Community of Christ

COVID-19  Ongoing Response

Online MEADS class

4/1/2020

Community of Christ in Canada has provided a limited number of seats (open to anyone interested) in the MEADS "Spiritual Formation" class taught online by Katie Harmon-McLaughlin on Monday, 27 April through Friday, 1 May from 7:30-9:00 p.m. EDT. The fee is $35; enroll at http://developmetrics.org/index.php/meads-enrollment  

Living Hope - Easter Worship

3/30/2020

As we continue to find new ways of being together when physical distancing guidelines prevent our gatherings, you're invited to join us for "Living Hope," an online Easter worship experience. 

On Sunday, April 12 we will be hosting two online gatherings to share in Easter celebration and worship together.

Gathering 1 --- 4 a.m. (CDT) Time zone calculator   
Gathering 2 --- 2 p.m. (CDT) Time zone calculator

By having two gatherings we hope to increase participation around the world and allow people to join in at a reasonable time of their day. Pick the time that best fits your day and worship with us through music, prayers, reflections from members around the world, and a homily by President Steve Veazey. 

To provide opportunities for interaction from home, we'll be broadcasting the worship on the church's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Viewers will be invited to share in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or by using #CofChristEaster on Twitter at several points during the worship. The broadcast also will be available at www.CofChrist.org/live-webcast and the church's YouTube channel.

Help for Those Affected by COVID-19

3/26/2020

Oblation aid is available for individuals and families in financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19. As a reminder, oblation aid is part of the Worldwide Mission budget. Your contributions to Worldwide Mission Tithes support mission around the world, including aid to those who need it most. For information about oblation aid, contact a congregational financial officer.

February Contributions Update

3/25/2020

Estimated contributions to Worldwide Mission Tithes in February are $1,075,000. Amid these uncertain and challenging times, church leaders are grateful for those who continue to share generously not only financially but in many other ways. As a community, may we remain committed to working together to support growing needs locally and worldwide.

Even though we are not physically gathering, you can support local and worldwide mission tithes through eTithing. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.

Join Us for Worldwide Prayer on Wednesday

3/24/2020

  

Community of Christ invites members and friends to participate in a worldwide prayer event at 6 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, 25 March. The prayers are in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, participants are asked to pray the Lord's Prayer.

Apostle Barbara Carter will offer the prayer live on the Community of Christ Facebook page. You don't need a Facebook account to access our page.

The focused invitation originally was suggested by Pope Francis, who recently asked believers to respond to the pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness.” We join with other Christian communities around the world in this time of prayer.


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

    hallowed be your name.

    Your kingdom come.

    Your will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our debts,

        as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial,

        but rescue us from the evil one.


--Matthew 6:9-13 NRSV

A Spiritual Check-in

3/23/2020

As congregations around the globe are not gathering in person, many are wondering about meaningful ways to stay connected to God and each other. In this week's video with President Steve Veazey, he shares how he's staying centered during this situation and invites us to examine our own response. The ideas for connection and recommended spiritual practices he mentions in the video are available in the Spiritual Check-in document. 

Church meetings suspension extended

3/20/2020

As part of the church's COVID-19 prevention program, the First Presidency has extended the recommended suspension of church gatherings around the world.

Sacraments and COVID-19

3/19/2020

From the First Presidency: During the COVID-19 pandemic priesthood members will be asked to provide various sacraments. In all instances, priesthood members should respect public health guidelines that state people should practice “social distancing” and avoid, as much as possible, personal contact through which the infection spreads. In these unusual circumstances, the Presidency offers guidance related to the sacraments.

https://www.CofChrist.org/covid-19

None of us walks alone in these troubled times

3/16/2020

The USA Team of the Council of Twelve offers a message regarding the effect of COVID-19. Please share with those you think would benefit from these words of support.

Prayer for God's Comfort, Blessing In This Time of Global Illness

3/15/2020

Community of Christ President Stephen Veazey has written a prayer for this time of uncertainty and fear. He shared this prayer as a video on YouTube.   

You can also read the prayer here: https://www.cofchrist.org/daily-bread#!/3436/a-prayer-for-a-time-of-global-sickness-and-fear

The prayer is also available in French and Spanish


Ongoing Response to COVID-19 Virus

3/13/2020

After considering many factors, the First Presidency advises congregations and mission centers to suspend church gatherings in response to the projected spread of the COVID-19 virus. Read more

This situation is fluid. Church-related COVID-19 updates will be provided at www.CofChrist.org/covid-19.


COVID-19 and the Church

3/12/2020

World church leaders continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, now officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. We want to ensure Community of Christ leaders worldwide are taking measures to keep people safe when the church gathers. Read more.

Reunion Resources Now Available

3/11/2020

We pray COVID-19 concerns have dissipated in time for reunion/family camps.

As we consider the scheduling of these events, reunion 2020 materials are here. They're posted online and in the resource database. PDFs for adult, youth and children's materials are available, plus worship and sharing services. This year's adult lessons are based on A Way of Life: Understanding Our Christian Faith by Tony Chvala-Smith -- a book available through Herald House. Choose Generosity: Discovering Whole-Life Stewardship also is frequently mentioned.

Use of the PDFs is free, but a fee is charged for the books. 

Please Send Your Lent, Easter Photos

3/10/2020

During Lent and Easter 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 the photographer’s name, the event, and the location. Send photos to Herald@CofChrist.org. Thank you!

Youth Worker Registration Required

3/2/2020

Registered Child and Youth Worker application forms are available for mission center officers, youth ministers, and camp directors in North America. Youth worker registration is required.

To make it easier to submit completed applications electronically, the RCYW form is available as a fillable PDF document. Application Guidance Notes and a Mission Center Checklist also are available.  

Submit completed RCYW applications to rcywapps@cofchrist.org for approval and registration.  

Applications submitted electronically are preferred because they require less time to process. If necessary, paper applications can still be mailed or faxed to the Office of General Counsel, (816)-521-3099.

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.

Nobel Peace Nominee to Speak at Temple

3/1/2020

The principles and practices of nonviolence — and its potential — will be examined by longtime activist, author, and priest John Dear, who will lead two Greater Kansas City gatherings on 7-8 March, both open to the public. The 8 March event will be at the Community of Christ Temple in Indepdence, Missouri, USA.

 “Living The Nonviolent Life,” 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 7 March, at Whitfield Center, Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The workshop will explore current applications of active nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Three sessions will be held, each beginning with a presentation by Dear, followed by small-group discussion and large-group dialogue. Topics include nonviolence toward ourselves, nonviolence toward others and all creation, and nonviolence as a grassroots call for transformation of the world. The workshop fee is $25 for adults or $10 for students, including lunch. (Additional information and registration are at jpatkc.org.) 

 “The Nonviolent Path as Illuminated by Jesus,” 2-4:00 p.m., 8 March, at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence. This service of worship and dialogue will explore the nonviolence of Jesus and what this means for Christians. Dear’s remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Center Place Singers will perform at the service, where Community of Christ president, Steve Veazey, will offer the welcome and opening remarks.  

Sponsors of the events are the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence at Avila University, and the Justice and Peace Team of Central USA and Midlands Mission Center (Community of Christ).  
 

Church, Congregations, NGO Help in Eruption's Aftermath

2/24/2020

Aid from Community of Christ International Headquarters, six congregations and a related nongovernmental organization is helping some residents of the Batangas province in the area south of Manila, Philippines, recover from the eruption of the Taal volcano.
 
On 5 February, 2020, church members in the Philippines delivered relief packs to 114 families in need. Bags of rice, packages of sardines, and toothpaste were included, according to Apostle Mareva Arnaud Tchong. Nine people delivered the packages directly to people in need, whether the recipients were church members or not.  
 
“We reach and hand them [ relief packs ] in person … at their destroyed homes and places,” Arnaud Tchong said.
 
The eruption 12 January near Luzon, associated earthquakes, and falling volcanic ash that continued for several days forced many people to leave everything behind, Arnaud Tchong said. Some families stayed at evacuation centers while others stayed with relatives.
 
The Philippines government worked to provide resources and services, but the church knew that families and individuals were still in need, so the project was organized. Some families were able to return to their homes after a few days, but that meant the need was that much greater, Arnaud Tchong said.   
 
Community One Resource Development initially provided $1,200 USD. Six congregations also contributed and the total available reached $1,418. Community of Christ reimbursed CORD for the funds it supplied.
 
Congregations that contributed included Cabulay, Laclac, Binalonan, Simimbaan, Damsite, and Tumauini. The funds also paid for lodging, meals, diesel funnel, clean water, and sanitizer. It was the first time the volcano had erupted since 1977. 
 

Mark Your Calendar: IYF 2021 Dates Set

2/18/2020

 

The next International Youth Forum, a Community of Christ program that inspires hundreds of young people, will be 21-23 July, 2021.

The cost is $240 for events scheduled at the Temple at 201 S. River Blvd. Organizers for the 2021 event are Kass Unger, Carla Long, Laura Bolton, and Stacey Brookshaw.

IYF provides meaningful Temple experiences including worship, spiritual education, small-group events, plus an opportunity to engage with people from other cultures. IYF is for youth who have completed ninth through 12th grades and adult leaders registered as youth workers.

For more information, contact Kass Unger at kunger@cofchrist.com.au.

Organist-in-residence Experiences the Grammy Awards

1/26/2020

On Sunday, January 26, Organist-in-residence Jan Kraybill represented her recently released album, The Orchestral Organ, at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The recording did not win but had been nominated in three Grammy categories, the winners of which were named during a daytime event. Kraybill is organist-in-residence at Community of Christ Headquarters, Independence, MO, USA. She was in the audience.

"Just being on the list of nominees was winning, as far as I'm concerned," Kraybill said.

The nominations:

  • Best classical instrumental solo for Kraybill’s performance
  • Producer of the year, classical, for Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin of Reference Recordings
  • Best immersive audio album for technical design by Keith O. Johnson, Marina A Ledin, and Victor Ledin of Reference Recordings. “Immersive” indicates high-quality audio, but the CD is compatible with nearly all players.
     

Kraybill’s recording was made on the Julia Irene Kauffman organ in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Kraybill plays and oversees the care of the Kansas City area’s three largest pipe organs: Community of Christ Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner and Temple’s 102-rank Casavant, and the 102-rank Casavant at the Kauffman Center. 

For many years, Kraybill was principal organist for Community of Christ. She holds a doctorate in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2010 she achieved an organist's highest certification: fellow of the AGO. 

Kraybill also is organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Kansas, USA. 

Two Recent Sell-Out Books Back In Stock

1/15/2020

Herald House has reprinted two popular recent publications.

  • God All Around! Linda Booth, a member of the First Presidency Team and longtime Community of Christ minister, collected stories of God’s interaction with ordinary folks, showing how God continues to reach out to his people. Each story engages, inspires, forms, and has the power to send forth disciples who see God all around us. Booth’s book is $14.95.
  • Commentary on the Doctrine & Covenants, Volume 1 This reference work by former Apostle Dale E. Luffman is intended for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the scripture. It’s especially useful for preachers, teachers, individuals, and church groups. The first volume of this ambitious work focuses on the Joseph Smith Jr. era and covers the first 113 sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. First introduced at 2019 World Conference, the commentary is $44.95.

Contact Herald Publishing House for more information. 

When Is Your 2020 Reunion?

1/8/2020

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 www.CofChrist 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

Visit the Herald House On the Internet

1/4/2020

The publishing arm of Community of Christ is at www.HeraldHouse.org, with everything from lessons to apparel.

The website has a clean, easy-to-use design and secure checkout. The site is well organized and customers can create accounts, rate products, and add comments. It is designed to view on desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Missouri congregations that set up an account on the new website must contact sales@heraldhouse.org prior to placing their first order so that merchandise can be tax exempt.

Visit www.HeraldHouse.org today! 

AmazonSmile Supports Community of Christ

11/22/2019

As many of you purchase gifts for the holidays, please remember that Community of Christ is registered as a charitable organization through AmazonSmile. 

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Community of Christ whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider making Community of Christ the recipient of a portion of your eligible sales. Simply click this link to smile.amazon.com (for our Canadian members and friends, please use this link for a similar option at Amazon.ca) and Community of Christ will automatically become the charitable organization of your choice. You can change it at anytime. If you search for us, please search "Community of Christ Independence" in order have us show up on the first page of results. 

Bridge of Hope Total Reaches $65.3 Million

10/24/2019

As we close out Fiscal Year 2019, we wanted to provide an additional update on Bridge of Hope through June 30, 2019. Including budget support and additional contributions, $65.3 million has been received. We continue to make great progress toward the goal!

Community of Christ Social Media Ethics Statement

10/3/2019

The mission of Community of Christ is to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. Social media provides opportunities for self-expression, community building, witness and education, faithful disagreement, and fulfillment of Christ’s mission. Social media, which provides ways to make relationships and engage in dialogue, has tools to promote or diminish Christ’s mission. 

The purpose of this ethics statement is to affirm for Community of Christ disciples and priesthood that Christ’s calling is lived out in all aspects of our lives including interactions on social media. Priesthood members and disciples of Jesus should consider the following guidance when using social media. The five elements of this guidance work together and should not be applied separately when applied to interactions and relationships on social media.

Updated Guidelines for Communion, Priesthood Release for Cause

9/23/2019

As announced at the 2019 World Conference, the First Presidency was preparing updated Guidelines for Serving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (Communion). After receiving feedback from the church and priesthood quorum and orders, the Presidency is releasing these updated guidelines.

Included are principles for providing online participation in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. During his closing message to the World Conference and church, President Steve Veazey shared these words of counsel:

Technology presents opportunities for involvement in sacraments by priesthood members and participants in separate locations. The First Presidency will act in its calling as chief interpreters of scripture, revelation, and church policies to provide procedures for offering sacraments in new situations while upholding essential meanings and symbols of the sacraments. As the church explores new opportunities for sharing sacraments, direction will come as needed through inspiration and wisdom.

Additional meaning is waiting to be discovered in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Renewing covenant with Jesus Christ includes the call to live as peaceful human beings who personify Christ’s peace.

Spiritual blessing will be experienced when this call is emphasized as a vital aspect of the sacrament. Cherish opportunities to be spiritually formed by Christ’s sacred meal of remembrance, reconciliation, renewal, and peace.

              

WCR 1316 Priesthood Release for Cause was approved at the 2019 World Conference. In response, the Presidency is releasing updated administrative procedures.

Members of the Council of Twelve Apostles will develop educational opportunities to assist local leaders in the implementation of the Guidelines on Serving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and new administrative procedures for priesthood release for cause.

The documents can be found here and here.

A Milestone for Daily Bread

9/9/2019

Daily Bread, the popular Community of Christ devotional, recently celebrated a birthday.

The brief stories originally in book form were officially suggested to “strengthen the spiritual foundations on which personal righteousness depends” 1 January, 1949. The first volume, about 5 by 7 inches, included women writers.

To mark its 70th year, Daily Bread stories from throughout the decades are the primary stories used during the month of September.
A foreword by Israel Smith, president of the church in 1949, recommended the devotions to the church membership.
Since then, members, officials and others have submitted stories of faith, often inspired by scripture. The former Herald House publication is now a blog, in English, on CofChrist.org.

For the September selections, Katie Harmon-McLaughlin (Spiritual Formation Ministries) and Jane Gardner (presiding evangelist) chose stories that represent our past while carrying threads of connection into the future.

“Daily Bread has a long and rich history in the church,” Harmon-McLaughlin explained. She especially appreciated the articles that illustrated the many hundreds of connections between church members.

Daily Bread devotionals: www.CofChrist.org/blog/daily-bread#!/

To subscribe (free): CofChrist.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=35dc4dcd10932f0ebafe02d2a&id=f48ceebc2e

Harmon-McLaughlin continues to ask everywhere she travels for Daily Bread stories. To submit: www.CofChrist.org/daily-bread-writers-guide

If you know someone who doesn’t have an internet connection and would enjoy Daily Bread, sign up for Harmon-McLaughlin’s PDF email list. You’ll receive Daily Bread in PDF form, which can easily be printed. Reply to khmclaughlin@CofChrist.org to join the list.

Love Overcomes Nauvoo Flooding

8/19/2019

In the end, the rising Mississippi River wasn’t strong enough to overcome the love of dedicated staff members and volunteers who protected the Joseph Smith Historic Site at Nauvoo, Illinois, USA, from spring and summer floods. Read more about the efforts to preserve the site. 

Statement Regarding Recent US Shootings

8/15/2019

The USA Apostles of Community of Christ today released a statement regarding the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, reminding church members and friends:  

"Our Enduring Principle, Worth of All Persons, compels us to speak and act. We urge members and friends to take action. Renounce hate speech, white nationalism, and domestic terrorism. Advocate for common-sense gun legislation."

Follow this link to read the entire statement. A Spanish translation also is available.

 

Tell Us About Your Ministries

7/26/2019

We need stories of ministry and mission by individuals, congregations, and mission centers. They can help others, set examples, and provide inspiration throughout the church and beyond.

Stories can be considered for the Herald, www.CofChrist.org, and other communication channels. If you have photos that go with your stories, send them, too. Each photo should be at least 1 megabyte, and bigger is better. If available, send the photographer’s name as well.

We’ll be waiting at Herald@CofChrist.org to see what wonderful ministries our members are doing.

Oblation Aid

7/11/2019

This week Community of Christ made two Oblation donations of $5,000 each to Save the Children and International Rescue Committee. The church’s Statement on Immigration is aligned with the work of these groups that advocate for immigrants and provide compassionate relief to children separated from their parents in U.S. detention centers.

Abolish Poverty, End Suffering, a Mission Initiative, challenges the church to embody Christ’s mission--to breathe life into our statements by taking action on behalf of the most vulnerable in our midst. As we live into what it means to be people of the Temple, we are reminded to “undertake compassionate and just actions to abolish poverty and end needless suffering.” (Doctrine and Covenants 165:1d).

Thank you for your ongoing contributions to Worldwide Mission Tithes that make this tangible expression of mission possible. 

Auditorium a Favorite for Graduation Ceremonies

6/11/2019

    

More than 62,000 people participated in graduation ceremonies during May at the landmark Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Missouri, USA.

That total includes graduates, their families and friends from 14 high schools and three universities. Lee’s Summit West brought the largest group of graduates — 540. Guadalupe Centers Alta Vista High School graduated 100, the smallest group.

Schools from across the Kansas City metropolitan area use the Auditorium for graduation, from Raymore-Peculiar to Staley High School and Oak Grove to Park Hill South.

In all, from May 6-25, the Auditorium was the site of 15 graduations with crowds ranging from 1,000 to more than 5,000. The Auditorium, an affordable resource, seats 5,800.

For more information about graduation ceremonies at the Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St. in Independence, contact Cara Casey at ccasey@cofchrist.org or (816) 833-1000, Ext. 3071.

“Choose Generosity” Explains the Role of Stewardship as a Whole-Life Response

5/20/2019

“All of giving begins and ends with God.” 

When President Steve Veazey made this remark, he pinpointed Community of Christ’s vision of generosity. 

A new publication, Choose Generosity: Discovering Whole-Life Stewardship, explains how stewardship includes our generous response on Sunday morning but, more importantly, is embraced through our actions and responses in all aspects of our lives. 

This 120-page resource provides insights about the importance of embracing generosity—receiving and giving—and deepening our discipleship with Christ. Through this easily understood book, individuals, families and groups can learn how stewardship means choosing to live our lives generously each and every day. 

The Six Principles of a Disciple’s Generous Response, from Receive God’s Gifts to Share Generously and Spend Responsibly, are explored. Each section includes questions for reflection. 

Choose Generosity, in English, is $10.95 at Herald House.

"Way of Life" Is a Straightforward Guide to Understanding Our Faith

5/10/2019

Amid the global challenges of the 21st century, Community of Christ members and seekers want more than ever to make sense of the church’s deepest convictions.
  
A Way of Life: Understanding Our Christian Faith, a book by theologian and teacher Anthony Chvala-Smith, investigates in direct, easily understood language what it means to follow Jesus Christ in today’s world.
 
At 141 pages this work of theology speaks passionately from both Community of Christ’s transforming vision and the rich resources of the wider Christian tradition.
  
A Way of Life is a revised and much-expanded version of Understanding the Way. Addressing new topics such as “The Reasonableness of Faith,” “Faith and Science,” and “The Embodied Life,” this book, even more than its predecessor, brings the church’s faith into creative conversation with some of the urgent social and spiritual needs of the present.

“I am convinced,” Chvala-Smith wrote in the preface, “that Community of Christ has glimpsed something breathtaking, restorative, and transforming: a vision of Christian faith that not only critiques shallow distortions, but offers a luminous way of life shaped by an ongoing encounter with the Living Christ.” 

A Way of Life: Understanding Our Christian Faith is $8.95, in English, from Herald House. It's also available as an e-book.

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.

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

Sacrament Videos Available Online

8/16/2018

 The simple beauty of Community of Christ’s sacraments is featured in a series of videos 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

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.

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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