Posts Tagged ‘ Community of Christ ’

Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 2

May 11, 2014
Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 2

Markag continues his series on differences and similarities of LDS and RLDS worship services. The worship service of the LDS and RLDS both utilize congregation hymn singing and special music; by which I mean any musical pieces outside the official hymnbook and/or prepared by members in advance. The RLDS in recent years refer to them […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 1 Comment »

Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

When the Languages Have Been Confounded

May 11, 2013
When the Languages Have Been Confounded

In my living room, I have an oil painting of the grove in Palmyra where Mormonism’s First Vision occurred. It is a family heirloom painted by the wife of a well-known RLDS Seventy of my parents’ generation who befriended them when they retired to Independence. Since Joseph Smith is not shown in the picture, nor […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

April 26, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

The headline is clear. Community of Christ will provide sacramental ordinances of marriage, commitment ceremonies, and ordination independent of sexual orientation in the USA. Specifically, after two days of discussion, the USA National Conference formally approved by a required 2/3rds majority the following recommendations to the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve: The 2013 USA […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Violence | 34 Comments »

Sin is Not Separation

March 30, 2013
Sin is Not Separation

The Ten Commandments was one of the first Biblical epics to command a mass audience, and so my parents took me into downtown Detroit as a boy to be sure I saw it in its full widescreen glory in one of the few theaters capable of so screening it. The movie was well worth the […]

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Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Jesus, Morality, Mormon Belief, War in Heaven | 14 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

February 23, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

Salt Lake City sees General Conference every six months. In the CofChrist, “World” Conference occurs every three years, and 2013 is the lucky year. A Community of Christ World Conference is far more of a legislative exercise than its Utah LDS analogue. It features worship, of course, and normally will have approval to changes and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

Escaping from Lost Tribes

April 28, 2012
Escaping from Lost Tribes

Community of Christ is attempting to form a tradition — now that its World Conferences are held every three years instead of at six month intervals as is customary in LDS practice — of having its Prophet address the church in non-Conference years in something of a “state of the church” address. Community of Christ […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 7 Comments »

Bill Russell: Nephi is Dangerous

April 23, 2012
Bill Russell: Nephi is Dangerous

The following comments were recorded at the 1993 Sunstone Symposium.  Bill Russell spoke on the recurring theme as Sunstone called “The Pillars of my Faith”. He is a past president of the Mormon History Association.  I don’t know who introduced him, but this is what the person said when he introduced Bill Russell. Introduction, “William […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 97 Comments »

Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

April 14, 2012
Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

Community of Christ does not follow its LDS cousins in having secret temple rituals. So I read last week’s post by Bored in Vernal, on the “Sacred Embrace As Five Points of Fellowship” with the curiosity of one who has never even been inside an LDS Temple. Much of the terminology was unfamiliar to me […]

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Posted in Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

December 10, 2011
Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

As I was researching a post last summer on some of the organizations that have sprung up in the stead of the RLDS movement as fundamentalist alternatives to the Community of Christ, I discovered that a childhood friend had become one of the leading officials of one such organization, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

September 17, 2011
Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

“Finally have put a finger on an issue I have with the priesthood of this church. A lot of you want us to embrace, uphold, accept and defend the practicing homosexual. Why is it that because I do not agree with you that you try to paint me as hateful to everyone else?” Thus began […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Letter from the Past: RLDS Fundamentalism

August 20, 2011
Letter from the Past: RLDS Fundamentalism

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s a somewhat simplistic, but nevertheless effective way to teach the law of conservation of momentum, and I think there’s actually some metaphorical version of that law which applies to churches. When someone leaves a church, his/her absence allows/pushes the church that remains to go […]

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Posted in History | 20 Comments »

Apostles versus Prophets

July 9, 2011
Apostles versus Prophets

The LDS church is an Apostolic church. It has a Prophet, but the Prophet is chosen according to seniority of his position among the Apostles upon the death of his predecessor. Further, the Twelve in Salt Lake City are considered successors in office to the Twelve originally called by Jesus in Jerusalem. It’s a bit […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief | 35 Comments »

Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

June 11, 2011
Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

In response to revelatory guidance accepted at its 2010 World Conference, the Community of Christ scheduled a US National Conference for the summer of 2012 specifically to deal with questions of sacramental marriage and priesthood ordination for GLBT members of the church. On May 25, the church announced a delay in the US National Conference […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Politics | 21 Comments »

Community of Christ Names Apostle-Designate

May 14, 2011
Community of Christ Names Apostle-Designate

I wrote last week on the vacancy occurring in the Apostolic Quorum of the Community of Christ due to the resignation of James Slauter in order to assist in caring for his grandchild. As noted by Rich Brown in a comment to my earlier post on the vacancy, the President of the church has now […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 9 Comments »

President of Community of Christ Q12 Resigns

May 9, 2011
President of Community of Christ Q12 Resigns

The Community of Christ announced on May 5 that the President of the Quorum of 12, James Slauter, will resign effective August 1, 2011, in order to be in better position to help his family deal with a serious illness of his 5-year-old grandson. Apostle Slauter will be ordained to the office of an Evangelist […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Church Reboots and Science Fiction

April 16, 2011
Church Reboots and Science Fiction

I was in high school when the original Star Trek television series premiered. As nerdy then as I am now, I watched every episode, and every re-run, and every afternoon syndication for years. I finally stopped — not because I wasn’t interested in the Star Trek universe, which was infinitely expandable (as multiple incarnations have […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

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