Dynamic Prayer - the Science of the Lord's Prayer, by Rolf Witzsche - a Christian Science exploration

Dynamic Prayer

The Science of the Lord's Prayer

 
Rolf A. F. Witzsche


 

 

Crisis management to clear the field for a dynamic renaissance in our time

 

The greatest obstacle that humanity is facing in the present world with a rapidly collapsing economy, a bankrupt financial system, and the next Ice Age on the horizon, is not a technological obstacle, or a political and economic one, nor is it a problem of a lack of physical resources. Instead the obstacle is found in society's relationship to itself and to one another. The human scene has become a vast arena of division and isolation, socially, sexually, religiously, with accompanying political and economic divisions and isolation.

The problem, of course, is not a new one. It is a disease that has festered for a long time and has in many instances been intentionally nurtured in the quest for power. In this context a strange incidence is noteworthy that is staged in the opposite direction, towards healing the division and isolation. The incidence occurred in Boston Massachusetts on June 10, 1906.

A concept was raised up that day in a note by America's great spiritual pioneer of this age, Mary Baker Eddy. A large congregation had gathered in Boston on this day for the occasion of the dedication of a brand new and magnificent edifice for the church that Mary Baker Eddy has founded. The building was constructed large enough to seat 5,000 people. It was built as an extension, back to back with the original edifice that had become too small. 

The construction had been fully funded, debt-free by donations prior to the dedication day. Thirty thousand people had come to Boston to the dedication church service. The crowd was so large that the service has to be repeated five times that day. In a note to be read to the congregations Mary Baker Eddy stated:

 You have dexterously and wisely provided for The
Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, a magnificent temple
wherein to enter and pray.  Greatly impressed and
encouraged thereby, deeply do I thank you for this proof
of your progress, unity, and love.  The modest edifice
of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, began with
the cross; its excelsior extension is the crown.... Its crowning ultimate
rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high
above the work of men's hands, even the outcome of
their hearts, giving to the material a spiritual significance
- the speed, beauty, and achievements of goodness. 
(The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany p. 6)

As if to help heal the vast religious division that has developed she united the concepts of Temple and Church, validating each, and giving each a unique significance. As it was, her words were not heard. To the best of my knowledge the edifice was never referred to afterwards as a temple. The unifying concept died. Nevertheless it remains valid and becomes increasingly critical in the modern world where the religious division has been escalated, especially between Islam and Christianity, to the point of having become explosive.

Against this background it becomes imperative to consider the terms Temple and Church as universal concepts, and to do this in the context of the most widely known spiritual work attributed to one of the greatest pioneers in this field, who had championed the idea of a universal humanity already two millennia ago. The person's name is Christ Jesus, and the work is known as the Lord's Prayer.

The Lord's Prayer is progressive in nature

It presents a developmental sequence of concepts that are unfolding towards progressively higher ideas.

The original form of the Lord's Prayer is made up of 8 stanzas. Back in the late-1800s, Mary Baker Eddy added a scientific definition to each of the 8 stanzas, for a total of 16. What came out of it is rather amazing. When seen at the surface, as shown below, only a small portion of it is apparent.


Our Father which art in heaven,
     
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,


Hallowed be Thy name.
     
Adorable One.


Thy kingdom come.
     
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.


Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
     
Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent, supreme.


Give us this day our daily bread;
     
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;


And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
     
And Love is reflected in love;


And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
     
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.


For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
      For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
(From the Christian Science textbook)

 

Mary Baker Eddy has also outlined a 16-element basic development structure. She described it with the concept of the City Foursquare in Revelations 21, but used only the foursquare concept of it. She subsequently created all of her works in conformity with it. 

She defined the structure in terms of four horizontal rows, or levels of perception (or cardinal points as she called them.) She also defined it in terms of four columns, representing four development streams (or faces, or sides). When the two are combined, complex issues are more easily explored for the principles that become expressed, or fail to be expressed.

Her primary definition of the structure is found in the last pages of the last chapter of the textbook she wrote on Christian Science. These definitions are applied below in the sequence provided.

However, she didn't leave it with that. She provided a hint of how to look at it all with a visual metaphor in her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas, where we find a tablet displayed in the scene "Christmas Eve." 

On the tablet, she shows three major divisions applied.

The divisions, as seen by the woman who holds the tablet in her lap, when they are applied to the 16 element structure, divide the structure into a right and left half.

 If one considers the concepts for the left columns, "The Word" and "Christ" one may recognize them as inwards oriented in terms of our self-awareness (our heart and soul and temple), while those for the right columns can be recognized as being outward, or universally, oriented like the concept of church, the workhouse for building civilization.

The horizontal dividing lines make sense when one considers her translation of "Immortal Mind" that pertains to an absolute divine domain, and her translation of the concept of "Mortal Mind" of the down to earth living, which she divided into three levels; the "spiritual"; the "moral" she also calls "transitional"; and below that the material type of thinking that she called "depravity", which could also mean self-deprivation. Society has been practicing self-deprivation for a long time.

When the concepts are applied, the foursquare structure appears as follows:

 

Now let's consider the Lord's Prayer with this arrangement it mind.  It would be surprising if Mary Baker Eddy's scientifically expanded form of the Lord's prayer would not profoundly relate to her developmental structure, in the manner in which an upwards oriented would relate, column by column. The resulting sequence is shown below. The applied sequence, of course, also needs to reflect the division of the structure into two halves.

In this context the first element in the first column (element #1), located on the side of the Temple, would be logically related to the first element in the second half of the foursquare structure, in the 3rd column, (element #9). 

And since the idea behind prayer is healing, let's look at this pair in the reverse order and begin the exploration in the outward oriented half, the "Church" half,  where the down-to-earth problems are dealt with. This means we need to start with element #9 and then look backwards at what we find related to the down-to-earth dimension on the side of the Temple (element #1).


So here it is. 

Let's begin at the bottom row. That's where the down-to-earth problems are rooted that we face at the grassroots level.

#9: Give us this day our daily bread.
Acquiring the resources to get through the day is one of the most basic forms of the human need? We have physical needs that we require to have fulfilled in order to be able to exist on the Earth. This is an especially critical subject with the return of the Ice Age on the horizon that promises to decimate a large portion of the world's agriculture where our food resource is located. We need to respond to this challenge by creating new agriculture in areas that the Ice Age cold cannot reach, such as in the tropics. We face a giant challenge here, of the kind that we have faced since the beginning of civilization, but which we have not yet mastered sufficiently to eliminate hunger in the world. The problem, thereby, has festered and grown, rather than having been resolved. Except, how does one resolve it?

With this question in mind, let's step into the Temple. What do we recognize about the down-to-earth needs in the Temple where we celebrate the innermost nature of our being in unity with God? Here, in the temple, the scene becomes resource oriented, rather than being problem oriented. The answering stanza is:

#1: Our Father which art in heaven.
We recognize here in the Temple, and we celebrate this in the Temple, that with God as our Father, and heaven the reality of our being, it is scientifically rather silly to assume, or even expect, that the human need will be unmet. 

In reference to the Ice Age Challenge we face the undeniable truth that we have all the materials, energy, and technologies already at hand to fully meet the critical food challenge for all times to come. But are we willing to acknowledge this fact, celebrate it, and apply it? Today the answer is no, but the dynamic movement in the heart is oriented towards saying yes. Thus, we don't plead with a God in prayer, but search the heart for what we already have.

The recognition of, "Our Father which art in heaven," reflects the great healing truth that every 'idea of God,' every divine idea, every element in the universe, is complete in itself, meaning that it contains in itself all the substance, power, opportunity, freedom, and whatever else is needed, for it to come to its intended full fruition, dynamically. A divine idea is necessarily complete by definition, in all its aspects, lacking nothing. This fact is demonstrable. Its science dominates the dynamics all across the bottom row. It disables depravity in all its forms, including our being deprived of anything, even our being self-deprived.

And since we are focused onto this lowest level, let's look at the remaining pair of elements, starting with element #13 that is related to the physical requirement, and element #5 that is related to the answer for it in the Temple.

The second pair opens with:

#13: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Here we have a different type of the most basic human needs addressed, the need for security from both, our own failures and those of others. The grosses temptation that humanity is facing is to succumb to self-perceptions of impotence, decadence, smallness, entropy, and so on. Those are all tragic in their outcome, but nothing forces us to become trapped that way.

We step away from these self-perception as we step into the Temple where we celebrate our security, and with it secure our future. Here, the answer is profound:

#5: Thy kingdom come.
The divine intention is secure, which should also be the intention of the heart, manifesting the all-harmonizing Spirit, the good that is the foundation of the Universe and civilization, which is therefore natural and unavoidable. This realization is something that needs to be celebrated, especially during the darkest days.

 


Now let's look at the next higher row in the same manner. 

This means we begin with element #10 (in Church) followed by element #2 (in Temple), followed by the second pair #14 and #6.

A different type of dynamics unfolds here at this higher level. At this level the idea begins to emerge that we would have the potential to meet the human need ourselves if we had the power to develop that potential. The development that we recognize in this context as a critical need, is symbolically identified as the quality of "grace" and "affections." We begin to recognize a path here that we need to tread that leads towards the needed solutions.


#10: Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections.
But are we aiming high enough with this? "Seeking grace for to-day" is like saying to ourselves that all we want is the strength to muddle through for another day, when the real goal should be to create the fullest, richest, and brightest world that ever was, a renaissance without compare, a human world that nothing can match, that we have the power to create as humanity. 

Life isn't something small in this context, something fading, diminishing, tiny and personal, divided and isolated, but is something powerfully creative, harmonizing, and universal. We should sing in the Temple the song of this higher recognition. This is the song of element #2

#2: Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious.
Isn't this the unfolding potential for universal good, that which stands at the center as the universal impetus of humanity? The unfolding of universal good is far bigger than merely getting by for another day. This is far bigger too, than sacrificing and compromising and bowing to the small as at the lowest level of self-perception.

With this in mind, let's look at the second pair that raises the bar still higher.

#14: God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
In this higher dynamic context of the Lord's Prayer, we do no longer blame God for our shortcomings, but recognize the divine foundation, faintly as this may be, as a resource for us to emulate. 

Sadly, we rarely reach that high. We say in the face of wars, why doesn't God prevent them? Shouldn't we say instead, why don't we prevent them? However, as the second-level dynamics unfold, the idea begins to grow that we, as society, have the power in our hand to change the world with the resources of our humanity.

Isn't this also what we see as the focus for celebration in the Temple?

#6: Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
On this path the future is bright, because the foundation is secure. And it will be secure as this type of dynamic change is increasingly coming to the surface.

 


Now, in considering the third row, second highest row. 

Here we get into a totally different dynamic environment again. We get into the full dawn of the spiritual reality. We recognize the dynamic operation of spiritual principle reflected in spiritual reality, underlying all human experiences. The exploration begins with the down-to-earth aspect again.

#11 - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
We begin to recognize at this once again higher level that the dynamics of human existence is a lawful unfolding of principles that we cannot cheat with the arrogance of will, but which we can experience their power of by simply removing the stumbling blocks we put into our way and often carelessly so.

 Our debt, thus, is a debt to Life, Truth, and Love. It is so easily done to push the truth into the background and close the door to love. However, with the dawning recognition of our debt to ourselves on this platform, a powerful step unfolds towards uplifting our life-experience and our world.

As we move on this path, the song in the temple becomes profound:

#3 - Hallowed be Thy name.
This is to say, hallowed be the name of love, the name of truth, and so on. We will inevitably say these things on the path of our dynamic recognition of the power of the great spiritual elements that we bring into our living. It is not uncommon in this context that we say to ourselves, "thank God for love", or "thank God for truth." Those are recognitions of the power that rules in the spiritual dimension, which we begin to experience as we pay heed to what we owe to ourselves on these grounds.

The second pair of stanzas at this level takes us still one step further along this line

#15 - For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
This is to say that it finally dawns on us that all the aspects the really matter, both in our living and in civilization, are spiritual in nature. Just try it. Strike them all out; image what your existence would be like if it was without what we recognize as mind, principle, truth, love, soul, spirit, even life, and then add up what is left of our humanity. Not much, if anything, right? Then reverse the process. Instead of striking these aspects out, elevate them to their fullest imaginable potential and you will touch what the German poet Friedrich Schiller may have had in mind when he coined the term "the sublime."

When we enter the Temple on this platform, the answer is rather natural:

#7 - Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
The term "will" in this case is the expressed purpose of an exceedingly intelligent design that one would be hard pressed to improve, and which is basically not all that difficult to live with, but is a joy to express the more we manage to do it.


Can we go higher still? Yes we can. We can take this to the 4th level.

At the top row we deal with the dynamic unfolding of the divine that is reflected in humanity.

We begin to discover there that the principles that we cherish in our living are not individual personal qualities, but are the common principles expressed as universal quality in all humanity. We call them divine qualities for the sake of giving them a 'comprehensible' definition. And as we do, we develop a definition for the summary term, God, the God that is reflected in the Universe. The down-to-earth aspects begin with a profound recognition.

#12 - And Love is reflected in love;
Love, in this example, is a dynamism that runs by its own power. Love has often been called the greatest thing in the world, but no one has created it. We simply move with it and rejoice in the ride.

In the Temple we call Love, and everything else that is divine, the...

#4 - Adorable One.
How else would we celebrate the dynamics of good?

The remaining pair of the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer take the divine concept still one step further, though this seems hardly possible, except as a summation.

#16 - For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
The concept of infinity is somewhat an enigma in mathematics, but in the divine context it simply means "All." It tells us that there is no existence 'outside' the "All." 

The concept of God in Islam, as "Allah", suggests a concept of universal All that inspires awe. In Islam the concept of God, Allah, is also seen without gender attached. In Christianity, the concept of the All-in-all God it increasingly comprising both genders. 

Nevertheless, in spite of these deeply-rooted advances the general human scene still remains deeply divided and isolated along sexual lines from the grassroots level up, with deep secondary divisions and isolation in religion, politics and economics. The final challenge of humanity, therefore, evidently lay here. It is the challenge of humanity to see itself as One, indivisible (except in mythology). 

Great difficulties still remain, based on errors in perception that remain yet to be tacked on this front. However, in the context of the already unfolding progress on this dynamic front, enormous achievements now lay before us on the horizon as the dawn of humanity continues and becomes bright in the sunrise.

As we step into the Temple on this note, the enabling sunrise is fully on the agenda:

#8 - Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent, supreme.
On the road of the dynamic divine sunrise, and this is three levels away from the night of oligarchic predation, slavery, domination, and society's subjugation, the future of civilization unfolds as secure.


In summary: 

The four levels represent four distinct dynamic systems that we find ourselves in if we subscribe to what they represent. 

The bottom row represents the system of depravity and impotence

At the lowest level, elements #9 and #13 represent a specific type of "depravity". They represent what we deprive ourselves of if we cling to the related notions, such as impotence. - Give us this day our daily bread, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

The notion of human impotence, a form of accepted depravity, is what we aim to heal in "Church" in "divine Science." And the healing resource is found in the "Temple" where we acknowledge and celebrate what is scientifically true and has always been recognizes as true throughout the ages - Our Father which art in heaven, Thy kingdom come. (#1 and #5) - 

These are the elements that pertain to the lowest dynamic system of perception and consequences, where depravity poses a grave challenge, where we deprive ourselves, but where also find an escape path from in the temple of scientific reasoning that makes even this lowest level dynamically exciting.

The next higher row, the 2nd row, represents the system of morality and compromise

Here everything is transitional and ideally upwards oriented. The dynamics here take us a step away from self-deprivation on the road towards the spiritual domain. Elements #10 and #14 focus on grace and healing to get us through another day  - Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections - God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death - but we should feel disgusted with the result as being morally on the level simply isn't good enough. 

The fact is, if this is what we focus on, grace for to-day to get us through another difficult day, we focus on too little. This has become critical. 

For example, consider the Ice Age Challenge that is now is before us. We face a period of deep glaciation that promises to disable agriculture from the polar regions to the 40 degree latitude and possibly beyond. This means that since most of our food is grown in these regions, we need to relocate out agriculture into the tropics that won't be extensively affected by the coming cold. However, there is little land in the tropics. There may be just enough of it for us to get by, if we skimp, and if the land is intensely developed. But is this the kind of 'trap' that we want to see a human society stuck in for the next 90,000 years? 

Just getting by may be a nice moral goal, but it isn't good enough anymore, is it? The goal for humanity should be to create a richer, more secure, and more powerful civilization, by orders of magnitude, than we now have. We have the technologies, materials, and energy resources to do this, but we don't apply them being tempted to limit ourselves to just getting by. 

Right now, there isn't even a commitment towards that. To the contrary. The ruling commitment, the royal commitment of the oligarchic system of empire, is to depopulate the planet to less than a billion by burning the sparse food resources that we still have, with the openly stated intention to increase the death rate by any means, including starvation. Thus, the moral system should not but be discarded lightly where the power needs to be developed to step up to the next higher system, the spiritual system.  The moral system should therefore not be regarded as a sufficient dwelling place for humanity, but as an uncomfortable and precarious place that one would want to get away from as fast as possible, to higher ground.

The big challenge of morality is never to compromise with evil. For example, the USA was formed as a bastion for freedom on the profound recognition that all men are created equal, with inalienable rights and so on, but as the Union was established this profound recognition was not extended to the slaves. A compromise was made in order to get the Union established, which kept the disease of slavery alive that subsequently festered for another 80 years until it nearly destroyed the Union in the Civil War as the result of the unhealed disease.

Our resource for establishing our freedom from this type of moral trap of just getting by, is found in the Temple elements #2 and #6 - Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious, Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present. - We cannot compromise on this ground. It is imperative.

The 3rd row represents the system of the spiritual domain

The focus here is shifted away from our isolated, personal selfhood, to the reality of our being in the context of our unity with God in divine Love. The human element of our prayer in this context is the recognition of our debt to divine Love. This represents a huge step upwards in terms of practical living. We fond it reflected in the elements #11 and #15 - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. - For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 

 Our resource in the truly dynamic system of the spiritual domain is found in our profound acknowledgement that the divine reality is the reality of our being in which all human needs are met, and not just the down-to-earth ones. The resource in this dynamic system of enormous potential is located in elements #3 and #7 as we celebrates in the Temple the profoundly conscientious awareness - Hallowed be Thy name - Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The 4th row represents the system of the divine

Mary Baker Eddy described the divine in her "Translation of Immortal Mind".

GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind. (Divine synonyms)
MAN: God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal. (Divine image)
IDEA: An image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding.
(Divine reflection)

Our prayer in the system of the divine must necessarily encompass this triad. In the expressed human context we begin to see ourselves as a civilization with truly divine qualities, such as those expressed in elements #12 and #16 - Love is reflected in love; For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All. This defines both the dimension of our humanity and the civilization we aim for and will inevitably establish, for this is how the divine dynamics unfold naturally and invite us for a 'ride'.

The resource for that, as we celebrate in the Temple, is equally as profound. It is found in the elements #4 and #8 - Adorable One - Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent, supreme. Yes, this is what we celebrate at the highest level in the Temple, for it is inevitable for the divine dimension to be reflected on Earth as it is in the Universe, because there is nothing else. All that is real, reflects the divine dimension. We cannot go farther than this and should not dwell in anything less than the divine system.


Overview and Appendix

The Lord's Prayer takes us on a journey through four distinct dynamic systems. In two of these we may find ourselves trapped by false perceptions and locked into struggles to get ourselves free towards higher ground, or at least we should struggle there. The higher ground is defined by the upper two dynamic systems. The highest is of a type that is far beyond what mathematics can define, such as divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, and Mind. This is where we find our humanity defined.  And the second highest dynamic system is the spiritual system where we define in our active living of the nature of the divine being expressed in humanity.

It is sad that the Lord's Prayer is rattled off in most churches as a mere mandatory formula of ceremony, for its riches are thereby lost. In its scientific sense it may be one of the most powerful structures for human self-development ever created. It remains to be discovered and be explored, and the world awaits its unfolding.

The Lord's Prayer and its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)

 

Temple

Church

  Dawn Sunrise Heat of the day The Golden Light of Peace
The Divine Reality 

Love - omnipotence

4- Adorable One. 8- Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent, supreme. 12 - And Love is reflected in love; 16 - For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
Christ - Spritual

Truth - omniscience

3- Hallowed be Thy name.
7- Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 15 - For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Escaping Morality

Soul - omnipresence

2- Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
6- Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present. 10 - Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
14 - And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
Escaping depravity

Principle - omniaction
1- Our Father which art in heaven, 5- Thy kingdom come.
9- Give us this day our daily bread;
13 - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;

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Temple

Church

 

The Word  
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ  
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity  
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science  
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The Divine Reality 

Love - omnipotence

4 - Christian Science versus Spiritualism
 
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8 - Footsteps of Truth
 
- MP3

12 - Christian Science Practice
- MP3
* 16 - The Apocalypse
 
- MP3
Christ - Spiritual

Truth - omniscience

3 - Marriage
 
- MP3
7 - Physiology
 
- MP3
11 - Some Objections Answered
- MP3
* 15 - Genesis
 
- MP3
Escaping Morality

Soul - omnipresence

2 - Atonement and Eucharist
- MP3

6a Science
6b Theology
- MP3
6c Medicine
10a - Science of Being 
10b - Platform of Christian Science
- MP3
14 - Recapitulation
 
- MP3

Escaping depravity

Principle - omniaction

 Preface - MP3
1 - Prayer
5 - Animal Magnetism Unmasked
 
- MP3
9 - Creation
 
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13 - Teaching Christian Science
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Temple

Church

 

The Word  
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ  
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity  
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science  
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The Word - divine
Love - omnipotence

4 - Meetings

8 - The Mother Church and Branch Churches

12 - Board of Education

16 - Church Manual

The Christ-spiritual
Truth - omniscience

3 - Discipline

7 - Relation and Duties of Members to Pastor Emeritus

11 - Teaching Christian Science

15 - Church-Building

Christianity transitional
Soul - omnipresence

2 - Church Membership

6 - Reading Rooms

10 - The Christian Science Publishing Society

14 - Committee on Publication

Christian Science
countering impotence depravity  
Principle -omniaction

1 - Church Officers

5 - Church Services

9 - Guardianship of Funds

13 - Board of Lectureship

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Published by Cygni Communications Ltd. North Vancouver, BC, Canada -  2011 -  article in public domain, Rolf A. F. Witzsche