Community of Christ

Redesigned Icons Illustrate Enduring Principles

7/24/2017

Icons Promote a Unified Understanding of Christ’s Message

To better communicate the foundations of Community of Christ, new symbols have been created to describe the Enduring Principles. Congregations and mission centers are urged to use these in their printed materials, social media, and websites to help the church promote its message.

"For several years, members have requested icons for our nine Enduring Principles, which express who God calls us to be," said Apostle Linda Booth, director of Communications. "The Communications Team worked with John Hamer from Toronto, taking his original designs to create icons that complement our Mission Initiatives icons, which represent what God calls us to do. I hope the church uses these new icons in ways to inspire and instill the church’s core values."  

Grace and Generosity is a palm-up hand profile below a heart.

Sacredness of Creation is a sprouting plant.

Continuing Revelation is a curling flame.

Worth of All Persons is trio of silhouettes.

All Are Called is a globe.

Responsible Choices is two arrows in a circular design.

Pursuit of Peace is a dove in flight.

Unity in Diversity is three outlined shapes that interconnect to form a circle.

Blessings of Community is an outline of a house with a heart inside.

Updated Mission Initiative icons also are available.

The new Enduring Principles icons are attached. All the icons can be downloaded at www.CofChrist.org/graphics.       

Scouts, Community of Christ Sign Memorandum

7/7/2017

Duty to God has been a central theme of Boy Scout programs since the organization's beginning. That was the inspiration for the 7 July memorandum-signing ceremony at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, MO, USA. 

The church and Scout officials formalized their more than 100 years together working to instill strong values in youth. The first Boy Scout Troop west of the Mississippi River was begun at the Stone Church, a Community of Christ congregation just a few hundred feet from where the Temple now stands. That troop was formed by W.O. Hands in 1911, including the boys in his Sunday school class.

Scott Murphy, director of Field Ministries for the church, and Michael Surbaugh, chief Scout executive from the BSA’s national office in Irving, Texas, formally recognized the cooperation with a memorandum of understanding. 

The church's hope is that the ceremony will encourage more congregations to host scouting programs. In many ways, the Enduring Principles are reflected in the Boy Scout Oath and Law. 

The memorandum includes a stipulation that membership in Boy Scouts of America and Community of Christ-chartered scouting units reflect the Worth of All Persons.

Jared Fears, a Community of Christ employee and church liaison with the Boy Scouts of America, received the International Youth Service Award  World Community from the church. He has participated in scouting programs since 1966.

The national Scout office compiled some of Surbaugh's comments:

"For over 100 years, the Community of Christ and the Boy Scouts of America have had a truly sacred partnership that has resulted in the development of outstanding leaders whose formative years were spent in pursuit of the high ideals of leadership, citizenship, and service to others.

The consistent and resounding word spoken by our friends with the Community of Christ and the First Presidency is the word – peace. Often unrecognized, the ultimate and true goal of Lord Baden-Powell in initiating the worldwide Scouting movement was to use it as a conduit to ultimately achieve world peace. We know that as youth of all nations grow in their attainment of core values, and through adherence to the Scout Oath and Law, peace among nations could become a reality from this dream. Although the world has yet to achieve a peaceful existence, both the Community of Christ and the Scouting movement will never waiver in pursuit of that dream. The young people that together we have served are positioned well to provide a positive change in their community, nations, and the world."


A Reminder: Sharing Generously Supports Christ’s Mission

7/3/2017

While contributions through May continue to lag behind estimates, we know that as a community of generous disciples, we are capable of giving at remarkable levels as demonstrated in 2016.

Church leaders are asking all members, friends, and jurisdictions to consider matching their giving to last year. Supporting Worldwide Mission Tithes in this way will allow the church to sustain critical ministries and programs. Heading into the busy summer months, may we find time to reflect on our financial response to God’s generous gifts in our lives.

  
Mission tithes make ministry possible around the world, drawing many to the loving Community of Christ. Richard Betts, Generosity Team leader, explains “Why I Give” in his mission story. Find more about giving at www.CofChrist.org/give.


How to Have a Healthy Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

6/30/2017

Jody Hueschen will headline a Health Ministries Association weekend of presentations and workshops 25-26 August the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Boulevard, in Independence, MO, USA.
 
Hueschen, president of the Kansas City chapter of the American Holistic Nurses’ Association, will open the events. Her 7 p.m. speech on 25 August and the reception afterward are free and open to the public. 

A registration fee will be charged for the 26 August workshops that begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and snacks are included. Early bird fees range from $20 for students to $60 for adults. 

On the workshop agenda is a panel discussion by professionals on the mind-body-spirit connection. Other presentations will cover aspects of holistic nursing, mind/body medicine, and art therapy. More program information will be announced as plans are completed.

Learn more regarding registration. Or call (816) 833-1000, ext. 1262 or 1418, for more information. Certificates of attendance will be available.
 

Financial Update, Summer 2017

6/19/2017

In the second of three financial updates promised this year the Presiding Bishopric expresses its gratitude to church members for their generosity. The Bishopric shares details about the church’s current economic situation and decisions that were made at the June meeting of the World Church Finance Board.

The new budget, a video, and a question-and-answer document also are available.

Download Community of Christ App

6/14/2017

Download the Community of Christ app for Android and iOS devices from Google Play and the App Store on iTunes. With the Community of Christ app, you can read daily spiritual devotions, watch inspiring videos, stay in touch with mission happening around the world, and much more!

Scripture Resources Page Updated

6/13/2017

Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith have revised an extensive list of study tools on www.CofChrist.org.

Several new titles were added to a collection of others that have proved their usefulness. Perhaps most important, the materials are aligned with "Scripture in Community of Christ.”

The list, Reliable Tools for Serious Scripture Study, is one of the many resources on the site. The volumes described are for personal or congregational use and include Bibles, commentaries and lectionary-based resources. Links to websites offer sermon helps and study series recommendations, including series for young adults.

Tony Chvala-Smith is a Community of Christ Seminary professor and Charmaine Chvala-Smith is the seminary chaplain. Both are scripture and theology consultants at International Headquarters.

Saying Yes to Love and Hope, No to Fear and Doubt

6/13/2017

When the World Church Finance Board arrived for its 3-4 June meeting at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA, members encountered more than 50 financial reports, numerous concerns, and multiple warnings about disturbing trends.

When the board left, it had a Worldwide Mission Budget of nearly $18.7 million for fiscal year 2018…and abundant hope. Read more here.

International Youth Forum-USA Plans Underway

5/30/2017

Plans are underway for 2018 International Youth Forum-USA (IYF USA). This is an international gathering where youth from around the world come together to celebrate and claim their place in Community of Christ. The event, held once every four years, is an awesome experience at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA that each youth has one chance to attend.

This special event will be July 19-20, 2018, for youth who have finished grades 9-12 (ages 15-19). Learn more.

Updated Congregation Pages Available

5/5/2017

Expanded congregation pages on www.CofChrist.org/find-a-congregation are available. This provides an opportunity for congregations to share more information about themselves with website visitors. 

New sections of the congregation page: 

  • Welcome — a statement welcoming visitors and seekers to their congregation 
  • Share with us — a list of worship and gathering times 
  • Our ministries — youth group, English as a Second Language courses, etc. 
  • Social media links — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram 

Current sections of the congregation page: 

  • Photo 
  • Address 
  • Congregation contact information (phone, e-mail) 
  • Website link 
  • Leadership contact information 
  • Google map 
  • Mission center association 

Visit the Liberty Congregation page for an example of an expanded congregation page. 

Congregations must complete this form to update their page. Email web@CofChrist.org with questions. 

Commentary on Principles From the First Presidency

4/28/2017

The First Presidency has released commentary regarding priesthood morality in response to a referral from the 2016 World Conference.
The commentary is based in the Enduring Principles, which help define the character and identity of our church. They arise from our response to the foundation of our faith—God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit—and our sacred story as a people. The presidency encourages the church to become familiar with these principles and explanations in anticipation of coming responses to particular issues.

Priesthood Status Categories Update Arrives

4/28/2017

Priesthood Status Categories is the second recent document supplied by church officials. It describes the Community of Christ ministry structure, which encourages faithfulness and is responsive to changing personal circumstances. Similar information can be found in the July/August Herald.

Community of Christ World Conference Resolutions

2/22/2017

The 2016 World Conference authorized the First Presidency to make a selection of the resolutions that have current force and effect for the management of the church and further authorized the Presidency to make necessary editorial changes to bring the language into current usage.  

The World Conference Resolutions are presented to give church leaders easy reference to them and for those who might be investigating Community of Christ to see the actions of our highest legislative body and know what the church stands for. A log of all World Conference enactments with copies are maintained in the church’s archives for the use of historians and researchers. The document will be housed in the Resource database on the church's website. 

Submission of 2019 World Conference Resolutions

1/19/2017

Resolutions to be considered by the 2019 World Conference should address significant issues that would concern the entire church. Resolutions should propose actions that are clearly defined, capable of being readily implemented, and aligned to directly address the concerns raised. 

Resolutions submitted early in the inter-Conference period will benefit from having ample time for translation, collaborative review by church leaders and mission centers, and more thorough church-wide discernment. 

World Conference Resolution 1308 “Time for Introduction of New Business, adopted in June 2016, states:

Resolved, That for legislation to come before World Conference, such legislation must be submitted to the First Presidency no later than one year before the opening of each World Conference.

The deadline for mission centers to submit items for 2019 World Conference consideration is April 6, 2018. Submissions should be sent to Susan Sloan, World Church secretary, at Community of Christ International Headquarters or to ssloan@CofChrist.org.

Letter Regarding Political Climate

11/21/2016

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!