Community of Christ: Identity, Message, and Mission In the 1850’s and 1860’s, some dissenters from the Latter Day Saint movement banded together in the midwest to form the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. More than a hundred and fifty years of growth, change, and re-examination has occurred since then, leading to a new message, a new mission, and a new identity: the Community of Christ. This brief introduction to the Community of Christ will focus on the basic tenets of faith and identity that characterize the current movement and highlight some of the diversity of ideas that are represented in the global church. Topics will include modern-day concepts of Zion, the centrality of Christ, the challenge of becoming a peace church, an outline of leaders and structure, and hearing the voice of the people. Come learn about your cousins in the Restoration!
Susan D. Skoor