In Pictures: 2012 Annual Meeting of The Mother Church
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
St. John 10:16
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
St. John 16:32
I love the whole human family and have labored to bless ALL, not a clan, but ALL. If my system of ethics and religion is not found blessing equally ALL classes of people then I wait and work to demonstrate more fully what LOVE is and what LOVE does for mankind.
Mary Baker Eddy
At Christian Scientists’ meeting, a call to engage with Christian community
By Greg Lamb, Staff writer / June 4, 2012
The meeting’s theme, “Christ calling us together,” was drawn from a statement by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the Christian Science denomination more than a century ago. “Our unity with churches of other denominations must rest on the spirit of Christ calling us together,” Mrs. Eddy wrote. “It cannot come from any other source.”
In an interview prior to the meeting, the church’s new president, Chet Manchester, noted, “There’s a need to be thinking beyond boundaries and beyond lines and more universally about the church and its mission.”
To that end, early in the meeting the congregation sang Hymn 196 from the Christian Science Hymnal, which reads in part: “Let all that now divides us/ Remove and pass away…. Let all that now unites us/ More sweet and lasting prove….”
The meeting also reported on the growth of interest in Christian Science in Africa and on what Lyle Young, one of the five members of the Christian Science Board of Directors, the church’s governing body, called “a historic trip to Africa” by that board.
Mr. Young and Bosede Bakarey, a Christian Science lecturer and teacher based in Nigeria, both noted that healing through prayer in Christian Science is being seen in Africa, including cases of AIDS.
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