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Africa contributes biggest share of new members to Christian Science church

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During his one-year term, Mr. Phinney will preside over a membership that is growing most rapidly in Africa. This year, new members were admitted from 30 countries, with the highest number of applications coming from the US, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria.

Sustainability for periodicals

The church's increasingly international outlook was reflected in reports from the Committee on Publication, the Board of Lectureship, the Treasurer's Office, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as comments from the directors.

In a videotaped discussion, board member Mary Trammell, also editor in chief of The Christian Science Publishing Society, said the Monitor's transition to a Web-first strategy this spring represents a breakthrough. She and editor John Yemma suggested the Monitor is a pioneer, both in journalism and in the church's effort to make all four of its periodicals financially sustainable.

Board of Trustees Chair Judy Wolff reports that the approximate CSPS financials at the end of Fiscal Year 2009 are $27 million total revenue and $49 million total expense, resulting in a $22 million total deficit.

As part of cost-cutting, all nine quarterly editions of the foreign-language Herald of Christian Science are now published only online.

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