I’m pleased to introduce you folks to a group blog that friends of mine in the Community of Christ and I have recently launched. I believe this is the first Community of Christ blog designed on the model of BCC and the many other venerable group sites of the Mormon bloggernacle. Like Times & Seasons, the Millennial Star, the Juvenile Instructor, and Keepapitchinin (among others), Saints Herald takes its name from a historic Latter Day Saint publication. Published continuously since 1860, the Community of Christ’s Herald periodical was originally entitled The True Latter Day Saints’ Herald and through most of its history was published as the Saints Herald.
Although it’s just getting started, I think there’s already a number of contributors who have posted on topics you may find of interest.
In his first post, Matt Bolton who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and who recently received his PhD in government from the London School of Economics, argues that “The Community of Christ is not a Peace Church.” Matt believes that the church’s recent emphasis on peace is largely rhetorical and he makes a number of substantive proposals for how the Community of Christ can put its money where its mouth is.
This post has drawn a number of vigorous responses, including a guest post by Community of Christ Apostle J. Andrew Bolton (who happens to be Matt’s father). (Yes, Saints Herald has already had its first apostolic guest post!)
In his most recent post, Seth Bryant, a graduate student in historical studies in religion at Vanderbilt, contrasts the diverse experience of attending different Community of Christ congregations with the highly correlated uniform experience of attending different LDS wards.
Barbara Walden, the director of Kirtland Temple, talks about President Stephen M. Veazey’s recent address to young adults in the Community of Christ, including her own experiences in leadership at the temple and in her congregation. She argues that the opportunities for leadership in the church are here for the taking, if young adults are prepared to put in the effort and commit themselves.
Matt Frizzell, who is finishing his PhD in Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and who is simultaneously the Community of Christ’s Chicago Mission Center President (Stake President), speculates on the role of trained theologians in the church.
I have a little piece on the history of the church’s name, which touches on what I see as a general brand identity problem in Mormonism.
And there’s more! Although the two churches are on fairly different pages on a number of issues, the Community of Christ and the LDS Church have a common origin, and their members are cousins — you may want to check in from time to time and see what your cousins are up to.