Community of Christ

Independence

Visit - Independence

Temple and Auditorium

Community of Christ invites all to visit the Temple and Auditorium which house the denomination’s International Headquarters.

In the Temple, visitors can follow the Worshiper’s Path, filled with symbolic artwork, or the 1,600-seat Temple Sanctuary, featuring a spiral ceiling rising 195 feet and the 102-rank, 5,685-pipe organ. The Temple also houses a Meditation Chapel which overlooks a garden designed by master gardeners from Japan, an award-winning stained-glass window, and a museum filled with historical artifacts. (All tours of the museum are subject to docent availability.)

The Auditorium features a 5,800-seat chamber with an expansive domed ceiling rising 90 feet. The chamber features one of the largest free-standing organs in the United States with 6,334 pipes.

Plan Your Visit

Admission

All guests should enter at the East entrance of the Temple near the circle drive. Although donations are graciously accepted, entrance and tours are free to the public.  

Hours

Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for Daily Prayer for Peace
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. for Daily Prayer for Peace; 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for organ recital

Holiday Closings

The Temple is completely closed on the following days:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (USA), President’s Day (USA), Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day (USA), Independence Day (USA), Labor Day (USA), Thursday through Sunday at Thanksgiving (USA), Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. 

The facilities may be closed on additional days, depending on how the holiday falls in the calendar. 

Tours

Guided tours and visits to the International Headquarters are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Guided tours last approximately 30-45 minutes and include the Temple, the Auditorium, and the museum. A free, self-guided audio tour is also available. Scheduling a visit is highly recommended by calling Visitor Services at (816) 833-1000, ext. 2030 or by email

Daily Prayer for Peace

We invite you to attend the Prayer for Peace in the Temple Sanctuary at 1:00 p.m. During this 15-20 minute worship experience, prayers and meditation focus on the need for peace in a specific country.  The Prayer for Peace is open to the public every day, except when the Temple is closed for a holiday.

Check the Calendar of Events for today's country and prayer.

Organ Recitals

From January to May and August to December, the Temple will be open to the public for 30-minute organ recitals every Sunday at 2:30 p.m., except holidays.

In June and July, 30-minute organ recital will occur every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., except holidays.

The headquarters complex houses two organs, the Temple Casavant and the Auditorium Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs. Check the Calendar of Events for information on demonstration organ recitals. 

Library and Archives

The library and archives are private. Students and scholars can request appointment to conduct research.