|
|
Examiner
  • Service projects accompany 2013 World Conference

  • In recent years, Community of Christ service projects at World Conference included the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes and renovations for a Boys & Girls Clubs branch.



    But at the 2013 World Conference from April 13 through 18, the two-part service project aims to reach a broader number of participants around the Auditorium and Temple.

    • email print
  • In recent years, Community of Christ service projects at World Conference included the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes and renovations for a Boys & Girls Clubs branch.
    But at the 2013 World Conference from April 13 through 18, the two-part service project aims to reach a broader number of participants around the Auditorium and Temple.
    First, a Harvesters Community Food Network truck will be on-site, with the hopes of attendees filling it with canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned soup, hot and cold cereals and other items.
    Community of Christ also is partnering with Independence School District to provide necessity bags, filled with items to meet the needs of the district’s homeless students and their families. Donations for infant, children’s and cleaning-supply bags can be dropped off at the Auditorium and Temple entrances through April 15.
    “We really wanted a project this time that would benefit the community but give the opportunity for everyone at conference to participate,” said Susan Naylor, director of the 2013 World Conference. “We really wanted to do something where everyone had the opportunity to somehow have a hand in what was happening.”
    The 2013 World Conference theme of “Christ’s Mission, Our Mission” looks at the Scripture – in particular, Luke 4:18-19 – and the various ways that Christ lived his mission that has become Community of Christ’s mission today, Naylor said.
    “How do we live that out? How do we take ideas home with us? The conference isn’t just a one-week experience. It lives on, as we go back into our communities around the world,” Naylor said. “Being an international conference, we truly do touch the world.”
    About 3,000 registered attendees are expected at the 2013 World Conference, with an additional 2,000 Community of Christ members also visiting Independence and the conference activities. Community of Christ includes membership in more than 50 nations worldwide, and most of those countries will have representation at the conference, Naylor said.
    Members of the public are invited to attend the opening legislative meeting and worship service from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Independence Mayor Don Reimal usually offers his greeting and opening remarks for the conference at this time.
    Another popular portion of the World Conference, the International Hymn Festival, is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Community of Christ will highlight its new 2013 hymnal “Community of Christ Sings” also at that time.
    “It is not available in print yet. However, we will be singing songs from the new hymnal and hearing renditions of that music from all over,” said Jeanne Davis, worship coordinator for Community of Christ.
    The music, Davis said, is her favorite aspect of World Conference.
    “I really am looking forward to a large delegation from Tahiti,” she said, adding that they will sing at Tuesday, April 16, evening worship service. “They are visually vibrant and absolutely beautiful singers.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Now on a three-year cycle, the latest World Conference took place in 2010, with the one prior to that in 2007.
    Before April, the Day of Preparation for World Conference will take place on Feb. 24, with a focus on prayer, fasting and a special offering. More information about that day, as well as complete daily schedules for the conference, are available on Community of Christ’s website (www.cofchrist.org).
    The World Peace Village, also is scheduled daily in the Lower Assembly Room of the Auditorium. The Village displays cultural booths set up by delegates and attendees from across the world.
    For Naylor, her favorite part of World Conference includes seeing people from all over the world.
    “They bring their culture. They bring their environment. They bring their personality of who they are,” she said. “It’s recognizing that wherever people live, they are living out the mission of Christ, and we share that together.”
     

      calendar