Vital Issues in Christian Science: A Record of Unsettled Questions Which Arose in the Year 1909, between the Directors of the Mother Church, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts, and First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City

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CHAPTER XII
PRACTICE OF HEALING IN FIRST CHURCH

AN entirely erroneous impression has gone forth regarding the circumstances and conditions under which the practitioners conducted their work in First Church of Christ, Scientist, New York City.

Practitioners' meetings endorsed by Trustees

It was wrongly alleged that the practitioners' noonday meetings were more in the nature of a secret gathering, about which the Trustees and the members of First Church knew practically nothing. There may have been many members in a church of 1800 persons who knew little about what meetings occurred, when and where they were held, and who were in attendance. The general membership of any church knows comparatively little of the gatherings of its officers, its committees, and its other workers. But its ignorance of the fact is no justification for assuming that something is wrong.

The fact is that the Reading Room Committee and the various employees of the church who were members knew of the practitioners' meetings, and were, in a general way, aware of what was taught therein. It is also true that the Trustees, some of whom more or less frequently attended these meetings, were not only aware of what was being taught, but were convinced that

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