Community of Christ

Test Your Webcast Connection

1/18/2018

To help prepare for the live worship on January 21, a live stream will be available on Friday, January 19 starting at 1:00 p.m. The live stream will continue through Saturday, January 20, until 10:00 p.m. (CST) to test webcast connections

The link to the live test will be available online beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday.

If you have trouble connecting to the test:

  • Verify that your Internet connection is functioning.
  • Make sure you are testing during the correct time (1:00 p.m. Friday, January 19–10:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday, January 20).
  • If you have verified your connection and the time and still can’t connect, please contact your Internet service provider.

We look forward to gathering with you and sharing in this worship experience with the Community of Christ Seminary and Graceland University on Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. (CST). 

Special Temple Worship 21 January

1/18/2018

A special Temple worship, “Just Jesus,” will be at 7:00 p.m. 21 January in Independence MO, USA. A worship bulletin is available for those who will be joining us via live webcast. 

Matt Frizzell, Community of Christ Seminary dean, and Stassi Cramm, of the Community of Christ First Presidency, will speak on Jesus as our revelation of God’s justice, and what it means for our mission to invite people to Christ.

The combined Graceland University choirs, led by Sara Blessing, will perform. Jack Ergo will be the organist. The scheduled music includes:

  • "Cry Out and Shout," by Knut Nystedt (1915-2014), as a choral introit
  • "Gaudete," arranged by Michael Engelhardt (b. 1974), as the choral performance
  • "Behold, How Good," by Michael John Trotta (b. 1978), during the candlelighting

Noah Wood and Brenden Chandler will be soloists; William Bayse, Phillip Richard, Emily Briggs, and Bobbie Moore will make up the percussion ensemble.

Join us in person or online via live webcast. The service is a partnership between Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University and Community of Christ. A reception will follow.


Letter Upholds Worth of All Persons

1/17/2018

A letter sent from the First Presidency on 17 January upholds the Worth of All Persons and serves as a reminder that God's will is that we love our neighbors and live together in peace.

When Is Your 2018 Reunion?

1/11/2018

Reunions and family camps are important events in the life of the church. These inter-generational gatherings allow us to tangibly experience the blessings of community as we live, love, and share together and grow in our understandings of the mission of Jesus Christ. Make sure your reunion or family camp is listed on the CofChrist web calendar.  

Please use this simple form to send the following information to us.

  • Mission center
  • Reunion name 
  • Reunion location
  • Dates
  • Contact information

Spiritual Formation Program Deadline Is 26 January

1/10/2018

As a new group of Spiritual Formation and Companioning participants gather, they are reminded that applications are due by 26 January.

For three years, participants have learned to listen more deeply to their longings and callings. They also learned to listen more skillfully and attentively to others, discovering a depth in relationships that the soul craves.

Now a new Cohort of students will form to begin classes. The training provides opportunities to grow in spiritual community, discover new forms of worship and practice, and learn from gifted ecumenical presenters. The first year focuses on personal spiritual formation and transformation with an option of continuing for the second and third years to receive a Spiritual Companioning and Leadership certificate.

A complete article about the courses appeared in the November/December Herald. For more information, contact Katie Harmon-McLaughlin at khmclaughlin@CofChrist.org, (816) 833-1000, ext. 2393; or administrative support at (816) 833-1000, ext. 3038.

Apply for World Service Corps

1/9/2018

World Service Corps is an international volunteer ministry of Community of Christ, committed to offering volunteer opportunities for leadership development, disciple formation, and cultural immersion. Applications are being accepted through 31 January for anyone interested in serving as a short-term volunteer in 2018. Apply and get more information about World Service Corps at www.worldservicecorps.org. If you have questions, e-mail wsc@CofChrist.org, or call (816) 833-1000 ext. 2241.

Early Registration for Retreat Due Soon

12/19/2017

Awakened Heart, a retreat scheduled Feb. 16-18, will focus on spiritual practice, yoga, meditation and what it takes to embrace a contemplative stance in the world.

The deadline for discounted registration is 1 January. The $160 fee covers housing, meals and materials at Happy Valley Conference Center, surrounded by redwood trees at Santa Cruz, Calif. After 1 January, the fee is $175.

Facilitators include Katie Harmon-McLaughlin, Lisa Ash Dracker, and Scott Giles.

More information at the spiritual formation site, or from khmclaughlin@cofchrist.org

Additional Contributions Put Giving Tuesday Over $390,000

11/29/2017

Although Giving Tuesday is primarily a social media event that functions through electronic gifts, checks are welcome, too. Several designated for the campaign have arrived in the mail, putting the total received at $397,448. The campaign total in 2016 was $312,500.

Michele McGrath, director of finance, reported that the number of contributions through eTithing was three times what it was last year.

Thank you so much for your generosity! Your contributions make a difference in the lives of people in many nations. We especially thank the generous families who provided matching funds for our Giving Tuesday campaign.

Presiding Bishopric Financial Update November 2017

11/16/2017

Stassi Cramm, presiding bishop and counselor to the president, had two items of good news 16 November when she offered the third of three promised messages on the financial condition of the church. 

Community of Christ ended fiscal year 2017 on 30 June with a surplus of just more than $600,000. Although total income was a bit below budget, expenses were held within the available income for the fiscal year, Cramm said. 

In September, the Presiding Bishopric paid off a line of credit with Bank of Kansas City, using the $600,000 surplus and other funds. Cramm explained the financial position of the church, the valuation of its assets and plans for a way to make income more predictable and sustainable in materials available to view and read online.

New Videos Explain eTithing

11/9/2017

A series of short videos show how to use the USA eTithing function on www.CofChrist.org.

Bishop Michele McGrath hosts the series and walks viewers through several of the most common tasks.

The videos explain how to select your home congregation and direct your contribution to Local Mission Tithes and Worldwide Mission Tithes. Once your account is set up, changing personal or billing information in the account is much like the functions seen on retail sites. And, contributors receive a mailed statement. 

Pick the video that applies to you:

For questions about your eTithing account not covered in the videos, contact FiscalServices@CofChrist.org or (816) 833-1000, ext. 1391. More information is available on the eTithing FAQ page


You're Invited to Write for Daily Bread 2018

11/8/2017

Do you have an experience, poem, or reflection that you would like to share with the church community in Daily Bread?

We are looking for submissions that are approximately 300 words. Remember to write for a global audience and in your own voice.

Some possible writing prompts:

  • Where does God show up in your daily life?
  • How are we invited to notice and tend the sacred in the ordinary?
  • How has the Spirit been forming and transforming you over time?

More Daily Bread writing guidelines and a submission form are online. Thank you for considering sharing in this ministry!

Key Points and Ways to Help - Time to Act!

10/24/2017

NEW: This document includes key points from President Veazey's message and lists a few tangible ways you can help as we move together into the future. 

Also available: 

Plan Now to Enlist Graceland Students for Internships

10/19/2017

Church-affiliated organizations, mission centers, campgrounds, and congregations with interest in interns are encouraged to contact Mike Hoffman, campus minister at Graceland University.

Hoffman said recently that some students already are being placed for summer of 2018.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations outside the church also are encouraged to take on interns, providing them experience related to majors or a career. Jan Gray handles those inquiries at the college.

Internships are an integral part of Graceland’s experience for students, Hoffman said. Positions related to a major or career help them prepare for employment. An internship related to the Community of Christ's mission can help prepare students for bi-vocational ministry.

Most students would benefit from paid internships. Transportation, housing, and meals might also be considered for internship plans. Resources to help plan an internship are available.

For more information, contact Hoffman at mhoffman@graceland.edu or Gray at elliott@graceland.edu

Submission of 2019 World Conference Resolutions

10/17/2017

Deadline for mission centers to submit items for 2019 World Conference consideration is 6 April. 

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.

Submissions should be sent to Susan Sloan, World Church secretary, at Community of Christ International Headquarters or to ssloan@CofChrist.org.

Social Media Resources Available

9/13/2017

The Communications team, with Latter-day Seeker Ministries and the help of volunteers, has developed five resources outlining ways to use the internet to reach people looking for a spiritual home and members hoping to build sustaining relationships:

The Website Toolkit has instructions for building a congregational website, including a sample (http://CofChristsample.weebly.com).

Use Social Media Profile Images to reflect Community of Christ’s visual standards. Congregations and mission centers also are welcome to use cover images if needed.

Facebook 101 Best Practices outlines basic information, including how to create a Facebook page and group.

Google My Business Account explains how to edit congregation information on Google.

Social Media Guidelines defines how mission centers and congregations should respond to negative comments and handle copyright rules and privacy concerns. Contact Communications (Communications@CofChrist.org) with questions.

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!

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.

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!

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