Community of Christ

Statement on Recent Immigration Order

2/2/2017

The First Presidency released a statement on the recent immigration executive order.

New Community of Christ Team Includes Three World Church Historians

1/13/2017

History is alive and well, valued, and continues to play a critical role in the life of the church, said Apostle Lachlan Mackay, leader of a newly formed history team. The Church History and Sacred Story Team, chartered by Community of Christ President Stephen M. Veazey, has three volunteer historians. They are David Howlett of Saratoga Springs, New York; Barbara Walden of Hartford, Connecticut; and Ron Romig of Independence, Missouri.The goal of the team will be to engage the church in exploring its sacred story in responsible ways that inform and encourage its mission, Mackay said.

Walden holds a master of arts in museum studies and is executive director of the church Historic Sites Foundation. Romig is past president of both the John Whitmer and Mormon History associations. Howlett has a religious studies doctorate from the University of Iowa. Other members of the team include Peter Judd of Kansas City, Missouri; Rachel Killebrew of Independence; and John-Charles Duffy of Oxford, Ohio. 

The team will write articles for the Herald magazine and the international church website, encourage exploration of international history, and produce reports for the First Presidency. The team can be reached at historian@CofChrist.org.

2016 World Conference Minutes

8/3/2016

The 2016 World Conference minutes were reviewed and approved by the Standing High Council Minutes Review Team. The review and approval procedure was included in the Standing Rules for the 2016 World Conference and approved by World Conference delegates.

Dome and Spire Supported through Worldwide Mission Budget

7/27/2016

The recently approved Worldwide Mission Budget for fiscal year 2017 (beginning July 1, 2016) funds the principal organist position, organ maintenance, and organ recitals. As the church faced recent financial challenges, Dome and Spire Organ Foundation was also impacted. Foundation assets, a separate fund within the Temple Endowment, were not earning income or generating sufficient liquid assets to support a spending rate at this time because church investments are now primarily real estate. 

The Dome and Spire Organ Foundation Board of Directors decided to dissolve the foundation at its May 2016 quarterly meeting, because there are limited liquid assets to manage. The Dome and Spire Organ Foundation website and Facebook page will be removed by the end of August. Find frequently asked questions about the foundation on the church’s Dome and Spire page. 

The church believes in the mission of the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation and hopes maintaining and showcasing the church’s two renowned organs will be carried on through support of the Worldwide Mission Budget. You can support this purpose by sending Worldwide Mission tithes to International Headquarters, indicating it is a Dome and Spire contribution or write Dome and Spire on the World Ministries side of your offering envelope.

Visit the Community of Christ website and Facebook page for current news and scheduled activities.

2016 World Conference Official Actions

6/23/2016

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.

Financial Q&A

4/18/2016

Additional financial questions sent during the 3 April President's Address and Q&A webcast are answered by the First Presidency and Acting Presiding Bishopric.

Words of Counsel

4/5/2016

See the final version of the words of counsel to be considered for inclusion in the Doctrine and Covenants during the 2016 World Conference.

Letter of Counsel and Field Changes

3/31/2016

President Veazey shared a letter of counsel today regarding changes in World Church leadership. Another letter outlined changes in the USA Mission Field structure. Please read these letters and share this information. 

Update on the Grassroots Effort from the Acting Presiding Bishopric

3/24/2016

In February, a social media group asked Community of Christ leaders what it would take to avoid layoffs in March and beyond. The leadership responded, saying the church would need an increase in world mission tithes that is timely, reliable, and sustainable and encouraging members to submit world mission tithing plans to the Presiding Bishopric. 

During that time, the church received just over $1M in one-time contributions and $1.2M in sustaining commitments for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Read the full update from the Acting Presiding Bishopric. 


Impending Budget Cuts Inspire Generosity

3/23/2016

President Steve Veazey talked with Apostle Linda Booth about the church’s difficult financial situation, as well as the grassroots effort that has released a growing spirit of generosity throughout the world. Watch the video or read the transcript

Audit Report

3/16/2016

As another step toward greater transparency, and in response to requests received, the Presiding Bishopric will post the Fiscal Year 2014 Audit Report (our most recent) and future audit reports on the website.  Previously these reports were published in the World Conference booklet, however to cut down on printing, people will be directed to the website resource instead.

Financial Update

3/4/2016

Acting Presiding Bishop Stassi Cramm shares more details about the church’s financial situation. (text)

“What Would It Take?” Dialogue in a concerned social media group started a grassroots effort to encourage increased generosity and support current staffing levels for the worldwide church. They asked leaders what it would take to avoid layoffs in March and beyond.

First Presidency Shares Financial Update

2/18/2016

The First Presidency and World Church leaders want to share the following financial updates and related information with the church:

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2016 International Peace Award Recipient

1/22/2016

The First Presidency announced Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee (pronounced beau we) as the 2016 Community of Christ International Peace Award recipient. Read their official statement

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

1/4/2016

The Presiding Bishopric released the Fiscal Year 2016 summarized budget

Statement on Syrian Refugee Crisis

9/14/2015

The First Presidency released a statement on the Syrian refugee crisis

World Church Leadership Transitions

9/8/2015

President Steve Veazey released important information about World Church leadership transitions.

Calls for Presidents of Seventy

7/1/2015

The First Presidency outlined who will fill vacancies to serve as presidents of seventy and members of the Council of Presidents of Seventy

Ecumenical Interfaith Officer

6/12/2015

The First Presidency released information about the Ecumenical and Interfaith officer for Community of Christ.

World Conference Resolution (WCR) 1304 Baptismal Prayers

6/1/2015

The First Presidency released information in response to World Conference Resolution 1304 Baptismal Prayers.

Next Peace Award at 2016 Conference

5/6/2015

The First Presidency released information about the next Community of Christ International Peace Award

Letter of Counsel

1/20/2015

The First Presidency released a letter of counsel regarding the Presiding Quorums.