For current and former LDS Church members interested in Community of Christ, check out the Latter-day Seekers program. Thank you for your comments and questions, Beth. I wish I could say the same for Utah Mormonism. 156:5a “…shall be dedicated to the pursuit of peace. Veasey shows it can be done, which leaves LDS leaders with no excuses. Steve was an executive minister to the Fremont Congregation in California, and was in charge of a missionary development project for the San Francisco Bay Stake. It has been proven time after time the LDS General Authorities…well any LDS leadership for that matter, are quick to punish their congregation, while the CofC is understanding and more Christ like blaming the nature of man for short comings. Stephen Veazey hopes a future prophet-president will be female or Black. While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called the "Utah Mormon" church (which holds the allegiance of most of the world's Mormons) is known for its former practice of polygamy, the Community of Christ never accepted that doctrine.Originally insisting that Joseph Smith had nothing to do with it, the church's leadership in … 11:13, 20. d. He would be baptized by the messenger-prophet beyond Jordan near Bethabara; the prophet would testify of him, and the Holy Ghost would descend on him as a dove. I also get the impression there are not manuals handed out and each congregation can teach what they want which of course is not the same as the LDS church. He finally consented to become a prophet and on April 6, 1860 the Reorganized Christ of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was born. Robertson divides his work into fourteen chapters. Required fields are marked *. Thank you, John, for arranging the interview, and thanks to Stephen for being willing to speak so openly about the issues. Veazy, the focus and approach of the Community of Christ, its efforts to be transparent and inclusive. Steve’s other church activities include serving as young adult minister to the Pacific Northwest Region; director of youth camps and seminars; field associate for a young adult campus ministries office; presiding elder; and counselor to the pastor in Paris, Tennessee. One of the CofC apostles is a man from Zimbabwe. (Courtesy of Community of Christ Archives.) Manuscript page from Joseph Smith's New Translation. This article lists the Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. In March 2005, a joint council of church leaders led by the, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Prophet-Presidents_of_the_Community_of_Christ&oldid=988928654, Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 01:58. Any chance to get a printable copy of this interview with Stephen Veasey? In venues where gay marriage is not happening yet, the CofC will perform Covenant Ceremonies for gay couples. Portrait. I think they have the capacity, but would probably see it as a sign of weakness. After the church dispersed in 1844, those folks who did not head west with Brigham Young kind of scattered until April 6, 1860 when Joseph’s son, Joseph Smith III, was ordained prophet-president (Hence the name Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of LDS) The church did not bring into our beliefs doctrines dealing with the practice of secret/sacred rites in the Nauvoo temple, the issue of polygamy, a plurality of Gods, sealing marriages in the temple for eternity, and the unquestionable, infallible, word of God through the Prophet/President. The revelation was the culmination of instructions shared over the course of more than 150 years by prior prophet-presidents recognized by the Community of Christ. It’s a very important tool for me, a frame of thinking that gives me a good feeling. Please don’t hate me, but these interviews felt to me to follow this pattern: 1) interviewer claims “our” church is extreme, and asks is your church more moderate? Community of Christ Prophet President Steve Veazey sits down with Linda Booth to talk about the year ahead and other timely topics that are impacting nations, the … Are the sins that are not punishable considered a human error just like text in the BofM regarding skin color? God bless you richly Steve. I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Hosea 11:1. c. He would be a child in Nazareth. Stephen M. Veazey is president of Community of Christ. We have also moved away from the “storehouse” concept and signing over our property and surplus to the church. Too bad I didn’t seriously consider it as a youth. His early demise left the fledgling church with a political power struggle. 156:5b It shall also be for a strengthening of faith and preparation for witness. Of course, the best solution is to just get it done and throw JS under the bus and back over him a few times before leaving him behind as road kill, but if you need a half-way house on the way out of Mormonism, the Community of Christ looks ideal. Promote community by… promoting holistic "signal communities" of Christ's peace throughout the world. CLICK HERE FOR OUR LATEST PODCASTS Donate, John Dehlin November 23, 2015 Best of Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories, Johns Favorites, Progressive Mormonism, Top 100, Top 25 Faithful 26 Comments. In this three-part series I interview Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey. e. Learn how your comment data is processed. At the founding of the church, Peter quotes the prophet Joel - Acts 2:14-21 A. I would have really liked to have grown up in the version of the gospel. One of his counselors in the First Presidency is female. Yet, I’m not ready. Veazy’s formal attitude on the CofC website and how he is as a human person. It shall be for reconciliation and for healing of the spirit. Thank you so much for sharing. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Represent Christ primarily as ministers... of prophetic visioning and worldwide church leadership. All RLDS/Community of Christ doctrine is based on the assumption that God’s revelation to Joseph Smith, saying that all other churches were wrong, made the original LDS the only true church before the falling away of Joseph Smith. According to his bio: Stephen M. Veazey is … This is a very interesting interview as it is completely different than the LDS General Authorities. A message from the Community of Christ's prophet. So members and nonmembers of the Church are welcome to enter all parts of the Temple as we understand it to be a House of God for all peoples and a place of preparation, worship and healing; 5) historically the RLDS/CofC church taught the three glories (Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial). Linda thank you for expressing your position because it summarizes what I was thinking perfectly. :o), However, CofC perfectly fits in my idea of Plan of Salvation, time and insight will tell how it will come together. Community of Christ is headquartered in Independence Missouri. Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of the open canon of scripture received or submitted by prophet-presidents and other leaders throughout the history of the restoration movement and during the establishment and growth of Community of Christ from 1820 through 2016. Now if only there were a CoC congregation meeting regularly in Anchorage Alaska where we live, and if only my TBM husband could become convinced that Joseph Smith III was the rightful successor instead of Brigham Young, then we might actually have an opportunity to share the same religion again. Currently this painting is in the hands of the Community of Christ Church (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Veazey, you strike me as a wonderful representative for your faith. Born in Tennessee, he received a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Tennessee, and a master of arts in religion from Park College, Parkville, Missouri. When he was 14, Joseph knelt in a grove of trees to ask God which Church to join. It summarizes the vibe I get from CoC. This prophecy of Messiah’s birth was foretold by Micah over 500 years before it happened, and it was fulfilled in Bethlehem when God became man: the Divine Incarnation in the person of Jesus Christ. Is there a way to download the video as there is a way to download the audio? The church is reducing it's budget by $1.21 million and laying off 18+ people. The original content was at Category:Prophet-Presidents of the Community of Christ. This was a great interview and the progression the RLDS /CofC has made is courageous. Would the CofC really be considered an Organized Religion? Your email address will not be published. While I am active LDS with various faith challenges, I feel a great jealousy for the spiritual maturity reflected within your faith community. I’d certainly consider joining the CoC if my husband would, especially after hearing this (Thank you Dr. John and Prophet-President Steve). Nevertheless, the Community of Christ offers a number of the commonly held beliefs of its members and leaders as the "generally accepted beliefs of the church." 156:5c By its ministries an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered. I am 2/3 through watching John Dehlin’s interview of Stephen Veazey. No. http://mormonstories.wpengine.com/stephen-m-veazey-prophet-president-of-community-of-christ-formerly-rlds-church/. 156:5e And it shall be a place in which the essential meaning of the Restoration as healing and redeeming agent is given new life and understanding, inspired by the life and witness of the Redeemer of the world. To this day we do not teach any of those concepts. The church’s mission is to “proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. The Community of Christ was formerly (1872–2001) known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). The solution for many gay Mormons and oppressed female Mormons is now dirt simple: You get to keep the Joseph’s Mythology you’re not ready throw under the bus yet, PLUS you solve ALL of the annoying, insulting problems that The Brethren hold dear with no sign of relenting … like the following: = Discrimination against Blacks: RLDS figured that out after the Civil War. = Ordination of Women: Not sure of the date, but women were given full equality with men decades ago. Wow! Veazey urges congregations not to open too early and being physically present in church is NOT a test of faith. After cleaning up it’s a beautiful idea, it doesn’t exclude reincarnation, and gives way for beautiful ideas to sustain a positive self image and our relationship with our eternal spiritual self, life and others. In Community of Christ, while the church president is recognized as a prophet, members also assemble and vote on proposed changes in doctrine and … One excerpt: “We…believe that the diversity that is evident in creation is a reflection of God’s nature. Salt of the earth people! Hi Mark. :o). (see Fig. For a closer look at the history and beliefs of the Community of Christ, click here. And it’s OK to believe that the BofM is fiction and the Golden Plates never existed. Just like the John Hamer podcasts, this one is very precious for me and I will listen again and again. Thanks for your question. The Community of Christ and Polygamy. 2) interviewee responds that we try to be moderate. 14) It is this painting that some historians suggest was re-photographed and copyrighted by Joseph Smith III. Like the LDS church, Joseph Smith Jr is your founding prophet, and you use the Book of Mormon, but there is a point where you reject some of his teachings, correct? After decades of watching LDS leaders spin and excuse and prevaricate, I was totally unprepared to watch a Mormon-tradition religious leader answer hard questions candidly and directly without showing evidence of carefully rehearsed dodging. After hearing these videos, I really wish I had joined Community of Christ instead of the LDS. That dispersal of those who did not follow Brigham remained until April 6, 1860, when Joseph’s son, Joseph Smith III, became the president-prophet of the dispersed Saints and brought them back together. Why punish people at all? I have a question. We practice Common Consent and so we are able to vote on when or when not to include new words from the prophet in our Doctrine and Covenants as sacred scripture, and many other policies/doctrines that would be binding on the church at large, such as accepting believer’s baptisms performed in other denominations. Figure 2: Close-up of page 6 of Old Testament Revision 1, showing Satan’s rebellion. It is clear in the Bible/BofM that adultery is a sin, but what about all of the other sins listed too? The purpose of the Temple, as articulated in our Doctrine and Covenants section Jesus Christ said: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. Canada West Mission 7603 190 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5T 5H6 Canada 877-411-2632 In the video link below, Community of Christ Prophet-President Stephen M. Veazey speaks about the importance of diversity in Community of Christ leadership. All LDS problems solved! Those teachings are not as prevalent today. There are no sealing ordinances performed in the Temple. “Who is this man?” When we look for Godly men in the world, this man would qualify for the title. Excommunication (which means ex-communion – no sacrament for you for now) is rare, and ‘expulsion’ from membership is only for murderers and repeat adulterers. I deeply appreciate the insight into CoC. His responsibilities also included Church Planting Ministries and Young Adult and Campus Ministries. Promote justice and peacemaking by… building an international community of congregations as a global witness of Christ's peace. It affirms my belief in what Steve taught me so many years ago. Veazy didn’t wear a tie and he sat comfortable and talked freely/unformal. Hope this helps! Hosea. I had the pleasure and honor of having Steve as a teacher/mentoring influence. But what I found most interesting this there is still discipline in the CofC for second offence adultery and a few other sins. And this second beast looks like a lamb but speaks as a dragon, meaning he is deceptive. Your email address will not be published. Current status : The Community of Christ was formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- the " RLDS Church ". All rights reserved. If the the oft quoted proverb “By your fruits ye shall know them” has any validity, then what this church has become over time testifies to their humanity and Christianity. What are the grounds to punish for some sins and not others? b. Christ would come out of Egypt. This list gives 15 ways in … This is a very important inspirational vision for me Joseph Smith gave us. (Used by permission, Library-Archives, Community of Christ.) Text: Jeremiah 23:9-40 I. On occasion, prophets may be inspired to foretell the future for the benefit of mankind. After Joseph’s martyrdom many of the Saints dispersed throughout the surrounding states, with Brigham taking the LDS out to Utah. I want to take clips from the video to share on Facebook. I think my life is empty without it. The Book of Mormon production was well under way … So the church body could vote against any revelation or teaching put forth by the prophet that would be binding on the church. Seriously, if more disaffected Mormons knew more about the CofC, more would see it as an almost too-good-to-be-true solution. Wouldn’t it be something if the general authorities of the LDS church were this open and honest. It broke down the wall of prejudice I was experiencing and I was able to listen without problems. As a longtime friend of the Veazey family, I can vouch for their genuine kindness and devotion to the ministry of Christ. He distills the fruit of a lifetime of study into one masterful volume. It means very, very much for me ! 1 Ne. To serve God is to serve others and is the greatest form of charity: the pure love of Christ. 31:4–8. I particularly liked the conclusion. It truly comes down to the money. He is a preacher of righteousness. In April 2002, Steve was set apart as president of the Council of Twelve and was the director of Field Ministries. Prior to his ordination on June 3, 2005, he served as a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles, the leading missionary quorum of Community of Christ. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. The False Prophet, is called that in Matthew 24: 11, in II Peter 2: 1-3, I John 4: 1, and Revelation 16: 13. Credit: Courtesy Community of Christ Library-Archives, Licensed to Joseph Smith Papers Project. Masterfully done, John. Even now we have members who disagree with some of our understandings and doctrines, such as the affirming same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT members, but they remain members in good standing as we have no creed for membership. A prophet denounces sin and foretells its consequences. As Stephen M. 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