Word has reached this distant outpost that The Mother Church is conducting, at the host's expense of course, a series of workshops to facilitate and encourage listing in the Journal as a Christian Science practitioner. This requires a workshop? Until recent years, at least, for those ready for this high-calling it was a fairly straightforward and well-understood process. So what gives?
One disturbing clue is that "healers" are being invited, not Christian Scientists who have had primary class instruction (now with a properly obedient teacher, i.e., one who is or was in lockstep with the regime in Bean Town). Obviously, if the standards for attendance are set at a subterranean level the likelihood is increased that a few abstracted "healers" will tumble fortuitously into the proceedings and help flesh out the attendance. There, after some astrological alchemy or whatever and maybe an official anointing, they will presumably be qualified to list in the Journal as a Christian Science practitioner. The required check for $250 or so would doubtless apply the necessary grease to the skids.
If anything resembling this is occurring it can only aggravate what we already have in the Journal listings, a potluck menagerie inflicted on those who are uninformed or new to Christian Science. Also, a loyal, well-taught Christian Scientist would probably not wish to find himself in the hands of a so-called C.S. practitioner who would also work for someone who is taking medicine or who is under medical treatment, someone who is venal, or someone who isn't even a bona fide Scientist. There is no asterisk or warning in the Journal listings to differentiate.
Additionally, the on-line Journal listing form, and probably the hard-copy version as well, has an interesting section for "Mentor". One assumes gurus, astrologers, spiritual advisors, and miscellaneous wackos would be acceptable. One can only wonder with trepidation what is going on. Of course, it is possible these things may have a bark much worse than their bite, but given the current "we answer only to God and maybe not even to Him" attitude at the Church HQ, it is not wise to be too eager to draw naive conclusions.