From the Arizona Daily Star

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September 15, 2019

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In September, the Arizona Daily Star ran a front-page article detailing how the geographic center of Tucson has changed over the decades. Among many other places, the piece briefly mentioned that First Church of Christ, Scientist, Tucson, had at one time been the location of the center of town. It seemed worth sharing in a letter to the editor that although that church building is no longer there (the church has owned three different buildings since its founding more than 100 years ago), the congregation still worships nearby and continues to be active in the community, seeking to fulfill its Christian purpose. The short letter below was published both online and in print, September 28, 2019.

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News of the annual meeting of the Church of Christ, Scientist, was published in the Kingman Daily Miner, June 13, 2019

‘Church can heal divisions,’ Christian Scientists say at annual meeting

Christian Scientists attend the annual meeting of their denomination in Boston. In Mohave County there is a church in Lake Havasu City. (Courtesy)

Christian Scientists attend the annual meeting of their denomination in Boston. In Mohave County there is a church in Lake Havasu City. (Courtesy)

 

Given the looming challenges the world faces – strife, corruption, climate crisis, health care costs – Christian Scientists at their church’s annual meeting in Boston reaffirmed their faith that the things of the Spirit are what the world most needs.

Church members indicated their commitment to proving “the reliability of practical Christian healing.” Among the experiences shared was the healing of cancer by a former military pilot.

“As a pilot, you get used to turning situations over to God,” he said. “I felt God’s love – the warmth. My skill set was to rely on God, not be a cancer patient.”

The healing was confirmed in follow-up examinations by U.S. Veterans Administration doctors.

Church officials reported that the church is financially strong and in the midst of a significant refurbishment of The Mother Church in Boston, where the church is headquartered.

Presiding over the meeting was new church president Fabián Smara of Argentina. The newly elected readers, who conduct church services at the Church in Boston, are from Nigeria and the U.S.

The Church of Christ, Scientist, has branches in some 70 countries, and members throughout the world participated by watching the live stream of the meeting in local churches, Christian Science reading rooms, or from their homes.

Kevin E. Ness is manager of Christian Science Committees on Publication for The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. In Arizona, there are 19 Christian Sciences churches and societies.