The Community of Christ: Some Brief Thoughts
While I have decided to stay LDS, I have in recent years gained a great love of the Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Community of Christ advocates global peace and social justice without apology. Being a liberal member of the CoC is mainstream and not in anyway radical…in the way it may seem within LDS culture.
I also love the CoC focus on Christ-like communities on earth. In what seems consistent with liberal theology, the Commmunity of Christ is more worried about human well-being in this life than salvation in the next. This perspective drives their commitment to social justice.
For many not content with Mormonism, and I may be wrong about this, narratives of Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon are a sticking point. However, my postmodern approach to faith finds value in these narratives within their context. This approach may fall outsiide the LDS Mainstreamm, but it is also the reason I stick with Mormonism. I very much appreciate that the Community of Christ maintain an appreciation for elements of the Restoration movement with their own flavor.
Of course, I might just think that anything associated with John Hamer is awesome. Well…that can’t be a bad reason.