We’re Involved in the Global Christian Community
Here are a few examples:
- Community of Christ welcomed as full member of the National Council of Churches USA, on November 10, 2010
- April 2010: Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries Report was presented to the 2010 World Conference, outlining many of the ways Community of Christ is engaged with our faith-based neighbors
- Community of Christ hosted the 65th Annual gathering of “Church Women United“, June 19-22, 2008. Gail Mengel currently served as the National President of CWU.
- As a member of the “Save Darfur Coalition”, Community of Christ co-signed a letter to the United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to encourage cooperation with France and China to end the crisis in Darfur. The letter endorses ENOUGH’s strategy briefing, “An Axis of Peace for Darfur: The United States, France, and China,” which can be found on the web at http://www.enoughproject.org/conflict_areas/darfur_southern_sudan . Secretary Rice met with an “expanded contact group” in France on June 25. Visit http://www.cofchrist.org/peace/issues/darfur.asp and www.savedarfur.org for more information on the Save Darfur Coalition.
- October 2004: Apostle Gail Mengel was elected as the eighteenth national president of Church Women United (CWU). Founded in 1941, CWU is a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity and diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Millions of women participate in CWU programs and ministries through the activities of the 1,100 local units in the United States and Puerto Rico. Gail invites Community of Christ women to become active in this organization.
- We hosted the 26th Annual Conference of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, on July 15-19, 2001, at the Community of Christ International Headquarters Complex in Independence Missouri.
- President W. Grant McMurray, Apostles David Brock and Larry Tyree, and Chesapeake Bay Mission Center President Richard Bunch represented our world-wide church at the “Poor No More! A National Summit on the Churches and Poverty”, held February 13-16, 2000 in Washington D.C.
- President W. Grant McMurray, Coordinator of Peace and Justice Ministries Andrew Bolton, President of Seventy Bunda Chibwe, and Transformation 2000 Minister Mary Ooko attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in South Africa December 1-8, 1999. McMurray made a presentation about the Community of Christ faith movement. For more information about this event and its history see the November Saint’s Herald and the Web site at http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm.
- Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and one of America’s foremost religious leaders, presented the keynote address on Monday evening, September 20, 1999 in the Temple sanctuary. His talk focused on the role of the Christian church today in the pursuit of peace and justice, spiritual vitality, and Christian action, and engaging in our transformative goal.
- We hosted at the Temple, the March 16-17, 1998 Denominational Stewardship Directors meeting, sponsored by the Ecumenical Council on Stewardship Studies Center, Indianapolis IN. In addition to our church, other groups represented in the meeting were: United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Church of the Brethren, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Covenant Church, American Baptist Church, First Fruits-Barnabas Foundation, Mennonite Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
- Affiliate member, serving on the National Board of Project Equality, a national ecumenical organization that upholds the importance of equal opportunities for all. Contact Cathy Cackler-Veazey, Human Resource Ministries, for details.
- Members of our Sawyerville congregation assist with His Store, an ecumenical community service project.
- We’re co-sponsors of the 1998 Congress on Urban Ministry, held April 14-17, 1998 in Chicago.
- President W. Grant McMurray serves on the board of directors of the Interfaith Impact for Justice and Peace, a national ecumenical organization of religious denominations and agencies concerned with matters of public policy.
- We have congregations in over 60 nations around the world, where people are finding a relationship with Jesus, receiving His ministry, and learning to serve the world in His name. Visit our International Headquarters Church Directory for details.