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2019 World Conference Preparation

2019 World Conference Preparation

In preparation for World Conference 2019, the question becomes an invitation to pilgrimage—a journey of individual and community discernment, discovery, and of becoming. Our pilgrim heritage guides our journey. It is an exciting faith adventure, still unfolding. Whether we gather for World Conference in person or in spirit, all are invited to step across the threshold of the now, to shed ourselves of personal agendas, and to journey anew into what can be.

—Janné Grover, “A Journey of Becoming,” May/June Herald


Delegate Check-list

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a delegate for the 2019 World Conference. In preparation for the event, here are some items to complete before arriving at Conference.

Registration and Logistics

  • Register now online or via a paper form. Early bird deadline is 1 February.
  • Plan to arrive on Friday, 5 April to participate in the First Presidency’s reception at 7pm and opening weekend festivities that begin on Saturday at 10am. See full schedule online.
  • Download the World Conference app if you are an electronic device user (launching late Jan-early Feb –will hyperlink to Google Play and App Store when available)

Delegate Business Information

  • Read through the World Conference resolutions and summaries to familiarize yourself with the business coming before the church
  • Pay special attention to items J-1 and J-2
  • Review the November Financial Update

Spiritual Preparation

  • Study “Breathe New Life” as individuals, families, small groups, or adult classes.
  • Consider reading “Summoned to Pilgrimage” for further study.
  • Join with brothers and sisters around the world on February 17 for the Day of Prayer and Special Offering for World Conference.
  • Beginning February 24, start your 40-day spiritual journey toward World Conference. Follow the weekly prompts in the January/February Herald, online, and through social media.

Invitation to Preparation 

There are several ways members and friends of the church around the world can prepare for World Conference, whether you are able to attend in person or will join us via live webcast or social media. 

Breathe New Life 

Individual, Group, or Sunday School study

This 2018 adult text (available in English, French, and Spanish) is a guide for personal or group study and reflection. It centers on the purposes of the Temple described in Doctrine and Covenants 156:5. God breathes new life into the church and the world as disciples embody peace, reconciliation, healing, witness, wholeness, formation, and restoration.

Summoned to Pilgrimage

Individual, Group, or Sunday School study

Velma Ruch’s book, first released in 1994, explores the Temple as a focus of a pilgrim people. In addition, it is an excellent guide for preparing to participate in World Conference, whether in person or online. The late author, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Graceland University and an evangelist, glimpses the potential of a people entrusted by God with stewardship over the Temple and its ministries. This book will be reprinted as a special edition for the 25th anniversary of the Temple dedication. It is available as for purchase as a book or e-book from www.HeraldHouse.org.

Peace Flags

Intergenerational Activity

As we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Temple in Independence, Missouri, we are inviting the whole church to celebrate by creating colorful peace flags. The flags will represent expressions of the Church Seal and include messages or prayers for peace. Individuals and groups of all ages can create flags. Spend time focusing on peace in Sunday school classes; retreats; youth groups; and gatherings of priesthood, pastor teams, mission center council members, mission center conferences, and congregations.

Supplies

Send your flags to us by 1 March 2019:

Community of Christ
c/o World Conference
1001 W. Walnut St.
Independence, MO 64050 USA

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