant a lot to me. It’s from Mrs. Eddy’s message at Annual Meeting on June 6, 1899: “Oh, may this hour be prolific, and at this time and in every heart may there come this benediction: Thou hast no longer to appeal to human strength, to strive with agony; I am thy deliverer. ‘Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth.’ Divine Love has strengthened the hand and encouraged the heart of every member of this large church” (Miscellany, p. 132). That’s true today. Divine Love is strengthening our hands and encouraging our hearts today.

Rich Evans: When my wife and I first saw the news about the incursion into Ukraine at the end of February, it was humbling. What could we do about that situation? As Mary Alice said, sometimes an aggressive suggestion can seem like it’s just too large, too complex. 

But as we turned to God in prayer, it came to us to go to the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Sunday. And there we listened to a liturgy in Ukrainian for two hours, most of it standing, but with neighbors, those next to us in the pews, whose love we could feel and whose yearning for peace we could witness in the many invocations of the second great command of Christ Jesus—to love our neighbor as ourselves. This was being repeated in that service, even though their relatives back in Ukraine were under attack. And then there was the Lord’s Prayer, in English, and the little choir sang the Beatitudes, in English and Ukrainian, which was very unifying. And there it was—one infinite God, good, unifying us in that church. 

We know from our theme what God is doing, but I ask myself, If God is bringing unity to us all, ending wars, destroying impositions on His beloved children, correcting misguided norms, is there something I should be doing as one of those children?

Here’s a statement from Mrs. Eddy’s Unity of Good that helped me answer that question: “Sooner or later the whole human race will learn that, in proportion as the spotless selfhood of God is understood, human nature will be renovated, and man will receive a higher selfhood, derived from God, and the redemption of mortals from sin, sickness, and death be established on everlasting foundations” (p. 6).

I’d never really given much thought to “the spotless selfhood of God.” What could that be? Spotless for me means pure, untarnished by human doctrines, unscarred by our misconceptions of God, not stuck in materialism’s sense of godlessness. As we understand that, our nature will be renovated—made new like this edifice, which has been renovated for the rest of this century. And we will receive our higher selfhood, because this new sense of self is derived from divine Love alone. What is remarkable and motivating is that receiving our higher selfhood has a clear purpose—the “redemption of mortals from sin, sickness, and death,” the very mission of Christian Science.

Here’s another, related passage, and it’s from the chapter “Inklings Historic” in our Leader’s Miscellaneous Writings: “In 1896 it goes without saying, preeminent over ignorance or envy, that Christian Science is founded by its discoverer, and built upon the rock of Christ. The elements of earth beat in vain against the immortal parapets of this Science. Erect and eternal, it will go on with the ages, go down the dim posterns of time unharmed, and on every battle-field rise higher in the estimation of thinkers and in the hearts of Christians” (p. 383).

We are those engaged thinkers with Christian hearts loving church in such a way that other seekers with like hearts will feel this higher selfhood derived of God that is always theirs and ours to see and live. What a powerful and practical outcome of one infinite God, good, unifying all of us!

Annual Meeting concluded with the singing of Hymn No. 456 (“Love,” with words by Mary Baker Eddy) and Doris’s reading of a benediction from page 45 of Science and Health: “Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts!”

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