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  • Veazey counsels followers to shape communities

  • The 2013 Community of Christ World Conference has officially kicked off, bringing thousands of visitors from throughout the world to Independence and Eastern Jackson County.



    As part of the opening weekend’s festivities, Community of Christ Church President Stephen M. Veazey shared his Words of Counsel Sunday.

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  • The 2013 Community of Christ World Conference has officially kicked off, bringing thousands of visitors from throughout the world to Independence and Eastern Jackson County.
    As part of the opening weekend’s festivities, Community of Christ Church President Stephen M. Veazey shared his Words of Counsel Sunday.
    “Until recently I thought words of counsel would not be given before or during the 2013 World Conference,” he said. “However, over the past months, as I have prayed for the church and the world we serve, I have been surprised by regular prompting of the Spirit to offer words of counsel again.”
    Veazey urged church members to “continue to shape communities that live Christ’s love and mission.” He said for them to shape their actions to end people’s suffering and “abolish poverty.”
    “Continue to align your priorities with local and worldwide church efforts to move the initiatives forward,” he said. “Additional innovative approaches to coordinating congregational life and supporting groups of disciples and seekers are needed to address mission opportunities in a changing world.”
    In addition to Veazey’s address, there were several ordinations Sunday. These included K. Scott Murphy being ordained as counselor to the president of the church and as a member of the quorum of the First Presidency; James A. Poirier being ordained as a counselor to the presiding bishop and a member of the Presiding Bisphoric and Steven E. Graffeo being ordained as a counselor to the presiding bishop and a member of the Presiding Bishopric.
    All legislative sessions and worship services during the conference, which ends Thursday, are open to the public. In addition, several events will be webcast live from www.CofChrist.org. The International Hymn Festival, one of the more popular events, is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitors are asked to be there by 6:45 p.m. for a video in which a song of peace is sung and played by musicians around the world. The festival will begin 15 minutes later with silence.
    “Involvement in Christ’s mission is enriched and focused through spiritual growth and guidance,” Veazey said during his address. “Following direction already emerging, the presiding evangelist and the Order of Evangelists, in concert with their colleagues in ministry, should concentrate on spiritually forming communities of disciples and seekers that live deeply and generously in Christ’s Spirit.”
    The event, which happens every three years, started on Saturday. Representatives of the church’s 250,000 members have come together for community formation, dialogue, discernment, worship, fellowship and to consider church business. About 2,800 serve as delegates. Hundreds more will participate in events and thousands more will join through live webcasts. On site, conference events will be simultaneously translated into French, Spanish, Tahitian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, German, Mandarin Chinese and Oriya.
    For more information about the Community of Christ World Conference, visit www.CofChrist.org/wc2013/ for a complete schedule and daily updates.
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