Michael Davis, Historian and Researcher from the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, answers question about The Church Manual and Mary Baker Eddy. He dispels some myths regarding church membership and bylaws governing branch church relationships.
John Best-Jarvis and Kristen Wakefield discuss an example of the work of the “Prayer Warriors” work at the downtown Sacramento Christian Science Reading Room. This is a short excerpt of the breakout session on Reading Rooms as Community Embrace
As part of the New Shoots topic of the Northern California Church Alive Summit, Alison Osborne, Kendall McMurray, and Eric Pagett, CS, discuss church from the Youth Perspective. They present a video gathering perspectives from around the country.
Several members of the Church Alive community participated in this year’s Burning Man event in Nevada over Labor Day. Anna Lisa Kronman writes up a beautiful post about her experience of learning about a deeper meaning of “church”. She writes: A unique element of Burning Man is its gift-based, rather than consumer-based economy…. Everyone that(…)
By Jason Marsh I was struck by this video from the Pope, which touches on a theme dear to my heart: focusing on ideology over Love. It got me thinking about our churches and our services. What ideology may be pushing people away from our churches? Here’s a few ideas: – King James Version (old(…)
by Jason Marsh, Jon Mattson, and Grace Burke In response to several inquiries, I thought it would be good to post what Auburn church uses for our phone conferencing system. You can get a good Polycom speakerphone that is usually used by corporate conference rooms for about $150-$200, but it may only pick up voices from(…)
By Jan True To me, interfaith participation has been such an important and fulfilling part of my work for church, originally as Assistant Committee on Publication. I started in a small town in New Mexico where the members of the interfaith council were of mostly the Christian churches and the one Jewish community. They had(…)
By Marilyn McPherson I was struck by the final 3 paragraphs of the interview with outgoing First Reader of TMC Sandy Sandberg, from the October Journal, which to me exemplifies the way of harmony that is the natural outcome of learning more about and connecting with members of other Christian denominations and other faiths: “When I(…)
A few years ago my Sunday School class and I brainstormed how we could make the Ten Commandments ‘relevant’ to our daily experience. We didn’t feel like we had vital ways to apply the commandments. For example, we felt we could check-off the box for “not stealing” and “not killing”, so were those still something(…)
Submitted to the Fellowship Google Group, by Glenda Buda: A few years ago I was serving as First Reader and I was praying each week as to how to “be” the Christ in my church community. How could I be a better foot-washer:-) The Bible reminds us, in several passages, that we each have unique(…)
The new website is coming along! Jason Marsh here, and I’ve been updating the prior website structure to be more appropriate for our new organization and the new mission of NorCal Church Alive. So far the look and feel is mostly done, and so more structural organization will continue forward. I should note, though you’ve(…)