Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey shared words of counsel to the church on Sunday, April 14, at the 2013 World Conference. The counsel is enclosed, online, and published in the May Herald. Study and discussion resources will be developed to assist the worldwide church in its exploration of the words of counsel during the inter-conference period. Go to www.cofchrist.org/presidency/041413wordsofCounsel/ for video and text of his message from the worship service.
The 2013 World Conference brought people from around the world together in Independence and through the web. Go to www.CofChrist.org/wc2013 to read official minutes from business sessions, look at photos, and watch and share videos including President Veazey’s sending forth, songs from the International Hymn Festival, “Peace through All People” music video, a message from Presiding Evangelist David Brock, ordinations, the opening ceremonies, and much more. Also, read more and enjoy a full-color photo section in the June Herald.
The USA National Conference recommended policy changes for the USA at its April 19–21 conference. The First Presidency and Council of Twelve will have to approve before implementation. Visit www.CofChrist.org/USAConf to read the recommendations and watch the “A Journey of Faith” video about the conference journey and its outcomes. Recommendations will also be published in the July Herald.
Connecting College Students with Congregations: Do you know of a Community of Christ high school senior that will be starting college this fall or a college student who will be returning to college? If so, please share the student’s name and contact information with the pastor of the congregation closest to the campus the student will attend. If you are not sure how to contact the pastor, please work with your mission center president. Many congregations would like to provide support to Community of Christ students in their area but don’t always know who is there or how to make contact. Thank you for any help you can provide.
A Statement on Immigration was released by the First Presidency in consultation with the Human Rights Team and the World Church Leadership Council in April. To read the statement, visit the Immigrant Ministries website at www.CofChrist.org/immigration/immigration-statement.asp
A Statement on HIV/AIDS was released by the Human Rights Team in April. To read the statement, visit www.CofChrist.org/peace/issues/HIV-aids.asp.
The entire suite of Community of Christ Sings products is available to pre-order through Herald House. Read more about the following products at www.CofChrist.org/hymnal/order.asp and place your order.
- Pew Edition: $23
- Musicians / Large Print Edition: $50
- Audio Recordings: $159
- Digital Rich Text Files: $65
Get your reunion 2013 resources for the Live Christ’s Peace theme. Resources explore the invitation to live Christ’s peace and take part in what God is doing in the world through scripture passages from the Bible, including the Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer, and Doctrine and Covenants. Worship resources; lessons for children, youth, and all ages together; and campfire ministry are on the website at www.CofChrist.org/OnlineResources/reunion. The adult resource can be ordered from Herald House for $12.95 plus postage and handling: www.HeraldHouse.org/cart/edit.asp?p=343515, 1-800-767-8181.
New books are available from Community of Christ Seminary Press. The Seminary Press publishes scholarly works of particular interest to the serious student. Always in support of the church’s mission and the pursuit of truth, authors explore a wide range of issues. Their writings evidence and encourage creative thinking and inquiry in the tradition of academic freedom, which welcomes public scrutiny. Authors’ methods and conclusions do not necessarily reflect official positions held by the church, the seminary, or any other church-related institution. Note the healthy tension between serious independent inquiry and a determination to faithfully serve the mission of the church. Every book issued by this press will demonstrate that these impulses don’t contradict each other!
Community of Christ Seminary Press books are available through Herald House: www.HeraldHouse.org; 1-800-767-8181; (816) 521-3015.
- The Journey of a People (2-book set) by Mark A. Scherer draws on research and writing of the best scholars of Mormon history. Follow the life and times of founder Joseph Smith Jr. and explore the Reorganization and its leaders, the search for identity, and the growing of a faith movement into a viable denomination. 9780830915729 $59.95
- The Book of Mormons Witness to Its First Readers by Dale Luffman invites readers to hear how the Book of Mormon spoke to its first audience of seekers, who found in this work a witness that changed their lives, and to hear how its witness may be heard and understood today. 9780830915668 $19.95
- Millions Call It Scripture by Alan Tyree is designed to stimulate interest in and a discussion of the Book of Mormon’s place in religious life and history. Explore its Christian witness and what kind of scriptural values it holds that are relevant today. 9780830915651 $19.95
Register now for MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies). August 5–9 courses: Community of Christ Scriptures with Dale Luffman 8:30 a.m.–noon, and Pastoral Care with Jeri Lauren Lambert 1:30–5:00 p.m. Fee is $88 per class or $175 for both. Visit www.CofChrist.org/meads/schedule.asp for more information and syllab. Register by July 26 with Michelle Booth: ext. 1459, mbooth@CofChrist.org.
Sing the Sacred Story! Historic Sites Bus Tour will be October 8–17. Calling all music lovers to explore Community of Christ’s historic hymnody. Travel to Community of Christ historic sites to see the places where your favorite hymns were written. Hear the stories behind the authors and learn about what inspired them to create the music we treasure today. Tour will conclude with the debut of the new Community of Christ Sings hymnal at the Peace Colloquy in Independence, Missouri.
Highlights of the trip will include evening worship in the Kirtland Temple and Plano Stone Church, a walk through the sacred grove at the peak of fall foliage season, hymn festival at the Red Brick Store, and a visit to Joseph Smith III’s Liberty Hall. In addition to Community of Christ music, guests will discover Shaker music and dance at Hancock Shaker Village, hear baseball anthems at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and experience the beautiful sounds of rushing waters at Niagara Falls.
Tour price is $1,350 per person for a double-occupancy room and $1,850 per person for a single-occupancy room. Price includes luxury bus transportation (from Independence), hotel room each night, tour fees, and most meals. For more details contact Barbara Walden: bwalden@HistoricSitesFoundation.org, (440) 477-9562.
To reserve your seat, send a tour reservation form and $100 deposit to (: Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation, Attn: October 2013 Tour, P.O. Box 338, Nauvoo, IL 62354. Get the form at files.historicsitesfoundation.org/userfiles/hsf/2013%20Tour%20Reservation%20Form.pdf.
Council of Twelve Apostles meet
World Church Finance Board
International Headquarters offices closed—Independence Day USA
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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