The Health and Wholeness Team was established as a team by World Conference 2013 to focus on issues of health, wholeness, and well-being for our membership and others. As created beings of God, we are called to walk with God, in making responsible choices about our body, mind, spirit, and relationships.
The Health and Wholeness Team is focused on Sacredness of Creation, Worth of All Persons, and Responsible Choices. The emphasis on health and wholeness intertwines the physical, mental, and spiritual into the holistic lifestyle modeled by Jesus Christ. Spirit and element have been a mantra of the Restoration from its inception.
- Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit.... —Malachi 2:15
- Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own... Therefore, honor God with your bodies. —I Corinthians 6:19-20
- By its [the Temple’s] ministries, an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered.—Doctrine and Covenants 156:5c
Related Basic Beliefs
Humanity: Every human being is created in the image of God. In Jesus Christ, God took on the limits of human flesh and culture, and is known through them. We therefore affirm without exception the worth of every human being. We also affirm that God has blessed humankind with the gift of agency: the ability to choose whom or what we will serve within the circumstances of our lives.
Peace: Peace is God’s shalom: justice, righteousness, wholeness, and the well-being of the entire creation. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came to preach the kingdom and to be our peace through the cross. The Holy Spirit empowers us for the costly pursuit of peace and justice for all people.
Related Enduring Principles
Sacredness of Creation
- We join with God as stewards of care and hope for all creation [including ourselves, as created beings of God.]
Worth of All Persons
- God views all people as having inestimable and equal worth.
- God wants all people to experience wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships.
- We are called to make responsible choices within the circumstances of our lives that contribute to the
purposes of God.
Pursuit of Peace
- God wants shalom (justice, reconciliation, well-being, wholeness, and peace) for all of creation.
Team Priorities for 2019-2023
WCR 1305 Wholeness and Well-being (adopted April 18, 2013, by World Conference, from Australia) identified three priorities for the World Church related to wholeness and well-being:
- Uplifting wholeness and well-being emphasis to a key principle equivalent to generosity, peace and justice, and community.
- Encouraging members’ engagement in the quest for well-being and wholeness, with an emphasis on responsible, healthy choices and priority attention to children and youth.
- Developing resources to give members access to information encouraging health and wholeness, including links between the World Church and Health Ministries Association (HMA) website with other websites (and seeking aid from HMA, Temple Ministries, and other church teams).
An important need in the life of the church exists for providing information and formational opportunities to enhance holistic health and wellness lifestyles (mind, body, spirit, and relationships) and Responsible Choices. As created beings of God, we are called to walk with God in making Responsible Choices about our body, mind, spirit, and relationships.
- Promote wholeness and well-being to our church at-large to encourage members to make responsible, healthy choices as their circumstances permit and that nurture wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. This includes priority attention to children and youth.
- Provide periodic updates on the church website: Health and Wholeness Team page and on the Health Ministries Association page, including resources that promote health and wholeness and align with Community of Christ identity, mission, message, and beliefs.
- Collaborate with the Communications Team (and others) on how information from the Health and Wholeness Team can be shared in the Herald and other resources.
- Explore the use of videos, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media (as well as creative ideas/ activities for congregations and focus groups) to provide educational information for people interested in healthy lifestyles. Also, integrate healthy lifestyles with spiritual practices that promote wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.
- Identify essential outcomes from the 2015 Needs Assessment and develop strategies to provide information and training to members and congregations.
- Continue work on the resource, “Health and Wholeness History of the Church.”
- Create resources to support health and wholeness in members related to congregational health ministries and possible worship, Sunday school, and reunion materials.
Anne Bonnefin, team leader