Community of Christ

Test Your Webcast Connection

3/20/2019

Planning to share live webcasts from the 2019 World Conference with your congregation or small group?
To help you prepare, we’re providing live test streams in English, French, and Spanish on Saturday, 30 March, starting at 3:00 p.m. CDT.

The live streams will be available until Monday, 1 April at 8 a.m. CDT so that you can test your webcast connection and display system.
  
We’ll provide an additional live test signal from 10 a.m.-noon CDT on Saturday, 6 April, just prior to the opening service.

Live test streams and live webcasts will be found at these websites:
English — https://www.cofchrist.org/live-webcast 
Spanish — https://espanol.cofchrist.org/transmision-en-vivo
French — https://francais.cofchrist.org/transmission-en-direct  
Links to worship bulletins will be added to these websites as soon as the bulletins are available.

If you have trouble connecting to the test:
Verify that your Internet connection is functioning.
Make sure you are testing during the correct time. A time zone calculator can help.  
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 events at 2019 World Conference. 

January Contribution Update

3/14/2019

  

Estimated contributions to Worldwide Mission Tithes in January were $875,000, approximately $155,000 behind projections.   

The Worldwide Mission Tithes goal for 2019 is $14.7 million. May we each continue to explore our true capacity to support mission and sustain the church into the future.

Bad weather? Vacation? Illness?  eTithing allows you to give to support mission even when you can’t be there in person.  Sign up today!

Materials for 2019 Reunion Planning

3/13/2019

Reunion is a time for spiritual growth, personal discernment, renewed relationships—and fun. “Following the Spirit” is the theme of this year’s materials. Each is designed to be modified for your reunion location and the makeup of the community you serve. The materials are flexible enough to use for Sunday school or individual study. 

Adult Lessons, a book in printed form, will be available through www.HeraldHouse.org in April . 

All others are available through www.CofChrist.org now as PDFs to download and print locally. Look for: 

  • Children’s Activity Guide
  • Sharing Services
  • Worship Resources
  • Youth Lessons 

For more information, email Communications@CofChrist.org

Copyright Information Updated for Congregations, Leaders

3/6/2019

Updated information and guidance regarding copyright and trademarks is available at CofChrist.org.

In response to suggestions and frequently asked questions from Community of Christ members and leaders, the Office of General Counsel has added copyright information about streaming or podcasting worship services, using online content, posting online, and the use of YouTube videos in church.

 
Expanded information about copyright exemptions, licenses, and permissions is included in the online update. The subject of trademarks is covered, including specifics about the use of Community of Christ trademarks.

Congregations and mission centers are encouraged to review this information. Copyright questions also can be answered by email.

 
Thank you to all members, priesthood, and leaders for your continued efforts to remain compliant with copyright and trademark law, and ensure any copyrighted material is used responsibly in your congregation and mission center worship services, online presence, resources, and other ministries.

 
Please remember that, even when living exciting expressions of our faith and mission, we have a legal and a moral obligation to respect the rights of those who have created copyrighted materials.

Youth Service Corps at World Conference

2/22/2019

Do you know a young person who has completed grades 6–12  and is coming to World Conference in April? We invite them to apply for the volunteer Youth Service Corps. Corps members work various shifts and perform a variety of official services that help keep World Conference running smoothly. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet youth from around the world and make memories to last a lifetime. The deadline to apply is 8 March 2019. 

Apply today!

Download the 2019 World Conference App

2/21/2019

Simplify the 2019 World Conference experience with our app for smartphone or tablet that links users to schedules, registration, documents, and even a game.
 
The app is available now in English, French, or Spanish at https://crowd.cc/s/23xvu. To get the app, click the link while using your device and download the Apple or Android version.
 
Each user sets up an account, personalizing their experience. A user can link their World Conference profile to social media, customize their schedule, and send messages to other users.
 
At the conference, delegates can receive information regarding the business of the church and its legislation through the app. Church members and friends unable to attend can track conference events and legislation using the app. Some conference events will be live-streamed on the internet, and the app will link to those.
 
As the April dates of World Conference near, the www.CofChrist.org page that links to registration and other conference information will merge with the app.   
 
For more information, contact communications@cofchrist.org.

World Conference Contributions

2/19/2019

Community of Christ members and friends are invited to support the 2019 World Conference through prayer and contributions.

Presiding Evangelist Jane Gardner has written a prayer of blessing for the coming conference and the financial support that is offered. 

Contributions help members and friends worldwide take part in World Conference through live webcasts, social media interaction, and materials published during and after conference.

You can give in a variety of ways!

  • Give through an eTithing account by clicking the World Church button at the bottom of the list. This takes the user to a short list of options that includes World Conference.
  • Use the Give button on the menu (top right) of the CofChrist mobile app.
  • Use a World Conference special offering envelope at your local congregation.
  • Mail a check to International Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, Missouri, USA, and write World Conference on the memo line.

Additional Resolutions

2/13/2019

Three financial items were added to the 2019 World Conference Resolutions document to help delegates prepare. 

These include: 

  • D-2 Worldwide Mission Budget Projections
  • D-3 World Church Budget and Audit Processes
  • D-4 Terminating the General Operating Endowment Fund of the Community of Christ

They are now part of the updated document available on the website. 

Temporary Positions Available

2/5/2019

Human Resource Ministries announces the following temporary/seasonal job opportunities:

  • World Conference Herald House Bookstore Staff
  • World Conference Herald House Bookstore Assistant Manager
  • World Conference worship runner
  • World Conference registration assistant
  • History intern: Nauvoo, Illinois
  • History intern: Kirtland, Ohio

These positions are open to internal and external candidates. Applications will be received until positions are filled. More information on the   

Human Resource Ministries page.

2019 World Conference Delegate Checklist

1/31/2019

A list of items for delegates to 2019 World Conference to complete before arriving has been assembled. We appreciate the willingness of those serving as delegates to this conference, an important event in the life of the church. Follow the links to the list, available in English, French, and Spanish.

https://www.cofchrist.org/2019-world-conference-preparation
https://francais.cofchrist.org/preparer-2019-conference-mondiale
https://espanol.cofchrist.org/preparacion-de-2019-conferencia-mundial


When Is Your 2019 Reunion?

1/29/2019

Reunions and family camps are important events in the life of the church. These intergenerational 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 us this information.

  • Mission center
  • Reunion name
  • Location
  • Dates
  • Contact person name
  • Contact person email
  • Contact person phone number

Letter of Counsel

1/24/2019

Please read the letter of counsel from President Stephen M. Veazey regarding changes in World Church leadership.

Request a Graceland Representative

1/18/2019

Graceland University's summer representatives are selected every year to travel to Community of Christ camps and reunions across North America.

A GU representative will add ministry to your event and share their Graceland experience. These students, some of Graceland’s best and brightest, are trained to use their gifts and talents to help make your camp or reunion a memorable experience.

Camp and reunion directors can request a Graceland representative to be part of your youth camp or reunion staff by visiting the Graceland website. Requests are due March 15. For more information contact Emily Munter, Graceland University’s Community of Christ outreach and marketing specialist.   

World Conference Registration Is Under Way

1/14/2019

Registration for the 2019 World Conference in Independence, Missouri, USA, is under way. 
The conference starts 5 April. Please join us for this important event in the life of the church. 

User-friendly online registration forms include options for adults and children (6-11). Fees, in USD:
• adult: $190
• adult, weekend only: $35
• student/youth: $75
• student/youth, weekend only: $20
• daycare, 6 weeks to 5 years: $225
• off-site supporter: $75
• staff/International Headquarters volunteer: $145 
• Conference Kids: $75
• children’s badge only: $5

More information is available on the conference registration page. Child care registration is on a separate form.

Electronic pages that include a progress bar have simple questions and easy-to-use blanks that provide information needed by conference organizers. 
 
Payment online is by credit or debit card. To pay by check, print the online form once it’s completed and mail it to Community of Christ International Headquarters, ATTN: Conference Registration, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO, 64050.


A Bit of Holiday Reflection

12/19/2018

During the busy Advent and Christmas season, we invite you to take a moment to consider God’s gifts in 2018.

As a church, we are truly grateful for the many mission experiences that were made possible by the generosity of our members and friends. We are also mindful of the many opportunities that exist to make a difference in the world.

May each of us prayerfully consider how our generosity can make that possible.

Making a contribution to Worldwide Mission Tithes is as simple as a few clicks through eTithing or by designating Worldwide Mission Tithes on your offering envelopes.

Together, we can exceed our $2.1 million goal for December and look to the future.

Graceland Names New Seminary Director

12/19/2018

Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, USA, has announced that Zac Harmon-McLaughlin will be the director of the Community of Christ Seminary. Harmon-McLaughlin will start at Graceland in March 2019 and will split his time between the Independence, Missouri, and Lamoni campuses. The seminary was founded in 2002 as a joint venture between Graceland University and Community of Christ.   


Merry Christmas!

12/18/2018

We hope you enjoy this Christmas greeting from Community of Christ.

Worldwide Mission Tithes Update

12/12/2018

Thanks to the generosity of so many, our Giving Tuesday total contributions were $302,000 USD! Thank you to everyone who participated. And a big shout-out to the families that provided matching funds. It was an exciting day and exemplified what we can accomplish when we pull together as a community. 

Estimated contributions to Worldwide Mission Tithes in October were $950,000 USD. We are now approximately $750,000 below the annual goal to date. To achieve $14.7 million USD in 2018, we need to exceed the combined $3.3 million goal for November and December. We ask everyone to prayerfully consider whether you can make an additional contribution above your normal year-end giving to help make this possible. Your generosity is valued and appreciated.

Please Send Your Advent, Christmas Photos

12/12/2018

As you enjoy Advent and Christmas this year, we’d like you to capture your memories in photos and send them to us for possible use in next year’s Herald and on www.CofChrist.org. Photos should be a least 1 megabyte, though bigger is better. Please include caption information: the photographer’s name, the event, and the location. Send photos to Herald@CofChrist.org. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

Thanks to You, We Did It!

12/3/2018

#GivingTuesday contributors, you’re the best.

As of 3 December, we had received over $301,000 USD from the 27 November event, exceeding our $300,000 goal.

The contributions go to Worldwide Mission Tithes and the first $100,000 in donations was matched by generous Community of Christ families. The final total includes the matching funds.

Thank you for your support of Christ’s mission, our mission. 

Financial Update for November 2018

11/19/2018

In the November financial update — the third of three in 2018 — the Presiding Bishopric shared details about the church’s current economic situation and recommendations that were made at the 15 November teleconference meeting of the World Church Finance Board. 

Learn more at http://www.CofChrist.org/financial-updates.

  • Read the full report
  • Review the Q&A document
  • Summary of Generosity Cycle survey results


    RSS Capability Added to Website

    10/3/2018


    The Communications Team has announced the release of four free RSS feeds at www.CofChrist.org/rss. These include Daily Bread, Daily Prayer for Peace, Announcements, and Mission Stories.

    Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication is a way to bring digital content to a user automatically. It also provides a way for web designers and managers to embed content from these sections of CofChrist.org on a web page. The embedded area then updates when new content is added on CofChrist.org

    The request to add this feature came from several people in the field. We hope other congregational and mission center website managers will find it useful to embed or subscribe to RSS feeds to get updated content from CofChrist.org. Individuals who use RSS readers also may subscribe to this service. 

    Send questions about these RSS feeds to the Online Media Team at web@CofChrist.org

    2019 World Conference Website

    8/29/2018

    The 2019 World Conference will be held 5-13 April at the Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence, Missouri, USA. You can find information about the conference including an overview of the week, draft schedule, resolutions that will be discussed, and preparation materials online at the World Conference website. As planning and preparation continues, more information will be added. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/2019-world-conference and make plans to attend this worldwide event! 

    New Sacrament Videos Available Online

    8/16/2018

     The simple beauty of Community of Christ’s sacraments is featured in a series of videos now available for viewing on www.CofChrist.org. 

    The series was designed for training priesthood members, but the brief, inspirational videos will appeal to anyone with an interest in the church. We thank all involved in producing these videos. They are available in English, French, and Spanish. 

    The sacraments portrayed are baptism, confirmation, The Lord’s Supper (communion), marriage, blessing of children, laying on of hands for the sick, and ordination. The sacrament of evangelist blessing has a series of five videos that continue to be available from the Order of Evangelists. 

    Community of Christ affirms God sanctifies common elements of creation — reflected in the sacraments — to bless human life and to renew and form the church to seek the peaceful kingdom of God. The videos: 

    Discernment Guide, Videos Free on CofChrist.org

    8/1/2018

    A new resource is available for individuals and communities seeking to engage in discernment, the practice of seeking and following the movement of the Spirit.  

    Personal and Communal Discernment Guide includes four videos and an accompanying PDF file with tools, practices, and reflections. 

    This resource is intended for individuals and communities discerning Christ’s mission as they ask questions about vocation, identity, leadership, and the future. The guide and videos are available in English.

     

    USA Apostles Affirm Veazey Statement on Refugee Families

    6/19/2018

    The USA Apostles of Community of Christ join President Stephen Veazey (announcement below) in contacting United States government officials to end the current policy of separating children from their refugee immigrant parents.

    One of our Enduring Principles, Worth of All Persons, calls us to "challenge unjust systems that diminish human worth."

    We also urge members and friends of the church who share this concern to communicate their views to government officials and legislators. 

    In Christ’s peace,

    Linda Booth
    Barbara Carter
    Janné Grover
    Ron Harmon
    Robin Linkhart
    Lachlan Mackay

    Statement from President Veazey Regarding Immigrant Families

    6/18/2018

    On Friday, June 15, I contacted the United States Attorney General by email and voicemail to express my grave concern about the policy of separating children from their refugee immigrant parents.

    I stated that such a practice is ungodly, unchristian, and contrary to scriptural teachings about how to treat the most vulnerable in our midst, especially children.

    I called on the attorney general to immediately end the current policy because it is unjust and unacceptable. I urge other members and friends of the church who share this concern to communicate your views to governmental officials.

    We must join our voices and efforts with others who are working daily to liberate the children and reunite them with their families.

    — President Stephen M. Veazey

    Updated Youth Worker Application Available

    6/7/2018


    Updated Registered Child and Youth Worker applications are available for mission center officers, youth ministers, and camp directors in North America at www.cofchrist.org/children-and-youth-worker-registration. New versions of the Application Guidance Notes and Mission Center Checklist also are available. 

    Please direct youth worker applicants to use this updated RCYW form when they apply.

    In response to many requests, the RCYW application is being made available as a fillable PDF document.  

    This should make it easier to submit completed applications electronically. Submit completed RCYW applications to rcywapps@cofchrist.org for approval and registration.  

    Applications that are submitted electronically are preferred because they require less time and effort to process. If necessary paper applications can still be mailed or faxed to the Office of General Counsel. 

    Thank you to all mission center, congregational and camping staff for your continued efforts ensuring that any person working with children and youth at Community of Christ events has received the necessary youth worker training and has been registered as a youth worker.

    Free Member-Submitted Lessons, Music Available

    6/5/2018

    More than 50 examples of lessons and music created by Community of Christ members are now available on www.HeraldHouse.org for download to members and congregations. 

    All materials in the Member Created area on the website are free. On the site are lessons, song lyrics, and sheet music for worship—including small-group lessons for youth. 

    Additional materials are welcome. To submit a resource for possible inclusion on www.HeraldHouse.org, see the Member Created area for instructions.

    Two Kansas City-area Organizations Named 2019 International Peace Award Winners

    5/31/2018

    For the first time in its history, the Community of Christ International Peace Award will be given to organizations in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, USA.

    The two recipients were chosen to highlight the 25th anniversary of the Independence Temple.  

    Water.org and the Franciscan Mission Warehouse each will receive an award, placing those groups among the ranks of Dr. Jane Goodall (1999) and Bread for the World (2014). The efforts of the award winners uphold Community of Christ Mission Initiatives, including Abolish Poverty, End Suffering and Pursue Peace on Earth.

    Water.org is in Kansas City, Missouri. It has provided millions of people with water and sanitation, helping to break the cycle of poverty and expanding opportunities in the world’s poorest communities. 

    Franciscan Mission Warehouse is in Independence, Missouri. The group collects surplus equipment and supplies from US medical facilities and sends them to hospitals and clinics in the poorest parts of the world.

    The International Peace Award includes a financial gift to be donated to the charitable peace, justice, or environmental organization of the recipient’s choice. Honorees also receive an original sculpture by Wyoming artist Gail Sundell that depicts two hands holding a crystal globe of the Earth.

    The International Peace Award presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. on 6 April, during the 2019 World Conference. The event marks the 26th year of the award and the presentation is scheduled to be webcast from the Auditorium conference chamber. A wider public announcement will be made closer to the presentation date.


    Every Congregation's History Matters

    2/13/2018

    Congregational historians are needed to help share our sacred story! To appoint a historian:

    • Choose someone in your congregation to represent your history. Make sure this person is willing and available to serve.
    • The congregation's pastor or mission center president then contacts the World Church librarian-archivist at rkillebrew@cofchrist.org, supplying the name and address of the nominee.
    • An official appointment letter and writing guidelines will be sent to the new historian.

    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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