Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy Birthday, Church!

On April 6, 1830, the Community of Christ was born. Then later it was re-born on April 6, 1860, after shock, confusion and disintegration following the violent ends of church leaders and the persecution of church communities in 1844. So, either way, if you're counting 177 years or only 147, today's the church's birthday.

From a livingroom in upstate New York, to a temple in Ohio, to civil war in Missouri, to prosperity and tragedy in Illinois, to disorganization and reorganization, Illinois to Iowa and back to Missouri. You've come a long way, baby. Happy Birthday.

Through many dangers, toils and snares, we have already come. Twas Grace has brought us safe thus far, and Grace will lead us home.

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5 Comments:

  • Aw...that was a sweet tribute! Of course, I count it back to 1830. Our church has come a long way!

    Nicholas

    By Blogger Sansego, at 11:53 AM  

  • Christian,

    That was a very good post honoring our churches birthday!!!

    By Blogger Rachel Lauren, at 8:45 PM  

  • Christian, you were looking for zionseeker over at the defunct Sacred Community blog. Look over on the Community of Christ forum instead, in the foyer section.

    By Blogger Adam Gonnerman, at 11:37 AM  

  • Great Tribute Christian!!

    By Blogger Sean Langdon, at 12:26 PM  

  • Hi Christian --

    Thanks for linking to my blog. I just noticed your link pop up.

    I actually just mentioned the CofC on the christianleft community on LiveJournal (there was some discussion of liberal Mormons). When I was a campus minister in IL, I got to interact a little with a CofC professor at the school who sat on the campus ministers' association.

    Many blessings to you!

    By Anonymous Fr Chris, at 3:44 PM  

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