As revealed in Christ, God, the Creator of all, ultimately is concerned about behaviors and relationships that uphold the worth and giftedness of all people and that protect the most vulnerable. Such relationships are to be rooted in the principles of Christ-like love, mutual respect, responsibility, justice, covenant, and faithfulness, against which there is no law.
Doctrine and Covenants 164:6a
A worldwide prophetic church must develop cultural awareness and sensitivity to distinguish between issues that should be addressed by the World Conference and those that are best resolved nationally or in other ways. b. Fundamental principles of ethical behavior and relationships should be addressed by the World Conference. The Conference should not decide specific policies for all nations when those decisions likely will cause serious harm in some of them. c. However, timely resolution of pressing issues in various nations is necessary for the restoring work of the gospel to move forward with all of its potential. Therefore, let the proper World Church officers act in their callings—as already provided in church law—to create and interpret church policies to meet the needs of the church in different nations in harmony with the principles contained in this counsel. d. Where possible and appropriate, convene national or field conferences to provide opportunities for broader dialogue, understanding, and consent. In those gatherings, let the spirit of love, justice, and truth prevail.
Doctrine and Covenants 164:7a
In 2012, National Conferences were held in Australia and Canada. The USA devoted two years to intentional education, dialogue, listening, and spiritual discernment as we embarked on our "Journey to the USA National Conference" from 2010 to 2013. The USA National Conference was held immediately following the 2013 World Conference, beginning on a Thursday afternoon and ending at noon the following Sunday. All three of these national conferences approved legislation—through the process of common consent and official legislative session—in support of full inclusion for LGBTQIA+ persons in the life of the church to include ordination and marriage (or covenant commitment depending on the law of the land).
Since 2013, National Conferences have been held in British Isles Mission Center and Western Europe Mission Center. Both conferences supported full inclusion for LGBTQIA+ persons as did previous national conferences considering the same questions.
Harmony is here - not to speak for you - but rather to amplify your voices. We hope to foster dialogue concerning Queer voices in Community of Christ to ensure our denomination's future is a bright, affirming, and inclusive one.
Harmony is committed to working with Community of Christ members, friends and leaders to share information about the ministerial needs of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI). Harmony is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the State of Missouri. Our mission is to provide advocacy, education, and resources for Queer voices* in Community of Christ with a shared vision of full participation.**
*The term Queer is being reclaimed by some who identify as LGBTQ+ and is used as an umbrella term for the LGBTQ+ community. We use the phrase “Queer voices” to describe all person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), who have the courage to use their voice to speak for justice for the marginalized in the Queer community.
**Full participation in the life of the church pertains to all members, without exception, ensuring each person is fully eligible to participate in the sacraments, priesthood, all levels of church leadership, as well as any other benefits and responsibilities guaranteed to church membership according to the Membership Manual.
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