Adelyn (3 YOA) on a slie.

Experience God’s Love

By Alisha Bauman-Farley (Indianapolis, Indiana) I have a three year old daughter who loves making friends. Every day she asks to go play on the playground so she can see her “friends”. When she says this, she means anyone who might be walking around outside. She simply wants to be around people. The other day she sat on the top of the slide all alone. Nearby a group of kids, who I assume were siblings, were chasing the oldest that was riding a bike. My daughter sat in silence, her eyes locked on their every movement. Not one of them came over to play. My daughter will be an only… Read More

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Vulnerable to the Spirit

Have you ever seen Radio? It’s a 2003 Sony Pictures movie based loosely on a true story of coach Harold Jones and Radio (James Robert Kennedy) – a mentally challenged man.  Whereas, the director took our some artistic licenses on some of the scenes, many of the events remained true (or at least the core principles behind the events). [at the final confrontation in the barbershop] “… but the truth is,we’re not the one been teachin’ Radio, Radio’s the one been teachin’ us – cause the way he treats us all the time is the way we wish we treated each other even part of the time.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316465/quotes?item=qt2778575 What I… Read More

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I’ve been busy…

I’ve Been Busy… By MIKAL FARLEY, Indianapolis, Indiana USA I’ve been busy recently preparing for camp, reworking our website, working on our mission center social media pages and getting ready for the busy season ahead.   But I am renewed; I am overjoyed; I am excited for you to experience the season ahead, the posts to come on our Mission Center pages and on the Indianapolis pages. Moreover, I am excited because I am a disciple. I’ve looked at this phrase every day; I’ve spoken it to myself over and over again, so much so, that it’s become second nature.  God where will your Spirit lead me today?  What adventure,… Read More

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Response to USA Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

Response to USA Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement 6/2/2017- INDEPENDENCE, MO. In response to the announcement of the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, the First Presidency said: “An Enduring Principle of Community of Christ, based on numerous insights in scripture, is Sacredness of Creation. This fundamental principle of our faith calls us to join with God as stewards of care and hope for all of creation. In Doctrine and Covenants 165:1d we are called to “Pursue Peace on and for the Earth.” Today and in the future, Community of Christ will be faithful to our calling to protect and heal our environment as a mission priority.”… Read More

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Enduring Principles

Our Enduring Principles define the essence, heart, and soul of our faith community. They describe the personality of our church as expressed throughout the world. The Foundation: God, Christ, Holy Spirit God’s revelation in Jesus Christ and continuing presence through the Holy Spirit, as proclaimed by scripture, is the foundation of our faith, identity, mission, message, and beliefs. We do our best to uphold these principles (values, concepts, themes) as a faithful response to our heritage and our continuing experience with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Enduring Principles Grace and Generosity Sacredness of Creation Continuing Revelation Worth of All Persons All Are Called Responsible Choices Pursuit of Peace (Shalom) Unity… Read More

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Worth of All Persons

God views all people as having inestimable and equal worth. God wants all people to experience wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. We seek to uphold and restore the worth of all people individually and in community, challenging unjust systems that diminish human worth. We join with Jesus Christ in bringing good news to the poor, sick, captive, and oppressed. See More: Our Enduring Principles »  

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All Are Called

God graciously gives people gifts and opportunities to do good and to share in God’s purposes. Jesus Christ invites people to follow him by becoming disciples who share his life and ministry. Some disciples are called and ordained to particular priesthood responsibilities and ministries for the sake of the community, the congregation, and the world. We respond faithfully, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to our best understanding of God’s call. See More: Our Enduring Principles »  

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Unity in Diversity

Community of Christ is a diverse, international family of disciples, seekers, and congregations. Local and worldwide ministries are interdependent and important to the church’s mission. The church embraces diversity and unity through the power of the Holy Spirit. We seek agreement or common consent in important matters. If we cannot achieve agreement, we commit to ongoing dialogue and lovingly uphold our common faith in Jesus Christ and the mission of the church. We confess that our lack of agreement on certain matters is hurtful to some of God’s beloved children and creation. See More: Our Enduring Principles »  

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Blessings of Community

The gospel of Jesus Christ is expressed best in community life where people become vulnerable to God’s grace and each other. True community includes compassion for and solidarity with the poor, marginalized, and oppressed. True community upholds the worth of persons while providing a healthy alternative to self-centeredness, isolation, and conformity. Sacred community provides nurture and growth opportunities for all people, especially those who cannot fully care for themselves. We value our connections and share a strong sense of trust in and belonging with one another—even if we never have met. Some disciples are called and ordained to particular priesthood responsibilities and ministries for the sake of the community, the… Read More

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Pursuit of Peace (Shalom)

God wants shalom (justice, reconciliation, well-being, wholeness, and peace) for all of creation. Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s shalom (peace), reveals the meaning of God’s peace in all aspects of life. The vision of Zion is to promote God’s reign on earth, as proclaimed by Jesus Christ, through the leavening influence of just and peaceful communities. We courageously and generously share the peace of Jesus Christ with others. Led by the Holy Spirit, we work with God and others to restore peace (shalom) to creation. We celebrate God’s peace wherever it appears or is being pursued by people of good will. See More: Our Enduring Principles »  

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