Family-friendly Spiritual Retreat in April
Join in a family-friendly spiritual retreat, Encountering God at Home, at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, April 7-9, 2017. This retreat will focus on nurturing household spirituality for families, children, and youth. There will be tracks for adults, youth, and children, with childcare available for children under 3. Though this retreat is designed for young families who are seeking ways to have meaningful spiritual experience in their homes, everyone who feels the call to work with children and families is encouraged to attend! Information and the retreat flier are on the Spiritual Formation Center website. Contact Katie with any questions.
All Music Is God’s - October Spiritual Formation Retreat in Kirtland
Join in a spiritual retreat, All Music Is God’s, at the Spiritual Formation Center and Kirtland Temple in Ohio October 21-23, 2016. Don Compier will be the guest facilitator and will be utilizing his book, Listening to Popular Music. This retreat will include a pilgrimage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We will explore the artificial lines we draw between sacred and secular and how God’s presence and activity can be found in every dimension of life, even by turning on the radio! Information and the retreat flier is on the Spiritual Formation Center website. Registration is open for this event and will close October 1. Limited spaces will be available. Contact Katie with any questions.
Worldwide Mission Tithes Contribution Update
Members and friends continue to respond generously to Worldwide Mission budget needs, giving an estimated $1,250,000 in May. Year-to-date contributions total $7,075,000, which is 13 percent ahead of the revised annual goal of $15,100,000. Sustaining this level of giving is essential as we continue to seek ways to move Christ’s mission forward. Thank you!
Health and Spirituality Workshop
The Health and Wholeness Team invites you to the upcoming Health and Spirituality workshop: "Relationships: Rejoice, Repair, and Release," August 26-27 at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence. Learn more and register from the Health Ministries Association website.
Church Launches New Online Giving Platform in USA
Community of Christ launched e-Tithing, a new online giving platform, for members and friends in the USA.
Giving is safe, easy, and flexible with e-Tithing! You can give on your desktop computer, tablet, and mobile device. Make one-time and recurring contributions by bank withdrawal, and with credit and debit cards. When you set-up a recurring contribution, you decide when giving starts and the frequency of recurrence (weekly, every two weeks, bimonthly, or monthly).
You can also contribute anonymously or create an account. With an account, you can:
- View your giving history
- Add a credit or debit card
- Change credit or debit card information
- Manage your recurring contribution
- Make a one-time gift
If your congregation accepts online contributions, you can give to Local Mission Tithes and Worldwide Mission Tithes. If your congregation does not accept online contributions, you can still give to Worldwide Mission Tithes.
Thank you for everything you do to support Christ’s mission!
Graceland Seeks President
The Graceland University Board of Trustees invites applications for the office of president of the university. The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate; demonstrate a successful record of values-based leadership in higher education, consistent with the mission of Community of Christ and Graceland University; have a minimum of 10 years experience at the senior level in various higher education settings and institutions, preferably with experience in the presidential role; a proven record in fund-raising, institutional advancement, financial management, and resource allocation in higher education; and executive-level experience in higher education relevant to academic affairs, student life, and enrollment management. Graceland University is an equal opportunity employer. Send applications to Jodi Seymour, executive assistant to the president, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA 50140.
Read the Official Actions Taken at World Conference
Please read and share the Official Actions of the 2016 World Conference. Complete daily minutes from the Conference are being reviewed. They will be e-mailed to staff and published on CofChrist.org in English, French, and Spanish as soon as they are available.
Letter to USA Church Regarding Orlando
The USA Team of Apostles released this letter to the USA Church regarding the tragic events in Orlando. Please read and share it as we work to find solutions that foster justice and peace.
World Conference Videos on YouTube
Watch clips from World Conference live webcasts on the Community of Christ YouTube channel.
Your Generosity Makes a Difference
Check out the 2015 Generosity Annual Report and reflect on the difference you made on mission as we live out the five Mission Initiatives.
Historic Sites Bus Tour 2016
“For Everyone Born: A Place in the Story” is back by popular demand! After last year’s bus tour, Barbara Walden and Peter Smith agreed to repeat the 14-day tour 3-16 October 2016. Explore the diverse people and experiences within the Community of Christ story, witnessing our 185-year history of practicing Unity in Diversity and the Worth of All Persons. Worship in the Kirtland Temple and Palmyra’s Sacred Grove. Learn about the history of Nauvoo, Plano, and Lamoni. Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Women’s Rights National Historical Park; Gettysburg; Washington, DC; Colonial Williamsburg; and much more!
Tour price is $1,799 per person for double-occupancy, $2,599 per person single occupancy. Price includes luxury bus transportation (from Independence, Missouri, area), lodging, tour fees, and most meals. Reservation forms and a full tour itinerary are available on the Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation website, or contact Linda Etchison at (217) 453-2246. Seating is limited. Reserve your place today!
2016 Reunion Themes and Resources
Reunion themes and resources are now available for 2016. This includes resources for Sharing Services, All-Ages Devotions and Activities, Adults, Youth, Children, and Young Children. Of Water and Spirit and Of Water and Spirit for Children will be used for Adult, Youth, and Children lessons.
Community of Christ Releases an App
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.
The app development was funded through the generous offerings received during the USA National Conference after event expenses were met.
Support Community of Christ Through AmazonSmile
Community of Christ is now registered as a charitable organization through AmazonSmile.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Community of Christ whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider making Community of Christ the recipient of a portion of your eligible sales. Simply click this link to smile.amazon.com (for our Canadian members and friends, please use this link for a similar option at Amazon.ca) and Community of Christ will automatically become the charitable organization of your choice. You can change it at anytime. If you search for us, please search "Community of Christ Independence MO" in order have us show up on the first page of results.
New Ministry and Priesthood Courses
The full line of new Ministry and Priesthood courses from Temple School will be available at World Conference 2016. As courses become available, you will be able to purchase them from Herald House.
These classes emphasize spiritual formation, justice and peacemaking, modeling generosity, and providing ministry consistent with the church’s identity, mission, message, and beliefs.
Each lesson incorporates different styles of learning and focuses on what the participants need to know, how they are to be, and what they are to do as disciples and priesthood members.
TS-SS400 Introduction to Scripture by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith
This course is taught by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith on the Introduction to Scripture USB drive. Course facilitators will need this resource so everyone who takes the class can experience these excellent teachers. Each session has built-in places where students are assigned tasks or instructed to share in conversation along with the class in the video.
The Introduction to Scripture book is the resource that each student needs for the eight-session course. It is written by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith and defines and explores the nature of scripture in the life of the church. It helps students understand genre, literary context, and historical and cultural context. The lessons also provide guides in the responsible use of the Old Testament and dealing with difficult texts; provides a sample small-group Bible study; and explores the function of the Lectionary in sacraments, preaching, and teaching. Students practice an eight-step exegesis process.
TS-MP301 Ministry of the Disciple
These 10 lessons engage disciples in spiritual practices and active learning focusing on what is important to know, be, and do as disciples and ministers of Jesus Christ. The lessons work well in various learning and small-group settings.