The shutdowns of the past year have been unprecedented in our lives and in the life of the church. The extraordinary time has caused us to experience everything differently and that has also been true for our church experience. Hopefully, we can use this extraordinary time as a catalyst for reflection. We have been forced out of our complacency by necessity. What have we learned about our lived church experiences? What are the essentials?
President Steve Veazey has called the whole church into discernment as we ponder how we are moving toward Jesus, the peaceable one. Apostle Art Smith has given a similar charge to Community of Christ in Canada, inviting us to share and listen to All Voices — all of the stakeholders who participate in church identity in Canada. (Not just those who attend congregations in-person at 11 am on a Sunday, since almost none of us do that at present.)
We want to hear from those who experience our shared identity through Reunions and our camps, from those who experience our mission through auxiliary charities: Encounter World Religions, World Accord, Zerin and Sionito Social Housing. From those who have been engaged in some of our new invitational ministries, including Creating Connection groups.
We want to hear from our elders and from our youth, from those in urban, suburban, and rural locations. Western Canadians and Eastern Canadians, Francophone, Anglophone, First Nations, immigrants. Those of all gender identities and expressions. In short, we want the conversation to reflect the rich tapestry of the Community of Christ experience in Canada.
Our first Canada-wide All Voices Zoom Conference will be held on Saturday, May 15, from 12-3pm EDT, 11am-2pm CDT, 10am-1pm MDT, and 9am-12pm PDT. Plan to join us and share your voice.
A Canada-wide Zoom Conference
Apostle Art Smith invites you to add your voice to a Canada-wide Zoom conference, sharing the things we love about Community of Christ and our hopes for the future as we look forward to a time past the lockdowns. Please join us on Saturday, May 15, 2021, for a conversation with your church family. Hear testimonies from the rich tapestry of voices who experience Community of Christ in Canada. Join topical break-out rooms to chat about all the interesting ways individuals experience the church and further its mission. Add your voice to the tapestry! Plan to participate in this time of intentional reflection and discernment. Enjoy the community, collaboration, and cross-Canada friendship.
Apostle Art Smith closing the first All Voices Conference, Saturday 15 May 2021.
Join the conference using Zoom (the day of the conference only.)
What in your life has inspired you to be part of Community of Christ in Canada? What experiences have shaped your sense of calling? What are you doing to further Christ’s mission of building the peaceable kingdom in your community? What are your hopes and visions for our future path as a church?
We’re seeking to build a tapestry of testimonies. We’re inviting All Voices to share their experiences of Community of Christ in Canada: Western and Eastern, urban and rural, old and young, Anglophone and Francophone, converts and lifelong members — all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions. Is your primary connection through an in-person congregation or an online community? Or perhaps through Reunions and campgrounds? Are you connected to the church through one of our missional affiliates (like World Accord, Zerin, Sionito, Encounter World Religion, the Peace Council) or through a Connection group? Share your story with us as we listen to one another and gain appreciation for the rich tapestry of experience that is Community of Christ in Canada.
To participate, please write out your testimony, addressing the questions: (1) What in your life has inspired you to be a part of Community of Christ? (2) What are your hopes and visions for our future path as a community? The text should be between 600 and 750 words maximum. Email it to Apostle Art Smith ASmith@CofChrist.org. The communications team will then schedule a Zoom meeting with you to record your testimony for the Tapestry.
We thank you for your commitment to Community of Christ in Canada and for making your voice heard as we discern the path ahead together.