This week's question about church

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Your questions—your Church community’s answers. Each week, we’ll feature a new question from the Field, with responses from two experienced spiritual thinkers to kick off the discussion. Next, it’s your turn to help bring new insights, ideas, and solutions to light by posting a comment or participating in our discussion forums.

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Responses by Susie Jostyn and Abigail Warrick. I love church and everything it has to offer: a rock-solid spiritual home, a warm feeling of family support, opportunities to give, the challenge to grow, practical solutions to all sorts of issues, and a gentle healing influence…just to name a few. So, it’s important to me to experience these things wherever I go. 

Responses by Robin Hoagland and Lindsey Biggs. I love the root word of community—commune: to talk together, to be unified together. Each church has opportunities to discover natural ways to connect with those who already come together for services. 

Responses by Judy Wolff and Mark Swinney. Navigating a church through the waters of conflicting viewpoints can be a rollicking, but ultimately, unifying adventure. Part of the adventure may be discovering what draws us to church. What really attracts people—whether attendees are old or young, liberal or conservative, casual or formal—is Christian Science. 

Responses by Lois Carlson and Karl Sandberg. Think of the humility it must have taken for Nicodemus, a nationally known religious leader and Pharisee (also a member of the powerful Sanhedrin, a council of the 70 most outstanding Jews in Israel), to come to Jesus under cloak of night. Jesus explained that his teachings and healings were based on a clear understanding that the origin of life is Spirit. The conversation was earnest, but Jesus' answers were met with resistance and misunderstanding of what it meant to be born again. Great freedom was being offered Nicodemus to let go of his identity anchored in human history and live in the Christly relationship of sonship with God—to be new-born of Spirit. 

Responses by Kevin Graunke and Barbara Pettis. As a Christian Science lecturer, I’ve visited scores of branch churches and societies in North America and, yes, I’ve attended services where the congregations were small and of “advancing years.” Yet, I’ve also found frequently that the smaller the congregation the larger its vision, and the more alive its members’ presence in the community. 

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"How can we help our churches from being self-centered to being focused on loving our neighbors to the point that we become active participants in the community once again?"

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