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Register for Peace Colloquy now to explore the theme, Poverty: God Weeps, October 24–26 at the Temple. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) Friday as we honor Bread for the World with the Community of Christ International Peace Award. During the weekend, experience a poverty simulation and presentations from partner organizations that focus on alleviating global poverty. Take part in a film and hymn festival that will bring hope and inspiration. Together we will learn about root causes of poverty, poverty traps, and how to combine service, advocacy, and human development to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

Online, mail-in, and phone-in registration opens August 1 at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy and ext. 3077.

Watch the Community of Christ International Peace Award ceremony live on www.CofChrist.org in English, French, or Spanish at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) or join us at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. We will honor Bread for the World’s 40 years of advocacy on behalf of hungry people around the world. Bread for the World’s president, David Beckmann, will give an address. Learn more in a two-part interview with Beckmann in August and September Heralds.

To subscribe to the Herald, visit www.HeraldHouse.org or contact subscriptions@HeraldHouse.org or 1-800-767-8181. Share comments on the Herald Blog at http://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com.

World Hunger Emphasis Day is Sunday, September 7. Please remind the person bringing offertory thoughts to remember hunger and poverty needs in the local community and nations around the world. Contributions to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering provide funds for ministries that offer hope and promise to people experiencing poverty and hunger. Visit www.CofChrist.org/hunger for worship resources, including two downloadable videos: a new hunger meditation video (also available on DVD), and a video that highlights two projects that are alleviating poverty. Hunger No More packets and a recently-published World Hunger brochure are also great to use.

The World Hunger-Tangible Love Team has a new meditation video. In just over three minutes, you see the faces and places of sisters and brothers whose lives have been transformed by World Hunger and Tangible Love ministries. The video was produced by team member Wayne Rowe set to a special arrangement of “Ar Hyd Y Nos” by Tim Rowlands.

Take a deep breath, relax, and experience a bit of how your giving to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering is changing lives around the world. Visit www.CofChrist.org/hunger/resources/emphasis_sundays.asp to watch the mediation video online at, share it on social media, and show it as people are gathering for worship, during the Disciples’ Generous Response, or another appropriate time.

Heritage Day is right around the corner—September 21. What will your congregation do for the annual Community of Christ Heritage Day service Sunday, September 21? Each year, your friends at the Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation share a unique Heritage Day service for congregations to sample. The 2014 Heritage Day service complements reunion and Peace Colloquy themes as we focus on the Mission Initiative of Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. Check out the worship service along with plenty of other creative ideas (from hymn festivals and worship service outlines to sermons and testimonies) on the Foundation’s website: www.HistoricSitesFoundation.org. Make Heritage Day an opportunity to celebrate and share your congregation’s unique story.

How did your last difficult conversation go? Come to the Temple September 23 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Interpersonal Peacebuilding training with Sandee Gamet, Peacebuilding Ministries. Explore who you are in the midst of differences. Learn communication skills that help deal with differences. Discover a model for cooperative decision-making through activities,discussion,and by practicing skills. Registration is $25. Register by September 15 to ensure your space. Contact Sandee at ext. 2353.

A new series on creating shalom begins in the August Herald with the article “Create Shalom,” by President Stephen M. Veazey. He explores how we invite all people to experience divine peace while focusing on how to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

To subscribe to the Herald, visit www.HeraldHouse.org or contact subscriptions@HeraldHouse.org or 1-800-767-8181. Sign up to have commentary series articles delivered to your e-mail at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.

The World Hunger-Tangible Love Team recently approved $372,665 on behalf of 21 projects in nine nations. This included funding for Bread for the World, a Christian citizen’s organization that seeks to alleviate extreme poverty throughout the world, and projects by Outreach International that fit the criteria for hunger proposals. Thank you for making these ministries possible by your continuing support for the Mission Initiative of Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

World Hunger grants are available to mission centers and congregations for projects focused on hunger-related issues. By September 1, send your application to your field apostle or their assistant, and to your mission center president and financial officer. It will then need to go to the administrator for World Hunger programs by October 1. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/hunger.

Tangible Love grants are available to mission centers and congregations that are willing to work with other agencies or groups in their communities on behalf of compassionate ministries that address justice and peace issues. By September 1, send your application to your field apostle or their assistant, and to your mission center president and financial officer. It will then need to go to the administrator for Tangible Love programs by October 1. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/tlove.

See video and photos from International Youth Forum events. Links for media from the event in USA are at www.CofChrist.org/iyf/usa. Visit www.flickr.com/photos/120271953@N07/sets/72157645201591439 for links to pictures from the Honduras event. The Dominican Republic event ends August 1. Check the CofChrist.org What’s New page for links: www.CofChrist.org/news/new.asp.

Prepare for the October 5 President’s Address when President Stephen M. Veazey will talk with the worldwide church through an interactive, webcast-only event. For this address, President Veazey said, “We will focus on the joy of generosity as a spiritual practice that draws one closer to God and others. I will also provide an official interpretation of the church’s teaching and practice of tithing to support Christ’s mission throughout the world.”

Following the address, President Veazey will answer your e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook questions live.

In preparation:

All addresses will be webcast live in English, French, and Spanish. Details about how to receive a webcast are at www.CofChrist.org/broadcast/webcast_help.asp.

The church is the first place most people turn when in crisis. Are you and your congregation prepared? As a minister you may be sought out as the caring person for help. This year’s Health & Spirituality Workshop is about Self-care during Crisis. It will include six sessions on August 22 on the types of crises church members and the community can have. Afternoon sessions will discuss five ways to engage the body, mind, and spirit in healing and self-care. The event is co-sponsored by Community of Christ Health Ministries Association, Temple Strategy Team, and Truman Medical Centers. Go to www.HSW.HMACofChrist.org to see the brochure and register online.

Wellness, wholeness, healthy—these are common terms, but what criteria can be used to assess exactly what they mean? The latest health brief has assessment tools for personal and family wellness. The newly-formed Health and Wholeness Team (based on World Conference Resolution 1305) seeks to raise awareness of wellness and wholeness. Please download this health brief from Community of Christ Health Ministries Association website (www.HMACofChrist.org) and share it in your bulletin, newsletter, on the bulletin board, and other communications to your congregation.

We need photos of your congregation’s meeting place! Thank you to the many who have already responded. We are building the new find-a-congregation directory that will be part of a redesigned Community of Christ website (coming soon). The directory will include a photo of your location/church building along with the congregation information. Submissions need to be sharp, high-resolution photos, framed as a landscape (horizontal) with sky and ground showing. This will allow for any necessary cropping. E-mail photos to webteam@CofChrist.net along with your congregation’s name, address, mission center, and pastor name(s).

Photos of priesthood in action are needed. The Ministry and Priesthood Team is preparing new classes for priesthood and are in need of photographs that illustrate priesthood serving to fulfill Christ’s mission. This includes sharing in worship, sacraments, priesthood meetings, talking with members, community action, and more. We want to show a wide variety of locations, situations, and cultures.

Engaging, high quality photos are paramount for showing how the priesthood of our worldwide church engage in mission. Here are some photo guidelines:

Please send your photos of priesthood in action to David Lloyd at dlloyd@cofchrist.org by August 31.

Upcoming Events
August 4–8
August 21–22
Health and Spirituality Workshop
September 1
September 7
September 8–12
September 15–18
September 21
International Headquarters Offices closed—Labor Day (USA)
World Hunger emphasis Sunday
Council of Twelve Apostles meet
World Church Leadership Council
Heritage Day
October 5
October 6–15
October 19
October 24
October 24–26
October 27–30
President’s Address webcast
Community of Christ Historic Sites bus tour
Children’s Sabbath
Community of Christ International Peace Award webcast
Peace Colloquy
Leaders Meeting

Daily Prayer for Peace—A brief worship service is held daily at 1:00 p.m. central time at the Temple. Join us in prayer from wherever you are. For details and the text of each day’s prayer, visit www.CofChrist.org/prayerpeace/.

Contribution Update

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