Forward Steps by our Cousins in the Community of Christ

Just now I received an email that I want to share with my Mormon brothers and sisters. The Community of Christ, as most of us know, was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here is the email:

Hi Carol Lynn, I hope you are doing well. We met at the Circling the Wagons conference in Washington, DC a year ago. You were a guest speaker at the conference and we shared together in the communion worship service on Sunday morning.

Last week I was a delegate to Community of Christ’s 2013 World and USA Conferences. I thought you’d be interested in the historic recommendations, regarding same sex marriage, covenant relationship, and ordination of priesthood, that were made at the USA Conference. The common consent method we utilized at the conference to make the recommendations was historic too. You’ll find information about the recommendations at the following link: http://www.cofchrist.org/usaConf/.

Please keep in your prayers those who are rejoicing the recommendations and those who are grieving them.

God bless and hold hope high!

Wade Wallace

Pastor

Washington, DC Community of Christ

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”. -Luke 4:18-19

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I urge all readers to follow the link in the email: http://www.cofchrist.org/usaConf/
You will find a page of rich history as it involves the commitment of one important part of the Restoration in meeting today’s social and spiritual changes.

I urge you also to listen to the address of President Steve Veazey at the bottom of the page. I found him and his words to be intelligent, engaging and inspiring.

Very glad to be Restoration Cousins with these good people. And to be walking with them on the journey toward inclusion of our gay brothers and sisters.

3 comments for “Forward Steps by our Cousins in the Community of Christ

  1. Laura Carroll
    April 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Carolyn.
    I haven’t yet read the links you shared, but my heart is excitedly beating in anticipation!
    I hope for all of our gay friends and family:
    –that many more will realize the error of past and current views on this topic
    –that hearts will continue to open up to their predicament
    –that they will have the conviction and courage to take a stand for compassion over policy or doctrines
    –that they will want to work for change in our church and our society
    –that we can succeed in giving them an honored place and a purpose equal to those of heterosexuals
    Thank you for your work on behalf of those who love their gay children, family and friends…
    My son and I thank you.

  2. twild
    May 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

    They, the C of C, are not our cousins…..but our brothers and sisters! Those who are our cousins are the LDS church. Why don’t LBGTQ mormons get behing the C of C in a show of broad support? Why don’t they choose Veazy as their prophet instead. They, the temple in Indepence, Mo., are obviously the true church & prophet. Why listen to those who hate you; just read “The Miracle of Forgiveness” if you don’t believe they do. (b.t.w it’s a misnomer, should be called the “miracle of guilt” – the last thing it’s about is forgiveness). Support those who have got your back. This is a true step in the direction of inclusion and an act of love on their part…. a reflection of spirit. Spirit that the Salt Lake City denomination clearly lacks

  3. twild
    May 18, 2013 at 1:24 am

    There is a C of C branch in Salt Lake City. It’s not just a missouri thing they have one in Utah. Affirmation and other groups should actively & clearly promote this denomination over the other. The LDS church is building a temple near independence, with wards in Missouri. The best thing would be to have the same actions happen in reverse….to have the C of C grow in Utah. To really get those disenfranchised…… whether it be the gay community or also woman who are denied ordinances but granted them & leadership with this other type of mormon church. Lets grow them in Utah instead of wasting time on those who oppose you

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