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.