Board of Lectureship

93Board of Lectureship
Organization and Duties

Article XXXI Section 1    Election.  SECTION 1. This Church shall maintain a Board of Lectureship, the members of which shall be elected annually on Monday preceding the Annual Meeting, subject to the approval of the Pastor Emeritus. The lecture year shall begin July 1 of each year.

Article XXXI Section 2    Duty of Lecturers.  SECT. 2. It is the duty of the Board of Lectureship to include in each lecture a true and just reply to public topics condemning Christian Science, and to bear testimony to the facts pertaining to the life of the Pastor Emeritus. Each member shall mail to the Clerk of this Church copies of his lectures before delivering them.

Article XXXI Section 3    No Disruption of Branch Churches.  SECT. 3. The Board of Lectureship is not allowed in anywise to meddle with nor to disrupt the organiza94tion of branch churches. The lecturer can invite churches within the city whither he is called to unite in their attendance on his lecture, and so make for their churches a less lecture fee; but the churches shall decide their action.

Article XXXI Section 4    Receptions.  SECT. 4. As a rule there should be no receptions nor festivities after a lecture on Christian Science, but there may occur exceptions. If there be an individual who goes to hear and deride truth, he should go away contemplating truth; and he who goes to seek truth should have the opportunity to depart in quiet thought on that subject.

Article XXXI Section 5    Circuit Lecturer.  SECT. 5. Upon the written request of Mrs. Eddy, The Mother Church shall appoint a Circuit Lecturer. His term of office, if approved, shall not be less than three years. He shall lecture in the United States, in Canada, in Great Britain and Ireland.

    A member shall neither resign nor transfer this sacred office.

Calls for Lectures

Article XXXII Section 1    From the Directors.  SECTION 1. When the need is apparent, the Christian Science Board of Directors of The Mother Church may call on any member of this Board of Lectureship to lecture at such places and at such times as the cause of Christian Science demands.

Article XXXII Section 2    From Branch Churches.  SECT. 2. The branch Churches of Christ, Scientist, may apply through their clerks to a member of this Board of Lectureship for a speaker, and one shall be assigned them by the Board.

Article XXXII Section 3    From Societies.  SECT. 3. If called for, a member of the Board may lecture for a Society.

Article XXXII Section 4    Annual Lectures.  SECT. 4. The Mother Church and the branch churches shall call on the Board of Lectureship annually for one or more lectures.

Article XXXII Section 5    No Lectures by Readers.  SECT. 5. No lecture shall be given by a Reader during his term of Readership. The duties alone of a Reader are ample.

96Article XXXII Section 6    No Wednesday Evening Lectures.  SECT. 6. The Board of Lectureship shall not appoint a lecture for Wednesday evening.

Article XXXII Section 7    Lecture Fee.  SECT. 7. The lecture fee shall be left to the discretion of the lecturer.

Article XXXII Section 8    Expenses.  SECT. 8. The lecturer’s traveling expenses and the cost of hall shall be paid by the church that employs him.

Article XXXII Section 9    Exceptional Cases.  SECT. 9. If a lecturer receive a call to lecture in a place where he sees there is special need, and the local church is unable to meet the expense, he is at liberty to supply that need and trust to contributions for his fee.