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July 201410 minute news report
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Dear Pastor:   

Begin preparing 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.


A new series on creating shalom begins in the 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. Share comments on the Herald Blog at http://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com. Sign up to have commentary series articles delivered to your e-mail at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.


Community of Christ is now on Instagram! Follow @CofChristOfficial for inspiring photos about Christ’s mission. You can also follow @CofChrist on Twitter and "Like" Community of Christ on Facebook. Join the conversation and learn how the church is pursuing Christ’s mission…our mission!


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 by August 31.


We need photos of your congregation’s meeting place! 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 along with your congregation’s name, address, mission center, and pastor name(s).


Come to the 21st annual Peace Colloquy, October 24–26, to explore the vital issues we need to understand to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. This event at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, will include:

Registration will open in August. Adult registration: $100, college students: $45, youth retreat: $45, Peace Kids: $25, and the pre-event prayer retreat: $45. Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy.


Bread for the World will be honored with the Community of Christ International Peace Award. For 40 years, Bread for the World has been in the forefront of helping fill bellies in the USA and throughout the world. Its passionate advocacy and achievements in overcoming hunger and poverty will be honored with the 21st Community of Christ International Peace Award.

All are invited October 24 at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) to the peace award ceremony, which will be webcast live in English, French, and Spanish from the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The Rev. David Beckmann, Bread for the World president, will give an acceptance address. This event will kick-off the annual Peace Colloquy, themed “Poverty: God Weeps.”

Bread for the World is a nonpartisan, ecumenical organization advocating for the best US policies and programs to overcome hunger and poverty. For 36 years Community of Christ has enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership with Bread for the World. The church’s World Hunger-Tangible Love Team has worked closely with the organization, and members have served on the board of directors. Bread for the World is an invaluable inspiration for advocacy.


The 12th Annual Health & Spirituality Workshop, themed “Self-care During Crisis” will be August 21–22. (This year it’s Thursday evening and all day Friday.) Events are at the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The keynote address, “5 Crises that Heal,” with family psychologist Dr. Wes Crenshaw, is free and open to the public at 7:00 p.m. Thursday. A reception will follow. From 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday, choose from 12 skill-building workshop sessions (registration required). This event is sponsored by Community of Christ Health Ministries Association, Truman Medical Center, and the Community of Christ Temple Strategy Team. Visit HMA’s website for details and to register: www.hmaCofChrist.org.


New process for Registered Children and Youth Worker applications is now in effect. To become a Registered Children and Youth Worker, your application must be received by Legal Services at least two weeks before applicant proposes to begin working with children and youth. Processing cannot be guaranteed outside this timeframe. An applicant is not a Registered Children and Youth Worker until Legal Services has authorized and confirmed them as such. Neither completion of training nor submission of an application guarantees registration. Legal Services looks forward to working alongside you on this. For more information, contact Karen Waring, executive assistant to general counsel.

Watch for additions to the Child Protection webpage. Visit www.CofChrist.org/legal/ChildProtection for up-to-date information.


Register now for MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies) August 4–8 classes: Church Leadership (Church Polity and Administration) with Art Smith from 8:30 a.m. to noon, History of Christian Thought with Don Compier from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., and Public Ministry with Dale Luffman from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $88 for one class or $175 for two. Visit www.CofChrist.org/meads/schedule.asp for more information. Register by July 18 with Michelle Booth: ext. 1459.


Order the new Jack & Jenn “Lights! Camera! Action!” for your Vacation Church School or camp. Join Jack and Jenn through this moviemaking-themed adventure that explores the Enduring Principles. The kit includes

Order yours from Herald House at 1-800-767-8181 or www.HeraldHouse.org for $17.95 plus postage and handling.

Upcoming Events
July 4
July 4-10
July 15-18
July 19-26
July 27-Aug 1
International Headquarters Offices closed—Independence Day (USA)
International Youth Forum (Honduras)
International Youth Forum (USA)
Spectacular
International Youth Forum (Dominican Republic)
August 4–8
August 21–22
MEADS
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

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/.

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