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Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA. Dedicated 1994

Community of Christ, known from 1872 to 2001 as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), is an American-based Latter Day Saint denomination that claims as its mission "to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace,"[1] and reports approximately 250,000 members in 50 nations. The initials RLDS can refer to: The Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. ... Original photo by John Hamer File links The following pages link to this file: Community of Christ Categories: GFDL 1. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Community of Christ. ...


Community of Christ is part of the Latter Day Saint movement begun by Joseph Smith Jr. It also adheres to the Restorationism traditions. Although in some respects it is theologically innovative, it nevertheless considers itself congruent with mainline Protestant Christian attitudes. The Latter Day Saint movement (a subset of Restorationism) is a group of religious denominations and adherents who follow at least some of the teachings and revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr. ... Daguerreotype which some experts believe to be an original 1843 photograph of Joseph Smith, Jr. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      For other... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      In the United States, the mainline...


Community of Christ follows a largely non-liturgical tradition based loosely on the revised common lectionary.[2] From its headquarters in Independence, Missouri, the church offers special focus on evangelism, peace and justice ministries, spirituality and wholeness, youth ministries and outreach ministries.[3] Church teachings emphasize that “all are called” as “persons of worth” to “share the peace of Christ.”[citation needed] From the Greek word λειτουργια, which can be transliterated as leitourgia, meaning the work of the people, a liturgy comprises a prescribed religious ceremony, according to the traditions of a particular religion; it may be refer to, or include, an elaborate... A Lectionary is a book or listing that contains a collection of scripture readings for Christian worship. ... Independence is a city in Missouri, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. ... Look up evangelist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Organization

Community of Christ is led by a First Presidency, consisting of a President and two counselors. The church's ministry is overseen by a Council of Twelve Apostles and the temporal needs of the church are overseen by the Presiding Bishopric. Meeting together, these quorums are known as the World Church Leadership Council. The First Presidency of the Community of Christ is the churchs highest-ranking priesthood quorum. ... In the Latter Day Saint movement, the President of the Church is generally considered to be the highest office of the church. ... In Mormonism, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (also known as the Quorum of the Twelve, the Council of the Twelve, or the Twelve) is one of the governing bodies of the church hierarchy in many Latter Day Saint denominations, members of which are considered to be Apostles and special... The Presiding Bishop is an ecclesiastical position in some denominations of Christianity. ... The World Church Leadership Council is a leadership body of the Community of Christ. ...


Other key leadership positions include Presiding Evangelist, Senior President of the Seven Presidents of Seventy, and President of the High Priests Quorum. Every three years (formerly two, until a change made in 2007), delegates from around the world meet together with these leaders to vote on church business in World Conference. In the Latter Day Saint movement, the Presiding Patriarch (also called Presiding Evangelist, Patriarch over the Church, Patriarch of the Church, or Patriarch to the Church) is a church-wide leadership office within the priesthood. ... Seventy is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek Priesthood of several denominations within the Latter Day Saint movement, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... High priest is a priesthood office in the Melchizedek priesthood of denominations within the Latter Day Saint movement, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... In the Latter Day Saint movement, a quorum is a group of people ordained or endowed with priesthood authority, and organized to act together as a body. ... In Mormonism, General Conferences are church-wide meetings of individual Latter Day Saint denominations. ...


Membership

Community of Christ membership enrolled in known locations totaled about 200,000 in 2006. This was distributed as 25,000 in Africa, 8,000 in Asia, 8,000 in Canada, 13,000 in the Caribbean, 2,500 in Europe, 10,000 in the Pacific, 3,000 in Central and South America, and 130,000 in the United States.[4] A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


The church is officially established in the following countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Congo-Kinshasha, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan (Republic of China), Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[5] Motto Justice – Paix – Travail(French) Justice – Peace – Work Anthem Debout Congolais Capital (and largest city) Kinshasaa Official languages French Recognised regional languages Lingala, Kongo/Kituba, Swahili, Tshiluba Demonym Congolese Government Semi-Presidential Republic  -  President Joseph Kabila  -  Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga Independence  -  from Belgium June 30, 1960  Area  -  Total 2,344... This article is about the Korean peninsula and civilization. ... For the Chinese civilization, see China. ...


It is estimated that more than half the active members of the church speak a primary language other than English.[6] The church translates resources into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Telugu, Kwi, Sora, Tahitian, Chewa, Chibemba, Efik, Lingala and Swahili.[7] The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... “Telugu” redirects here. ... The Tuu or Ta’a-!Kwi (Ta’a-!ui, Ui-Taa, Kwi) languages are a language family consisting of two transparently related language clusters spoken in Botswana and South Africa. ... Sora can mean: Sora, a North American bird in the family Rallidae. ... Tahitian could refer to the Tahitian language the native Tahitian people a resident of Tahiti or perhaps of French Polynesia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Chewa are a people of Central/Southern Africa. ... Bemba, also known as Chibemba and Ichibemba, is a Bantu language that is spoken primarily in Zambia but is also spoken in surrounding countries. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Lingala is one of the Bantu languages spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) and a large part of the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), as well as to some degree in Angola and the Central African Republic. ... This article is about the language. ...


History

Formerly known as Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this denomination historically considers itself a reorganization and sole legitimate continuation of the Church organized in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr., which was scattered upon his death in 1844. The formal reorganization occurred in 1860 in Amboy, Illinois, & as a reorganization, the church has roots in the Restorationism movement and the Latter Day Saint movement. Community of Christ today considers the period from 1830 to 1844 to be a part of its early history and from 1844 to 1860 to be a period of disorganization. The doctrine and practices of Community of Christ have evolved separately since 1844 from the other denominations sharing origins in the Latter Day Saint movement.[8] Within the past several decades, the church has moved in the direction of emphasizing greater tolerance and its role as a peace and justice church. Some changes included the ordination of women to priesthood, open communion, and changing the church's commonly-used name from Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the current name in April 2001.[9] The history of the Community of Christ covers a period of approximately 200 years. ... Joseph Smith redirects here. ... Amboy is a city located in Lee County, Illinois. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      For other... The Latter Day Saint movement (a subset of Restorationism) is a group of religious denominations and adherents who follow at least some of the teachings and revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr. ... The Latter Day Saint movement is a religious movement within Christian Restorationism beginning in the early 19th century that led to the set of doctrines, practices, and cultures called Mormonism and to the existence of numerous Latter Day Saint churches. ... In the Community of Christ priesthood is Gods power and authority to minister in the church and to conduct Gods business on the earth. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


The church owns two temples, the Kirtland Temple dedicated in 1836 in Kirtland, Ohio, (operated in part as a historic site as part of its educational ministry), and the relatively new Independence Temple which serves as the church's headquarters in Independence. The church sponsors Graceland University with a campus in Lamoni, Iowa, and another in Independence, where the Community of Christ Seminary is based. The church also owns and operates some Latter Day Saint historic sites in Far West, Missouri; Lamoni, Iowa; and Plano and Nauvoo, Illinois. The Auditorium in Independence, Missouri, houses the Children's Peace Pavilion and is the site of the major legislative assembly of Community of Christ, known as World Conference. The Kirtland Temple is a registered National Historic Landmark in Kirtland, Ohio, USA, on the eastern edge of the Cleveland metropolitan area. ... Kirtland is a city in Lake County, Ohio, USA. The population was 6,670 at the 2000 census. ... Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA. Dedicated 1994 The Independence Temple is a house of worship and education dedicated to the pursuit of peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit. It dominates the skyline of Independence, Missouri, USA, headquarters of the Community of Christ. ... Graceland University is a private liberal arts university of about 2300 students and 150 faculty with campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri. ... Lamoni is a city located in Decatur County, Iowa. ... The Community of Christ Seminary at the Independence Campus of Graceland University is the official and only seminary of the Community of Christ. ... Far West, Missouri, was a Latter Day Saint (Mormon) settlement in Caldwell County, Missouri. ... Plano is a city in Kendall County, Illinois, United States. ... There is also a Nauvoo, Alabama, and a Nauvoo, Pennsylvania Nauvoo (נָאווּ to be beautiful, Sephardi Hebrew Nåvu, Tiberian Hebrew Nâwû) is a city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States. ... The Auditorium is a house of worship and office building located on the greater Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri. ... The Childrens Peace Pavilion located at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Missouri, was established in 1995 to pursue its mission of Enriching the lives of children through the pursuit of peace for all. ...


Vision and mission

The current vision and mission statements of Community of Christ were initially adopted in 1996 by the leading quorums of the church's leadership and reflect the peace and justice centered ministries of the denomination. In the mission statement, the church declares that "We proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love and peace." The vision statement states that "We will become a worldwide church dedicated to the pursuit of peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit."[10]


Major Beliefs

Church seal on a set of doors to the Independence Temple

Community of Christ states that it recognizes that "perception of truth is always qualified by human nature and experience" and therefore has not adopted an official religious creed. Nevertheless, Community of Christ offers a number of the commonly held beliefs of its members and leaders as the "generally accepted beliefs of the church."[11] As Stephen M. Veazey, current president of the church puts it, "Community of Christ is a church that provides light for the way as well as space for the personal faith journey."[12] Peace Seal from the temple, original photo by John Hamer File links The following pages link to this file: Community of Christ Categories: GFDL 1. ... Stephen M. Veazey (born May 3, 1957) is the current Prophet-President of the Community of Christ headquartered in Independence, Missouri which has no affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. ...


Community of Christ generally accepts the doctrine of the Trinity and other commonly held Christian beliefs. The concept of Zion as both a present reality of Christian living and a hoped for community of the future is a rather strongly held belief in Community of Christ and ties closely to the peace and justice emphasis of the denomination. The movement also differs from most other Christian faiths in its belief in prophetic leadership and an open canon of scripture recorded in its version of the Doctrine and Covenants which is regularly appended. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the Christian Trinity. ... The original plat of the City of Zion (Independence, Missouri). ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Doctrine and Covenants The Doctrine and Covenants (sometimes abbreviated and cited as D&C) is a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. ...


God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Community of Christ states that the "one eternal living God is triune..." and acknowledges God as Creator and Source of love, life, and truth. They state that "God alone is worthy of worship." Jesus Christ is described as both Savior and as a living expression of God and is acknowledged as having lived, died, and been resurrected. As the name of the denomination implies, Jesus Christ is central to their study and worship. Community of Christ's Theology Task Force states that "Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, both fully human and fully divine."[13] The Holy Spirit is described as the "continuing presence of God in the world" and as the source of divine inspiration.[14]


Peace

The Independence and Kirtland Temples are places of education and worship for all people. In keeping with Community of Christ's role as a "peace and justice church," the Independence Temple was "dedicated to the pursuit of peace".[15] Each day of the year at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time/Central Daylight Time a Daily Prayer for Peace is held in the sanctuary of the Independence Temple. In addition, the Community of Christ International Peace Award has been bestowed annually since 1993 (except 1996). The call to "peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit" is a recurring theme in Community of Christ and is reflected in its official vision statement. Doctrinal statements by the church suggest that "because of our commitment to Christ and belief in the worth of all people and the value of community building, we dedicate our lives to the pursuit of peace and justice for all people."[16] The church maintains a Peace and Justice Ministries Office at its headquarters which is designed to provide resources, education and networking. The Peace Colloquy is a major conference on peace held annually at Community of Christ headquarters. Community of Christ promotes the Young Peacemakers Club as a means of teaching and promoting peace among children all over the world. Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA. Dedicated 1994 The Independence Temple is a house of worship and education dedicated to the pursuit of peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit. It dominates the skyline of Independence, Missouri, USA, headquarters of the Community of Christ. ... A peace dove, widely known as a symbol for peace, featuring an olive branch in the doves beak. ... The 12-hour clock is a timekeeping convention in which the 24 hours of the day are divided into two periods called ante meridiem (AM, Latin for before noon) and post meridiem (PM, Latin for after noon). Each period consists of 12 hours numbered 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Standard Time Zone (CST) is a geographic region in the Americas that keeps time by subtracting six hours from UTC (UTC-6). ... // Overview Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA. Dedicated 1994 The Daily Prayer for Peace is a spiritual discipline unique to the Community of Christ and practiced at the Independence Temple in the churchs headquarters campus in Independence, Missouri. ... Ajax prepares to violate the sanctuary of Athena by abducting Cassandra by force: red-figure vase, c. ... The Community of Christ International Peace Award was established to honor and bring attention to the work of peacemaking and peacemakers in the world. ... Young Peacemakers Club began in 1992 with an all volunteer staff and seven children in Sioux City, IA. Since that time, Young Peacemakers Clubs have started all over the world by people who believe that each life makes a difference in the world. ...


Worth of all persons

The doctrine of human worth or "worth of all persons" in Community of Christ is a well established belief. Community of Christ states that "God loves each of us equally and unconditionally. All persons have great worth and should be respected as creations of God with basic human rights. The willingness to love and accept others is essential to faithfulness to the gospel of Christ."[17] Recognizing that scripture has sometimes been used to marginalize and oppress classes of persons, the church accepted this statement into the Doctrine and Covenants in 2007: "It is not pleasing to God when any passage of scripture is used to oppress races, genders, or classes of human beings. Much violence has been done to some of God's beloved children through the misuse of scripture. The church is called to confess and repent of such attitudes and practices."[18]


Revelation and prophetic leadership

The belief in continuing divine revelation is a distinctive aspect of the church. Community of Christ states that "The process through which God reveals divine will and love is called revelation. God continues to reveal today as in the past. God is revealed to us through scripture, the faith community, prayer, nature, and in human history."[19]


The president of Community of Christ is sometimes referred to by the title of Prophet or Prophet-President. The president of the church acts as a prophet when bringing occasional inspired counsel or inspired documents to the church. These are usually brief passages of text which bring encouragement, counsel and direction to the church. When an inspired document is presented to the World Conference by the president of the church, an elaborate review process takes place. Each quorum of the church and several caucuses review the document and vote upon it. The quorums typically vote heavily in favor of the documents and sometimes unanimously. Debate is allowed, however, and the body has been known to refer the inspired document back to the president for further reflection or clarification. When the document comes to the floor of the World Conference for debate, the president retires from the room to allow for more impartial consideration. The World Conference may vote to include the document as a new section of the Doctrine and Covenants, which is regarded as scripture by the denomination. If the delegates at the World Conference do approve an inspired document, it is the custom of the Church to then have a courtesy vote, which is opened to all non-delegates attending the conference. This is the only time non-delegates are permitted to vote on World Conference business. Through this action, the Prophet of the Church can be assured that a large representation of the Church membership support the inspired document.


Concept of Zion

The concept of Zion in the Community of Christ relates a theology of the "kingdom of God." As a doctrine, it is therefore closely founded upon the kingdom parables of Jesus as recorded in the four gospels. Based on references in the Bible to Mt. Zion or simply Zion, it was initially regarded as a city, sometimes called the New Jerusalem. Prior to 1920, most members of Community of Christ identified Independence, Missouri as Zion or the New Jerusalem. As New Testament understandings of basileia, as the realm or domain of God, have gradually taken root among members of the denomination, Zion is now understood more as a cause, a way of living or a state of existence, and is usually not regarded as having its foundation in a specific place. Officially, the denomination states that "The 'cause of Zion' expresses our commitment to pursuing God's kingdom through the establishment of Christ-centered communities in families, congregations, neighborhoods, cities, and throughout the world."[20] While the Concept of Zion is rarely associated with the Jewish concept of Zionism, some members of Community of Christ from Maine intrigued by the doctrine of Zion established a refugee center near Tel Aviv during the initial return of the Jewish diaspora to Israel in the early 1900s. “Kingdom of Heaven” redirects here. ...


All are called

Community of Christ commonly attests that "all are called according to the gifts of God unto them" (D&C 119:8b). Published statements of belief proclaim that "All men, women, youth, and children are given gifts and abilities to enhance life and to become involved in Christ's mission. Some are called to particular responsibility as ordained ministers (priesthood) in the church. The church provides for a wide range of priesthood ministries through calling and ordination of both men and women."[21]

The USVA approved this version of the Community of Christ's emblem for use on official headstones
The USVA approved this version of the Community of Christ's emblem for use on official headstones

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Priesthood

Nearly 1 in 10 members hold priesthood office. These are primarily unpaid bi-vocational ministers. The church does maintain a relatively small group of professional ministers who typically serve as administrators, financial officers or missionaries. Priesthood members are called to teach and preach the gospel or "good news" of Jesus Christ. The ministry of the church at the congregational level is lead by the priesthood members (ordained ministers) and carried out by all priesthood and laity. In most congregations the pastor(s) and other elected and appointed leadership positions are unpaid positions. Upheld by a church conference vote in 1984, women were given the right to hold the priesthood[22] as the church sought to embrace what they felt was the will of God. In the Community of Christ priesthood is Gods power and authority to minister in the church and to conduct Gods business on the earth. ...


Salvation

Community of Christ Theology Task Force offers theological statements on the principle of salvation for consideration of members, but the denomination does not expect strict doctrinal adherence on such matters of belief. The task force presents the view that salvation and eternal life are gifts and that by baptism and discipleship lived as response to the gospel, individuals become new people.[23]


Sacraments

Members commonly believe that Sacraments (or ordinances) express the abiding presence of God in the life of the church, its members and priesthood. Sacraments are metaphorical acts designed to create and renew spiritual relationship with God. Sacraments are viewed as covenants with God in response to God's grace. Community of Christ practices eight sacraments;[24] Baptism, Confirmation, Blessing of Children, The Lord's Supper, Marriage, Administration to the Sick, Ordination, and "Evangelist's Blessing". "Laying on of hands" is used in confirmation, ordination, blessing of children, administration and Evangelist's blessing. The sacraments are viewed as vital ministries in the Community of Christ for both individual and community spiritual development. ... This article is about the Christian religious act of Baptism. ... Confirmation is a rite used in many Christian Churches. ... The Lords Supper is a variation of the name and the service of The Last Supper or Eucharist. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ... Ordination is the process in which clergy become authorized by their religious denomination and/or seminary to perform religious rituals and ceremonies. ... In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and other Mormon denominations, a patriarchal blessing (also called an evangelists blessing) is a special blessing or ordinance given by a patriarch (evangelist) to a church member. ...


Scripture

Community of Christ points to Jesus Christ as the living Word of God[25] and affirms the Bible, along with the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants as scripture for the church. The Community of Christ view of scripture is that it should be "reasonably interpreted and faithfully applied." Scripture references provided for congregational worship generally follow the Revised Common Lectionary. The church views the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants as "additional witnesses of Christ's ministry and God's love." Community of Christ understands scripture as an inspired record of God's activity with humanity. While it recognizes scripture as the revelation of God, its members would not typically suggest that scriptures constitute the literal "words of God."[26] In words of counsel to the church brought by President Stephen M. Veazey in 2007 and now included in Section 163:7a-b of the Doctrine and Covenants, it is suggested that "Scripture is an indispensable witness to the Eternal Source of light and truth, which cannot be contained in any finite vessel or language. Scripture has been written and shaped by human authors through experiences of revelation and ongoing inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the midst of time and culture. Scripture is not to be worshipped or idolized. Only God, the Eternal One of whom scripture testifies, is worthy of worship. God's nature, as revealed in Jesus Christ and affirmed by the Holy Spirit, provides the ultimate standard by which any portion of scripture should be interpreted and applied."[27] This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... The Book of Mormon[1] is one of the sacred texts of the Latter Day Saint movement. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Doctrine and Covenants The Doctrine and Covenants (sometimes abbreviated and cited as D&C) is a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. ... The Revised Common Lectionary is a lectionary of readings or pericopes from the Bible for use in Christian Worship, making provision for the liturgical year with its pattern of observances of festivals and seasons. ... Revelation of the Last Judgment by Jacob de Backer Revelation is an uncovering or disclosure via communication from the divine of something that has been partially or wholly hidden or unknown, which could not be known apart from the unveiling (Goswiller 1987 p. ... Stephen M. Veazey (born May 3, 1957) is the current Prophet-President of the Community of Christ headquartered in Independence, Missouri which has no affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Doctrine and Covenants The Doctrine and Covenants (sometimes abbreviated and cited as D&C) is a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. ...


Bible

In unity with Christianity, Community of Christ upholds the Bible as scripture. Both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Christian New Testament are utilized in public worship as well as private study. The church encourages prayerful meditation upon the meaning and importance of Bible passages. "If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting..." (James 1:5-6) is an oft quoted passage from the New Testament (for the reason that it was the scripture that Joseph Smith II read when he was trying, as a boy, to figure out what church to join. His experience following his reading of this scripture resulted in the (eventual) organization of the church). Note: Judaism commonly uses the term Tanakh to refer to its canon, which corresponds to the Protestant Old Testament. ... This article is about the Christian scriptures. ...


Community of Christ does not prescribe a single translation of the Bible. Although Joseph Smith, Jr. began a project to re-translate or revise the King James Version of the Bible during his lifetime, the liturgy of the church today is usually based on more recent translations of the Bible. Upon Smith's death, the working manuscript of his translation was retained by his family and came into the possession of Community of Christ. The work was edited and is published by the church as the Inspired Version of the Bible. Since it largely relies on the now-difficult-to-read language of the King James Version, most official publications of Community of Christ quote scripture from newer versions such as the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). Community of Christ does not view scripture, including the Bible, as inerrant. Members are encouraged to understand the historical and literary context of Bible passages and not to interpret all of the language literally.[28] Joseph Smith redirects here. ... This page is about the version of the Bible; for the Harvey Danger album, see King James Version (album). ... The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, also called the Inspired Version of the Bible or the JST, is a version of the Bible dictated by Joseph Smith, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Book of Mormon

Community of Christ views the Book of Mormon as an additional witness of Jesus Christ and publishes two versions of the book through its official publishing arm, Herald House. The Authorized Edition is based on the original printer's manuscript and the 1837 Second Edition (or Kirtland Edition) of the Book of Mormon. Its content is similar to the Book of Mormon published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the versification is different. Community of Christ also publishes a 1966 "Revised Authorized Edition" which attempts to modernize some of the language. The Book of Mormon[1] is one of the sacred texts of the Latter Day Saint movement. ... Herald House or Herald Publishing House is the publishing division of the Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. ... For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ...


In 2001, Community of Christ President W. Grant McMurray reflected on increasing questions about the Book of Mormon: "The proper use of the Book of Mormon as sacred scripture has been under wide discussion in the 1970s and beyond, in part because of long-standing questions about its historicity and in part because of perceived theological inadequacies, including matters of race and ethnicity."[29] While these comments are noteworthy, they could easily be mistaken as representative of some sort of official stance or prevailing opinion. It is therefore important to note that his comments, as quoted, were in fact a summation of his own personal opinion on the subject, and were not part of any official discourse.


At the 2007 Community of Christ World Conference, President Stephen M. Veazey ruled a resolution to "reaffirm the Book of Mormon as a divinely inspired record" out of order. In so doing he stated that "while the Church affirms the Book of Mormon as scripture, and makes it available for study and use in various languages, we do not attempt to mandate the degree of belief or use. This position is in keeping with our longstanding tradition that belief in the Book of Mormon is not to be used as a test of fellowship or membership in the church."[30]


Book of Doctrine and Covenants

Community of Christ edition of the Doctrine and Covenants is a growing work of scripture containing inspired documents given through the prophet-presidents recognized by Community of Christ. The Doctrine and Covenants contains inspirational Christian messages such as this passage shared by former President, W. Grant McMurray as inspired counsel: "Open your hearts and feel the yearnings of your brothers and sisters who are lonely, despised, fearful, neglected, unloved. Reach out in understanding, clasp their hands, and invite all to share in the blessings of community created in the name of the One who suffered on behalf of all." (Doctrine and Covenants 161:3a) Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Doctrine and Covenants The Doctrine and Covenants (sometimes abbreviated and cited as D&C) is a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. ... In the Latter Day Saint movement, the President of the Church is generally considered to be the highest office of the church. ... W. Grant McMurray, (born 1945), Prophet and President of the Community of Christ 1996–2004. ...


Current President Stephen Veazey presented the most recent words of counsel to the church, which was accepted as scripture on March 30, 2007. This document, now officially Section 163[1] of the Doctrine and Covenants, further challenges the membership of the Community of Christ to engage in ministries that foster peace, and are specifically charged to “pursue peace” and to “strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth”. is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Lectionary usage

Community of Christ employs a three year lectionary cycle based upon the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) used by other Christian traditions. The readings from the biblical canon are those of the RCL except where the Inspired Version differs in versification from other biblical canons. In these instances verses from the RCL are given along with the corresponding verses of the Inspired Version. In addition, the church has added readings from the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. The Revised Common Lectionary is a lectionary of readings or pericopes from the Bible for use in Christian Worship, making provision for the liturgical year with its pattern of observances of festivals and seasons. ... The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, also called the Inspired Version of the Bible or the JST, is a version of the Bible dictated by Joseph Smith, Jr. ...


Notes

  1. ^ http://www.cofchrist.org/ourfaith/mission.asp
  2. ^ Worship Commission webpage retrieved June 17, 2006
  3. ^ Community of Christ Ministries and Services, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  4. ^ Carina Lord Wilson and Andrew M. Shields, "Church Membership Report," in 2007 World Conference Monday Bulletin, March 26, 2007, p.269-276.
  5. ^ Community of Christ Directory, webpage, retrieved April 7, 2007
  6. ^ G-1 Prayers for the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, 2004 World Conference Legislation webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  7. ^ Words for the World Fact Sheet, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  8. ^ Community of Christ History, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  9. ^ (see http://www.cofchrist.org/D&C163/veazey163-1.asp) History of the CofC Church religioustolerance.org webpage, retrieved November 5, 2006
  10. ^ Our Vision and Mission, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  11. ^ Faith and Beliefs, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  12. ^ Veazey, Stephen M., "Up Front," Herald, August 2006, p. 5
  13. ^ Theology Task Force (Community of Christ), "We Proclaim Jesus Christ," Saints Herald, August 2006, p. 13.
  14. ^ Faith and Beliefs, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  15. ^ Doctrine and Covenants, Section 156:5
  16. ^ Faith and Beliefs, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  17. ^ Faith and Beliefs, web page, retrieved June 17, 2006
  18. ^ Stephen M. Veazey, "Words of Counsel to the Church," in 2007 World Conference Friday Bulletin, March 30, 2007, p. 349-351. Community of Christ, 2007
  19. ^ Faith and Beliefs, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  20. ^ Faith and Beliefs, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  21. ^ Faith and Beliefs, webpage, retrieved June 17, 2006
  22. ^ http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/rlds.html
  23. ^ Community of Christ Theology Task Force, "Faith and Beliefs: Salvation," Herald, August 2006, p. 23.
  24. ^ Bolton, Andrew and Jane Gardner: "The Sacraments: Symbol, Meaning and Discipleship," Herald House, 2005
  25. ^ Community of Christ Theology Task Force, Scripture in the Community of Christ, Saints Herald, August 2006, p. 15.
  26. ^ Marge Nelson, "Faith and Beliefs:Scripture," The Herald, July 2003, p.22-23.
  27. ^ Stephen M. Veazey, "Words of Counsel to the Church," in 2007 World Conference Friday Bulletin, March 30, 2007, p. 349-351. Community of Christ, 2007
  28. ^ Community of Christ Temple School, "An Introduction to Scripture," SS201, 2001.
  29. ^ McMurray, W. Grant, "They "Shall Blossom as the Rose": Native Americans and the Dream of Zion," an address delivered February 17, 2001, accessed on Community of Christ website, September 1, 2006 at http://www.cofchrist.org/docs/NativeAmericanConference/keynote.asp
  30. ^ Andrew M. Shields, "Official Minutes of Business Session, Wednesday March 28, 2007," in 2007 World Conference Thursday Bulletin, March 29, 2007. Community of Christ, 2007

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References

  • Richard P. Howard, The Church Through the Years, Herald House: 1992. Volume 1: Beginnings to 1860: ISBN 0-8309-0556-1 Volume 2: ISBN 0-8309-0629-0
  • Andrew Bolton and Jane Gardner, "The Sacraments: Symbol, Meaning and Discipleship," Herald House, 2005. ISBN 0-8309-1173-1
  • Jerry Nieft, ed., "Walking with Jesus: A Member's Guide in the Community of Christ," Herald House, 2004. ISBN 0-8309-1105-7
  • Community of Christ, "The Priesthood Manual, 2004 Edition," Herald House, 2004. ISBN 0-8309-1016-6
  • Community of Christ, "Church Administrators' Handbook: 2005 Edition," Herald House, 2005. ISBN 0-8309-1119-7
  • Roger D. Launius, Joseph III: Pragmatic Prophet, University of Illinois Press: 1995. ISBN 0-252-06515-8
  • Inez Smith Davis, The Story of the Church: A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and of Its Legal Successor, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12th edition, Herald House: 1981. ISBN 0-8309-0188-4
  • Community of Christ, "World Conference Resolutions: 2002 Edition," Herald House, 2003. ISBN 0-8309-1053-0

See also

The John Whitmer Historical Association (JWHA) is, according to its own account, an independent scholarly society composed of individuals of various religious faiths who share a lively interest in the history of the [Latter Day Saint] Restoration Movement. ... For more general information about religious denominations that follow the teachings of Joseph Smith, Jr. ... Outreach International is an international charity based in Independence, Missouri, USA. It was founded in 1979, when two charities loosely affiliated with the Community of Christ church, Missions Health Foundation and Outreach, Inc. ... The Plano Stone Church, also known as the Reorganized Church of Internet Coffee Phone of Latter Day Saints, was constructed in 1868 to serve as the world headquarters for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) under the leadership of Joseph Smith III. Smith III moved... Restoration Branches are the primary organizational and congregational units of the RLDS/Restoration movement. ...

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