A message from The Christian Science Board of Directors
On Saturday, December 8, 1984, Christian Scientists on many continents will assemble simultaneously to consider together a stirring call: ''To Live for All Mankind.''
As Christians deeply committed to their fellowman and to humanity's peace and progress, many thousands of Christian Scientists will assemble in conference halls and churches in 140 cities of North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa to rededicate their individual lives to the achievement of world peace and human freedom, based on the spiritual understanding that all men are in fact the beloved children of God.
James, a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, wrote in his great epistle: ''The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.'' The prayer of deep desire for man's salvation has always been effective in bringing a clearer perception of God's kingdom to earth; and the times demand that thinking men and women everywhere, Christian Scientists among them, declare vigorously their spiritual relationship to the one God, universal divine Love.
The meeting will originate in Boston and will be carried by satellite to each of the locations where Christian Scientists will assemble - in cities such as New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Belfast, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Harare , Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Melbourne, Sydney, and many other locations.
The Christian Science Board of Directors, which has called this special meeting, urges all Christian Scientists to join in this renewal of their resolve to live not just for themselves but for all mankind. Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of our Church, wrote of the person who lives by this rule: ''With selfless love, he inscribes on the heart of humanity and transcribes on the page of reality the living, palpable presence - the might and majesty! - of goodness. He lives for all mankind, and honors his creator.'' (''Miscellaneous Writings,'' p. 294.)