Category: RLDS

Mormon offshoot taps Veazey to fill vacant leader post

INDEPENDENCE (AP) – The Community of Christ yesterday named Stephen Veazey to lead its 250,000 members. A group called the Council of the Twelve chose Veazey, 47, to serve as the churchís president – who also carries the position of prophet. Veazey, president of the Council of the Twelve, replaces former president Grant McMurray, who resigned in December, citing health, family and undisclosed personal reasons. RLDS Theologically, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a cult of Mormonism (which itself is, theologically, a cult of Christianity) RLDS Profile Research resources on RLDS McMurray did not name

Leader’s resignation puts Community of Christ on unfamiliar ground

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The succession plan for the Community of Christ has always been simple: The church’s leader designated his successor, and the membership accepted that choice. Now, the resignation of W. Grant McMurray without naming a new president has forced the church and its 250,000 members into unfamiliar territory. And so they wait for “discernment” – in other words, for God to show them who the new leader should be. Still, officials of the largest of the Mormon offshoot denominations say the challenge of selecting a new president – who also carries the position of prophet – is a

Community of Christ Church Gets $40M Gift

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – An anonymous family has given the Community of Christ $40 million, a donation that exceeds the church’s annual operating budget by about a third. The Independence-based church, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, announced the gift in the January issue of its magazine. Church spokeswoman Linda Booth said officials had known about the pending gift for about 18 months, well before a recent article appeared in the magazine discussing financial concerns facing the 250,000-member church, due in part to a decline in tithes. Booth interviewed the donors for the magazine,

Leader resigns presidency of ex-RLDS Church

Leaders and members of what was once known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are reacting with “sadness and grief” after the resignation of President W. Grant McMurray earlier this week. Now known as the Community of Christ, the 250,000-member faith, headquartered in Independence, Mo., is dealing with the news, which became public Wednesday during a videoconference with top leaders after McMurray tendered a letter of resignation Monday. The letter said McMurray had “made some inappropriate choices, and the circumstances of my life are now such that I cannot continue to effectively lead the church.”

Mormon chief quits over personal life

The president of the Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the second-largest grouping in the Mormon religion, has resigned, citing “inappropriate choices” in his personal life. After serving in the post for eight years, W. Grant McMurray’s resignation is unprecedented in the church’s 174-year history. RLDS Theologically, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a cult of Mormonism (which itself is, theologically, a cult of Christianity) RLDS Profile Research resources on RLDS In his November 29 letter, he said that for “several years I have struggled with personal and family issues that have impacted