New Sacrament Videos Available Online
The simple beauty of Community of Christ’s sacraments is featured in a series of videos now available for viewing on www.CofChrist.org.
The series was designed for training priesthood members, but the brief, inspirational videos will appeal to anyone with an interest in the church. We thank all involved in producing these videos. They are available in English, French, and Spanish.
The sacraments portrayed are baptism, confirmation, The Lord’s Supper (communion), marriage,
Our Conversation About Giving Needs Your Input
We invite you to be part of the bigger conversation as we explore a new approach.
Please take a few minutes to learn more by watching this video and then take a brief survey linked below the video player. The survey will close Aug. 31. You will also find links to the video script and FAQs.
GU Seeks Director of Seminary
Graceland University invites applications for the position of Director of the Seminary. This is a full-time administrative position, with teaching responsibilities, that begins September 2018.
The successful candidate will oversee the seminary and religious studies at Graceland University and will engage in professional service with the Community of Christ to provide teaching and guest ministry as the Seminary’s representative. The Director will engage in strategic planning for the seminary in consultation with the Seminary Committee, church leadership, and other stakeholders, including strategic relations to other university academic and co-curricular programs
The Director will teach up to six courses a year in their area of expertise for both the undergraduate program and the Seminary. We are looking for innovative applicants who can 1) help shape and grow the program and 2) have demonstrated teaching excellence and a collaborative and interdisciplinary commitment to the university mission, and 3) demonstrated managerial skills, fiscal responsibility, budget management, strategic planning and fund-raising.
The successful candidate should have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and active leadership experience in the Community of Christ. To request a full job description or to inquire with additional questions, please contact Dr. Brian White, at CLASdean@graceland.edu. To apply, submit a letter of application, c.v., and three letters of recommendation (one of which can address the candidate’s teaching) to the above email. Review of applications will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.
Discernment Guide, Videos Free on CofChrist.org
A new resource is available for individuals and communities seeking to engage in discernment, the practice of seeking and following the movement of the Spirit.
Personal and Communal Discernment Guide includes four videos and an accompanying PDF file with tools, practices, and reflections.
This resource is intended for individuals and communities discerning Christ’s mission as they ask questions about vocation, identity, leadership, and the future. The guide and videos are available in English.
Find Videos From Live IYF 2018 Events Online
Young people from nine countries were in Independence on 19-20 July during Community of Christ’s 2018 International Youth Forum USA. International Headquarters staff and others captured speakers and events. Find the videos of those events on YouTube.
Nominees Sought for World Church Finance Board
Looking to share your financial skills with the church or know someone else who is? Submit your name or their name for consideration as a nominee to the 2019 World Conference for the World Church Finance Board. The 2019 World Conference will be electing 15 members to the board to serve a six-year term from December 2019 through November 2025.
The First Presidency is looking for people from the worldwide church who are gifted in accounting and finance. Nominees must be fluent in either English, French or Spanish. Please submit recommended nominee names to FP@CofChrist.org along with a 500 character or less description of the person’s qualifications by 1 September 2018. Nominations also may be made by delegates at the 2019 World Conference.
Nonviolence Resolution Survey
The Resolution on Nonviolence has been selected by the First Presidency for consideration at the 2019 World Conference using the first part of the common consent process. This means that delegates will spend additional time listening to one another and surveying.
To help us prepare for that activity, we need your help identifying the perspectives on this resolution within the church. Please share your perspective with us. This survey closes 10 September 2018.
Hundreds Expected for International Youth Forum
Young people from nine countries will be in Independence on July 19-20 during Community of Christ’s 2018 International Youth Forum USA.
Most events will be on the International Headquarters campus, 1001 W. Walnut St., which includes the Temple and Auditorium. Streets around the area—River Boulevard from Lexington Avenue to Walnut Street and Walnut Street from River Boulevard to Temple Court—will be closed as the approximately 800 participants walk to and from events.
Regularly scheduled tours at the Temple are canceled for IYF. The Peace Pavilion in the Auditorium also is closed to the general public during IYF. For more information, contact email@example.com or go to www.CofChrist.org/international-youth-forum.
June 2018 Presiding Bishopric Financial Update
In the June financial update — the second of three in 2018 — church officials thanked members, congregations, and mission centers for their recent generosity. The Bishopric also shared details about the church’s economic status and information from the June meeting of the World Church Finance Board. Learn more here.
USA Apostles Affirm Veazey Statement on Refugee Families
The USA Apostles of Community of Christ join President Stephen Veazey (
One of our Enduring Principles, Worth of All Persons, calls us to "challenge unjust systems that diminish human worth."
We also urge members and friends of the church who share this concern to communicate their views to government officials and legislators.
In Christ’s peace,
Statement from President Veazey Regarding Immigrant Families
On Friday, June 15, I contacted the United States Attorney General by email and voicemail to express my grave concern about the policy of separating children from their refugee immigrant parents.
I stated that such a practice is ungodly, unchristian, and contrary to scriptural teachings about how to treat the most vulnerable in our midst, especially children.
I called on the attorney general to immediately end the current policy because it is unjust and unacceptable. I urge other members and friends of the church who share this concern to communicate your views to governmental officials.
We must join our voices and efforts with others who are working daily to liberate the children and reunite them with their families.
— President Stephen M. Veazey
Updated Youth Worker Application Available
Updated Registered Child and Youth Worker applications are available for mission center officers, youth ministers, and camp directors in North America at www.cofchrist.org/children-and-youth-worker-registration. New versions of the Application Guidance Notes and Mission Center Checklist also are available.
In response to many requests, the RCYW application is being made available as a fillable PDF document.
This should make it easier to submit completed applications electronically. Submit completed RCYW applications to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval and registration.
Applications that are submitted electronically are preferred because they require less time and effort to process. If necessary paper applications can still be mailed or faxed to the Office of General Counsel.Thank you to all mission center, congregational and camping staff for your continued efforts ensuring that any person working with children and youth at Community of Christ events has received the necessary youth worker training and has been registered as a youth worker.
Free Member-Submitted Lessons, Music Available
More than 50 examples of lessons and music created by Community of Christ members are now available on www.HeraldHouse.org for download to members and congregations.
All materials in the Member Created area on the website are free. On the site are lessons, song lyrics, and sheet music for worship—including small-group lessons for youth.
Two Kansas City-area Organizations Named 2019 International Peace Award Winners
For the first time in its history, the Community of Christ International Peace Award will be given to organizations in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, USA.
The two recipients were chosen to highlight the 25th anniversary of the Independence Temple.
Water.org and the Franciscan Mission Warehouse each will receive an award, placing those groups among the ranks of Dr. Jane Goodall (1999) and Bread for the World (2014). The efforts of the award winners uphold Community of Christ Mission Initiatives, including Abolish Poverty, End Suffering and Pursue Peace on Earth.
Water.org is in Kansas City, Missouri. It has provided millions of people with water and sanitation, helping to break the cycle of poverty and expanding opportunities in the world’s poorest communities.
Franciscan Mission Warehouse is in Independence, Missouri. The group collects surplus equipment and supplies from US medical facilities and sends them to hospitals and clinics in the poorest parts of the world.
The International Peace Award includes a financial gift to be donated to the charitable peace, justice, or environmental organization of the recipient’s choice. Honorees also receive an original sculpture by Wyoming artist Gail Sundell that depicts two hands holding a crystal globe of the Earth.
The International Peace Award presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. on 6 April, during the 2019 World Conference. The event marks the 26th year of the award and the presentation is scheduled to be webcast from the Auditorium conference chamber. A wider public announcement will be made closer to the presentation date.
Every Congregation's History Matters
Congregational historians are needed to help share our sacred story! To appoint a historian:
- Choose someone in your congregation to represent your history. Make sure this person is willing and available to serve.
- The congregation's pastor or mission center president then contacts the World Church librarian-archivist at email@example.com, supplying the name and address of the nominee.
- An official appointment letter and writing guidelines will be sent to the new historian.
Letter Regarding Political Climate
The First Presidency and USA Apostles released a letter about the political climate in the USA:
If you are a congregational leader, we invite you to share this letter with your congregation.
Thank you for everything you do to support Christ’s mission!