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Church stresses importance of healing

The annual meeting of Christian Scientists, held this week in Boston, emphasized the import of Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount as a building block for healing.

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Christian Scientists gathered in Boston this week for their annual meeting, which focused on the theme "What does it take to be a healer?"

The gathering, June 3 and 4, emphasized the import of Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and its call for a deep change in ways of thinking and living in order to follow his example and healing works.

"The Sermon on the Mount is ... a guideline for what it means to be a citizen of the kingdom of heaven," said Nathan Talbot, a member of the church's board of directors.

In addition to hearing reports from church officers, members shared experiences and discussed innovations in Sunday School and the church's worldwide youth initiative, TMC Youth.

Christian Science practitioners from five continents spoke of how cultivating the qualities called for in the Sermon on the Mount figures in their healing work. Practitioners are engaged full time in spiritual healing through prayer. A woman from Brazil spoke of the role "not judging" others played in healing a man in extreme pain. A man from Austria emphasized spiritual humility – trusting God's goodness and power – as central to curing a facial growth. A Nigerian practitioner described how meekness and an understanding of God's love, dissolving resentment, resulted in the restoration of a friend's cancerous leg.

"Healing is important because it is an outward sign, a verification, of the inward change of thought," said Thomas Black, another board member.

The Christian Science church is comprised of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston – known as The Mother Church (TMC) – and branch churches around the world, each democratically run by local members. The church was founded by Mary Baker Eddy to "reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." (Mrs. Eddy also founded this newspaper.)

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