When a language changes, it affects our psychology and in turn can affect our consciousness. This is a very important point for those of us who are aware of subtle changes which come in.
During the last year, there has been a “drop” in the use of the article “a” and “the” in all walks of society. Whilst this is not a big problem when talking about our day to day activities, it has major consequences in our understanding of metaphysics.
It is no surprise then that the Mother Church Flyer for the AGM has started to use “Annual Meeting” rather than “the” or “Our Annual Meeting”. You can see this on their phrases like “Will Annual Meeting be Interpreted in Other Languages” and in the intro which begins “Welcome to Annual Meeting” It doesn´t stop there, there also references to “Manual” and of course “Church” without preceding articles. I personally think that although it is fashionable to drop the article in society generally, it sounds stupid, as if words are missing and clearly is being done to imply Grammatical correctness.
The reason why the word “Church” is important here, is because the Mother Church is no longer separating itself from the definition described in the CS text book. For example if you say to someone “Come to my Church or our Church for our meeting” you are of course saying there are many Churches and you want someone to join you in yours. It is in effect referring to Institutions. However when that is dropped, you are then associating yourself simply with “Church” and its meaning and metaphysical principle as outlined by Mary Baker Eddy and her definition as “Structure of Truth and Love”.
So at the Annual meeting during their discussions they use phrases similar to “Giving Money for “Church” to move forward…..” implying that the Mother Church and “Structure of Truth and Love” is the same thing. Which it has to be said clearly isn´t. Money has no part of the definition anyway, money could not and does not help the enfoldment of God´s ideas.
After the meeting I had to ask myself: Is paying thousands of dollars to allow pensioners calling themselves “Board of directors of Church” to travel the world to be treated like “popes”? anything to do with the definition of Church? Have you heard phrases like “A member of the Board from Boston will be at our service tomorrow so……”
It is my opinion that The definition of Church by Mary Baker Eddy goes far beyond not only the Mother Church but all material structures, it cannot be contained by a Board or anyone else so to try and link a material company with it is not only stupid but can interfere with people´s understanding which should be FREE from any material shackle. Whether the Board likes it or not, changing its definition will not prolong the shelf life of the material organisation. It is Church by name but with its property portfolio, investments and sentimentality, I think that it is nothing more than another company which happens to have the name “Church”. It only takes a stock market crash for a company to vanish and there´s certainly nothing metaphysical about that.